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Uttra Swim Founder Steve King

One of the most popular open water swimming events in Canada is being held in Penticton on Sunday August 12. In this Fitspeek Express interview, Kevin Heinze chats with Skaha Ultra Swim founder Steve King about the history of the event, as well of some of the more impressive performances.


As fast as a cheetah as crazy as a monkey: Duane Foley, Fitspeek 37

This week’s Fitspeek features top age-group athlete and firefighter, Duane Foley from Fort Langley. He did a lot of sports in school including being a high level curler (!) but he only discovered the sport of triathlon later in life. Like many of us, he paid his dues, including being near to last out of … Continue reading “As fast as a cheetah as crazy as a monkey: Duane Foley, Fitspeek 37″


Matt Campbell: United Velo

If you are a cyclist in the Fraser Valley you probably have heard of Phoenix Velo. They have been offering Saturday training sessions, Thursday night time trials, and of course the world famous Wednesday night crits. Now, in addition to Phoenix Velo, there is a new cycling group in the valley. In this episode of … Continue reading “Matt Campbell: United Velo”


Fitspeek 35: Your long weekend aural fixation

Take Fitspeek with you this weekend on the road whether that’s on the Trans-Canada, Highway 97, or the manic dash to the ferry terminals. We have an hour of entertaining and insightful content featuring Canadian Triathlon Legend Jeff Symonds. Jeff has been an icon in the sport with his special kind of mental toughness that … Continue reading “Fitspeek 35: Your long weekend aural fixation”


Fitspeek 34: Peg Peters – Run For Water

Program 34 features an interview with the organizer of the Abbotsford Run For Water and the all new Ride For Water. In our interview with Peg Peters we find out about his motivation for the creation of the event, his alliance with local “Gravel King” Matt Scott, as well as why the events are just … Continue reading “Fitspeek 34: Peg Peters – Run For Water”


Did someone say peanut butter? The Nathan Killam Interviews – Part B

Thanks for waiting! Here is part two of our interview with Vancouver professional triathlete Nathan Killam, a guy his competitors call a pyscho on the downhills, and the most positive pro male triathlete competing today. We dust off that veneer and reveal his murky obsessions with Zwift and peanut butter, we discover his least favourite … Continue reading “Did someone say peanut butter? The Nathan Killam Interviews – Part B”


Fitspeek 33: Return To Wildflower – The Nathan Killam Interviews (Part A)

Hang on for an interesting, motivating, and sometimes hilarious sixty minutes with Fitspeek favourite Nathan Killam. Last year we told you the story of this former heavy duty mechanic-Burger King lover turned fire fighter and professional triathlete. This year we caught up with Nathan between training sessions as he prepares for his best ever performance at the long course triathlon near Paso Robles, California. Since last year Nathan has had a number of changes in his life including...


Fitspeek Update: A change in focus???

Up until now, Fitspeek has been the Fraser Valley’s Fitness, Wellness, and Endurance Sports Podcast but to capitalize on the ever-growing first time parents segment of the population, we are changing our focus to a sort of Parenting Today approach. Our first contribution is from Nathan Killam. In this segment, Nathan speaks about father/son dynamics.


Fitspeek 31: Vince Speeks!

We’re happy to unleash Fitspeek 31 on all of our listeners. Spring is here and so is some all new information and inspiration on the program. We lead things off with segment 1 of our feature interview with Abbotsford’s Vince Dimanno. Vince has led a very interesting life with sports a very big part of it. In segment one, we hear about Vince’s path in becoming a professional soccer player and the influence that Vince’s dad had in his life. In our Between The Ears feature Zack Neufeld...


At the Intersection of Fitness & Business: Introducing Charlotte Lepp

Our latest Fitspeek guest is local business owner Charlotte Lepp. Lepp’s Farm Market in Abbotsford is the go-to place for locally grown meat and vegetables. Although Charlotte was never a high school sports star, she’s proof that regular exercise can do wonders for a person’s quality of life Listen to Charlotte’s story by pressing play. With spring here, it’s time to spring into fitness with Tri*Joy....


