May 2014. I am a weight loss trainer and you know what is the most difficult for my clients? The retention period after they have reached their goal.
Losing weight is difficult, but the process is clear. Eat less / better and move more. What happens when they lose those 20 pounds? Are they "healed"? Not at all and this is the real challenge, knowing how to manage all this despite the fact that the maintenance objective is completely different and almost invisible.
May 2020. I am a trainer in running and you know what is the most difficult for my runners? The retention period after they have reached their goal.
In this period of unknowns, the objectives were not achieved, they were put aside and postponed. Nothing is clear anymore.
What exactly should I do coach? What is my next event? Where are we going?
There is no point in looking too far. You have to be patient, wise, regular and rigorous. With a monthly game plan, well defined weekly and with daily goals.
“A calendar on my slate wall… And I know what I have to do for the next month. Each week, the task at hand is clear and mindful of my limits. Every day, I set myself a realistic and motivating goal. 5 km of running? 10km of cycling? 10 minutes of weight training? 15 minutes of stretching? Eat at least 3 cups of vegetables? Walk 30 minutes? Drink 2 liters of water? Regardless, I have a simple goal and I will achieve it. ''
Come back, May 2014. The real success is not to lose these 20 pounds, it's to maintain. Find a way to motivate yourself every day to be careful even if losing weight is no longer a goal in itself. This is when we really win and we become unbeatable in the long term.
Back in May 2020. What if it was possible? And if we take advantage of this ignorant moment to become invincible. I am talking about learning to maintain what we have acquired and taking advantage of this moment to solidify our mental strength. It's easy to be motivated when there is an exam in 6 weeks. So talk to me about keeping this great motivation even if the reward is not tangible.
And you, what do you have planned for today?
Overnight, I saw my little world fall apart in one simple decision, Canada will not participate in the next Olympic Games. Participating in the Olympic Games has always been a dream and a huge source of daily motivation. The simple fact of thinking that my goals are achievable and achievable helped me to surpass myself every day in training and to keep the focus on my target. Even if many could think that I was irrational in my fixed objectives as well as my choices made, that never prevented me from investing myself in what I believed to be my destiny, that is to try my luck towards the Olympic rings, no matter what it would imply. In fact, after my studies at the University of Sherbrooke completed in 2017, I wanted to accomplish what my two parents had achieved, namely to participate in the Olympic Games. Being Canadian champion in the 400m hurdles, I could imagine myself, realistically enough in my eyes, accomplishing this feat.
For me, 2020 was the culmination of a great project in which I had invested a lot of time, energy and money. Since January 2018, I spent the majority of the year in Europe, more precisely in Montpellier which is located in the south of France. Most of my physical preparation was done there, as well as the start of the competition season. I just spent a few months in Quebec during the year. I joined a professional group made up of a dozen athletes and an incredible coach, with whom I shared the same passion, athletics, as well as similar objectives. All in all, achieving my goals or not, was going to be able to prove to me that I had gone all the way, so that I could go out with my head held high, without any regrets. Living abroad over such a long period of time has not always been easy. More precisely, to move away, to isolate myself far from my entourage, to put my professional career on ice, to maintain my distant relationships with my close relations, I perceived all that as being difficult, but necessary sacrifices. In the end, I always kept in mind that doing what you love on a daily basis is simply priceless. It is certain that the moments passed, the individuals met as well as the experiences lived will forever be engraved in my memory.
If we return a few weeks earlier, I was in training camp in South Africa the two weeks preceding my return to Montreal on March 20. To be honest, I, like many people, had trouble understanding the situation the whole world is facing right now. No matter how I read and listen to the news every day, I never could have suspected the magnitude of the events. Careless, perhaps, but the fact remains that I did not feel in danger or even concerned in the face of this threat. When it all started in Canada and Quebec, I lived in an environment where everything was following its normal course since South Africa had not yet had any case.
