One of the most popular open water swimming events in Canada is being held in Penticton on Sunday August 12. In this Fitspeek Express interview, Kevin Heinze chats with Skaha Ultra Swim founder Steve King about the history of the event, as well of some of the more impressive performances.
This week’s Fitspeek features top age-group athlete and firefighter, Duane Foley from Fort Langley. He did a lot of sports in school including being a high level curler (!) but he only discovered the sport of triathlon later in life. Like many of us, he paid his dues, including being near to last out of … Continue reading "As fast as a cheetah as crazy as a monkey: Duane Foley, Fitspeek 37"
If you are a cyclist in the Fraser Valley you probably have heard of Phoenix Velo. They have been offering Saturday training sessions, Thursday night time trials, and of course the world famous Wednesday night crits. Now, in addition to Phoenix Velo, there is a new cycling group in the valley. In this episode of … Continue reading "Matt Campbell: United Velo"
Take Fitspeek with you this weekend on the road whether that’s on the Trans-Canada, Highway 97, or the manic dash to the ferry terminals. We have an hour of entertaining and insightful content featuring Canadian Triathlon Legend Jeff Symonds. Jeff has been an icon in the sport with his special kind of mental toughness that … Continue reading "Fitspeek 35: Your long weekend aural fixation"
Zack’s most recent Between The Ears segment is on mental toughness. Who better to help elaborate on that theme than Penticton Wunderboy Jeff Symonds. Jeff has made a career as a professional triathlete by training wisely and getting ugly when the chips are down. In Fitspeek 35 Zack Neufeld explains the academic framework for mental … Continue reading "Coming Soon to Fitspeek – Zack Neufeld and Jeff Symonds: On Mental Toughness"
Program 34 features an interview with the organizer of the Abbotsford Run For Water and the all new Ride For Water. In our interview with Peg Peters we find out about his motivation for the creation of the event, his alliance with local “Gravel King” Matt Scott, as well as why the events are just … Continue reading "Fitspeek 34: Peg Peters – Run For Water"
Thanks for waiting! Here is part two of our interview with Vancouver professional triathlete Nathan Killam, a guy his competitors call a pyscho on the downhills, and the most positive pro male triathlete competing today. We dust off that veneer and reveal his murky obsessions with Zwift and peanut butter, we discover his least favourite … Continue reading "Did someone say peanut butter? The Nathan Killam Interviews – Part B"
Hang on for an interesting, motivating, and sometimes hilarious sixty minutes with Fitspeek favourite Nathan Killam. Last year we told you the story of this former heavy duty mechanic-Burger King lover turned fire fighter and professional triathlete. This year we caught up with Nathan between training sessions as he prepares for his best ever performance … Continue reading "Fitspeek 33: Return To Wildflower – The Nathan Killam Interviews (Part A)"
We are excited about bringing you our most recent interview with professional triathlete Nathan Killam from Vancouver.
In Fitspeek 33 we go deep with one of the favourites to perform well at the world famous Wildflower Long Course Triathlon next month. Be listening to the interview for your chance to win with F2C and Dynamic Race Events.
Up until now, Fitspeek has been the Fraser Valley’s Fitness, Wellness, and Endurance Sports Podcast but to capitalize on the ever-growing first time parents segment of the population, we are changing our focus to a sort of Parenting Today approach. Our first contribution is from Nathan Killam. In this segment, Nathan speaks about father/son dynamics.
From professional soccer player to web designer, to elite triathlete, to “Mr. Mom” to “The Music Man” Abbotsford’s Vince Dimanno has had a wide variety of jobs and pursuits. Vince is now the owner of Deep Blue Creative and a coach with the Abbotsford Triathlon Club. In our second Vince Speeks segment, we hear about … Continue reading "Fitspeek 32: Vince Speeks & Heritage to Hatzic"
We’re happy to unleash Fitspeek 31 on all of our listeners. Spring is here and so is some all new information and inspiration on the program. We lead things off with segment 1 of our feature interview with Abbotsford’s Vince Dimanno. Vince has led a very interesting life with sports a very big part of … Continue reading "Fitspeek 31: Vince Speeks!"
