"I love the anticipation at the beginning of every dive. As I begin to drop below the surface of the water, the only thing I know for sure that is awaiting me is adventure. Every dive is different – EVERY DIVE. You could be diving the same spot, on the same dive site, 500 times & each one would be different. There could be different animals present, or the same animals exhibiting different behaviors. The currents can change creating a mild drift or a ripping ride. The light breaking the waves on the surface can turn yesterday’s drab looking swim over a patch of reef into today’s stunning kaleidoscope of colors.
"Running has been a way for me to get out and stay active while staying healthy. I also realized very quickly that I was a fast runner for my age group. Since I’m a competitive person, I always try to win my age group, or at least place in the top 3.
“My dance is neither a philosophy nor a job; it is the way I am feeling emotionally. This is #whyImove. I am not an actress. If I am not going through a certain emotion, I won’t be able to express it through dance. It doesn’t matter if I dance well or not — the most important thing is that I am real. The Bolshoi Ballet Academy is my childhood, my youth and my present, but I don’t have ballet idols. I am really inspired by people who do extreme sports. I think they are brave and emotionally very strong. The stage never gives you a second chance, so I prefer photos and videos. The camera is able to capture real and deep emotions. I can see myself developing in that direction in the future.”
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"I love running because it is my time to connect with myself, my friends and to think. I don’t run with music most of the time (unless it is Rachel Patton’s “Fight Song”) because I like to be free of distraction and be able to hear my body running. Running has also brought me some of my closest friends both here in the QCA and in the greater running community.
"It's about effort...[and] learn something, not just about lifting weights. They learn something about themselves - deep down inside."
"I'm loving exploring my abilities."
"Finding fitness taught me how to love myself again."
"I know God gave me this body with more potential than I have ever imagined and I aim to test that potential out in every way."
"When I train at home or the gym, I don't look in the mirrors - I focus on my work. When I start to think "is that person talking about me or laughing at me?" (yes, I think that all the time) - I mentally snap out of it and shake it off and FOCUS ON THE ACTIVITY. I move as if I am the only one in the gym."
“It’s my only quiet time. The only time I can just think.”
"when all you got to keep is strong
2014 - “The Canadian” Ironman
"I trail run outside almost everyday. Often, I leave home worried with unanswered questions, timing issues, contractual difficulties, scheduling challenges. Every single time, within five minutes, these are gone - evaporated. The brain has switched off, hypnotized by the regular rhythm of my running shoes on the trail's dirt and the inhale-exhale cycles. Focused on avoiding the roots and rocks and water, I let go and become creative. The funny thing is that when I get back home, these worries are usually gone for good. Lost on a Gatineau Park dirt trail, somewhere..."