I'm Jessica, a Registered Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist, Professional Kinesiologist, CSEP-Clinical Exercise Physiologist, CSEP-High Performance Specialist, and triathlete.
I help triathletes, just like you, improve their performance and body composition by reducing the confusion and overwhelm when it comes to nutrition and strength training.
I teach you what to eat, when, and how much, and how to strength train for triathlon year-round so that you get faster, you get stronger, and you feel your best.
I'm not your average sports nutritionist and strength coach
I started competitive swimming at 11 years old and loved it! I felt accomplished every time I hit a personal best. In my late teens, I pushed myself to become faster and more efficient. I thrived on hitting personal bests and wanted to do everything that I could to help me do so. I ate healthy foods frequently throughout the day and I strength trained after swim practice. And I kept getting faster right up until I retired to go to university.
In university, I sought out a master's swim club as I desired that discipline and euphoria. However, this swim club was non-competitive and I needed a goal to work towards. So I joined the university's triathlon club as they swam at the same time as the master's team.
I was hooked. I had two new disciplines to learn - road biking and running. However, as I'm sure you have experienced yourself, training for three sports takes a lot more time than one - and I had a lot to learn.
I'm a triathlete who had to figure it out all on her own:
1) how to strength train for triathlon
Surprisingly, my triathlon coach did not give out strength programs - we were just told to do it, so I did.
I remember strength training before a brick and my legs were dead. I didn't know how to adjust my strength training to match my new sport - I just copied what I did from my competitive swimming days.
I injured my knee a few years ago during an interval run. And my knee bothered me so much that I even used crutches while walking. I had to pull out of my all my races that season.
In hindsight, my strength training did not match my training as a triathlete at all. I was doing heavy weight lifts before high-intensity workouts and wasn't giving my body the time it needed to rest.
Once I figured out how to periodize my strength training around my triathlon training, I haven't had another injury (and hopefully will never have one again).
and 2) how to eat properly for triathlon
For years, I struggled with nausea and running out of energy during workouts, as a swimmer and a triathlete.
At the time, I thought, "it's okay, it's normal to puke in your mouth during workouts - that means you're working hard"
I even fainted one time on the pool deck during swim practice. Everyone asked me if I was eating enough, and I said yes, because I thought I was. I just copied what my teammates did during workouts and didn't think about what I was eating outside of training.
And knowing what I know now, I was not getting in all the calories I needed for the level of training I was doing.
I wasn't eating enough carbs before my workouts, I was eating too much too close to workouts, and I wasn't eating enough overall on a day-to-day basis.
I just didn't know what I was doing when it came to nutrition.
Once I learned what to eat, how much, and when, AND I started paying attention to eating enough, eating the right foods, and eating at the right time, my triathlon performance improved.
I hit a personal best in the sprint distance twice in the same summer. I don't bonk on long rides anymore. I have more energy during the day. And I rarely have nausea during my workouts.
I know that I am not the only one who struggled with nutrition and strength training
I did not have all the information and knowledge that I have now, and I wasn't taught it until I took my university degrees, so how could I have known any better?
This is why I focus on helping you, my fellow triathletes, learn how to eat and strength train for triathlon, so that you get faster, you get stronger, and you feel your best - no more nausea, fatigue, or low energy during training.