Bec Wilcock is an ambassador for Blackmores Wellbeing Zone at the Essential Baby and Toddler Show Melbourne, taking place from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th April.
For free tickets visit www.babyandtoddlershow.com.au/melbourne/.
Question: Which product in the Blackmores range is your favourite and why?
Bec Wilcock: I love using their Superfoods range, especially the Wild Blueberry Powder which has 50 serves of blueberry in one teaspoon – ridiculously good!
Question: What Blackmores' products do you have daily?
Bec Wilcock: Every morning I take a probiotic, iron, fish oil and a Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold supplement to ensure bub and I get adequate folic acid, iodine, iron, DHA, vitamin D3, B to help feel my best and give my body the energy it needs.
Question: What's a typical day like, for you, training and food wise?
Bec Wilcock: My new focus for training is to get back to race fit (post having a baby)! I'm currently 4 weeks postpartum and my doctor just gave me the all clear to start my training program. This program has me progressively working out for 1-2 hours, 4-6 days a week and I feel highly energised and motivated! Training throughout my pregnancy definitely helped me bounce back faster.
Nutrition wise, I eat to fuel and nourish my body, 5-6 times a day. Now that I'm breastfeeding, I make sure I'm getting the right intake for Beau too.
Question: How did it feel when you finished the 2016 Barkley 100?
Bec Wilcock: I felt exhilarated! The Barkley 100 is a unique race that I thoroughly enjoyed! Nothing beats an extreme challenge.
Question: Can you tell us about what you saw over the course of the three-day ultra-marathon?
Bec Wilcock: The Barkers don't like it when we discuss terrain and details of the race because that's half the challenge, the unknown. I can tell you that it wasn't pretty!!
The most challenging part of the race was navigating around the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, using only a compass and a map, when you're sleep deprived and physically and mentally exhausted.
Question: How has your life changed since Beau Patrick was born?
Bec Wilcock: My life is a bit of a balancing act at the moment, between nursing, working and training; I definitely have my hands full. Nonetheless, I wouldn't change a thing - being a mum is the best gift in the world. I feel very blessed.
Question: Was it difficult to give up your hard-core training regime when pregnant?
Bec Wilcock: To be honest, YES!
Question: What training did you do, whilst pregnant?
Bec Wilcock: I had to modify my training through every trimester whilst being pregnant. I didn't introduce any new exercises (or movements) and I kept my workouts to 70% of my max effort (or under). I ran until I was 30 weeks and I was in the gym until 2 days before I gave birth to Beau. I found keeping fit and healthy during this time gave me motivation and stamina for labour.
My favourite workouts:
Trimester 1: Hit Intensity and running
Trimester 2: Resistance training
Trimester 3: Walking, swimming, yoga, body weight exercises
Question: What advice do you have for new mums?
Bec Wilcock: For your own self-confidence, know what motivates you. I have found that keeping my fitness and nutrition on point keeps me motivated and mentally strong. Mum life can be challenging so don't forget about yourself.
Question: What would we find in your gym bag?
Bec Wilcock: Spare water bottle
Hand, face and body moisturizer
Nike throw over hoodie for post workout
Interview by Brooke Hunter