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Tribesports User of the Week: Anne-Margaret

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Posted by Mimi S under Running, Base Jumping on 17 July 2013 at 11:00 PM

Anne-Margaret profileWhat's been your toughest Tribesports Challenge and which are you most proud of?

Toughest would have to be Maryse's Monday's Supersets 1 Pushups and Dumbell Punches. That pushed me outside my comfort zone and made me realize what this body was actually capable of if I pushed it to as far as it could go and not as far as I felt comfortable. So thanks Maryse!!

Coast-to-Coast 2 Full-Marathon in Santa Monica, California is the challenge that I am most proud of. I chose this location for a very special reason - a person, my Uncle Chuck. He was the fastest Canadian in the mile and won a scholarship to USC, Berkeley and went on to do great things for the world. So if I was going to do something big for the first time for me it had to be where I knew my uncle had run many runs in his own lifetime. It gave me a great sense of connection to a man that I've always admired since my youth! It gave me purpose to succeed!

What would you say was your #GameChanger in sport?

Nadia Comaneci - I was a competitive gymnast at the time and my dad had instilled changes at the Montreal Olympics for women to take part in certain cycling events. That summer changed me - what perfection, what grace, what beauty and what determination and quiet confidence to just present to the world her skills. I never reached her beauty or grace but I will never forget, as I feel right now as I type, the emotion of the sport that I truly love! It changed me.

The Color Me Rad race looked a lot of fun - would you recommend for other runners?

Color Me RadIt was amazingly fun. You don't have to be a seasoned runner. In fact, there were many that walked it and the cause was a great one, Big Brothers and Sisters. Everyone needs a strong mentor in their youth to get through the challenges that they face - great cause! The race itself was a riot, you got sprayed with dyed paint, massive powdering dumps of paint chalk while music blared out from the speakers in all directions, and it was all held in a controlled park area where it was absolutely safe. People were there carrying their toddlers on their shoulders - great family experience that I myself ran with my 2 daughters! Great memories, great fun!!!

Your race bib collection is pretty impressive, which has been your favourite race to day?

Niagara Falls Women's Half-Marathon bc, even as I write I feel the emotion stuck in my throat, having my youngest there cheering me on throughout the race and seeing her and my husband when I never expected that was one of the most fulfilling things of my life. I never had anyone come and support me at any of my athletic events (grew up with 5 kids - no time back then) and even now my husband was only at the end some times. My oldest walked one with me while I jogged around her, but to have Jess there, who is a runner, screaming Mom - that has been the highlight for me and at that moment I had to hold the emotion in until the end, focus, but it made me faster, and I am forever grateful for her being there and the example she set to my husband at what a cheerleader really is. She's a great kid!! Grateful she is paying me back for all the screaming and support that I gave both my girls throughout all their years of multiple sports.

Your base jumping photos are epic - what's the story

Anne-Margaret base jumping

Well I suffer from multiple-leveled PTSD from multiple traumas over my lifetime, to be quite honest. I'm a neuroscientist and was tired of not being able to conquer this incessant fear caused by others, so I decided to take my fate into my own hands and researched this sport.

Base Jumping team with Anne-MargaretI found Mario Richard during my research and he is the only person qualified in North America to be able to do tandem-base jumping. So being me, I called him and bc of my athletic endurance abilities he felt confident in my being able to do the B.A.S.E. jump with the 1400 vertical climb. So I trusted him and signed up. Added a couple of half-marathons to my trip to make it uber-worthwhile, but the jump actually healed me and gave me freedom like I haven't felt since I was a little kid. Imagine almost 40 years of never being able to get a proper night sleep and then boom - no tension, no stress. The difference was noticeable in every aspect of my life.

While I climbed, I felt no fear and asked Mario if that was normal. He said that it was a sign that I trusted him and Mick, and I did - absolutely - there is something about him that invokes trust! When I got to the top, I was given some "quiet" time alone and at that moment I felt years of "stuff" being left behind me and lifted from my shoulders, there on the Mesa. I looked around, I had climbed a great mountain to reach this level and met the universe half-way. I felt like I had earned the right to finally let it go. So maybe that's not what you were expecting, but that is the brilliance of this event - the ultimate freedom given to me after a lifetime of fear!

Have you taken on any other extreme sports?

Yes, I do a lot of different things and I'm always looking at new opportunities.

White Water rafting

I surf, not big waves yet, but working on it; rock climb; mountain bike trails, white water rafting, stingray swimming, not interested in shark swimming - that's a little too intense for me, Michael Phelps!!! and I stock trade - that is in my opinion the extreme sport of business!

Climbing to the Base Jump

Which piece of fitness equipment could you not live without?

My running shoes - it's all I need! I can even run in my pjs as long as I have my runners!

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

There are so many so instead of saying why I will just list them in alphabetical order bc each one has a unique way of lifting and making me laugh and/or smile!

Dave W, Gemma and Jane H, both runners that I admire and why I asked them to be on the JAG team, then there's Candida BHelen L, Maryse D, Nuchi, Rick P, Stephen B, Steve M, Tamara, Teresa Terri L.

What's your favourite quote?

"Suck it up, Buttercup!!" (had to laugh bc it is one of my favourite sayings that I quote often and there it was at the 10 mile mark on my first half-marathon in Niagara Falls in October 2012 - made me laugh - a good thing!)

"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive." Lee Iacocca

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." - Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe in each of these and believe that excellence is a choice, overcome adversity by "being" excellent because isn't that who we are - Human "Beings"! 

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