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Fit to Curl: On the water and on the ice in the same week

April 11, 2011

I’m writing this entry from beautiful Victoria as my team looks toward the end of the season and our final big event, the Grey Power Players Championship.

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Fit to Curl: Building up for the Brier

March 11, 2011

I’m putting this entry together as my team gets ready to depart for the Tim Hortons Brier. The days before the Brier are always exciting times — it’s such a great event and an incredible Canadian tradition.

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Fit to Curl: Why fitness and curling do go together

February 14, 2011

At, there’s a way to contact me via email. I’ve received some great messages — fans who encouraged my teammates and I during the Olympic Games, people who have

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Fit to Curl: Thoughts on the Continental Cup, Mixed Doubles and athleticism in curling

January 31, 2011

I began putting this entry together as I unpacked after the World Financial Group Continental Group and started to pull things together for the trip east

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Fit to Curl: A holiday break. And the return.

January 11, 2011

After our team won the last Capital One Grand Slam, the Swiss Chalet National, we went on a break that was longer than any we’ve had in some time.

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Fit to Curl: The between-game workout.

December 20, 2010

Medicine Hat hosted a Canada Cup that was great in every way except for, well, the way that final game turned out. (Actually, even that was good for the fans. While I’ll never get used to losing, Glenn Howard made a beauty to win.)

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Fit to Curl: Rested and ready

November 27, 2010

Much of my focus when it comes to proper training for curling is about active exercise —strength training, cardio endurance training, cardio interval training, flexibility work.

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Fit to Curl: A tale of two weekends

November 10, 2010

Over the past two weeks, my team and I have played our two biggest events of the season so far: the Cactus Pheasant Classic in Brooks, Alberta and the Grey Power World Cup of Curling in Windsor, Ontario.

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Fit to Curl: Curling, job, family, exercise: the juggling act.

October 25, 2010

I’ve written in earlier entries about my singular focus on curling during the last few seasons. I poured everything I had into my team’s Olympic effort — the rest of my life was put on hold.

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Fit to Curl: Less pressure, new gear.

October 11, 2010

Last year at this time, I was starting the most important season of my curling career. All the preparation that my teammates and I had done was going to be tested as we sought to qualify for the Olympics and capture gold.

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Fit to Curl: Out of the gates – the first event of the season

September 30, 2010

Whether it’s a World Curling Tour cash spiel or a fun weekender in your club, playing those first games of the new curling season can be a bit of a jolt.

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Fit to Curl: La Releve Camp, Cheeseburger Picnics and Charity Golf Tourneys

September 13, 2010

As Labour Day weekend rolls by, curlers start to think about getting back on the ice again. In fact, many have already been on the ice — it seems that more and more clubs offer camps and leagues in late summer.

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The Olympic Experience: how fitness played a role in Vancouver.

August 16, 2010

The Vancouver Olympics was, of course, one of the very best experiences of my life. In this month’s blog entry, I’m going to share with you some of the fitness- related things that my team and I did throughout the month we spent in Vancouver.

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Fit to Curl: Maximizing Strength Training in the Off-Season

July 12, 2010

The summer months are my favourite time of year to train.  Not only can I vary my workouts to include a lot of outdoor activities — hello Vitamin D! — but I also don’t have to worry about cutting my weekly training short because I have to get on a plane and fly to a spiel.

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Fit to Curl: Taking a break. And how to get back at it.

June 14, 2010

I imagine I’m like a lot of people who work hard at the game throughout a curling season. By the time May rolls around, I’m ready for a break.

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