Shine Brighter with Us
Shine Brighter with Us
Meet our ambassador - Travis
What advice would you give to people who want to start moving towards a more plant-based lifestyle?
Do some research first, speak to a nutritionist who is in support of it. If you are worried about getting everything you need get blood tests after a month and then every 3 months, this gives you the confidence that you’re doing fine and shuts up everyone else who will suddenly have a nutritional degree. Peanut butter is about to become your best friend!
If it seems daunting at first don’t let it scare you, it was scary to me at first but once I got in the habit of it and what to look for on the labels of food it became super easy, (there is now heaps of vegan alternatives and junk foods out there now so you wont be missing out on anything!)
What does your ideal morning look like?
Well my ideal morning would be alarm free, waking up in a swag at a beach all to myself, make some vegan protein pancakes (1 serve vanilla or choc protein, 3 bananas, 1 cup of almond milk,1/2 cup of oats, topped with fresh berries, maple syrup and vegan ice cream) while watching the sun rise to perfect 3-4ft rolling waves and a soft offshore breeze before heading out for a surf.
But with my busy training schedule an ideal morning would be waking up just before sunrise smashing some overnight Proats (1 cup of oats, 1 cup of water, 1 scoop of choc protein, handful of dates, 1 banana and soak overnight), roll out and head out for a long ride (100-150km) out the country side as well as making it a loop to come back along the coast for a mandatory surf check, or a sneaky Clif bar pre dawn and a long run (20-30km) with some coastal views, mountain ranges, trails and away from everyone else to be one with nature.
What does your training schedule look like both on and off season?
My training doesn’t change too much over the off season a, its more what does done during the sessions that changes.
So, Monday: 6-7km swim, 1hr gym session, 30min yoga then off to work with a few clients and finish the day at P3 Sports & Recovery.
Tuesday: 6-7km swim, 2-3hr bike intervals followed by a 20-30min run off the bike with 10’ steady the rest tempo then straight into P3 to recover and finish the day with 30min of yoga.
Wednesday: roughly 10km track session (building 800-1000m x 8), 2hr bike intervals, train a few clients and hit up P3 and finish the day off with some yoga.
Thursday: 1.5hrs of bike intervals, 15min run off the bike varying how much is tempo, 60min gym session, 3km swim set, 30min of yoga, recover in at P3 enough to train my clients.
Friday: 6-7km swim, 40min run varying amount of tempo, straight into P3, 30mins of yoga and finish the day off with a few clients.
Saturday: 100km-150km ride with efforts with a mandatory P3 recovery session and 30mins of yoga
Sunday: 1hr-2hr depending on training block run steady finishing with a few efforts, 30mins open water swim, 30min yoga, P3 recovery session.
The off season is very similar but with more of an aerobic start after having a week or two complete rest and then a focus on strength before aiming for the speed in the preseason.
What are your top tips on staying motivated and sticking to a routine or 'diet'?
Surround yourself with others that are going to lift and inspire you at every session that will also hold you accountable to your training because there will be so many days were you don’t want to wake up at 4am but knowing the squad are relying on you to be there makes you find something to get you to training.
In terms of diet, for me it’s mostly what I feel like and what I know will help assist my performance, so hence the vegan lifestyle as it is the most efficient way of getting all the nutrients needed with the least amount of other rubbish that comes with a non-plant based diet.
When I first went vegan I had to tell myself that ‘this is bigger than me, it’s about the environment, it’s about the animals lives and it’s about my future and health, taste comes after all those.
If you could eat one thing, for the rest of your life what would it be?
SMOOTHIES!!! Bit of a cheat answer because I can mix up recipes and styles to make smoothies, smoothie bowls and even freeze overnight to make a ‘Nicecream’.
But my go to smoothie at the moment is 3 frozen bananas, handful of dates, ½ cup of peanut butter, ¼ cup of oats, 1 scoop of Amazonia RawFit Vanilla Protein Powder and how ever much almond/coconut/rice/oat mylk.
Who are your biggest plant based food, fitness and lifestyle inspirations at the moment?
My biggest plantbased/fitness inspiration would have to be the legend that is Rich Roll! The man is not only a great bloke but what he has been through, overcome and now advocates is the best example of going vegan can do for you and your family. I tune into his podcasts most while driving but he also posts these to his insta @Rich.Roll, youtube ( Rich Roll ) and his website for everything else is linktr.ee/richroll . Personally I’m not really one to idolise people because they are them and I am me so I idolise myself, my journey, what I have done, been through, overcome, fought against, what I’m doing and where I am going so I draw inspiration from my own journey and if I haven’t battled something yet then it excited me to see what I am about to learn.
Travis, thank you so much for your time! It was great to sit down with you and Always a pleasure. Where can people connect with you?
Not a problem! I’m always happy to talk about all things sport, lifestyle, thoughts/mind and of course all things vegan!
I’m most active on my Instagram @traviscolemanPT but you can also get in contact with me via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more info about me on my website traviscolemanpt.com