Kim's Quick StatsName
Engineering & IT Consulting
Nickname(s) and the story behind it/them
Killer Kim – as a result of teaching some really tough spin classes.
2014 A race
Goals for 2014
This year I made the decision to commit to my dream of qualifying and racing at Kona; I have a long way to go from my first Ironman, and this is my first year of high-level triathlon training. My goal is to race the perfect Ironman: preparation, pacing, nutrition and strategy. Qualifying this year would be a bonus!
Personal highlights from the past few years (can be athletic, career, etc):
- Representing Team Canada at the Duathlon World Championships in 2013
- Winning my age group at 5 Peaks trail race in 2014
- Finishing Ironman Canada in 2014 and making the decision to follow my dream of qualifying for Kona
Running shoes, because they’re pretty much all you need to get a workout in anywhere
The one piece of gear I don’t have that I really want is:
Favourite “healthy” food:
Favourite “unhealthy” food:
Cheddar Crispy Minis
To reward myself after a race I like to...
Eat chocolate covered almonds.
I have a strict no-guilt policy! Pleasures are meant to be enjoyed.
I started doing triathlons/duathlons/running because…
My dad signed up for a triathlon, and there was no way I’d let him race without me! I was hooked the moment I crossed the finish line.
Gravenhurst Triathlon - close second is Barrelman Triathlon
The race I’ve never done but always wanted to:
I have three...Ironman Kona, Boston Marathon and an ultramarathon
I was never an athlete growing up – I had a few unsuccessful attempts at sports like U13 soccer and track and field as a teenager, but it never came naturally to me (I’m still not good at anything with a ball or puck) and I certainly wasn’t an athlete. Running and triathlon are the first (and only) sports I ever felt good at.
Favourite place to train:
At the cottage
Hill training, heat training, intervals...really anything that makes me feel badass.
When not training I like to…
Bake! Also write for my blogs, read articles on training and technology, and cuddle with my cats Oreo and Willow.
What drives me to compete:
Have you ever done something you would call completely amazing? I’ve always enjoyed challenges, and racing gives me a sense of achievement I don’t get in any other areas of my life. The feeling of crossing that finish line is addictive!
What motivates me to train:
Training makes me happier and more productive because I have to be strategic about how I spend my time, and focus on the things that are important to me. Especially when I’m training at a high level, I really have to make sure I’m getting enough sleep and eating well, so those things become a priority and end up having a positive impact on the rest of my life too.
Favourite things to do when not training:
Teach spin classes...okay, so that’s kind of training, but I don’t care – it’s fun!
What I love about triathlon/duathlon/running:
It’s an individual sport backed up by the most close-knit community of athletes I’ve ever seen – I’ve met some of my best friends through triathlon, including my partner Hector. Triathletes are some of the most supportive, kind and outgoing people I’ve ever met, whether you’re a world champion or a complete beginner.
Most exhilarating triathlon moment:
Realizing at 178km that I would be finishing the Ironman Canada bike course on my bike rather than in the back of a pickup (it was close).
What I’d like to accomplish in triathlon over the next 5 years:
Qualify for and compete at Kona!
Countries I’ve visited
USA, Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia
This weekend I’m going to…
Train, nap and eat...best weekend ever!
When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be
People make fun of me because
I go to bed early
Morning person or night owl?
Morning person! I used to wake up at 6am as a young child and have five things done before anyone else got up. Things haven’t changed much.
What type of music I listen to when training
Anything really energetic – I have a huge selection of spin music and I just throw it on shuffle.
I remember watching the men’s triathlon event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics well before I got into triathlon, and thinking to myself, “how is it even possible for anyone to run TEN WHOLE KILOMETERS without stopping (never mind the swimming and biking first)? Wouldn’t they just die?” It was inconceivable to me how something like that was even within the limits of human possibility. I marveled at these natural athletes who obviously had something I didn’t.
But I realized later is that being athletic is not some characteristic you’re born with. It takes time and hard work for anyone (even gifted athletes) to do these things and sure, most of us will never be Olympians, but being an athlete is a mindset and anyone can participate. It took me 14 years, but that realization took me from thinking 10km was impossible to finishing an Ironman.