3. On working out with a CrossFit sensation
Naasz and Trunzo agree that Leblanc-Bazinet has a lot more to offer than just workout advice. Her strongest subject? Mental preparation and strategy.
“[In Crashed Ice] you have to think on the fly,” Naasz says. “There’s a lot you can be prepared for, but there are things you can’t foresee, like ice conditions. I can predict a little bit: If it’s a cold night, I know the ice will get more chewed up, and I know the areas to avoid vs. where the track will be faster just from experience. But there are also things you can’t control, like equipment malfunctions. ‘What if I broke a skate, my helmet broke, or my goggles fogged up?’ I think that’s something I can take away from Camille—if something bad happens, think positively, figure out how to fix it, get it done, and move on.”
Trunzo agrees that Leblanc-Bazinet’s advice on mental training is crucial.
“A big thing I took from her was the mental aspect, how she trains for mental toughness, and the things that she envisions,” Trunzo says. “She doesn’t always envision everything going right, because, at the end of the day, on most competition days nothing seems to go right. So she always envisions things going wrong and figures out how she can adjust when things don’t go her way.”
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