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Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Contents Volume 8 Issue 6 -

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.

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