Every month at True North Strength and Fitness we recognize the efforts of a community member that has broken new ground in their fitness game – either completing a significant event, taking their training to a whole new level, or stepping completely outside of their fitness comfort zone. We hope that by shining the spotlight on their fitness journey, you’ll be educated, motivated, and inspired no matter where you find yourself on your own.

Oh, and virtual high-fives for the featured members are always welcome – because the world can always use more good vibes and high-fives!

This month we’re shining our spotlight on…

What’s your name? Alda Nicmans

How old are you? 64

How long have you been training and how did you get started? I have been training at True North for about five years. My son gifted me a three-month membership for Christmas one year and I just kept going, I got addicted!

What’s your sport and/or fitness background? I have been active all my life and have been hiking and running on a regular basis for the past twenty years.
What’s your most recent sport and/or fitness accomplishment? How long did it take you to prepare? I have three actually: in August spending five days hiking in the high alpine of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains; September running the Forever Young 8km race and the Eastside 10km race. I ramped up my running distances over the summer, did a lot of walking up hills in White Rock and did strength training at least two times per week.
What does a typical training week look like for you? One long run, between 10km and 15km, one shorter run, about 5km, two strength training sessions, and walking at least 5km every day.

What’s your favourite exercise? Why? Running in the morning. You watch the world waking up and the sun rising, get an endorphin release and then start your day on a high!

What’s your least favourite exercise? Why? Nothing. Exercise is always fun, at times hard, really hard, but always fun!

Favourite post-event meal. Spaghetti and meatballs.

What’s your most memorable personal record (PR)? Why? The first time I ran the Commander’s Challenge at the Canadian Army Run in Ottawa. Running with so many members of the military and through Veterans Row was humbling and inspiring. It honestly is “no ordinary race”!

Favourite book. The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck

Favourite song. Someone Like You by Van Morrison

Favourite place you have travelled to. Latvia to discover my roots.

What are three things you would take with you if you were stranded on a desert island? Garmin inReach, down blanket, and a bottle of Irish whiskey.