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Alex Maycock

Hello

    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!

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My Story

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.  

Coaching Philosophy:

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. 

 

Results:

- 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! 

 

Athlete Moment:

Racing for Canada at the 2019 FISU World Student Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. 

 

Favourite place to ski:

Silverstar, BC

 

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!

 

Coaching Moment:

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. 

Favourite:

Podcast: We do Science.

Books: The Oxygen Advantage- Patrick McKeown, Endure- Alex Hutchinson. 

 

Quote:

"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.

Personal:

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

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