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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Noelle Montcalm: Staying Home, Staying Healthy

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

Since the Games have been postponed a full year, and we are unsure as to when or if we will even have any type of competition schedule this year, right now we are focusing on maintaining my current fitness. I had built a good base the last several months, and while at this point we would be transitioning to an early competition phase, where I would have already raced 2 or 3 times outdoors, we are now just continuing with more base work, while working on some other things as well (flexibility, strength, speed to some extent while we can).   Training was not easy mentally when we first found out facilities were closed, and then that Canada was pulling out of a 2020 Olympics, and then learning of a total postponement. I am at a better place now with more definitive answers and a better timeline than a month or so ago trying to approach training with a completely unknown future timeline.

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

Trying to always look at the positives, like I said, training was not easy for the last month or so (much like for anyone), but right now I am thankful that I am still able to do something day to day, be it in my basement or outside to an extent. I guess I am looking at this extended period to focus on some weaknesses and to just slow down each phase of training.  I can take a small step away from hurdling and hopefully save my body from extra stress and possible injury.  Right now I can focus on building a really strong base for when we get back into competing!

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

I thrive on routine, so through this unprecedented period, I am really trying to maintain that routine with training as much as possible, but also with my sleeping and eating habits. All areas have been difficult because now I am at home so much more, and although I am still training in some capacity, I am not expending extra energy throughout the day. But keeping those routine has allowed my mental state a break from the realities the world is facing together right now.

Thanks Noelle, for sharing your insights.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada