Mélanie, Montréal (3/4)
"I had many reality checks after I had my son, and they happened fairly early in my maternity leave. My coworkers all told me, ‘You, after you’ll have your kid, you’ll always be on the go! You’ll run, you’ll work out, you’ll come and visit us all the time!’ I didn’t do any of it. I purchased a pass for the mommy-and-me workout classes near my house. I went, maybe, five times in a year? And do you think I actually installed the big child trailer to cross-country ski? Never. Running with him? Three times. I didn’t feel like it. There is a pressure when you’re in a triathlon club. There’s a woman I train with who did a half Ironman six months after giving birth. I mean, your kid didn’t sleep all night and you’re working out at 6am? Are you crazy? Of course, if it makes her happy, it’s all good, but I couldn’t deal with that kind of pressure. When you’re a mom and an athlete – and even when you’re not – everyone expects you to resume working out quickly, or to exercise with your child. But I couldn’t. Except, sometimes, on Sundays. I would leave my son with his dad and I’d cross-country ski by myself into the woods, on a flat surface, listening to the birds. That’s all I wanted."