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Some are working up a sweat before heading on a mountain-bound road trip, some are working off their nervousness before a gig their band is playing tonight, and some are only 15 years old and preparing to compete in the Alberta Grands, the last stop of the Alberta BMX series this weekend.
“Today I will be doing a time trial,” explains Avriana Hebert, on the preliminary practice run she must do to compete. “And then I will be racing Saturday and Sunday!”
A lot of time and effort goes in to preparing to compete in a BMX competition, but with 11 years of practice and a World Championship under her belt, Avriana is no stranger to the demand of the sport.
“I usually spend a couple hours training each night,” she says. “I try and go to the gym twice a week, and then at home I either do sprints (down hill, uphill or on flat ground) or I go on this thing called a roller trainer!”
A roller trainer is essentially a treadmill for your bike, consisting of three cylinders held in a frame that you ride your bike in place on. This allows Avriana to train year round regardless of the temperature outside.
“I try and get to the BMX track 2-3 times a week where I work on a lot of ‘first straight‘, which is the start of the race,” she says.
Watching any child compete in an intense sport like BMX is nerve wracking, but fitness is a family affair and Avriana’s parents are both very supportive.
“I can’t think of the what if’s,” says her mom Nicoline Hebert, City Centre World Health‘s Fitness Manager. “She loves to ride, and she is a smart rider.”
This weekend’s competition is exciting, but there is an even bigger goal in mind for Avriana.
“I’m trying really hard to qualify for the 2020 Olympics,” she says. “I have a couple of years to go but if I keep on training and working on my skills I can hopefully have the chance to get there!”
Wishing you the best of luck this weekend, Avriana!