Athlete Spotlight: Deanne Mannion

Athlete Spotlight

Deanne Mannion

If you know Deanne, you know that this lady balances many things at once.  A hectic and demanding high level job along with being a single mom and now Ironman participant – Deanne has had to squeeze in workouts when she can and has made huge strides in her fitness this year. I look forward to seeing how her race day comes together! Wish her luck at Ironman Arizona 2012!

What is your athletic background: In middle school I ran track, played volleyball and basketball and was a completive Irish dancer. In High School I cheered and played basketball.  But once I went to college I stopped working out. Academics came first; and the lack of sports in my life continued until early 2006, when I was 36 years old.  That was the year I was finally sick being overweight and unhealthy. I knew I needed to change for the sake of my two young sons. So I got off the couch and I have not been back since.

Why did you choose BASE Tri Fitness as your training program provider: I am a single parent with a relatively challenging job.  This produces a pretty non-standard schedule. I selected BASE Tri Fitness since I needed a customized program that took into account my work and parenting responsibilities.  In addition, I had known Coach Lauren for years and was aware of her passion and knowledge about triathlon.  I knew she would help me to stay focused and finish my goal.

What has been the most challenging part of your training so far:  Being consistent and learning to say “no” so you are not doing too many things at once.  Ironman training takes up a lot of time and you need to “skinny” down your extracurricular activities and commit the time to it.

What has been the most enjoyable part of your training: Overcoming some fears about open water swimming.  Also discovering that I really do love the way I feel when I run on a regular basis.

What have you accomplished so far that you’d never dreamt you’d accomplish:   Three things: 1) being able to do a quality 6 hour bike trainer workout; 2) doing long workouts alone and being fine with it and 3) seeing myself as athletic.

What is your favorite music to train to: I don’t like to train to music.  I prefer podcasts that are mostly business, science or history related.

Favorite Workout: A tough power based trainer workout on the bike
Least Favorite Workout: Any swim workout in the pool or open water
If you could tell other athletes one thing you have learned so far in your training what would it be? 

This sport punishes you for inconsistency. So being consistent pays huge dividends.  Also, be patient. Rome was not built in a day, nor is your endurance.  If you continue to follow your training plan, be consistent and work hard you will get better and become more skilled and confident.
 
Any embarrassing moments or stories:  There are a few.  Many involve me hanging off a kayak during the open water swim portion.  I have done an entire Olympic distance bike ride in a swimming speed suit in hot weather. I also ran one Olympic distance race wearing my ex-husbands tennis shoes, which were 3 sizes too big.  The good news is I actually got third in my age group at that race.  The bad news was the blisters!
What is your equipment line up: Felt B12 tri bike, Blue Seventy wetsuit, Nike running shoes, and Garmin 310XT