elite pro­file Amelie Kretz

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Contents Volume 8 Issue 6 - By Aye­sha Rollinson

“Isthis re­ally hap­pen­ing? This is amaz­ing!” These were the thoughts run­ning through Amelie Kretz’s mind as she raced to­wards a first-place fin­ish at the Ed­mon­ton World Cup sprint in June of this year. The mo­ment she broke the fin­ish-line tape and be­came a World Cup cham­pion, she felt proud that her ef­forts had paid off.

Kretz now knows that hard work is syn­ony­mous with suc­cess. She knows podium fin­ishes will come with the gru­elling 25-hour train­ing weeks, that win­ning will come with the emo­tional for­ti­tude of rac­ing head to head with the best in the world.

I sat down with Kretz on a re­cov­ery day dur­ing her train­ing camp in Spain to ask her about life, the train­ing grind, her break­through year and her fu­ture.

Triathlon Magazine Canada: You’ve had a out­stand­ing year: sec­ond at the Mazat­lan Pan Amer­i­can Cup Olympic, first at the Ed­mon­ton World Cup Sprint and first at the Bridgetown Pan Amer­i­can Cup Sprint. Mazat­lan was your very first Olympic dis­tance race. What was your big­gest les­son? Amelie Kretz: A good plan and its ex­e­cu­tion equals a good race. I re­al­ized that nu­tri­tion and pac­ing are go­ing to be way more im­por­tant in Olympic than sprint dis­tance. TMC: In all three of these races you had the fastest run. Your 5 km run has im­proved from 19: 03 in 2010 to 16: 36 this year. What con­trib­uted to this im­prove­ment?

AK: In 2011, I trav­elled with my coach, Kyla Rollinson, to races in Europe. I was do­ing well on the lo­cal and na­tional sprint scene, but it was on this trip that I re­al­ized I would need to work harder to match the tal­ent at the in­ter­na­tional level. I in­creased my run mileage and changed my run pro­gram. My run im­proved but un­for­tu­nately I got a stress frac­ture. This in­ci­dent was a good les­son about im­prov­ing my run, preventing in­jury and real­iz­ing how wa­ter run­ning is key to re­cov­ery.

TMC: Do you pre­fer train­ing in a group or on your own? AK: I used to like to train­ing on my own when I lived in Mon­treal. It was what I was used to and I didn’t have a lot of train­ing part­ners. Now, be­ing with Craig Tay­lor and the train­ing squad in Guelph, Ont., I am get­ting used to train­ing with a group and I pre­fer it.

Left Amelie Kretz wins the 2013 itu Sprint Triathlon Pan Amer­i­can Cup in Bridgetown, Bar­ba­dos

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