It was not easy for me to accept the situation, even more considering that we were a few months away from the Games. In addition, I knew for the first time, a complete preparation for the season either without any injury or pitfalls. The camp in Africa was by far my most physically and psychologically successful intensive training camp, which allowed me to be optimistic about the summer season of 2020. As a first reflex, I saw at that time, not so far beyond the tip of my nose, only the impact on my season and on my physical condition. Above all, I questioned the reason for my investments in recent years. To the point that I was ready to do anything to stay in South Africa, to continue training as long as possible. I saw the possibilities of training in France or at home disappearing quietly, while here everything was still accessible. So I wondered why not be in an environment favorable to the achievement of my objectives while it was still possible. It took the intervention of my family and loved ones to, first, decide to come home and then make my return to Montreal a reality. This shows how much I had a "tunnel vision". Thanks to them, I was able to return safely and set foot in Canada while there was still time.
Still at the airport heading to Montreal on March 20, I never would have thought that postponing the Olympic Games was a possible option for anyone. I tried to imagine solutions to be able to train in the best conditions even knowing that everything was closed. What haunted me the most was imagining my competitors training in an environment that was not affected by the same constraints and difficulties as mine. Which would have led me to be at a disadvantage vis-à-vis them. Once back, it took me a few days to realize the extent of the virus. So, it was at this moment that I understood that the problem was much greater than the simple impact it had on my little sphere, on my training more precisely. Although hard to swallow, I already imagined myself not being able to compete this summer.
Canada's withdrawal from the Olympic Games was a heartbreaking decision for me. I would have lived well with the fact of not participating in the Games after having put the odds on my side. As I said earlier, I could have ended my sports career without regret. However, not participating because of a decision made for which I had no power and therefore that wiped out all of my investments in recent years, that never. With hindsight, I understand and support the decision made by the Canadian Olympic Committee. Although it was not an easy decision, it was the only logical decision that put the athlete and public health ahead.
I would be lying to you if I told you that postponing the Olympics to 2021 a few days later did not relieve me or give me a glimmer of hope. It is still too early to make a decision regarding my next 16 months. In fact, I want to make a thoughtful decision once my emotional outburst is gone, I have a clear picture, and most of all, the situation around the Covid-19 will allow it.
Until then, stay home and safe!
At the Chicago marathon… I did it, I finally broke the 2:40 barrier that had haunted me since 2015. 2:39 and 50 seconds. By far, my greatest success in running so far. After running more than 5000 km in less than 10 months, I managed to reach my goal and I immediately felt like the king of the world.
It's calm and almost nothing on the counter. I run very unofficially. If I want to put on my running shoes, I do, but it results in very inconclusive weeks. I have no problem with that. This is what I wanted, well deserved rest.
The story repeats itself. I lack motivation to put on my shoes. I am tired, I feel heavy and lack of energy after only a few kilometers at low speed. I wonder how I managed to run 42km at 3'47 '' per kilo. While there, I feel exhausted from running at 6 per kilo for 5-6 kilometers. I don't worry about that because it's the best time to feel like that and in perfect harmony with my annual planning.
I delicately increase my volume. I still feel heavy and much slower than in October, but I tell myself that if I go slowly, the body will find good sensations in a few weeks. There's no point in wanting to run fast, or even trying to do long intervals. I know that speed will come back and I prefer, for the moment, to solidify my bone, ligament and tendon structures by being patient and gentle with my body. It is this wisdom that will allow me to experience another great season without major boo-boos.
I continue on my momentum and I continue to increase my volume. I advance to 6 per kilo, I still do not put pressure with the sets of speeds (interval training). I know that I gain by running slowly and that allows me to increase the distances and the training frequencies. By the same token, I avoid damaging my body by inflicting too much intensity at the start of the season. I will allow myself to slightly lower my volume next week to possibly insert a little more intensity and speed difference. I don't feel rushed at all, but I have to be aware that the season is going on and events are approaching.