Fitspeek 28: Going Long(er) with F2C

As all of us get back into our serious racing and training sessions with the start of a new year, Mission’s F2C Nutrition is launching a new endurance formula product. Greg Cowan from F2C is our guest. He’ll be telling us about the science behind the product, the F2C pro athlete line up (featuring THIS UGLY guy!), and his chances of winning a race against a Dynamic Race Director. Zack Neufeld is back with a thought inspiring Between The Ears segment about choices that you face when...


Death, Taxes, and The Spring Series

There’s not too many sure things in life anymore but you can count on the Spring Series to be here. The long-standing bike races are once again returning to the Fraser Valley to give locals opportunity to harvest their fitness from months of training in the basement, or on the dark and rain-swept roads. If you are a person who is interested in doing your first road cycling race, you should really listen to my interview with Ryan Coussineau from Escape Velocity Cycling. He goes through the...


Fitspeek 27: The Many Faces of Kristina Paule

Following our very popular interview with local Cyclismo Brandon Jones, Fitspeek returns with another local athletic dynamo! Fitspeek 27 features a full-length interview with Abbotsford mom, employee, Vince-Tamer, musical performer, piano teacher, triathlete, and yes DUCK! (yes there is a reason for the picture to your right). Kristina Paule just ran the Abbotsford Running Room’s Hypothermic Half. This was her very first half-marathon. It ended with a down to the wire battle for first...


Brandon Jones: The Caffinator! Our guest on Fitspeek 26

Due to popular demand we finally were able to contact and interview local fast guy Brandon Jones. It turns out that he is a nice guy too! Well, other than crushing the local climbs and ripping off the legs of his competition. In addition to the Brandon Jones interview, Fitspeek 26 also features fresh from Area 51, Kevin Watt with his social media shout outs and Zack Neufeld with his Between The Ears segment. Here it all now by pressing...


Phoenix Velo Presents: Speak and Spin 2018

Coming up this Sunday (January 21st) at the Mission Senior’s Centre is the annual kick off for the Phoenix Velo Training Group. In this Fitspeek Express Interview, we speak with club president Geoff Oram. And if you want to know what the significance of the picture below is, you are going to have to listen to the end of the interview!


Fitspeek 25: Setting up your New Year/Wentings Spin Sessions

With a new year comes new opportunities for awesomeness. For many members of the Wednesday Night Spins at Wenting’s Cycle in Mission, their new season is already off to a strong start. That’s because they’ve already been training smartly during the dark season. In this episode of Fitspeek, we go into the spin-pit at Wenting’s and speak with many local triathletes and cyclists including Leigh-Ann Parker Vanderlinde, Tatania Sean, Paul McLachlan and Dan McLachlan. We ask them about their...


Geo Wade & Diella Siemens: Going Long (repost)

Just in case you didn’t get a chance to hear it the first time ’round, this is a re-post of the great interview that Kevin Watt, Zack Neufeld, and I did with Diella & Geo. We get into some great storytelling about how they were drawn to doing ultra-long sporting events and some of the adventures they have had while training for them and doing them. No need to fast forward to get to the interview. Just hit...


Going Long – Fitspeek 24: The “Ultra-Edition”

Geo Wade and Diella Siemens are both amazing people. In addition to holding down regular jobs and being parents and spouses like “the rest of us” they are also ultra-endurance athletes, although they don’t really like to admit it. In Fitspeek 24 Diella tells us about her first experience of “going-long” when she decided to walk home from work one day (from Vancouver to Port Coquitlam). Since then she has tackled her first half Ironman distance triathlon, developed a healthy interest in...


Fitspeek 23: More than just swim, bike, run!

In this episode, we show that Fitspeek is indeed more than just race results and tri-talk. Our newest podcast features our first installment of the Top 6 Health Trends of 2017. We’ll sort through the hype & the jargon & give you the straight goods on things like HIIT and “Wearable Technology.” And no, we have not forgotten our usual features like the upcoming events schedule and the race results. Have you got 20 minutes? Because Fitspeek 23 has something for you! It’s all at your...


BC’s BCs: The Brothers Cook

In our last Fitspeek Express interview we heard from Dan Cook: realtor, part time runner and full time father of four. This time we hear from the rest of this podium dominating family from Abbotsford including: 17 year old Travis, 14 year old (Mr. Energy Saver ) Preston, and 7 year old Fraser. These are names sure to be part of the Fraser Valley’s running scene for years to come.