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Interview with Karine “You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined”

Karine is a passionate endurance athlete based in Montreal, Canada. She loves to challenge herself and push herself to the edge. She competed in multiple triathlons and running races as well as crossed the uniquely challenging Lake Saint-Jean in Quebec, a 33km swim! Learn more about her training, lifestyle, and more!
French, English
Personal Motto 
You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined
Favorite Food 
Favorite Athlete
Lucy Charles
Favorite Exercise 
Long Run
When do you train? 
Short or Long Distance? 
Hills or Flat Route? 
Favorite Cycling Kit Color? 
Black black
Your favorite DS PRO kit? 
Which do you think is the most important feature of the cycling/triathlon outfits that you use during the competitions? *
Comfortable + easy to remove quickly
What gets you out of bed every morning?
I love my life in general – I embrace every day life is giving me
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
I love my morning routine: meditation, stretch\yoga for 20 min, audiobooks. I search for one good quote of the day, to do list (priority of the day)
What are your hobbies besides triathlon?
Rock climbing, yoga, hiking, scuba diving, golf, ski, snow shoes, drawing, reading, philanthropist, gym, diner with friends
What is the best piece of the health/cycling/triathlon training advice you’ve ever received?
We have to remember that no matter how hard we wish to compete and perform at a race, that we are doing this to have fun in the first place. Enjoy the process not only the race
What is your most challenging/ memorable race?
I cross the St-John Lake in Quebec, 33km swim (3 teams). It was really scary, a lot of big waves and we couldn’t see the bottom, it was so dark! Few swimmers had panic attack and I had to remain calm and finish my personal goal of crossing this huge lake ! What an adventure!
Why do you tri/ cycling?
I love to challenge myself and being push out of my comfort zone. I am well served with triathlon.
What is your #1 fitness habit?
I plan my week ahead in my agenda. Swim, bike, run, strength, stretch, that way I have no excuses because its in my agenda! I stick to the plan.
How do you motivate yourself to train?
It’s now part of my daily lifestyle but I stick to my weekly plan, tired or not (some exceptions sometimes ;)) I know I will benefit from my training after, it releases my daily stress and creates happy hormones. 🙂
How do you train daily for your competitions? And what is your diet?
During competition season I train around 10 to 12 hours per week. One hour every night and I do blocks of swim/bike or bike\run on the weekend plus a session of strength training. My diet is mainly vegetarian (90%) and I started fasting 3 days \year and 16 hours \day. It improves a lot your growth hormones and reduces inflammatory (muscles, recovery, etc) It’s amazing for athletes!!!!!
What kind of music do you like to listen when you’re training or before the race?
House music
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