Monthly Mover

#2 | OCtober 2018 | Volume 2

Tara Veldman

Tell us about your athletic journey.

I started in dance when I was really young and continued until I finished high school. I also played field hockey in high school. Once I graduated high school I had a whole bunch of years where I didn’t do much of anything. I tried several different things but struggled to find something that would stick.

I thought I would start doing some training with weights but didn’t really know how to go about it. I remember the first time my boyfriend showed me back squats I couldn’t even squat the bar! After a couple years I moved to Toronto and found CrossFit Colosseum. I quickly fell in love with the workouts and even better the results! Probably one of the best side effects of CrossFit was the increased confidence it gave me. I’ve since started horseback riding (and even doing beginner competitions) and have been doing more and more running (progressing from my first 10k to my first half marathon this year).

What Goals/Milestones are you currently Reaching for?

I just recently completed my goal of running a half marathon! Up next is my first pull-up, a faster half marathon time, and a horseback riding jumping division competition. And who knows- maybe next year I can go for the full marathon!

What does recovery look like for you?

Recovery to me is making sure to take time for rest. I make sure I always have one day off per week. I also make sure to book appointments for massages and physio when needed (and sometimes before they are needed).

An important part of recovery for me this year was listening to (and trusting) the coaches when they said to slow down. My instinct is always to go even if something hurts which can make injuries worse.

What does Your average week look like?

I do CrossFit workouts 4 days a week, run three days a week, and do horse-back riding once a week.

How are you able to maintain your training routine?

A big part of me maintaining my routine is keeping it routine. I’m very much a schedule loving person so following a regular schedule takes all the stress of it away. Part of that also means leaving room for recovery and for meal prep.

An important thing for me is also making sure I surround myself with people who support and encourage me in what I do and help me reach my goals.

How are you going to celebrate when you reach your goal?

My post half marathon celebration involved an awful lot of Ramen! But most important for me is taking a bit of time to truly soak in what I achieved and to understand where I want to go from there.

What keeps your motivated?

I have this (bad?) habit of setting goals by signing up for something when I have a super confident moment, then I have to deal with it. Signing up for things (races or competitions) means I have a set date to complete my goal. On days when I don’t want to train I remind myself that on the day of I’ll want to feel the most prepared I possibly could. The last thing you want is thinking that you could have done more!

What advice would you give someone who is trying to reach a goal?

Give yourself a deadline and make sure you can track your progress somehow. Knowing you have a time frame will push you to keep going, and tracking progress will help you see the progress you’ve made.

What about someone who has yet to set a goal?

Talk to your coaches and see if they can help you find an area you could progress on. Also when you get that thought of ‘oh I wish I could do that’- go for it! You’ll never know what you are capable of until you try. And a goal doesn’t mean you have to be the best at it. Maybe the goal is just to complete it- that’s ok too! Fitness should be fun.


What is something that nobody knows about you?

I absolutely love baking. I have no desire (ever) to cook, but I love having any excuse to bake. I even won an apple pie contest when I was a kid. Winning that contest involved many many test pies, buying specific apples, and beating out a lot of grandmas for first prize. Unfortunately trying to reach some nutrition goals has forced me to cut back on the baking but countdown is on till I can buy 4 blocks of butter and make some Christmas cookies.

What is the most common thing you see that is holding people back from recovering better? (If different that the above question)

I think two very important parts of recovery are nutrition and pro-active recovery. Making sure your body is being fueled to recover and rebuild after a hard workout, and being pro-active in going to get regular “tune ups” for your body. You don’t need to have an injury to go in for massage or athletic therapy. Your body will thank you if you pay attention to it.

Tara’s Shout-outs

Ashley Nardella

For keeping me accountable to help me get down to an ideal race weight while balancing nutrition for training.

Paul McIntyre

For pushing me in cardio and encouraging me to keep going (and not taking any grumbling)

Irina Marga

For hanging out during therapy, and keeping everything in perspective (and sympathising about running in the cold and rain when Paul won’t)

Jordan Williams

My awesome knee repair man for helping me keep my training on track!