I recently caught up with Karen Furneaux and had a great chat with her. Karen is a Canadian Fitness legend and a FitAfter45 contributor. She is a 3-time Olympian, a 2-time World Champion, and winner of over 9 international medals; all over her 20-year professional sprint kayaking career. Karen is also the Founder of I Promise Performance and spekas with audiences in the Atlantoc Provinces, as well as abroad, about the connection between health, mindset, and performance. In the summer of 2016, Karen was a member of CBC’s Olympic Broacast Team in Rio.
Karen recently came out with a new book, jam-packed with knowledge and expertise. You can order her book here! Karen was nice enough to share some insights on the book as well.
What was your motivation for writing this book?
My motivation for writing Strong Beauty: Power Up The Champion Within was to inspire and help young women go after their biggest goals with courage and to give them some skills and practices to help them navigate self-doubt, pressure, and fear.
What is your favourite story you share within the book?
My favourite story from the book is my Olympic story where there were winds gusting at 90km/h and I had to face that challenge in my kayak. What came to me was my realization that the goals we set for ourselves don’t have to have a definitive end point. There is gold in each of our journeys if we focus on the practice and the process versus the end result.
What are three takeaways from your book that would benefit the post-45 athlete?
- Self care, which is extremely important and neccessary
- Possessing a positive mindset and mantras
- The importance of fueling and supporting your body and energy (thoughts, people, and food)
Karen’s point, “there is gold in each of our journeys if we focus on the practice and the process versus the end result,” really resonated with me. The journey is just as important as the goal you are striving to achieve.