27 Tricia Downing – Overcoming Injury to Inspire Disabled Athletes

Tricia Downing on Sole Nation with Brook Kreder

Today I’m so excited to be talking to Tricia Downing. Tricia has done 2 Ironman races, over 100 races total in her time as an athlete, and now competes in shooting, if you can believe that.

Her story is incredible, and she’s got to be one of the most inspirational guests I’ve had on the show. With an awesome attitude and great energy, this gal is making a huge impact on the world of athletics.

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I don’t think that I’m an amazing athlete. I think it’s more the passion for it, and saying this is something I want to do, and I’m going to see how far I can get.” – Tricia Downing

Show Notes:

  • How her mom made her start swimming at a young age
  • How she knew sports were going to be a part of her life
  • The excitement of track cycling
  • The importance of the mental game
  • The difference of wheelchair racing and able bodied racing
  • How to maintain the joy
  • How Ironman takes a lot out of you
  • How she was paralyzed on a training ride

I just want to challenge myself to do the best I can, whether that’s reaching this huge goal or giving it everything I’ve got and seeing where I land.” – Tricia Downing

  • How she tackled healing mentally and physically
  • The value of problem solving skills
  • What her first race out the hospital was like
  • How she picks her races
  • The mental game of competing as a shooter
  • Her training camp for women in wheelchairs
  • The series she’s creating
  • Why you have to do your research, create a plan, and be persistent

To me it seems like sports have a formula: you decide what your goal is and then you and then you figure out all the things you need to do to get there.” – Tricia Downing

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A lot of these women come to camp and they have no idea that they can play tennis or that they can go scuba diving or that they can go rock climbing, and it just opens up the doors for them.” – Tricia Downing

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