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Catching up with Magali Tisseyre

Mighty Magali will make her Ironman debut in Whistler, B.C.

In 2012, Magali Tisseyre earned victories at Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, Mont-Tremblant, and Calgary, and added an overall win at the 6th Annual Sooke International Triathlon (Pro Chase).

For 2013, the dog lover (proud Mom to a miniature Daschund named Alice) from St-Sauveur, Quebec, has some big plans. The biggest of those being that she will make her Ironman debut at Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia.

“I am very excited to be making my Ironman debut this year as the dream of winning the Hawaii Ironman was what got me into long distance racing in the first place, said Tisseyre to Triathlon Magazine Canada. “I needed a few years to develop my speed and establish a solid training base. I have waited long enough and both my coach Lance Watson and I know that I am ready now. I am craving it! I am 31, and am ready for a new stage in my career.”

The next print issue of Triathlon Magazine Canada will have more on Magali’s entrance into the Ironman World, her return to Lance Watson, and more.

Until that issue is released, here are a few tidbits from our interview with Magali.

Magali on her 2012 season:

“The season had a slow start and my performance did not quite match the amount of work and commitment I had put into my training. In the beginning of June I went back home to Quebec to regroup (from her California training base). I gave Lance Watson at LifeSport a call and made the decision to go back with him. We were both really excited to start working together again. I felt stronger (particularly on the bike) and won the next three 70.3 races, Mooseman, Mt Tremblant and Calgary. The World Championships in Las Vegas was not the best but still a good result, I placed 7th. I finished out the year with something refreshing that I had been wanted to do for a long time – XTERRA. With the help of coach Dan Smith from LifeSport (who is an excellent mountain biker), we got me ready for off road racing. I finished 6th and was first Canadian Pro at XTERRA Worlds and that was a good start! I loved it! A good season after all!”

Magali on her training situation:

“My training base will be in Victoria BC, it is great to be here! You can ride outside all year long, even in the winter! I also go train in Quebec in the summer. It is just beautiful and I get to train directly on the Mt Tremblant 70.3 course, it is an excellent venue and I only live 40 minutes away. This year, I am thinking of doing an early season camp somewhere warm and I also plan to go to Whistler later for a pre-Ironman camp.”

“I mostly train with the LifeSport group and my coach, Lance is present at many of my training sessions. I also swim with Clint Lien’s squad which often includes Sara Gross, Melanie McQuaid and other great athletes. There is a good exchange between the athletes It is great to have all those resources nearby.”

A glimpse into a big training week for Magali:

“In a big week of training, I will do about 7 swims (3000-5000m sessions), 5 runs, 5 bike rides. (With a long ride-run and interval ride-run every week, sometimes as a big brick). My longest bike rides are around 5h and longest runs will be around 2h30. The biggest weeks can be around 30 hours!”

Magali on her sponsor support:

“I am very lucky to have found sponsors that share my dreams and support me in my long-term development. I feel like they would support me in 70.3 just like they would for Ironman, therefore I am very happy to say I do not feel such pressure. They share my excitement about going for the big one this year.”

Find out more about Magali Tisseyre at mightymagali.com