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While she and her husband were hoping to bring Breck to South Korea and have her parents watch him, the plan ended up being too expensive, so he’s staying with his grandparents in Canada.

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Back To Skiing After Giving Birth

It’s not surprising there are more fathers than mothers on Team USA. Having a baby can take a serious toll on a woman’s body. Randall missed a season of racing during her pregnancy.

canada goose outlet michigan “Thankfully during that time, I was able to keep training at a fairly decent level,” she said. She continued to work out twice a day, although she shifted her focus from getting into canada goose outlet nyc top racing form to maintaining a healthy, fit body. canada goose outlet michigan

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“I mean you’re so consumed with the new feeding schedule and sleeping schedule and everything anyway. But already within a few days, it was great to be able to start getting out for walks with him and meeting up with some other fellow moms,” she recalled.

Within a month of Breck’s birth, Randall was hiking and biking again. “I was actually pleasantly surprised how good it felt to jump back into things,” she said.

“I realized that while my aerobic capacity and muscle structure felt good in general, I was lacking the coordination of inner core muscles, which I had never had to think about before,” she recalled. With help canada goose outlet online from a physical therapist specializing in postpartum related work, she sought to regain that stability and added a third workout pilates three days a week.

canada goose outlet online uk Recovery took a lot of effort, but about every three months, Randall noticed big improvements on the journey back to racing form. At 10 months postpartum, she felt almost ready to compete at her full potential again, and at a year, she felt even stronger. canada goose outlet online uk

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Balancing Motherhood With Racing

Support has been key to her progress. Randall credits her husband and both sets of grandparents with helping her balance parenthood and training for the Olympics.

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Now that they have Breck, both sets of grandparents come help care for him during the winter in Europe while his parents are working.

“Without that support, there’s no way I’d be able to do it,” said Randall. She’s particularly grateful they haven’t had to put him in daycare because she needs to keep that toddlers’ stew of germs out of the house to stay healthy.

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Parenthood has brought Randall closer to some of her fellow moms on the slopes.”On the cross country circuit, there were four of us that had babies within a few months of each other two seasons ago and then all came back to racing last year,” she said.

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