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.