This week on Fitspeek we introduce you to a very interesting guy, Abbotsford’s Vince Dimanno.
You’ve heard of that saying “Jack of all trades but master of none” – Vince’s life challenges that assertion, as he’s been a professional soccer player, high-level triathlete, newspaper columnist, and musician/singer.
He’s all that and a nice guy to boot! Fitspeek will be featuring an eight segment series on Vince starting this week.
Our latest Fitspeek guest is local business owner Charlotte Lepp. Lepp’s Farm Market in Abbotsford is the go-to place for locally grown meat and vegetables. Although Charlotte was never a high school sports star, she’s proof that regular exercise can do wonders for a person’s quality of life Listen to Charlotte’s story by pressing play. … Continue reading "At the Intersection of Fitness & Business: Introducing Charlotte Lepp"
In Fitspeek 29 Kevin Watt is back with his social media shout outs and Zack Neufeld has part two of his Between The Ears series on positive self-talk. Our feature interview is with a person who is largely responsible for the race choices that we have as multisport athletes here in BC. Joe Dixon sort of got … Continue reading "Fitspeek 29: The Joe Dixon Story"
In our last Fitspeek podcast (#28) we spoke with F2C owner Greg Cowan. In the interview Greg spoke about some of the exciting athletes that F2C is working with this year including Penticton’s Jenn Annett who is preparing for Ironman Texas. Also in the interview, Greg told us that F2C’s Endurance Formula will soon be available. Soon is now!
In our first contest of the year F2C and Fitspeek are teaming up for you to win some Endurance 5:1. Here’s how to enter.
Share one of Fitspeek’s or F2C’s posts on Twitter or Facebook & tag 3 friends to tell them how awesome F2C is, or be creative and tell us how you plan to use Endurance 5:1 in an EPIC training session. Bonus points will be given to contestants who leave us a comment BELOW, telling us about an endurance event that they are signed up for in 2018.
As all of us get back into our serious racing and training sessions with the start of a new year, Mission’s F2C Nutrition is launching a new endurance formula product. Greg Cowan from F2C is our guest. He’ll be telling us about the science behind the product, the F2C pro athlete line up (featuring THIS … Continue reading "Fitspeek 28: Going Long(er) with F2C"
With the dark season rapidly transitioning into the “light-season” it is also (at least for many folks) race season. On our last Fitspeek podcast, our Zack Neufeld reported on the Abbotsford Running Room’s Hypothermic Half. This weekend saw the running of the very popular Pacific First Half Marathon in Vancouver.
And although there were many incredible stories from the race including a new race record in the female division, a race to the wire for Mikey Ross, and a solid performance for Zack Neufeld, one of the biggest local stories was the personal best turned in by Abbotsford’s Jen Burns. We are happy to have her as our first race report of 2018. Way to go Jen!
My last long distance race, which was a 1/2 marathon, was May 2010. After multiple injuries (because not being a smart athlete and listening to my body), I got frustrated and just stopped running altogether. This spring while spending many weekends in Whistler while our son skied on the glaciers, I was bored, so started running again…slowly and short jaunts. It wasn’t until August after volunteering at the Ironman Canada did I start running more seriously again. It inspired me.
So I was excited about today but also mixed emotions…can I do this again?
I did have a training plan but due to lots of “life/family” stuff this past month, I didnt stick to it. My goal originally was 1:45 when I got this training plan, but today I chose to have no expectations being my first one back and the lack of training, seriously, I would be happy with under 2 hours.
So happy I chose the Pacific Half as my first one back. Could not have had better weather! Oh my gosh the run was so beautiful and even though 2 degrees, felt warm because of the sunshine. I seriously tried to take it all in!
