Shannon Mahre, based in Naches, Washington, is a long-time member of Team Sensi. We've loved watching her inspiring journey from incredible athlete to incredible athlete AND mom. This is a woman who rips at SO many sports, including SUP, skiing, mountain biking, and running, and she gives back by coaching and sharing her knowledge and passion.
What do you consider to be your main sport/passion and how did you get started in it?
My main sport for Sensi Swim is SUP. Although my main focus is river SUP, I do love a good morning on the lake or ocean. I got started paddle boarding after I fell in love with surfing in Hawaii. I grew up on Whidbey Island - and although there is a surf there (that is very elusive), you can paddle board anytime you want, which is why I took it up. Now I coach river, ocean and lake paddle boarding in Yakima and all over the PNW.
Do you have a daily routine or practice that's important to you, and if so, why?
Having 2 little munchkins (3 months and 4 years), and running my businesses with them as my sidekicks, my life has to be a routine! haha I train (I'm also an ultra runner, mountain bike and ski athlete) every morning before my husband leaves for work and then the rest of the day is juggling the kiddos, work and home life. Some days I get a ton done and other days are spent covered in mud and play-doh.
What motivates you?
I want to show my kids that you can follow your dreams and be a good parent. Is it hard? Yep, but everything that's worth anything in life is. I want to be the best version of myself I can possibly be - so that I can not only be the best mom and wife I can be, but to also help as many other people as possible when I am coaching.
What do you fear most and how do you overcome it?
Fear is a big thing - especially after becoming a mother. But I've learned to work through those fears - and I teach my clients to work through theirs as well. The first step in overcoming fears is to break down exactly what it is you are afraid of. Once you do this, take the steps you need to take to make that fear not become a reality. At the end of the day, if you have done everything you can, taken every precaution, then it's time to just live. Because a life lived in fear is not living at all.
What’s one of your 2020 goals?
I am training for a 50 mile run at Smith Rock in November - which will be about 4 months after giving birth to my second son. Finishing will feel like a great accomplishment.
What’s your top tip for a beginner looking to get into your sport?
Find someone you trust to help not only teach you but to push you to be the best that you can be. My husband is that person for me - he knows my limits sometimes better than I do... and when I want to hit a bigger cliff on my skis or go down a new gnarly part of a river on my SUP, I will ask him if I am ready. He always answers honestly, and I always believe him because the trust is there. Finding someone like that in your life, whether it's a coach, friend, partner - that is key.
What’s your favorite mantra?
You are your only limit.
What are your tips on overcoming bro’s and bad vibes in your sport?
Don't listen to people that you would never go to for advice. People are always going to talk and try to bring you down - whether out of jealousy, judgement or some other personal problem that they are going through. But you have to rise above it, you have to know your worth, and you have to learn who you should listen to and who you should turn on mute.
What's something you're really proud of doing or accomplishing?
Becoming a mother and multi-business owner... and never giving up on any of my dreams along the way.