Donna (@fitfetishtri) 52, mother of one (27yrs). Recently completed Ironman Barcelona (Oct 3rd 2021) her first full distance endurance triathlon after being inspired to sign up by 10 Ironwomen, a group who are working to increase female participation in Ironman races.
Donna was one of 194 women that took part in the event out of 1500 athletes.
It was only her third triathlon event, she had also never run a marathon before.
Learn more about Donna, her early years, her reasons for wanting to do an Ironman, her training, journey to the start line, lessons from the race as well as advice and tips to help you take on your next challenge.
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Who is Donna
Growing up in London
Always enjoy reading as a kid
Starting to think about her future career
Acquiring a journalism degree
Getting into fitness in her early 20s
Having no interest in running a marathon
Signing up for her first triathlon at 46
Aiming to always be fit
Riding and owning three bikes in her teenage years
More details about Ironman training
Doing online workouts and keeping herself positive to stay fit
Getting into the details about Ironman
Being inspired by 10IronWomen @10ironwomen
Signing up for Ironman Barcelona 2020 at the age of 50
Representing and encouraging women of colour
Her main concerns about the challenge
What is it like to be part of 10IronWomen
Becoming more driven by achieving the goal
Forming a training plan with the help of the book Be IronFit
More information on her preparation and training
Not wanting to skip a session
Personal challenges associated with menopause
Listening to podcasts to keep herself mentally healthy
Working on strengthening her mindset
Dealing with anxiety when in Barcelona
What it was like prior to the event
Being determined to complete the challenge
Looking back to when she was out on the course
Biggest challenges she experienced throughout the Ironman
Her reaction when she crossed the finish line
Wanting to do more cycling challenges
Planning to sign up for another 10IronWomen event in Barcelona in 2023
Other future challenges she wants to take on
The story behind her name "The Iron Empress"
Final words of advice
"Signing up for Ironman and pushing myself to the limit physically, has really shown me that I am capable of so much more."