Manami Iijima Martin is a professional triathlete from Guam who is making a name for herself in the sport as she represents the island she loves. A swimmer from a very young age, Manami has carried her competitiveness in the water to her professional career as a triathlete.
She was first out of the water in Oceanside just a few months ago, where she finished 8th on the day and second out of the water at Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells.
She moved up the PTO ranks in 2021 and holds a goal to crack the top 100 in 2022 amongst a field of top-notch females.
She is passionate about putting Guam on the map in the triathlon world, and we believe that she is a woman to watch in these coming years. In this episode, we discuss:
- working through nervousness and tears
- Guam culture & climate
- competitive swimming from a young age – 6 years old
- how she started running
- the taboo of depression
- importance of community
- vulnerability hangovers
- building running volume as a swimmer
- understanding injury and the signs of niggles
- celebration of getting to a race
- training on the island of Guam
- the quest to put Guam on the Olympic map
- teaching kids to swim (3-5yr olds)
- 10 minutes / 10 days swim program
We hope you enjoy the show.
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Episode 299 Show Notes:
Chrissie Wellington’s book – A Life Without Limits
Swim Program 10 min/10 days
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