KPU Sport and Recreation’s semester-based activity guide showcases KPU students, staff and faculty who have experienced the benefits of physical activity and the impacts it has on their health and wellbeing. We ask participants to reflect on the question, “How does physical activity positively impact your overall wellbeing?”
This semester we are featuring, Cindy, an employee of KPU:
“My journey through fitness began 15 years ago when I signed up for my first 10km race. During this time, I could not run for bouts longer than 30 seconds before needing to walk. However, with perseverance I was able to build up my stamina to the point that I could jog continuously for over 1 hour. During the race all that was going through my mind was “I will never do this again, this is so hard!” I finished the 10km race and I was so proud of myself. A few days later I found myself on the internet signing up for my first half marathon. I weighed around 240 lbs at this point in my life but I started lifting weights, and becoming increasingly more active. Eventually I purchased a bicycle and began training with a friend who was involved in Ironman Canada. It wasn’t long before I completed my first half Ironman. In 2011, I completed my first full Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.22 mile run). Since then I have completed several races which have included ultra-marathon’s and just last year, a 400KM one day bike ride from Kelowna to Delta. This journey has taught me that no matter what, if you put your mind to it you have the ability to achieve it. Fitness was not a part of my life and for a while I had accepted that, now fitness is a huge part of my life and I feel great! I may not be the fastest competitor but does that matter? No, it does not. I am competing against myself, I put my best foot forward, I make the time to train, I make healthy nutritional choices, and I keep a positive attitude. Every day I remind myself that I am creating the best version of me that I can be!”
Interested in being featured in our upcoming activity guides? Apply by filling out an application form.