ALEX 'CHUMPY' PULLIN
What does your standard training week involve?
When training here in Australia for the northern winter, I spend a good amount of time snowboarding in the Aussie mountains. Along with my coach Ben, we go out and ride for the morning through until just after lunch. We then head back to the gym, to do some more focused fitness training like power and agility, strength and balance. Then some recovery like spinning, swimming and stretching to make sure I’ll be fresh again the next day. During a week its normally 6 days on, 1 day off, though it can vary when there’s a powder day.
Where is your favourite place to train?
The beach and the mountains! The best part about our sport is that we are always outside, for training and competition. I do spend a lot of time surfing when I’m home in Australia and its great to work that in with my training program on the beach.
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
Compression Tights. I use them a lot during training and my competitions. We put in max effort during a run which is around 1min – 1min 30sec, then get to rest on the way back up. 2XU compression really helps to get that quick recovery, so that when I’m back in the start gate for the next run, im feeling fresh.
What is your favourite training accessory?
It would have to be a surfboard! Getting out in the water and surfing while im home is really healthy. I always feel so refreshed after a fun surf.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
There’s been plenty of tough moments I guess, but I see it a bit differently. Everyone hates to loose, especially in the moments it counts like big competitions. But I do what I do not just for the winning, but because I enjoy the game. I enjoy turning a loss into a win by looking into the mistakes I made to cause the loss, so that I can avoid it next time. Then move onto the next competition to go for it again. I love being the best competitor I can be on the day and this involves dealing with tough moments well.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
I have a desire to compete. Its there everyday and I look forward to every opportunity I have to compete against the best boardercross riders in the world. My motivation for training hard is to be unbeatable when we get to that day. My motivation for racing hard is to enjoy the opportunity I’ve been waiting for and don’t hold back.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
When I'm home, the food is great. A lot of muesli, yogurt, fruit, pasta, rice, toast and vegemite. Overseas is a little tough, due to being in other countries with different food, sometimes good sometimes bad. The trick is to know what you looking for, which helps to get meals that give you plenty of energy for the days to come.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
Snowboarding is a lifestyle and sport is my life. Pretty much everyday I’m doing something for my snowboarding or career in general. That’s why I love it, it never feels like work.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
Power bars for recovery are really good.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
Worst thing: always traveling living out of 2 bags and sitting on planes. Best thing: always traveling, seeing new parts of the world and meeting great people.
In five years time, I'll be:
- 2011 Boardercross World Champion
- 2010/11 World Cup overall Champion
- Current World Ranking: #1