Dec 8th, 2021

Somersault Athlete of the Week: Tamsin

This week, we caught up with our good friend, Tamsin. She's a regular at Somersault and if you see her at your next event, be sure to say hi. Her energy is contagious!

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Favourite Somersault memory

A memory that stands out for me, in a tragicomedy kind of way, is the swim to bike transition at The Canadian a few years back. I discovered as I was about to start the bike leg that my timing chip was missing. Grrrr! I had to push my bike all the way back to the transition zone. I was not even sure what I had done with the darn thing. Fortunately, I found it with my gear and was able to get back on course. That day I learned that haste can lead to waste.

What got you into triathlon?

I injured my knee and was told I shouldn’t run. But after I started doing yoga I realized my knees were okay. I was already a swimmer and a cyclist so I figured why not give triathlon a go. I also hung out with a sporty crowd so there were helpful people around to answer my questions.

How long have you been doing triathlons/duathlons?

Oh gosh, perhaps too long. About 15 years!

What events am I most excited about for 2022?

I would love to get back to racing in 2022. While I am keeping my expectations low because of COVID, I am planning to register for Winterman. I did this event a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. I also hope to participate in the Gatineau Loppet and a few triathlons in the summer.

Any fun facts or stories about you or your journey with sports?

I am known among my friends for my excessively slow transitions and have even lost age group podiums because of them!

My active living journey started in the pool when I was young and continued on the bike. Today, I like to be outside whether I’m running the trails near my house in summer or snowshoeing on the Kichi Sibi winter trail when the snow flies. I also love open water swimming, cross-country skiing and fat biking. We are so fortunate to have so many beautiful places nearby where we can be in nature.

Any favourite training tips? Or favourite places to train?

I think consistency is key. My friend, elite skier Sheila Kealy, once said to me “do what you can do”. If you’re injured, find a way to stay active. Maybe you can’t run, but you can swim. Or perhaps you can’t ride but you can strength train. Staying active has so many physical and emotional health benefits.

Find like-minded friends to train with. While it’s not always possible because of schedules and priorities, I have been fortunate to travel and train and race with good friends. And I am most grateful that Rob, my husband, enjoys the outdoor life, too and loves to ski, bike and run.

My favourite local places to train are along the Ottawa River, the Rideau Canal and of course, Gatineau Park. Farther afield, I love cross-country skiing, hiking and biking in Tremblant.