Pro Motion Clinic Athlete of the Month – Kiah Loewen
Congratulations to Pro Motions
Athlete of the Month!
What made you decide to compete in Triathlons?
I grew up running with my dad, and I swam competitively in middle school. After moving to Kelowna two years ago, I started cycling in the Athena women’s bike group through Fresh Air. I have always been interested in triathlons for the challenge and commitment that come along with them, and this year I felt that I had experience in all three aspects and should enter in my first race.
Which event do you find the most challenging?
I think swimming is the most daunting for many athletes, and while it is for me too, I am lucky that I’ve been swimming my whole life and that it’s one of my stronger areas. Cycling is the newest for me, so mentally I have to think the most about technique and pace during the bike portion.
What was the most important aspect in preparing for the event?
I was lucky enough to participate in the Fresh Air training clinic with two amazing coaches, Vanessa and Emanuela. Having both the encouragement and advice from two women with major success in their own athletic endeavours was an invaluable part of my training process. Also- consistency, consistency, consistency. Put in the work and the results will follow.
What is your go-to pre-event meal?
The morning of a race is a crucial time to prepare your body, and I think pre-event nutrition is an easy one for new athletes to miss out on. The best thing I’ve done is made overnight oats with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, cinnamon and honey or maple syrup. All you have to do is heat it up in the morning (and coffee of course). You want your carbs:protein:fat ratio at about a 3:1:1 for before an event.
Do you have any post-event traditions?
I think a really good cheat meal is always a win after a race.
Do you have any training advice for new triathletes?
Find a training plan and stick to it. There were many days that felt like I was getting nowhere and that my progress was stalled, but I got up and did every workout on my plan anyway. You have to believe in yourself and that you deserve to do well. If you don’t, pretend you do until it becomes true. The body achieves what the mind believes.