CAELIN WHITE, 35
PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology, University of Manitoba
Psychologist, advocate for mental health issues and adventure racer. Caelin White is also the ultimate polite Canadian. He competed on June 20 to 22 at the 2014 Death Race at Pittsfield, Vt. -- an adventure race famous for having ambiguous start and finish times and continuing for 60 or more hours with physical, mental, and emotional challenges to overcome. There were mountains to climb, puzzles to solve and tasks to complete. White was in the top five at the 39.5-hour mark when he was disqualified after he said "sorry" to a race official who bumped into him two minutes from the end of a nine-hour no-talking period. White said he's been a university student for 12 years, jokingly calling it "a death race of another kind." He is on the cusp of earning his doctorate in clinical psychology, a field that involves assessing, diagnosing, treating mental and behavioural disorders. Next month, he will begin a one-year clinical residency in Calgary with Alberta Health Services, which is the last step in his training process. He will defend his PhD dissertation this fall and should be able to add the "doctor" moniker to his name by next summer.
On Nov. 15 to 16 in Las Vegas, White will compete in his second "World Toughest Mudder". Competitors have 24 hours to complete as many laps as possible of the five-mile circuit course, which will include over 20 obstacles. At the 2012 World's Toughest Mudder in New Jersey, White finished 12th out of 1,300 competitors and was the top Canadian finisher of 180. At the 2013 Canadian Death Race, a 24-hour, 125-kilometre run held at Grande Cache, Alta., White was the only one of six Winnipeggers to cross the finish line.
1. Favourite workout?
Anything that's outdoors and a little bit off the beaten path. My favourite training sessions are combinations of endurance trail runs, cold-water training, and upper body workouts. Every week I'll do a 20- to 30-km agility trail run while keeping wet and cold throughout. Along the way, I mix in lots of burpees, log/rock carrying, and inclines. Being able to normalize and tolerate discomfort for long periods of time are assets in death racing.
2. Favourite workout song?
I listen to lots of powerful instrumentals: M83's Intro and Outro are faves. Some of the soundtrack work by Hans Zimmer (e.g., Rise on the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack) is pretty amazing for motivation too. Progressive trance also has a perfect tempo for a lot of the endurance training I do: Trauma (Worakls Remix) by N'to; This Night (Max Graham Remix) by Filo and Peri.
3. Fitness tip?
Yeah, I don't know if I'm qualified to give fitness tips, but my favourite slogans are "What's in the way, is the way" and "Somewhere in the sun, the second-place guy is training."
4.What's in your fridge?
Bananas, Clif bars, Kozy Shack rice pudding, fresh fruits and veggies, and tons of spinach. Iron assists with oxygen transport so you can't go wrong with the spinach.
5.What's your guilty pleasure?
I try to avoid eating too much bread but after a heavy training day I will absolutely destroy a large pizza! Hey, what can I say? Pepperoni feeds the soul.