Meet the team: Deanna Newman
Deanna Newman - 48 - Birmingham, AL
What is your sporting origin story? How did it all start for you?
I was always very active as a kid as well as competitive but all in playing. I was always able to run well but I didn’t start running consistently and competitively until I was out of nursing school at age 21. I began winning running road races and a friend got me into trying triathlon and I was hooked right away.
What is your "why" for racing, the deeper thing beyond the finish line medal that makes you strive for more?
I’m always setting my own personal goals to improve and to do it better. It’s not always about “winning “ but if I feel like I laid it all out there and gave it my best, I’m satisfied. But there is always something I want to work on and make better. This way of thinking carries over in other aspects of my life as well. Racing and life complement each other. I like each year to set new and different goals to keep it fun. It’s GOT to be fun!!
Do you have a mantra for racing and training? Where did it come from?
The mantra that comes to mind is in transition I have to verbally say to myself “ don’t suck, don’t suck, don’t suck” because I have been known to really suck in transition!
What's the most embarrassing thing you've done while racing?
Run out of transition with my helmet on!! Just last year!
If racing doesn't pay the bills, what does? What's your day job?
I’m an RN and I work in a cardiology office.
How do you balance family/work/etc with your passion for sport?
I make sure the hours of my work “pay the bills” but I can also have my training hours and time for rest. My rule is I work 4 days per week. I must have both because I have a passion for being a nurse as well as a passion for my sport which is also my lifestyle.
Tell us about your biggest race fail. What did you learn from that experience?
The freshest on my mind is forgetting part of my bike nutrition for the bike in the Hawaii Ironman last year. I learned to check, double check then triple check my stuff before I head down.
What about your biggest accomplishment?
I think maybe getting 4th on the podium in Hawaii even with sub par run training due to a foot injury. I learned you really never ever know what can happen so just keep on.
What's the most beautiful thing you've seen during a race?
I think the top of a mountain along the bike course in Ibiza.
What's the workout you dread most and why? How do you push yourself through it?
AT swim sessions, I usually try to get a friend to do it with me.
What's the workout you love most and why?
Long runs because I just LOVE it!!
You can only do one more race in your life. Which one do you choose? Why?
Hawaii Ironman because it’s just the most satisfying when you cross that finish line no matter how good or bad you did.
What are some of your bucket list races, events, activities?
I’d like to do a 50 k and a swim run. More if I like it!