Lauren Babineau – Triathlete

Growing up I was constantly rushing from sport to sport; I was the student who easily got an A in gym class.

It is difficult for Lauren Babineau to remember a day in which she has not been active in some way… Her eagerness and enthusiasm have often earned her the nickname energizer bunny or Babs bunny.

From a young age, Lauren naturally adapted to a fast-paced and active lifestyle. Triathlon being not one – but three sports – fits Lauren like a glove. However you can also find her doing anything physical and exciting (with a big smile on her face!) – trail running, riding, hiking, rock climbing, paddleboarding, yoga, slack-lining, and dirt biking, are just a few examples.

“As a passionately driven (tri)athlete my goal is to always be my best. When I enter a race, my goal is to be on the podium – anything less is a shortfall in my mind. Nutrition is often considered the fifth discipline triathlon. I take my nutrition seriously, as I believe it has a direct relation to my performance. IRON VEGAN SPROUTED PROTEIN powder is an essential part of my training program; the team at IronVegan are a blast to work with – their knowledge and support give me peace of mind every time I line up on a start line.”

In your own words, could you explain what Iron Vegan means to you?

For me, triathlon has five disciplines: swim, bike, run, strength, and nutrition. I take my nutrition seriously, as I have experienced the direct relation to my performance. However for endurance athletes, protein supplements are often overlooked…but the secret is out! Protein is an essential part of helping maintain, repair, and build lean muscle mass, strengthen the immune system, and accelerate the recovery process. IronVegan’s sprouted, plant-based protein delivers unique, high-quality nutrients that I am confident fueling my body with.

What is your ultimate vision of yourself in your sport?

  1. To use my platform in sport to drive and inspire more participation in sports in local communities – triathlon is not just for professionals and Olympians…it’s a sport participants can do for life! I want more people getting out there and experiencing the powerful way sport can change the world.
  2. The ultimate vision I have of myself in sport is constantly evolving… I don’t know what my end game looks like at this time, but I can say that my focus is to become the best all round triathlete I am capable of being.

How long have you been training for your sport?

I did my first (sprint) triathlon in 2010, however I started triathlon more seriously since 2013.

What is your greatest accomplishment(s) so far?

  1. World Sprint Championships (2013) Bronze Medal (20-24)
  2. Provincial Champion Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance and Duathlon (2013, 2014, 2015)

What are your hobbies outside of your sport?

  1. Anything outdoors and active! I can’t wait to try kiteboarding this summer!
  2. Hiking, rock-climbing, paddleboarding, skiing (water and snow), yoga, etc
  3. However when I do chill out, I love a good camp fire, watching movies, and making a mess in the garden and kitchen!

What gets you energized before your competitions? (eg; music, videos etc)

  1. To be honest, I usually have too much energy, so I have to find ways to turn it down a notch! Save it for the race!
  2. Visualization is a great tool that helps me slow down and mentally prepare for races. I usually do this twice: the first time will be the day before as I am packing… including every small detail… and I will re-run my race simulation again in my mind while I am warming-up on race day.

What does your training/diet routine look like?

My daily training usually includes two sessions a day:

  1. Monday + Wednesday + Saturday is typically run and strength/core/mobility
  2. Tuesday + Thursday + Sunday is typically swim and bike
  3. Friday is an easier day of any of the above or sometimes rest!
  4. My coach usually throws brick workouts in there as well

My diet is all about getting more bang for my buck: high-quality, nutrient-dense, wholesome food

  1. Staples for me include: brown rice, sweet potatoes, legumes, seeds, nuts, avocados, (full fat!) yogurt, coconut oil, fibrous vegetables, fruits, local meat/seafood

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Coffee, marshmallows, and macadamia nuts!

Who is your role model and why?

  1. He’s my hero, my teacher, my inspiration, my biggest fan, and most importantly, my dad.
  2. As a kid, I wanted to be like my dad. Today, I still do.

What quote do you live by?

  1. ‘Be happy with what you have while working for what you want’ – Helen Keller
  2. It’s easy to get swept up in the forward momentum of life. Being a Type A triathlete doesn’t help! However the busier life gets, the more important it is for me to slow down and appreciate where I am at – what I have. Planning and setting goals for my future is important… but it’s creating pockets of being present in my everyday routine that keeps me centered.
As a passionately driven (tri)athlete my goal is to always be my best. When I enter a race, my goal is to be on the podium anything less is a shortfall in my mind. Nutrition is often considered the fifth discipline triathlon. I take my nutrition seriously, as I believe it has a direct relation to my performance. IRON VEGAN SPROUTED PROTEIN powder is an essential part of my training program; the team at IronVegan are a blast to work with their knowledge and support give me peace of mind every time I line up on a start line.