5 Tips To Succeed At Your Tribe 14-Class Challenge.

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Lots of firsts for me here.

1 – I’ve never participated in a multi day commitment to fitness challenge – unless you count my race training – which I guess is a challenge, but it’s different.

2 – I’m now hosting the challenge too, at Tribe, so this is super fun!

Here’s what you need to know! (so read on and think about joining me!)

We’re challenging the Tribe to 14 classes in 14 days. Do you have what it takes? Of course you do! We believe in you. To help you along your journey, here are 5 tips to make the most of your challenge.

1. Commit!

The first step to accepting our challenge couldn’t be any easier. Use your current class packages, monthly unlimited pass, or the special 2-Week Challenge Unlimited pass to attend 14 of your favourite classes between June 1-14th and be entered to win some awesome prizes from our amazing partners New Balance Canada, Ciele Athletics, Garden of Life, and Nuun Canada.

2. Define Your Why.

What do you want it more than? Cultivate a well-thought out, honest goal that will continue to motivate you for the 14 classes. Share your goal on the back of your challenge card, and on social, and keep it on your mind as your motivation to move more over these 14 days.

3. Schedule Your 14 Classes Now.

Approach your challenge like the non-negotiable meetings from your workday. Schedule them in at the start of the week either online or in person, and don’t let anything get in your way. You are unstoppable!

4. Invite Your Tribe.

Sometimes it does take a village, and it can certainly make a difference when your friends and family support your effort to cultivate health and wellness in your life. Invite your Tribe to join you in studio for the challenge, ask your work colleagues to hold you accountable and follow up daily with how the challenge is going, or simply share your progress through social – online followers are a great way to connect, inspire, and be motivated – and don’t forget to tag us too! (@Tribe_Fitness – but you already knew that right?)

5. Celebrate Your Success.

One class done? Awesome! Remembered your workout clothes? Woo hoo! Did your first yoga class? Hurray!
No matter the size of your success, celebrate it. Let this 14-class challenge present you with an opportunity to reveal your best self and to create a habit of healthy routines. Don’t think of this challenge as short-term; rather, you are reaffirming your commitment to yourself—and we are so excited to be along for the journey!

Pop in to the studio and pick up your Challenge Tracking Card any time, and start booking your classes online today!

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Race Report: Toronto Triathlon Festival

This past Sunday one of my favourite triathlons of the season happened, the Toronto Triathlon Festival. I have participated in this race almost every year it has happened, and for the past two years have had the honour of being the Director of Ambassadors, coordinating the community ambassador team.

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This years race happened a couple weeks later in the season which was really nice, because the water was much warmer, and definitely felt that way. Something else new this year was the location of the expo. The swim start, finish line, post race party, and expo all happened in the parking lot of Ontario Place. This great change meant that everything you needed was close at hand, and it definitely made for a more spectator friendly experience.

The race festivities kicked off on Friday when the expo opened, and got really exciting Saturday with the shake our run with Olympian Simon Whitfield, and the ambassador team. Over the past couple years I’ve got to know Simon through this event and any chance to hear him speak is one I jump all over. He makes amazing connections to mindfulness and sport and has this real way of speaking the truth while being motivating and hopeful for athletes no matter their level of experience. What resonated with me this year, was him once again keeping it real, and sharing the nerves he experienced when at the start line – questioning whether he belonged – if his equipment was ood enough compared to others – and his ability… turns out he’s just like us!

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My Goals

After coming off of back-to-back injuries since May my goals were pretty modest, as even days before the race I was uncertain that I would even cross the start line. After an extensive self-care and recovery strategy I felt healthy enough to start and set the following three race goals:

