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Win4Youth Update – Time Flies

Remember when you were in school and 6 weeks summer vacation seemed like a lifetime? I’m pretty sure the older I get, the less hours there are in a day.

We work in an industry that is driven by the speed of delivery. We live in a world which demands that we maintain a speed of 100 km per hour. So it’s no surprise that I feel like I have been flying through the past 3.5 months of training and they feel like a complete blur. Now the final countdown is on!


In the past month, work has been even busier than usual. With new colleagues joining my team, my workload has increased and my time has become even more in demand.

So, of course, this is also the point when my triathlon training schedule becomes even more intense and I need to find a spare 10-12 hours a week for that.


Let that sink in for a second. That’s 5-6 days a week. 2 hours a day.

I’ve somehow managed to find the time – as well as completing another practice triathlon (with 2 more scheduled before the big day). I’ve also joined the Toronto Triathlon Club to help with my open water swimming technique. The more I do it, the less I panic. The hope being by the time I reach Mallorca, it feels somewhat normal.

Having such a packed schedule means I’ve had to get to know how far I can push myself. I make sure I leave time to rest; it’s easy to continue at such speed through life, that you miss all the things you should be grateful for and appreciate.


Being physically exhausted forces you to take time out. To sit, relax, recover and reflect.

It’s an amazing thing when you take a moment to pause, look back and see how far you have come. And for each triathlon that I do, I try above all to remember to live in that moment, to enjoy it (even the bad parts), because this is an adventure that should be relished.

We are all lucky to have loving homes, supportive friends, access to education and the ability to travel the world. But time is something that we never seem to have enough of.

My personal trainer says, if you are preparing for a competition – you will always want just one more week of training to feel completely ready. The W4Y Triathlon is no different.

It’s hard work, it physically and mentally challenging to stay positive and motivated, but when I reflect, every step of the way is a fun experience.

If the saying is true “Time flies when you’re having fun” – I don’t want it to slow down!


Sophie Barnacle




Sophie Barnacle 

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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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