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TMC: What are your thoughts on having a highperformance female coach? AK: I think that this is incredibly important. Having Kyla allowed me to open up about everything. During my development years, she was not only a coach, but a friend. She knows me as an athlete and a person. Her pro triathlon and pro bike racing experience was priceless because she knew the intimate details and subtleties of the strategies, as well as the physical and psychological experiences involved in elite-level races.
TMC: You say you love adrenaline and that you are friends with many of your domestic competitors. Have you ever run into problems having to compete directly against your friends? AK: I have had competitive friends my whole life. I am used to it now and I don’t find it a problem. I have made the conscious decision to separate the friendship and competition parts of the relationships.
TMC: What will be your biggest challenge over the next three years? AK: Making the Olympic team. My coaches have a three-year plan and I need to follow it. The biggest thing in this plan is to stay healthy. If I stay healthy, then I can hopefully help Canada earn three Olympic spots. If I earn one of these spots for Canada, I will hopefully be selected to the team.
(Ed.: Canada will be awarded up to three female spots. These spots are allocated based on World Cup rankings several months before the Olympics).
TMC: Are you going to stay in Guelph? AK: I know my education is important. The training centre in Guelph makes it easy to train at a high level and study at the same time. I plan to be in Vitoria, Spain for the next three summers to train with the National Team.
TMC: Lastly, you are studying nutrition. Do you have a secret super food that you are willing to share with us? AK: I always have avocados with me. I used to eat a lot of beets, but I am off them now. I find they don’t agree with me before races.