  1. Run Fast! Prior to my injury, I had been putting more of a focus on running, racing faster, and using the race mantra that no mater what my watch said I would be racing to the maximum of my intensity – and in an ideal race situation, not referring to my watch.  I was able to do this in Mississauga and in Kincardine and I’ve found that with my watch I have been intentionally running slower, because I would look at my pace and doubt myself thinking “oh no, I can’t hold  4:55” when truthfully I could, and did. So my goal was to stop doubting myself and run fast and the hardest I could in every moment.file1-6
  2. Place something other than 5th and 8th. So the truth about this goal, and any goal that has to do with place, it really has nothing to do with me and my performance as much as who else is there that day – so it’s a crappy goal. You see, I can race a PB, but if someone faster is there, my goal has failed, I can’t control it. So really I don’t suggest these types of goals, but for me it seems like every triathlon I place either 5th or 8th, including Kincardine where I set the same goal, and still came 5th. So I set this goal again, and placed 7th in my age group. Now fourth would’ve been nice too, but I’m happy with 7th – and not 5th or 8th.
  3. Look competitive AF! This goal was a fun extension of our Ragnar Relay. When we thought we might be placing near the top our van came up with the one liner “You look competitive”. It was funny and made me think of the gals in my crew, which acted as inspiration as well. So in action, this goal was similar to my first, at every moment of the race, keep my head in the game, and look strong and focused and competitive AF – even if that wasn’t how I felt. It certainly helped me to stay in the moment and keep moving ahead and being strong.

Following the race TTF had food trucks, vendors, and a beer garden. I picked up a new triathlon kit from a Montreal company called Brava (check them out here) and we hung around, recovering, reflecting, and having a great time in the sun.

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This was certainly a great year to race TTF and if it’s on your goal list, don’t wait any longer.

My next race is in Wasaga Beach, where i’ve decided again to race the sprint distance (vs my original plan of the Olympic). TTF has certainly fired me up and I’m already looking forward to putting in the work to stay injury free and cross that finish line – maybe this time in 4th 😉 (who am I kidding, I really want to podium)

 

Making The Most of #IPLC2017

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This post was originally shared through a blog I wrote for Parc. View the original post at http://parc.ophea.net/article/making-most-iplc2017.

The International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) is coming to the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, April 12-15, 2017. The IPLC is designed to bring together sport, health, education and recreation experts and practitioners, and policy-makers from across Canada and around the world to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe. The conference will engage leaders, practitioners and stakeholders of physical literacy from around the world in a truly collaborative and innovative environment – and just happens to be the first place my book with Human Kinetics, Physical Literacy On The Move, will appear.

PARC and Ophea are very excited to be participating in this year’s IPLC. As a PARC Trainer, and H&PE Consultant with Ophea, I will be leading two workshops at #IPLC2017, so have complied my top five list for getting the most out of your conference experience!

1. Start following the hashtag NOW!

See who else is getting excited about #IPLC2017 and start connecting. Learn what they’re looking forward to and where they’re coming from. People come from around the world to this conference, so let’s get excited for a global physical literacy uprising together. Also, don’t forget to follow @S4L_SPV and @parcontario on Twitter. (And me too! @CatchingHeather)

2. Be prepared!

Many of the workshops at #IPLC2017 are active, so wear your runners and be dressed to move. Also consider bringing a water bottle, healthy snacks, and possibly an extra shirt for a quick change – you never know when a DancePl3y flash mob will break out!

3. Plan your workshops now.

Why wait? Sure, from years of attending and presenting at HPE conferences I know the first evening is usually reserved for sitting around with your team, and a few drinks, and making your conference workshop picks. “Ok, I’ll trade you a Getting Active After-School workshop in time slot B3 (Thursday April 13th) for an Addressing the Gender Gap in Physical Literacy workshop in time slot D3 (Friday April 14th)” Don’t wait! Make those picks now! Check out the workshop descriptions and conference festivities on IPLC website.

4. Leave the pen, bring your smart phone.

Why worry about missing an important fact while copying notes from a Power Point when you can just take a photo of the slide and keep on learning. This also applies to resources, videos of games, dances, or activities – don’t worry about writing the rules or steps, catch it in live action for later reference. Even better yet tweet that out (referencing the presenter of course – or even better, tag them directly in the tweet) and share it with the entire physical literacy community. If it’s inspired you, it’ll be guaranteed to inspire someone else. Don’t forget the hashtag #IPLC2017.

5. Be open to new ideas!

Take risks and move out of you comfort zone when it comes to new experiences, and learning. Try activities that are new and be open to new ideas and ways of thinking and doing. Attending a conference of this calibre is about connecting with people. So, be sure to bring a great level of energy, pack a water bottle, and most importantly have fun!