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Monday, April 27, 2020

Lissa Bissonnette; Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My main focus before COVID-19 was making sure I qualified for the games. Step 1: than after April 20th, once I qualified, it was to reach the top 5 at the games. 

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Right now, I consider myself lucky if we get a national race this year.  I am not expecting to race, only to train. That being said, with all the restrictions about social distancing my personal goal is to improve my mental weaknesses (taking advantage of the time to strengthen this with mindfulness and visualization) and some mobility. Which are shoulder mobility, hips mobility plus strengthening my rotators cuffs, all those small muscles that we often forget during the season and help to keep me healthy during long season.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

I’m trying to be optimistic with the situation and take advantage to improve some aspect that I don’t always work on. 

Our olympic qualification were suppose to happen a few weekends ago. It is sad that this will happen in a year but being an Olympian is to be resilient and being able to adapt. Right now, I set myself some small daily goal at the beginning of the day. It can be something as simple as trying a new recipe, getting two workout done today or no screen time between 1 pm to 5 pm. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing? 

Right now, like many Canadians my mental state is up and down. This situation helps me realize why I like sports and that I’m truly doing it for me and nobody else. I LOVE when I get the chance to get a workout outside. When it rains or it’s too cold to train outside, those are hard days for me. I’m forced to train a lot in my dusty garage where i have a TRX, some sands bags, elastic band and two dumbbells. You don’t need much to have a good workout. I like to open the garage door, train and try to say hi to the people that walk by, give them a smile. Every time, I get to smile to someone new and they smile back, it’s just gives me a little more motivation and it means so much to me, it gives me a little tap in my back and we got this. 

Thanks for sharing Lissa - glad to see you are staying focused.  Have never seen a kayak erg before, been on a concept 2 rower but that looks cool.

Take care!

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada