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Win4Youth 2014 – April Update

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Athletic Ambassador Blog Space: Jackie Burrows

April training update:

My training has been going fairly well leading up to the big training camp in Hasselt, Belgium. Its less than 2 weeks away now, I am really looking forward to learning from the pro’s and having to really put myself to the test literally speaking.

So far, I have been training about three times per week.  I have mostly been attending spinning classes (yikes) and also doing some stationary biking.  It’s not quite the same as getting outdoors, but it is still been beneficial to build up my stamina and leg strength.

Jackie BurrowsAnd hooray, finally the warm weather arrived this week and I did my first outdoor ride. I chose the windiest day of course, and still haven’t found a good route but it was actually a lot of fun! I was making my way at a good clip and good thing I was watching as I hit a big dark icy patch on a pathway, followed by a flooded trail. Not to worry, I made it and headed back out onto the road with the buses and cars, a lot safer (LOL, just kidding Jason). I have to say it was a lot of fun, and the hour I was out went by much more quickly compared to riding indoors.

This week I made my way to a cycling store to get sized up for cycling shoes, pedals and a helmet. Pretty serious gear!! This weekend I plan to go out the road and try my new pedals and shoes. You know, you are attached to your pedals so stopping isn’t really a good option apparently.

Well, this will be my last blog before heading out on April 21st. This will also be my first trip ever to Europe, and most definitely the longest flight I’ve ever taken.

Wish me luck! Hopefully I pass the medical test at the camp! It’s pretty rigorous I’m told!

To those of you reading this, I hope you are getting a chance to participate in some cycling events yourself now that the weather is better.

Athletic Ambassador Blog Space: Estelle Millado

Estelle MilladoWell, it’s been exactly 1 month since I learned that I am one of the Ambassadors for Win4Youth.  When I wrote my Statement of Motivation, I thought… “should I start training?  Naah, I don’t want to jinx it.  Besides, my schedule is filled with tennis and running.”  Yep, that’s my life.  Work, sports, and my cat. In my mind I wanted to represent Adecco Canada sooo badly, so, as soon as I heard that I was in, my mind started spinning (as did my legs).  I was still in a semi-state of awe and disbelief when I wrote my first blog. In truth, I still am!

I knew right away that I would have to double… no… triple up on spinning practice in order to take my mind off of all my sports commitments that would be forfeited to fit in my bike training.  What would I do without tennis?  Ride my bike of course!!!  As my mind kept reeling over the copious amounts of riding sessions I was about to endure,  I got my bike adjusted properly to fit me in training mode, ordered my indoor trainer, a pair of cleats, and installed a carrier for my very ancient, but reliable, bike. All of a sudden I was ready to go!Picture1

With the upcoming training in Belgium I thought I should start my cycling now and, as my excitement mounted, I reached out for some extra motivation from former ambassadors and fellow current ambassadors to compare training strategies, get as many training tips as possible, and to help provide support and encouragement to one another. At this point my enthusiasm and eagerness have grown insurmountably and my conversations have been insightful to the point where I am totally confused! Am I over training or not training enough?

So I decided to just go full out!

Picture2The first 3 weeks were tough, working out 3-4 hours, 6 times a week! But now each workout week brings a reflection of accomplishment and satisfaction, even though my schedule varies.  This week it’s Monday-Sunday, then a rest day with a full workout week with the following Thursday as my rest day.   If I was an Adecco associate I would have to sign an Excess Hours Agreement as well as a Non-Standard Work Week Form – I still have trouble accepting the term “in moderation.”  My hope is that the kick-off training in Belgium will enlighten me on how to balance strategic training circuits to suit my abilities and endurance tolerance.  In the meantime I have temporarily given my tennis games some “PTO” and am now focused on cycling and strength training.  I am spinning 2-3 times a week along with cross training.  This past weekend was my first ride outside – and at 12 degrees! Life is good!

This week Adecco Head Office put out a departmental challenge for bragging rights regarding who could collectively chalk up the most kilometers using a stationary peddler – the obvious motivation behind this is to add mileage to this year’s Win4Youth campaign. While I was reluctant to participate…(hahaha), “someone” came up with a schedule for the National Sales team to pedal ALL DAY LONG cycling  a whopping 8h 20m and 164 kilometers!  Guess who won? J  I think my enthusiasm for cycling is starting to rub off on my colleagues.

Happy Pedaling as we welcome spring!

About Win4Youth

As part of the international Adecco Group, Adecco Canada participates every year in Win4Youth, a global sports initiative organized by Adecco to raise money for youth foundations around the world. This initiative sees Adecco colleagues, associates, and clients from around the world working together to raise kilometres in order to meet (or exceed) the annual target set by Adecco S.A. If the target is met, the Adecco Group donates money to a select number of foundations chosen for that year. Since the program began in 2010, it has become an important part of our corporate culture because it fosters two of our core values, responsibility and team spirit, while at the same time promoting an active lifestyle.

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