In Beyond the Finish Line, you describe the words “strength” and “weakness.” I’d love to hear your definitions for both.
My rowing career taught me that a strength can also be a weakness. For example, I am a passionate and emotionally-driven athlete. I was attached to my teammates and to showing up for them and with them. This fuelled my fire to push myself to be my absolute best. However, my strengths could also overwhelm me; for example, when I became oversensitive in a team meeting and/or on the water. The saying, “it is not a time to be emotional,” I don’t believe in that. Rather, I believe in the saying, “it is not a time to let your emotions get the best of you.”
It is all about being self-aware: About knowing what drives you and makes you excel, but also about watching for how these aspects of yourself can become less productive. Then you can really dial in on your strengths.
How do you deal with critics?
I am sensitive to the opinions of people I care about and respect. Critics in the general sense, however, don’t take up much of my energy. Most people speak their opinion without context or deep understanding, so I take most critique with a grain of salt.
How do you practice self-care in your daily life?
Physical fitness is still a big part of my daily/weekly routine. Taking the time to do a 45 minute functional movement class at Movement 108, leading spin classes at Cadence Vancouver, or climbing Grouse Mountain are my top picks and make me feel more clear headed and taken care of.
What are your new goals?
One of the really great parts of being retired from high performance sport is that I can truly diversify and set other goals! Whether it is breaking 40 minutes on the Grouse Grind or doing a three-day juice cleanse to see what happens - these are things I didn’t have the mental or physical energy to test out when I was training full-time.
Where did you find your community after sport?
I feel like my community is still sport. I have been able to meet different and new people within that community. Coming home to Vancouver, I have set up a solid fitness routine at my favourite places: Cadence Vancouver Spinning (where I teach) and Movement 108, where I work on muscle balance, functional movement, and throw kettle bells around - it’s fun!