I started feeling really good…maybe too good (adrenaline and excitement) as I started with a quicker pace but I slowed myself down a bit. One thing about my running is I keep my pace once I get into my groove. (I usually don’t finish well–I don’t have the sprinting genes in me–but I am a steady eddy)
Around the 8k mark the mind games started. I had a gel (which I usually dont train with…I know bad girl, but knew I would probably need it)…a certain song came on my playlist that made me overcome the self doubt …also took in the scenery of the mountains at this point and ENJOYED.
Felt pretty good until we went into Stanley park around Lost lagoon. I don’t know if it was the switch from pavement to gravel path, but that whole loop I felt like my form was a hot mess and the mind worms started again but then coming out of the park, I knew I was on the home stretch. Also being near the end of the race, my legs were starting to tire and I could feel that glute muscle I have injured before, so I decided to try a mustard packet. Something I heard about that helps with cramping. Figured I was almost done with about 4k left, so give it a go. I think it helped?? who knows…will have to experiment more.
I ran side by side with another guy at this point…we had this ‘unspoken’ “let’s run together, let’s do this!” It was really good energy and we stuck with each the whole way (until he sprinted at the end and I tried…actually better than usual
I heard Mikey cheering me on at the finish…that made me smile Thanks Mikey!
Body feels good now, but stomach not so much. Yes, I was bad. I had a gel, which I know they don’t sit well with me, some liquid nutrition and mustard. lol. So who knows what it was that made me have gut rot. I am going to blame the gel as I know from the past they are hard on my stomach.
Such a great day. I really enjoyed the company before and after with friends and the yummy sushi. I should have bought some for the family as well Mikey, as that’s what they all want for dinner
Chip time 1:46:04
Out in the Okanagan this weekend for Family Day. It’s nice to see the sunshine for a change, even if it is below freezing. A lot of neat things happening on the Fitspeek front. First off, thanks for the amazing response to our most recent interview with Escape Velocity Spring Series organizer Ryan Cousineau. If the interview motivated you to become a roadie, or at least a road race a try, go to http://www.escapevelocity.bc.ca
Secondly, we are excited about the upcoming interviews that we will be bringing to you. The Run For Water in Abbotsford is growing by leaps and bounds and this year will be featuring cycling-related events. I also heard of a film-festival and a connection to a well-known local brewery! We will speak to Peg Peters from the Run For Water to confirm these exciting events! By the way, if you did want to participate in the RIDE For Water, you can save yourself $45.00 if you do it before Valentine’s Day. Click here to register now and save a few bucks http://www.runforwater.ca/ride
Thirdly, if you are one of the thousands of folks driving between Maple Ridge and Abbotsford on Highway 11, you have no doubt seen the masses of cars parked at the parking lot on Clayburn Road. We will be interviewing the brains and the soul of Lepp’s Farm Market. Charlotte Lepp will be our guest and will be telling us about some tasty (and healthy!) local foods as well as her favourite fitness pursuits.
Fourthly, the ever-energetic Harv Bergen over at Life-Cycles in Abbotsford has offered us a novel idea! Have you ever seen the Jerry Seinfeld Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee ? Harv suggested a Fitspeek series spinoff featuring bicycles, interviews, and coffee. It sounds like more work for Brandon Jones! Speaking of Brandon, drop us a note of encouragement to let Brandon know you are listening & loving his new Fitspeek segment “Jonsies Top Five.”
That’s it for now. Have a safe and FITASTIC weekend.
There’s not too many sure things in life anymore but you can count on the Spring Series to be here. The long-standing bike races are once again returning to the Fraser Valley to give locals opportunity to harvest their fitness from months of training in the basement, or on the dark and rain-swept roads.
If you are a person who is interested in doing your first road cycling race, you should really listen to my interview with Ryan Coussineau from Escape Velocity Cycling. He goes through the process that you should follow in order to be prepared when the series starts up in a couple of weeks. No, you don’t need a ten thousand dollar bike to do this stuff!
In addition to information on the Escape Velocity Club, my Fitspeek Express Interview inevitably goes to the dogs as Ryan and I digress into conversations about his newly-found MOBI bike fetish (?) and his EPIC charity ride up Oxford Street in White Rock. Hear all that, and tales of Cosco Scotch by pressing play below!