One can look at performance in triathlon and healthy living a bit like the ‘chicken and the egg’.

Normally we had presented Brooke here on another moment, but her performances last weeks already made this a bit sooner…which is positive, so after Billy, now it’s Brooke we will meet up and get personal with!
1) Hello Brooke, our athletes and sympathizers have noticed you already very quickly because you kicked off your season with the win in Ironmedoc and Half triathlon Deauville. Did you expect to win both and which victory did you like the most?
Hi ! Yes, we had an incredible kick off to my season. I never imagined winning both.

Truthfully speaking, I was apprehensive going into IronMedoc. While most athletes were already well-underway with spring training, I was coping with being ill and inconsistent training. I thought I would be lucky, if I could crack 10 hours on the day, and in fact, I raced to a new personal best of 9:26.

We (Jesse & I) knew that Deauville would not be an easy feat just one week after completing an Iron-distance race. The race itself is challenging with an ocean swim and over 1000 m of climbing on the bike, let alone the added cumulative fatigue from IronMedoc.

It is hard to say which victory I enjoyed more. On one side, my performance at IronMedoc took me by surprise and boosted my confidence. So coming into Triathlon Deauville, I had a greater sense of self and my abilities, but being able to execute well a 2nd time, right after which has been my best-performance to date is also gratifying.
#victoryissweet

After a difficult winter in Canada Brooke had a lower confidence. But a 6weeks no- nonsense approach suited her. She won in a new race and personal besttime!

After a difficult winter in Canada Brooke had a lower confidence. But a 6weeks no- nonsense approach suited her. She won in a new race and personal besttime!

2) You are next to a Professional Triathlete also a dietitian, I am right Triathlon for you is more than the races…can we say a healthy lifestyle?

You are correct! For me, triathlon is more than just a race. It is precisely that, healthy living. One can look at performance in triathlon and healthy living a bit like the ‘chicken and the egg’.

Which comes first? Well, in order to perform at a high level, life, family, food, rest, stress levels, etc., must be in balance. So here, healthy living is the egg and comes first. But, this can also be interchanged for the ‘chicken’, triathlon. In this instance, sport is a vehicle for some to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Through sport people become become more introspective about their body, eating and other lifestyle habits. Often times this is accompanied with positive change towards an improved self.

3)Where do you come from in Canada, how are trainingfacilities there
and compared to Holland where you live now…is it better or more
difficult to train?

I am from Southwestern Ontario. The Windsor, Essex region is much like Holland, pancake flat. Both Canada and Holland, have excellent training facilities to excel as an athlete, state-of-the-art pools and tracks available to the public.

Brooke will one day become one of the women who will put down a sub 3h10 on the full distance!

Brooke will one day become one of the women who will put down a sub 3h10marathon on the full distance!

Back home in Windsor, I have some of my favourite trails just a few kilometers from my house. Here in Holland, daily I am becoming more and more acquainted with the area. The nice thing here is an intricate set of trails that connect the country both by foot and bike. I’ve been enjoying my long runs through the countryside. Kilometers and kilometers of running without the sight or smell of a car. It’s amazing.

Similarly to Canada, winters are difficult to train in Holland. However, the temperature is slightly more moderate which means hopefully next spring, I will be out sooner on my bike than this year, in May. We also have to deal with rain in Holland, like in Holland during the spring months. I guess it just means I have to start dressing warm. 🙂

These last 6weeks before IronMédoc were hammer on the block. After analysing what 'happened' with her body before, the right approach turned out in a big peak!

These last 6weeks before IronMédoc were hammer on the block. After analysing what ‘happened’ with her body before, the right approach turned out in a big peak!

4) What are your next goals this season?
It is funny to think that I just achieved two massive goals (for me), and yet I am already goal-setting again. This is the beauty about the sport, it is about self-betterment.

My next immediate goal is to defend my title at Full Distance Triathlon Vitoria, next month. Last year, I was injured going into this race so, my focus will be to stay healthy and train hard. At Triathlon Vitoria, my goal is to shave +++ minutes off of my previous time.

After that we will be working hard towards Challenge Almere. Here, I am looking to have a breakthrough performance.

Brooke showed what's she is worth as a pro triathlete

Brooke showed what’s she is worth as a pro triathlete

Thank you Brooke,
Nice meeting up with you, let’s get to work now and get ready for the Iron distance Vitoria!
In Almere you will be in the same race as our Berry, you will definitely be encouraged during the race!

Brooke winning IronMédoc in a supertime…the beginning of Canada conquering Europe…

Brooke Brown, Canadian and Pro triathlete contacted me …a bit in panic because of illnesses, not feeling good and a lack of shape. To me it was very clear there was no balance and right orders in what she was doing. This must lead to a form of orthosympathic overuse. I think she just avoided the overtrainingstate…or else she would not be able to perform!

For finding back the balance I tried to focus on other impulses than she was used to…to find back the right shape. It’s always a guess to make an athlete work on a total other way…but it turned out to be the good thing to do! Brooke could do a good trainingcamp in Lanzarote and after the camp a nice load in the run. I was assured she was able to do a decent performance…but you never know for a full distance. The power must be there at the right time…and it was!

Brook also came to Belgium 1,5week before the race, just to meet up, to chat and learn to know her feelings on racing and what Triathlon exactly means in her life. But we also trained, and it was clear she had a good run in the legs already…

For the tactical part of the race we skyped with eachother and discussed a bit how to race. When looking at her times, you can easily see she did the right focus on herself and with a 3h18 marathon ( which she ran with reserve the last 2 laps) it’s clear that collapsing wasn’t part of it!

Seeing her back on track is nice, and we are off for more ! We try to win more Pro races and for that we build furter on a solid base!

I think she has the right spirit to race amongst our athletes and she can be a good motivating woman that also Belgian/Dutch women should be able to put down Proresults on the long one…

One of following weeks she will be the interviewd racer from abroad! But first,this thursday, it’s Billy-time…one of the most astonishing extreme multisporters Europe has! He also is a true sportsman with a fighter disciplined spirit!

It's a win  for Brooke! With a Hardafterbikerun!

It’s a win for Brooke! With a Hardafterbikerun!