Alicia Kaye

Alicia Kaye

Alicia was born in Canada and competed in her first triathlon aged 12, turning pro at 14.

She raced in her first world championships aged 15 and her first ITU World Cup race at 16.

Married to Jarrod Shoemaker, also an elite triathlete, she spends fall to spring training in Clermont, Florida.

In 2010 she started representing the USA. She finished the 2010 ITU World Championship series as the 6th placed American, 54th overall and was the top US finisher at the 2010 ITU elite sprint world championships in Lausanne.

Alicia Kaye has a degree in sports psychology and a Master’s degree in athletic counselling.

Along with Jarrod she has recently launched a sun skincare range, Endurance Shield.

You can follow her progress on her blog: And on Twitter:!/aliciakayetri

You’ve been a competitive triathlete since the age of 12. What is it about the sport that you love that keeps you going?

The lifestyle. I love that I’m my own boss and that every day I get to wake up and swim, bike and run for a living. Nothing beats it.

You are obviously very experienced, so what advice would you give to a newcomer to triathlon with regards training and racing?

Don’t feel the pressure to go long too soon and HAVE FUN!!! Respect your body and its limitations. Take care of your body - get yourself the necessary treatments to keep your body healthy and injuries at bay.

You have a degree in sports psychology and a Master’s in athletic counselling. Do you ever use the skills from your studies on yourself or your training group?

I don’t on the training group, but I do on myself. There are skills that I’ve learned in my studies that I know have made me a better athlete in my training and racing.

You do a lot of your training with your husband, Jarrod. What have you learnt from him about training and racing?

Jarrod initially taught me how to have fun again. Racing wise he taught me that there is really nothing scary about racing, ‘all you’re doing is swimming, biking and running’ he used to say to me.

Once I was enjoying myself in both racing and training, he taught me about what it meant to be truly dedicated to your training. Anyone can train hard every day but what are you doing the rest of the time? He made me really examine the quality of my recovery and the discipline it can require to put triathlon first.

You were thinking about retiring from the sport when you met Jarrod. What would you be doing now if you weren’t doing triathlon?

I had planned on applying to University of Ottawa to do my masters degree. After meeting Jarrod I started applying to schools in the US instead;) What can I say, I was in love! I think I would have done both my masters and PhD in sport psychology and would probably be working full time in that field.

In 2010 you raced in the French club championship series. (For those who don’t know about this, the racing is structured in a team format, so some teams employ tactics a bit like cycling). How would you describe your experience of this type of racing?

Alicia Kaye

It was fantastic. I loved it and it gave me the opportunity to brush up on my French which has never been very good.

I really love working as a team so this style of racing was incredibly motivating for me. I had a wonderful team manager and teammates, so my social experience was positive as well.

I felt like this style of racing really prepares you perfectly for World Cups and WTS races. The sprint format allowed us to easily incorporate them into our season without taking too much out of our training.

Overall fantastic experience, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of seriously racing the ITU circuit.

You’re obviously a very strong cyclist, and have been enjoying some non-drafting races, and have recently finished 2nd in the Tour of the Bahamas bike race. Would you ever consider switching to cycling?

I don’t think so. But never say never I suppose. The piece that I find frustrating is that female cyclists make significantly less money in comparison to professional male cyclists. We have equal prize money in triathlon and this equality is important to me.

You’ve travelled the world for racing, where are your favourite places?

I really love London, England and the Bahamas. The city is just cool - I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s old and new, and so multicultural. They have some amazing organic food stores and the people are super friendly.

The Bahamas are so insanely beautiful (I had never been until this year!). The water is so clear and beautiful and again the people are wonderful.

What are your favourite training sessions? What does an average training week consist of?

Would you believe me if I told you I don’t keep a training log? I dislike keeping track of sessions, workouts, mileage, heart rates, etc. I never look ahead in my training schedule until the night before the next day of training. I take one day at a time and never really look too far past that. I leave all the details to my coach and give him absolutely all my training and recovery data.

My average week consists of 5 sessions of each sport on average. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It all depends on what I’m focusing on. What differentiates my coach’s training style from others is that we do a lot of intensity and not a ton of mileage.

5th May 2012

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