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How do you prepare for an Olympics thats already been postponed and still surrounded with so much uncertainty? Sonya and Leah tackle that, as well as Leah’s path to cycling, confidence, motivation, nutrition and more, in this week’s podcast.

Leah Kirchmann is a professional cyclist from Winnipeg, who races for Team DSM and the Canadian National Cycling team. She represented Team Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games and is training for the upcoming 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

In addition to Leah’s successes as a professional cyclist, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences with a focus on nutrition and public health. She is passionate about how diet and exercise can be catalyst for a happier and healthier society. 

Leah brings her passions for sport and giving back as a R.E.A.L (Relatable, Empowering, Active Leader) role model for Fast and Female – a Canadian charity on a mission to keep self-identified girls aged 8-14 healthy and active in sports. She is also head of the Global Relay Bridge the Gap mentorship program, a non-profit organization that provides support for riders transitioning from junior to the professional level of the sport.

“For confidence specifically, I find even having a confidence script is a useful tool. I’ll just have a list of things I’m proud of accomplishing or where I really felt I pushed my limits and had great achievements and reading that list can be a reminder that I’ve done it before so I can do it again.”

Leah Kirchmann

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Key Takeaways

  • How she got into cycling
  • How endurance sport relates to confidence
  • Tools for mental training
  • Motivation
  • Path to professional road cycling
  • Dealing with crashes and injuries
  • What does preparation look like for Giro
  • Nutrition health vs. performance
  • Role of nutrition in mental health
  • Getting selected for Rio and the build up to Tokyo
  • Riding the roller coaster of uncertainty




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