Challenge Ixtapa…another great race for Brooke!

Saturday Challenge Ixtapa in Mexico was planned for Brooke!

We knew concurrence was there and we would have to be strong to fight the other competitors on this Half Irondistance!  But Brooke was ready, she prooved in Ocean Lava (Lanzarote – which she won, 4th win of the season)! Brooke was hungry, hungry to perform well after she was caught by cold in Challenge Almere where she dropped out…frozen,!  In Mexico…it’s warm, and then cold is no issue anymore! Brooke did the swim we expected and could fight her way back into the race for the podiumspots on the bike! She entered T2 as 2nd!

Brooke was capable of working well towards this race. A minimum of travelling and fatigue, but a maximum of result!

Brooke was capable of working well towards this race. A minimum of travelling and fatigue, but a maximum of result! Not always easy for a pro athlete!

On the run she was fighting all way long for 2nd – 3rd place! Finally Brooke crossed the finishline 3rd, which made her very happy!

The base for this peaking period Brooke realised by working very consistent. No superweeks anymore after a hard season, but consistancy and the right amount of hard to low intensity workouts make her perform at the right time!

The base for this peaking period Brooke realised by working very consistent. No superweeks anymore after a hard season, but consistancy and the right amount of hard to low intensity workouts make her perform at the right time!

What a season Brooke is doing, and it’s not over yet! Because of a surgery in february we will have a long season now and we will go through till mid january! 2 Big races are coming now and for sure she will continue playing the game with the best female pro athletes!

Brooke fighting during the race, crossing the finish satisfied in 3rd position!

Brooke fighting during the race, crossing the finish satisfied in 3rd position!

But at the  end, we knew Brooke was in shape, a few weeks ago we had her for a test workout in Belgium, Kortenberg…suffering on the track! Most of our athletes know this track…because they suffered there at least once ;-)! The result in a race is always the output of physical and mental shape combined with factors you can’t always predict!

Congratulations Brooke, enjoy another great podium on the other side of the world!

Train smart, perform better!
Jesse

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!