It's hard for everyone to run in winter. It's cold, the days are short, the roads are snowy, the wind is sometimes freezing, but you have to find a way to motivate yourself to put on your running shoes. In my opinion, almost all the ways are good to incite to deposit a few kilometers. Run to work, run errands, buy a treadmill, go indoor or to the gym, or even run when the weather is cooler outside.
The objective at this time is not performance. All top athletes have an annual calendar that includes rest periods. For most of us, it is in the fall that we must reach our full potential, not in March. Right now, we want to give rest to our body with low intensity workouts. Especially since it is much easier to find the motivation to run in winter conditions when you know that a relatively easy session awaits us. 😊
I leave you, I put my shoes on and I run.
The green love team… It's green vests and green toques everywhere in the shop.
Is it difficult to run in winter? Well not with us. If he or she can do it, everyone can do it too, because we are a family and we keep together.
My name is Dominic Royer, I am a kinesiologist and the trainer of the Endurance boutique running club since 2014. I am also a runner and very proud of this group that I train and that I adore.
Do you know what I find most remarkable about this team? It is that all the runners haul each other up. The question is not whether we will run tomorrow despite the cold or the snow, the question is what time will we return.
Don't be impressed by the fast runners ahead. Tell yourself that before being there, they were far behind the group to wonder if they really had their place in this league. Patience has done its work and they have become leaders today.
From beginner runners to those who wish to break down barriers, everyone has their place among us.
Dominic Royer, certified kinesiologist and massage therapist.
5-4-3-2-1, I close it and run!
I don't care about the temperature, the wind or even the route. You could tell me that we go around 53 times a running track, that it would pass me 21km above the head.
I just want my 1400, my endurance team camisole, a pair of shorts, my bracelet for lap times and my watch.
"What are you doing Dom for the Montreal marathon?"
- I resume my place where I left it in April 2015.
I will have 3 weeks left before my event A of the season, the Chicago Marathon. And it is time for me to put a real time on my current physical form. 1h15, 1h16, 1h17? I don't really care ... It's not the result that counts, it's the process.
"Do you have a time in mind"?
- Yes, I want to make my first km in 3 minutes 40. Because a race is 1 km at a time.
It's always the same, the week before an event… Real food for me. I run less, I feel marabout, I am more hungry, I have the impression of feeling full of sores that I had not had for a long time, I feel heavier, I am nervous and I am afraid to have made all these efforts for nothing and not to have improved myself!
I will not cross the line first Sunday, like about 20,000 other runners. I don't care, I will have only one opponent ... My body that wants to slow down. But I have a steel mind and it is my determination to want to overcome this course which will ultimately win.
Pasta, water, gatorade, protein, not a lot of fiber, I drop the lipids and I reduce my running volume. My recipe is simple. Don't share your miracle product with me, keep it for someone else. I did the work, I don't need a prodigy to be satisfied with my race.
I'm going to leave on a conservative pace, despite my excess energy at the start. It would be easy to get carried away, but what good is it to gain a few seconds at the start of the race if I know it will make me lose several minutes towards the end. It's a new idea to run fast when it's easy ... Anyone can do that. But that would be to doubt my training and my ability to finish strong.
My clock will go off at 4.30 a.m. on Sunday morning, but I will already be standing up like an overly excited kid on December 25. I will eat my pasta dish about 2h30 before departure and I will listen to my favorite video ` ` why do we fall '' in loop until I leave the condo. A little warm-up in addition to educational with the most beautiful racing club in the world a few minutes before kick-off. We clap our hands, we look each other in the eyes and we admire each other, before leaving each other towards our corrals.
As I head for the start, I will be emotional. I will have a tear in my eye during the national anthem, because I love this moment of peace before the storm…
For a single passing, the passing of myself, I close it and run.
Dominic Royer, kinesiologist and registered massage therapist
A month to ask me every day who will be the next runner to see his name framed on the top of the wall of the shop.
Who deserves it this time? You are all good and you all work very hard. Almost no one gets hurt because you are wise and patient. Whenever there is an event that several of us are registered in… It results in many personal records and it makes me proud. Proud to be part of this great team.
Many of you therefore deserve to receive this praise, but this month, the honor goes to the one who seems to excel in all areas…
You're like the perfect student. The kind of guy who respects the red light, even on foot. The kind of "dude" that improves so quickly that it makes other runners jealous. It is unfair, this disconcerting ease with which you cross all the stages. You don't even seem to force. We want to ask you ... Is it really your V5? You got rid of DDO in less than 19 minutes and I bet you would have continued after the 5th kilo. 1 year ago you said to me: '' I'm not sure I like road racing, we'll see. '' A chance for me that you are uncertain, otherwise you would be playing in my backyard!
In addition to being a model runner, you have the cheek ... The fat cheek ... It takes balls to do what you did many years ago. Give up your job to keep the fort at home and with children, and in this way ensure that your wife can better shine and develop in her job. You know what we say Math? In baseball… The best player on the team is your pitcher, but your most important player is your catcher, because it is thanks to his concealed work that the player on the mound shines.
Congratulations Mathieu Paquette , you are the endurance team runner of the month!
You are everywhere and it is almost disturbing. How are you doing? Do you have an 8th day in your week?
A few days ago, we were discussing ...
- Did you do all the volume that was requested, 6 times a week, despite your vacation?
- Yes. There was just a little more difficult outing on the last day, because I was flying, but I got up at 5am and went. ''
Why was I in no doubt before I even asked you the question? Because you're like that, you do the job.
You asked me a year and a half ago:
- Dom, how do we get to Boston?
- You have to be wise, patient and don't be afraid to go into the red… You know, the “fucking red zone”!
We are getting there ... We are on the right track. You do everything necessary to achieve this victory. It may not be as easy as you would have liked… Worse, what does it do? Shall we give up?
Well no, we continue to work hard and we move forward. You didn't become who you are today by giving up. When I look at you, I see no limit ... I only see the next challenge or the next mission that will follow your most recent success.
I put my hand on the fire that in 2020, we saber the champagne together to celebrate your feat. BQ 😉
If I had the right to buy a dream team club of 5 runners, I would take you on my team.
A positive leader like you in a group is worth gold. Thank you for running with us and for being present with your flamboyant energy and your pretty smile at each training. It wouldn't be the same without you.
Caroline Schoofs , you are the runner of the month for the Endurance Team.
- Hi, how are you? Available tonight?
- Yes why?
- 3x6 V21 2'I + 3x2 V10 1'I
- I do not understand.
- It's tonight's training with the group.
- Do you want me to give training tonight?
And it was from that evening, in July 2014 that I became the trainer of the endurance team's running club.
It's us, in 2014…
I fell in love with the store and with this group that I train and love. In fact, it is not just a group, it is a family that we have formed for a few years. At the time, there were only about twenty runners. And since then, the number of registered runners has been increasing every year without losing the spirit that unites us.
Wednesday group a few weeks ago
Let's face it, they are magnificent! 😊
In 2017, we launched a 2nd group on Thursday evening to meet the needs of almost all riders. Everyone, according to their level, finds themselves there.
It's a great start to a weekend of running with them on Thursdays. I even allow myself to use the words of one of our runners ... Thursday evening I can't, I run.
We sometimes find it difficult to want to join a club, because it can seem intimidating and it can even seem useless.
"I am not aiming for performance, I just want to run for fun".
And if it was so much fun to run in a group that you came to run more often, it could become even more fun, right?
The idea is not to want to perform at all costs, nor to want to become the best runner. The concept is to play outside with friends and come back to the store with a huge smile, because we have successfully trained together.
The endurance team or, if you prefer, the Green Love Team from our green tank tops ... It's a magic that happens, the new ones are no longer new, they are ours from the first exchanges. Our running club is a sharing of experiences, encouragement and, beyond a sporting activity, it is the meeting point for a good time spent together.
What are you doing next Wednesday or Thursday evening?
I run. 😊