I am a 20 year old medical student and triathlete, currently living in Kingston, Ontario.
My journey in sport began without any expectations. I participated in competitive swimming early on, but was not exactly focussed on results. I was also part of my high schools’ cross country team; I loved the sport and the friendships I had made, but was always a ‘middle of the pack’ runner. In the middle of my high school years, I decided that success in sports simply wasn’t for me. I participated in sports in order to stay healthy, but never had any performance aspirations.
My passion for triathlon was sparked in university, when I joined the Queen’s University Varsity Triathlon team, with the goal of staying fit. After half a year of training with the team, I was hooked, and decided to go ‘all in’ and take triathlon seriously. I did a lot of research on my own, watching swimming videos, and learning what proper running form looks like. I started training every day, and for the first time, saw results! My first outdoor triathlon was the Ottawa Standard Distance Championships in June 2017, where I surprised myself with my split times. I had strength and resilience that I did not even know existed. After that race, I knew that I could be competitive in this sport, and raced 6 other triathlons that year. Highlights included coming in 3rd female overall at MSC’s Kingston Sprint Tri, and winning my age group at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka! I also win the award for best cycling tan lines, as they are still visible from last summer!
At the end of the 2017 summer season, I joined forces with Loaring Personal Coaching as a member of the Hurdle Project, and have been training hard all year under the guidance of coach Alex Coates.
Overall, triathlon has completely changed my life. Through the sport, I have gained self-confidence, formed lifelong friendships, and have led a much more healthy and balanced lifestyle. Being able to set and achieve goals that are not related to academics has allowed me to experience sport in a fulfilling way and helped me to step outside of my comfort zone.
As for the upcoming season of racing, I have a packed schedule! I’ll be kicking my season off in Tobago at the Massy Rainbow Cup, and racing a couple 70.3’s, including Barrelman. I’ll also be working as an event staff at several MSC races! I am so excited to see how this season unfolds and have loved every minute of the training process.
Feel free to follow my Instagram profile, where the majority of my triathlon journey is documented: @maiamonster