We love podium finishes, and this year, after taking some time off to have her first child, Kim seems to be finding them quite often! We caught up with Kim after her impressive 2nd place finish at Ironman Mont Tremblant last weekend, read below for more!
Now that you've got a few races in your legs post pregnancy, how are you feeling?
It has been an amazing (and challenging) process to get my body back to this place. In some ways, I actually feel more bullet-proof and strong after not racing for a year and carrying around an extra 30 pounds! Things are clicking again and having fitness back is fun (and also difficult as it means fast running and riding!).
Does racing feel any different after having your child, either physically or motivation-wise?
It certainly feels different in the training as I have to be so scheduled without a hint of procrastination! There can be no snooze button! In terms of physically, I feel as strong and consistent as I've ever been. The only issue is staying healthy immunity-wise with Emma getting every bug that goes around and make no mistake, these are super-bugs! They absolutely destroy my husband and me! Motivation-wise I'm just looking at it as rare window for training and racing so I'm making the most of it! It won't be open forever!
How did you feel at Ironman Mont Tremblant? What were the highs and lows of the race?
I felt a quiet confidence at Tremblant! My training had been going well and I felt like I was in the kind of shape I was when I left triathlon in 2015. However, until there are numbers and performances to back that up it feels a bit shaky! You just don't know for sure!! The low of the race was getting out of a swim where my time off of racing and swim strategy really showed to only see 3 bikes left on the rack! I wanted to quit right then and there! The high(s) were gaining ground on the bike, feeling the passion for racing again and getting on the run to feel my legs were ready to rock! I was smiling and hunting!
Can you give a brief overview of how the race unfolded for you?
I certainly did not swim up to my potential. I was swimming with a group when the age group men came through and broke us up. I swam alone the rest of the way and it felt VERY long! On the bike I resolved to follow my plan and see where the day headed. I felt better each lap and had fun assessing the time to the girls in front. Finally, on the run I knew it would be key to just keep it conservative for the first five miles and then see what I could do to run down as many women as possible. By half way, I knew I was getting closer and that gave me motivation to keep the pedal down!
What did your nutrition look like in the 24 hours or so leading up to the race?
My nutrition is pretty bland in terms of there aren't many fun new foods! I eat a large breakfast with pancakes made with Ultragrain flour and toast (welcome to carb-town)! I snack on fat-free fig newtons and pretzels. For lunch, I have a turkey sandwich and some pretzels. Dinner is early (5pm) and light with a side of pasta and some chicken. I also hydrate with sports drink to keep sodium levels high and get extra carbohydrates!
What did you guys do after the race to celebrate? More importantly, what did you eat?
Once I got myself together my husband and I were treated to a nice evening alone since my mother-in-law came with us and offered to watch Emma! I actually took pictures it was such a rare evening to be alone sitting on the porch of one of our favorite places from the last time we were in town and I could actually eat which was a surprise! I had a filet and side of pasta with a glass of white wine! It was fantastic!
What's next for you for the remainder of 2017?
That's a great question as I don't even know at the moment! I start teaching as an assistant professor of nutrition next week so time to train will be limited. I'm talking to my coach today to see if we can pull off one more big one in 2017! I guess my answer is TBD!
Thanks for the interview and for your support! I love Primo Smoothie Meal! It keeps my immunity up and supplements my protein needs in such a delicious shake!
Thanks, Kim. We hope for at least one more big one in 2017, and many more in 2018 and beyond. Congratulations from Field Work Nutrition!