This week on That Girl, we are celebrating Annie Malone, an accomplished Ironman finisher, marathoner and Crossfit athlete. Annie is also a dedicated wife, mom, coach and fitness facility owner. Her advice? Eat well (she follows a strict Paelo diet), stay passionate about fitness and realize that you are an athlete, no matter what your ability or age. Oh, and have a great support team–just take a look at what her husband does for her.
39 years old
Coach and Owner of Yelm W.O.D Dogs which is a functional training facility
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
As I look at things Im most proud of first it would be my 20 year marriage to my best friend/police officer Shon Malone, also my two beautiful children. They are always there and supportive even through the tough training schedules. As for a race, the 2010 Florida Ironman I’d have to say was my biggest event. I trained for six months and tested my training by doing the lake Stevens 1/2 Ironman at my three month point in my training.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
I have been coaching athletes for 14 years now. Somedays I wake up and have all the go in the world. Somedays I just don’t. But when that happens my number one fan Shon Malone (a.k.a. Super Hubby) tells me that he will go with me. When I run, he will ride the bike next to me to keep me moving. As I ride my bike he drives our truck up the road every five miles and waits for me to pass. He dropped me off the other day the pool. I wasn’t in the mood to swim, but he got me there. Having his support is my drive.
Favorite energizing meal:
Our household eats strict a Paleo diet. This means meats, veggies, berries, seeds and nuts. Since changing to this lifestyle, my husband has lost 20 pounds and all of my training has improved. Our favorite dish is cauliflower rice, eggs and sausage.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
After a race or a long training day, I always take a very COLD bath (this helps to flush the lactic acid out of the muscles) and then a hot shower afterwards. We usually celebrate with friends and food afterwards. My best friend Diana Rush will set up a full body massage for me. I will also go to the chiropractor to get an adjustment. I believe that people should do preventative care instead of reactive care. I get a massage and a adjustment every month to prevent injury.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
I have been a Crossfit Athlete now for six years. This type of functional fitness training builds stronger, faster athletes. Yelm W.O.D Dogs has helped me become a faster triathlete and marathon runner. Everyday life becomes easier when you Crossfit. The other day Shon and I headed to Yakima Washington, and we took our bikes. We rode 30-plus miles and stopped at a few wineries. Shon hasn’t been biking all year, but thanks to Crossfit, he had no problems completing the ride and feeling good. Like I said, it’s nice to know that you can accomplish anything without having to train months to do it. That is Crossfit!
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
When I flew to Panama City Florida for my Ironman we went one week early so that way we could swim in the Gulf of Mexico. It was an incredible experience. In Washington our waters are around 50 degrees, but the gulf was so warm and full of sea creatures and sharks.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
Sports whether they are a team or an individual takes passion and dedication. Inside us all is an athlete. From an athlete that pushes a stroller, a teen that plays a sport, a person in a wheelchair learning to walk again, an 80-year-old woman who wants nothing more then to live independently for another year. All these individuals are the sport of fitness.
Photo: courtesy of annie malone