Meet Adrienne Bunn, a spirited 17-year-old who's shown that labels don't define us. Fueled by her determination, hard work, and love for sports, she's conquered obstacles to prove dreams are within reach for all. 🌟
Mark your calendar for October 14, 2023, as Adrienne aims to snag the World Record for the Youngest Autistic Woman to Complete an Ironman at the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i.
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Can you share a significant challenge you face during your training journey, and how do you overcome it?
One of my biggest challenges in my training journey has been figuring out how to prepare for three individual sports that are combined into one. It seemed very overwhelming, and everything about it seemed hard. Running has always been my favorite thing to do, swimming was always my biggest struggle, and I knew nothing about cycling. All three events take a lot of practice, and a lot of equipment and gear. I was lucky enough to have amazing Unified Partners and Guides with experience, expertise, and a willingness to help.
What advice would you give to aspiring athletes who are interested in pursuing Ironman races but are unsure where to begin?
I would advise people who are interested in triathlons and Ironman competitions to join a tri club. The people who I’ve met through these groups have all been so much help. Be ready to train a lot. And have fun!
As an Ironman athlete, mental strength is crucial. How do you stay focused and motivated during intense training sessions and competitions?
Mental strength is a huge part of Ironman training. My coach is preparing me for those times when I will need to dig deep and rely on my past experiences. I try to think about how much I want to reach my end goal and what it will feel like to cross the finish line.
Can you share a memorable moment from your triathlon career that has had a lasting impact on you?
One of my most memorable moments in my triathlon career was finishing my very first triathlon. I remember starting so early that it was still dark outside. So many people setting up all of their stuff and thinking how am I ever going to remember what it takes to do each event. I was completely overwhelmed. The race started and I reminded myself that it is one event at a time. Focus on that. I was so proud of myself for just finishing that race.
Are there any quotes or ‘words to live by’ that you’d like to share with the world?
I love WWII history and one of my favorite movies is Unbroken. The movie is a true story about survival, resilience and redemption. “One minute of pain is worth a lifetime of glory” by Peter Zamperini, the brother of the Louis Zamperini. A great movie about bravery and triumph, and how someone is able to rely on fight, strength, and faith.
Do you have any ‘heroes’ that you look up to?
Lucy Charles-Barclay and Skye Moench are two of my heroes. They are both professional triathletes. I admire how they have each faced great challenges but showed such courage.
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