Episode #2 features Deanna Blegg. Deanna is an inspirational woman who has truly done it all. Let me tell you a little about Deanna.
Deanna began her early sporting life as a triathlete. She was so successful in her field that she ended up representing Australia in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Shortly after the Commonwealth Games Deanna began travelling the world. During this stint of travelling she spent time volunteering in Africa at which point she contracted the HIV virus.
Many years passed for Deanna as she came to grips with the diagnosis, being told multiple times she had X months to live. Deanna decided life was too short to dwell on an illness that she cannot control so set out to take her life back.
Fast forward 20 years and she is happily married with 2 children and has began a successful career as an obstacle/adventure racer. So successful has she been that Deanna finished 2nd in women's division of the Spartan Race World Championships. She also won, the female division of the World's Toughest Mudder. That's right. She won! At an age of over 40!
Deanna Blegg is truly an inspiration and someone who everybody out there can learn from.
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Selected Links from the Episode:
- Adventure Racing
- Australia Commonwealth Games
- Olympics Triathlon
- Tall Poppy Syndrome
- Victorian Triathlon Association
- Wild Water Rafting
- Wild Water Kayaking
- Cross Country Games
- Cross-country Skiing
- Macquarie Dictionary
- Sydney Morning Herald
- AIDS-defining clinical condition
- Sleep paralysis
- Obstacle Racing
- International Triathlon
- Mountain bike racing
- Start of podcast [00:01]
- Tommy’s Tribute [7:20]
- Getting to know Deanna Blegg [9:03]
- Deanna Blegg represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games. How did it all begin? [10:22]
- Next chapter of Deanna’s athlete lifestyle after her world championship in the games [14:09]
- Deanna’s adventure travel [14:43]
- Good, Bad & Science [24:15]
- How Deanna contracted HIV virus in Africa [32:59]
- When Deanna started to share her story to the world for awareness [45:38]
- How others are supportive to Deanne knowing that she’s HIV positive [49:32]
- Knowing more about HIV [51:20]
- Book Of Creep [52:54]
- Deanna’s adventure racing and achievements [1:02:03]
- Fueling on a nonstop event [1:09:33]
- Deanna’s training protocol [1:13:16]
- Deanna’s mental approach [1:16:18]
- 9 from 9 [1:20:48]
- Closing remarks [1:32:29]