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One day we’ll flick through the chapters of black history and discover the name Donna McConnell aka @the_ironempress – a former rapper-turned media maven-turned sport heroine who chose to mark her 50th birthday by training for a triathlon. And not just any triathlon mind you, but an Ironman  – one of the world’s most challenging endurance events that only a few percent of the world’s population will ever complete (and FYI, it consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon run). Donna’s goal was to challenge herself both physically and mentally, and encourage more black women to get involved in multi-sport events. And that she did – host Matilda caught up with Donna to discuss how the cyclist/triathlete inspired her own triathlon feat and the moment she completed the big event in 2021. 

Follow Donna on Instagram at @the_ironempress.

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