My name is Alex Maycock, and I am currently an MSc Kinesiology Graduate student-athlete at the beautiful Nipissing University campus in North Bay, Ontario.
For the past 15 years, I have been an endurance athlete competing in Cross-Country skiing and middle-distance running. I have experience as a dual-sport varsity athlete at Nipissing, competing in both cross-country running and cross-country skiing. I have also enjoyed exploring mountain biking, road cycling, canoeing and dragon boat racing as other training modalities!
Over the past 15 years, I have experienced over a dozen instrumental coaches in my athletic pursuits of cross-country skiing and middle-distance running. I looked up to these individuals and respected the time and effort they put into helping me become a better athlete and person.
At this point in my life, I believe I have a lot of knowledge from an athletic and academic perspective, which I want to share with athletes. I also feel a lot of satisfaction from the coaching I have done so far. I know this opportunity with Canadian Wintersports will be great from both fulfilment and professional development perspectives. I enjoy seeing athletes' progress when they feel particularly invested in their training program, and I want to support athletes in this feeling and pursue their goals.
In my current MSc Kin. Degree, I am conducting research in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, particularly examining the effects of Beetroot Juice consumption on repeated sprint training on a ski erg. I have also enjoyed being a teaching assistant for various physiology and anatomy courses.
Between my own athletic and academic experiences, I have the knowledge to help athletes pursue their goals through individualized training plans and a strong understanding of nutrition and recovery.
In my undergraduate degree at Nipissing University, I created a coaching philosophy in Dr. Mark Bruner's upper-year coaching class, which earned an outstanding philosophy award. I based my coaching philosophy on my own unique student-athlete experience. Using four pillars:
1) Set Process-Focused Goals to Achieve Outcome Goals,
2) We are in it together,
3) Fight to the Finish Line for Yourself and Your Teammates,
4) Lead by Example; I articulated some of my core coaching values.
Favourite race distance and why?:
Sprint racing! I appreciate the very high-intensity demands of this discipline and the tactics involved.
- Top 30 in the skate sprint at the 2019 FISU World Student Games.
- 2018 Canadian College and University National Championship Team Sprint Champions.
A sports highlight:
All the cool places in Europe I have been fortunate to explore as a result of this sport!
Racing for Canada at the 2019 FISU World Student Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Favourite place to ski:
Preferred training mode or favourite workout (type or a specific workout):
I'm a big fan of descending ladder workouts progressing through intensity zones! I also enjoy repeated sprint workouts of 2:1 work:rest nature, such as 3 sets of 10x 30":15". Skate skiing would probably be my favourite mode for this!
Developing my own coaching business following my BPHE undergraduate degree and helping over a dozen athletes achieve goals, including racing at the World Masters in Canmore in March 2022. I also had a blast as an assistant coach with the Mono Nordic ski club in 2020. In addition, I enjoyed coaching weekly practices for athletes ages 12-18.
Podcast: We do Science.
Books: The Oxygen Advantage- Patrick McKeown, Endure- Alex Hutchinson.
"Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine.
Currently Residing (City/town) – North Bay, ON
Hometown – Orangeville, ON
Home Ski Club – Mono Nordic
Current ski team - Nipissing University Varsity Ski Team
Ski Team – Nipissing University Varsity Ski Team
Years in Sport - 15
Other sports and activities: Varsity Cross-Country Running