USA’s wheelchair marathon legend Tatyana McFadden Q&A

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(ISN) – On Saturday 22 November, USA’s wheelchair marathon legend and cross-country skier Tatyana McFadden spent time answering fan questions on Facebook after she made it to No. 40 in the IPC’s Top 50 Moments of 2014.

As part of the #IPCTop50 campaign, we will be hosting several athlete Q&As on our Facebook page over the coming weeks.
Here’s a selection of the top questions from McFadden’s Q&A:

Q: What’s been the biggest thing you have had to overcome this year?

Tatyana McFadden: That’s tough! I think leaving home and leaving what I’ve known in the track and racing world, and going to train for a winter sport: new coach, new teammates, new training. Living at altitude and picking up a sport that I didn’t really have any knowledge about was hard. There were lots of failures along the way, but I’ve learned from all of them.

What would you say is the most essential part to your training?

I think the most important part is appropriate training – meaning not over training – nutrition and rest. Definitely having a balance in your life – for me it’s school, education, family and friends.

How often you train a week/a day? How much mileage you do in training? What’s your average daily routine?

I train twice a day, every day Monday through Friday, then once on Saturdays. I put in on average 100 miles per week. My average daily routine is more like groundhog day – I get up train, eat, go back to training. That’s been my routine lately.

Fun fact – I average eating around 4,000 calories per day!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I’ve had many highlights in my career. The first would be making a Paralympic team. The second would be being on the podium, representing my country. Third: winning the marathon grand slam twice, which has never been done before!

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