Training Lessons from the pros! Alison Hooper shares with us her 3 lessons in training as a young athlete. Juggling, pro athleticism as a youth, school and making time for friends can be hard, but like all dedicated athletes, she has found a way to stay at the top of her game!
The way I see it there are 3 ways to train.Alison Hooper- 3 Ways to Train, Top Lessons Learned
#1 – train consistently and go hard as much as you can without dying
#2 – train hard but not consistently
#3 – don’t train hard or consistently
Over the past 3 years I have trained in all three categories.
My first year was #2 for sure…with my body getting used to the sport of triathlon and my family adjusting to the different schedule from my competitive swimming background I can say I trained hard but not totally consistently.
Last year was an out of my control #3. With injury after injury and races and sickness I was unable to push myself to the max without experiencing something that made my training inconsistent.
Happily enough I am proud to rank myself currently at #1 . This training camp in Arizona this past two weeks has definitely been a stepping stone in the consistent direction for this upcoming race season. I don’t know if it is because I am away on a training camp without a lot of distractions, or perhaps the climate is more agreeable and my body adapts better, or because I have finished classes FINALLY…. or or or….I could probably go on forever.
All I am certain of is, that I am making the right training decisions and am happy that progression is taking place in all three sports. Sometimes it’s the small things that can make you get to that next level… maybe the small thing I should cut out of my schedule is school, just kidding! Education is first and foremost, perhaps schools should integrate with triathlon clubs! That’s a thought!
Consistency is here to stay!
Elevated Banana Power Pie Gluten Free and Tasty
Can dessert be GOOD for you? It is now! Thanks to Brenna Coupland, one of our resident athlete ambassadors; dessert can taste great, be healthy and come packed with protein and gluten free goodness!
Check out her recipe for her Elevated Banana Power Pie using Elevate Me! All Original and Coconut Cocoa Cluster energy bars! Yummmy…
- 6 ElevateMe bars at room temperature, assorted flavors (I used 3 All Original and 3 Coconut Cocoa Cluster)
- 2-5 tbsp warm water
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds, or other nut
- 1 ElevateMe bar, at room temperature, any flavor
(I used All Original)
- 4 large bananas, ripe
- 4 large strawberries
- 2 – 10 tbsp water, juice, or milk
- 4 mejool dates, pits removed
- ½ – 1 tbsp lemon juice, optional
- With clean hands, break up ElevateMe bars into small bits and place into a large bowl. Using your hands will help warm the bars without ‘cooking’ them, preparing them for blending. Alternatively, leave the wrapped bars in a clean, warm place for 30 minutes before opening, and cut with knife.
- Place bars into a Vitamix or quality food processor. Add one tablespoon of warm water, and pulse in processor 3-4 times. Add more water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing 3-4 times with each addition, until mixture is soft and a ball can easily be rolled between the palms.
- Add nuts to blender, and pulse until nuts are evenly dispersed throughout crust mixture.
- Press crust into a lined 8” pie plate approximately ½ cm thick. Refrigerate.
- Break up ElevateMe bar into small bits as above and set aside
- Break up bananas into a clean Vitamix or food processor, add strawberries and 2 tbsp liquid (water, juice or milk) and pulse 4-5 times. Adding one tablespoon of liquid at a time, continue to blend until mixture is creamy, thick and pourable.
- Add elevate me bars and dates, and blend until uniform and no chunks in mixture.
- Taste. If too sweet, add ½ -1 tbsp of lemon juice. If more sweetness is desired, add more dates.
- Pour filling into crust, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Now that’s a dessert… thanks Brenna!
Pie Eating Contest Anyone?
May is finally here, exams are done and school is almost out! It’s time to get fit and healthy for summer.
Check out our May newsletter for tips and trends on summer health!
Kicking of the summertime festivities check out the Events Section of our newsletter – New Partnership with the Dunbar Cycles, DC Pro Team, crushin’ it! Check them out: http://www.dunbarcycles.com/
ELEVATE ME! Teams up with Dunbar Cycles, Pro DC Team
In our newest endeavour to fuel the needs of many pro-athletes who indulge in “crush city particip-ACTION,” it was inevitable that two great companies would stumble upon each other to form a great partnership! Welcome aboard Dunbar Cycles, DC Team!
ELEVATE ME! is an advocate for anything that equates to getting dirty, work hard to play hard, thrill seeking adventure, crushing the competition and everything that gets your hind parts outside. We are proud to be fuelling the DC World Cup and Pro Mens Teams for through their competitive season.
Dunbar Cycles has the largest and most successful race team in Canada, more importantly they have a spankin’ blog site via the DC web portal that each pro-rider contributes to! Hello! Mass information overload, keep it coming. Oh, and of course they sell bike, bike parts, bike materials… all that jazz! If you are need of a great piece of two wheel machinery and want constant tips from the pros – then Dunbar Cycles is the place you should be! Ollie, Endo, Ride it, Rock it – Crushin’ it DC Style.