The Xterra Spe­cial­ist

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front Page - Forth­com­ing in 2014.

MeetDanelle Kabush, mother of two, wife, men­tal per­for­mance con­sul­tant and pro­fes­sional ath­lete. Yearly, the Xterra spe­cial­ist dab­bles in XC moun­tain bike rac­ing, on and off-road run rac­ing and throws in a few road triathlons for good mea­sure. To say that the 38-year- old luna Pro Team mem­ber has a crammed day would be an un­der­state­ment, but she thrives on com­pe­ti­tion and hard work. Sports Junkie Suc­cess at sports came nat­u­rally to Kabush who grew up in Courte­nay, B.C. a rugged re­gion on Van­cou­ver Is­land. Her first sport was soc­cer which she played on a boys team be­cause there was no girls team. At the age of 12, Kabush and her brother took up track and field, which they pur­sued with in­ten­sity and suc­cess. Week­ends con­sisted of trav­el­ling to track events on the west coast and cycling with her par­ents, brother and their dogs. Kabush was your typ­i­cal ath­letic junkie who played ev­ery­thing from field hockey to vol­ley­ball, soc­cer and basketball. From In­jury to Moun­tain Bike Kabush’s run­ning prow­ess earned her an ncaa Di­vi­sion 1 track and field schol­ar­ship to the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton. Dur­ing her fi­nal year, how­ever, an Achilles in­jury pre­vented her from com­pet­ing in the XC world cham­pi­onships in Ire­land, but proved to be a bless­ing in dis­guise. At her brother’s urg­ing, Kabush moved to Vic­to­ria and un­der his guid­ance, she took up moun­tain bik­ing to fill the ath­letic void. As it hap­pens, her brother is a three-time Olympian and 12-time Cana­dian na­tional cham­pion cross coun­try cy­clist. Adren­a­line Rush Kabush loved the adren­a­line rush of try­ing to ride in con­di­tions that scared her. “I crashed all sum­mer long but was hooked,” says Kabush of her early begin­nings at moun­tain bik­ing. “Rac­ing moun­tain bikes tests fit­ness and bike han­dling and I loved that chal­lenge com­bined. It’s you against the trail, and it is still fun to keep im­prov­ing my tech­ni­cal skills.” For four years, Kabush was a suc­cess­ful com­peti­tor on the North Amer­i­can XC scene while com­plet­ing her PhD in Sports Psychology. Xterra Suc­cess Kabush had al­ways in­cor­po­rated swim­ming in her train­ing as a form of re­cov­ery dur­ing her years as a run­ner, a prac­tice she con­tin­ued while moun­tain bik­ing. Kabush found Xterra in 2004. In her first race at Xterra Canada, Kabush fin­ished an as­ton­ish­ing se­cond place to Cana­dian Me­lanie McQuaid. With the en­cour­age­ment of McQuaid, then a three-time Xterra world cham­pion, Kabush raced the Xterra world cham­pi­onships seven weeks later In Maui, Hawaii. Her ter­rific rookie per­for­mance on the Hawai­ian is­land re­sulted in a third place podium fin­ish in a deep in­ter­na­tional field. Kabush was hooked for good and her Xterra and triathlon ca­reer was on the fast track.

Some of her finest races have been at the Xterra world cham­pi­onship event where she has podi­umed on three oc­ca­sions. A sixth place fin­ish in 2005, fol­lowed by a se­cond place in 2006 made it clear to her that she had made the right de­ci­sion to fo­cus on off-road triathlon. Only 13 months af­ter giv­ing birth to her daugh­ter in 2008, Kabush ran her way to se­cond place in Maui, fin­ish­ing less than a minute be­hind win­ner Julie Dibens of Great Bri­tain. “I was proud that I had got back to such a high level of fit­ness that year, also my first year on the luna team,” ex­plained Kabush. Mix­ing It Up Now, Kabush is a reg­u­lar on the North Amer­i­can Xterra cir­cuit and adds in a few XC moun­tain bike races to sat­isfy her love of the trail. Over the past few years, Kabush has sprin­kled one or two Ironman 70.3 dis­tance races into her sched­ule and last year was the win­ner of the Great White North Triathlon in Stony Plain, Alta. This year, Kabush has al­ready notched a win at the Chi­nook Half. Ad­di­tion­ally, Kabush’s love of run­ning lets her add some stand alone run races to her cal­en­dar. She is the 2013 women’s cham­pion of the pop­u­lar Cal­gary Po­lice Half Marathon. Day Job Kabush’s day job as a men­tal per­for­mance con­sul­tant at the Cana­dian Sports Cen­tre in Cal­gary al­lows her to sup­port high per­for­mance ath­letes. In this ca­pac­ity Kabush draws from both her aca­demic train­ing and her vast ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence to pre­pare speed skat­ing prospects for the rigours of high level com­pe­ti­tion, a fit­ting ca­reer for a high per­former with a pas­sion for sport.– Shawn Skene

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it& Healthy Preg­nancy will be ap­pre­ci­ated by ac­tive women who don’t view preg­nancy as a time to stop ex­er­cis­ing – or even rac­ing. Writ­ten by run­ning coach and blog­ger Kristina Pinto and Dr. Rachel Kramer, the book re­sem­bles a what-to- ex­pect preg­nancy book, but one tai­lored to the nu­ances of ath­letic train­ing.

The first chapter pro­vides the foun­da­tion by pre­sent­ing up-to- date re­search on pre­na­tal health and fit­ness, ad­dress­ing pop­u­lar top­ics such as the link be­tween train­ing and con­cep­tion and the ef­fects of in­tense ex­er­cise on the health of the fe­tus. At the end of the chapter read­ers are re­as­sured that con­tin­u­ing to ex­er­cise vig­or­ously when try­ing to con­ceive or when preg­nant is not only pos­si­ble, but can have a pro­duc­tive im­pact of pre­na­tal de­vel­op­ment. The lit­er­a­ture re­views of­fer a gen­eral over­view of past and cur­rent re­search, but would ben­e­fit from a more thor­ough anal­y­sis of the up­per lim­its of what is con­sid­ered safe or non-harm­ful.

The book then moves through the dif­fer­ent trimesters, with each chapter fol­low­ing more or less the same for­mat: a re­view of the pri­mary changes to the body, nu­tri­tional con­sid­er­a­tions, strate­gies for keep­ing a fit mind and a fit body, and other ex­er­cise con­sid­er­a­tions in­clud­ing strength and f lex­i­bil­ity. Triath­letes in par­tic­u­lar will ap­pre­ci­ate the fo­cus on run­ning, cycling, and swim­ming. Sprin­kled through­out the chap­ters are help­ful vi­gnettes from ath­letes them­selves and workout ideas.

One of the re­fresh­ing as­pects of this book is the fo­cus on the of­ten ne­glected fourth trimester, the weeks and months fol­low­ing the birth of the baby. Close to 100 pages are ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing read­ers with help­ful in­for­ma­tion such as how to grad­u­ally re­turn to full train­ing and rac­ing and how to strike the workout/fam­ily bal­ance – a must for any ath­lete want­ing to re­turn to her sport.

In sum­mary, Fit & Healthy Preg­nancy is a great re­source for those look­ing for com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion on preg­nancy and post­par­tum – in­clud­ing in­spi­ra­tion for keep­ing your heart rate up and con­tin­u­ing to sweat dur­ing your work­outs. Jen­nifer Faraone is an elite run­ner, duath­lete and coach. Her first book, The Preg­nant Ath­lete Within (with Dr. Carol Ann Weis) is

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