In this week’s episode, we chatted with Alex McGillivary who recently completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer, Toronto – Niagara cycling event. This EPIC 220km cycling event raises funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research hospitals in the world, who are moving us closer to conquering cancer in our lifetime.
While Alex has been involved in athletics all her life with swimming, running and triathlon, Alex has never taken on such an audacious physical and mental challenge. In this episode, Alex takes us on her journey of why she decided to do this event, ride for Team Carly and the major lessons she learned about her self over 220 km.
[3:00] – why Alex signed up
[5:45] – how Alex trained for this event both physically and mentally
[8:45] – fuelling the body over 220 km
[10:25] – the emotional ride in connecting with other cyclists who are Cancer survivors
[20:00] – body diversity on the Toronto-Niagara course
[20:05] – lessons learned
[24:15] – the power of having a support system, your tribe
[26:30] – what’s next for Alex
[27:00] – Alex’s advice for beginner and intermediate plus size athletes based on her collective athletic experience
About the Author:
Krista is the Founder of Born to Reign Athletics, a website dedicated to motivating, educating and celebrating plus size women who unleash their inner athlete as a means of living a healthy life. She is an award-winning multi-sport athlete in triathlon and indoor rowing, and is recognized as a global leader in plus size fitness and athletics.