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A day in the life with Ashley Cain

Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc
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A day in the life with Ashley Cain

What does figure skater Ashley Cain eat throughout a typical training day?

I wake up at 6:30 a.m., so that I can sit and enjoy my coffee. I am obsessed with coffee – every morning I have coffee blended with coconut oil. For breakfast, I like to have eggs with spinach and nutritional yeast.

I train about six hours per day, so I get to the rink at 8:30 a.m. to start my 30-minute off-ice warm-up.

From 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., I’m on the ice. From 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., I work on jumps and choreography.

For lunch, I might have a salad with grape tomatoes, spinach, avocado, and salmon. I stick to a more paleo diet. I am a pescatarian, meaning the only meat I eat is fish.

I have another off-ice warm up from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., and then I’m on the ice for another hour. At 2:15 p.m., I have an hour for recovery or another workout. My snack is usually mixed fruit and nuts.

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Some of my favorite alternative ways to work out are off-ice dance, biking, paddle boarding, hiking, high-intensity interval training, and horseback riding.

The hardest workout I’ve ever done was the time when I worked out with a track team and I could barely walk for two weeks. I took a week off after Nationals one year and I felt like I needed to go for a run. I met up at a high school running track and the team was working out. The coach called me over and asked if I wanted to work out with them. The worst part was that after the workout I had to run almost two miles back home!

If I’m coaching that day, that’s usually from 3:30 p.m. until around 6 p.m. or maybe 7 p.m. Along with training, I also coach for about 10 hours a week. I teach so that I can keep skating. Figure skating is very expensive, especially ice time, but I have been able to make it work by coaching.

Then it’s time for dinner, where I’ll have fish with more vegetables; I especially like sweet potato.

If it’s a day to indulge, I like to have peanut butter, yogurt covered pretzels, Sprinkles Ice Cream (especially cookie dough!).

I go to bed at 10 p.m. and get ready to do it all over again.

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