NYC Tri, Trek World, IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador

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Ecuador Finish

The past month has been pretty filled with traveling, racing, and a little bit of training. I first raced NYC triathlon on July 19th, a race I have always wanted to do but one that never fit my schedule. I first have to thank Katherine Kelly Lang for helping me with accommodations in the Big Apple. Whole Foods, Starbucks, and transition were about 0.5mi away from my hotel so it was pretty convenient to say the least!

I arrived on Friday in the evening, which is one day later than I usually arrive because I knew training would be limited in the city. This would be my first Olympic distance race of the year so I was not really sure how I would go. I made a mistake during the swim choosing the far left line instead of swimming far right where the current was much faster. I worked my way back over and finally caught the first woman by the end of the downstream swim. I exited T1 in 1st place and rode with Alicia Kaye for 15km before she dropped me. I then rode alone into T2. The run started off well but at mile 4 I struggled with a cramp to the finish line. I was still happy to finish 2nd place and to compete in such a well-known event. Not everyday can you run down 72nd Ave in a bathing suit. The experience was unreal and I suggest this race for everyone!

I came back to Boulder and took a few days to recover from the race and travel. I got in about 12 days of good training and then I was off to Waterloo, WI for Trek World on August 2nd. Trek dealers from around the globe were invited to Trek Factory for a few days of demoing the 2016 bikes, looking at new Bontrager gear, and getting to meet the people who make things happen at Trek. I was fortunate enough to be one of a few athletes invited to take part in the event. It was very cool to speak with the engineers designing the Speed Concept and to give face-to-face feedback. It was pretty much a surreal experience for a bike enthusiast! Also, Trek spoiled everyone with awesome dinners, great wine, and a good time. I hope to be back next year.

I flew back to Boulder on the 4th and was off to Ecuador for the 70.3 the next morning. My trip was Denver-Miami-Quito (overnight)- Manta. I arrived in Quito at 8PM local time and I thought my flight was at 6AM the next morning to Manta. I stayed at a small hotel near the airport so I could have a quick transition in Quito. A woman at the hotel informed me that 1830 was 6:30PM not AM and that I needed to book another half day at the hotel. Of course at this point I was stressed because I needed to do some training since I did not do much the week before. I assumed I would be in Manta very early and would get in everything I needed; however, I had to make a new plan. So, the next morning in Quito I unpacked my Speed Concept and hoped to find a place to ride. Around the hotel were cobblestone roads and stray dogs so that was not an option. I decided to backtrack to the airport and ride around it. Airport roads are usually pretty nice and not too busy so that was the plan. After riding I packed my bike back up again to fly to Manta and then did a short run avoiding as many dogs as possible.

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I finally got to Manta around 8:30PM and immediately went to swim in the hotel pool like a crazy triathlete. Why do we all think we have to train so much!? Anyways, the pool was absolutely beautiful and immediately wiped away any stress that was lingering.

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Friday and Saturday were pretty low key and I met some very welcoming folks from Quito who were racing as well. I met some excited children who were fans of the sport already!

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One person I met offered to have his personal driver sag while we previewed the course on the bike—how awesome is that? I had the opportunity to be a part of the pro panel and enjoyed that.

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Race day came and I actually felt ready to go. I usually have a hard time relaxing and sleeping at races but I think I was so tired mentally coming into the race that it was easy to rest. My body was rested and I was due for a solid 70.3 performance. I ended up having one of my best races ever. I swam solo off the front, rode steady coming into T2 in second place, and then I ran strong and did not have any bonking issues or leg fatigue which is a first for me in 70.3.

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I was extremely excited to cross the line first and also to be a part of the inaugural event. There were 30,000 spectators on course and the energy was something I have never experienced so far in my racing career. I loved it! I then enjoyed drinks and lunch with the other pros thanks to the Poseidon hotel. I also met some really great pros that I had never raced with before. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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I flew back to Quito Monday morning and then explored around a bit. Then it was back to Boulder on Tuesday.

Now I am going to have a solid 5-week training block before racing again. I had a change in coaches after NYC triathlon and I am now working with Simon Lessing, Darren DeReuck and Lisa Lessing. They have a coaching business called Boulder Coaching and they all 3 work together to make the best program possible. I am really enjoying the new style of training and also having the opportunity to train with more age group athletes. My next race will be Ironman 70.3 Cozumel.

Thank you for staying up to date in my racing! And thank you to my family, friends, and sponsors for keeping me happy, healthy, and able to race consistently.

Escape from Alcatraz and Challenge San Gil

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The month of June has been a very fun few weeks of racing. I was fortunate enough to be invited to compete in the 35th annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. This was my second time competing in the race and I was excited to use things I learned from my first attempt. The field was small with only 10 women but had a ton of talented athletes with big resumes. I love racing shorter distances. To be honest, I really miss the non draft Olympic races.

The swim in Alcatraz is so unique. We all take a boat out to Alcatraz and then jump off into very cold water. I had a pretty average swim start and got clobbered by the masses. I swam the entire swim on my own sighting a red and pink cap about 10 meters in front of me over the 1.5mile course. I managed to catch the two caps by the end of the swim and exited the water with Sara McLarty.

I had a decent run to T1 and got on to the bike in first place. My hills were strong on the bike but on the descents I struggled.Leanda Cave caught me about halfway through and I rode with her until she dropped me on the final descent into town.

Lauren Goss at Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon on June 7, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

Onto the run I started out pretty fast to catch Leanda. I knew ITU star Ashleigh Gentle would be charging from 15 seconds down. Ashleigh and I ran from mile 2 until mile 7 together. I put in a surge to drop her and it didn’t work! She surged right after and dropped me. I ended up crossing the line in 2nd only 13 seconds down. I was very happy with the result. Of course, I would have loved to have won but I was happy with my run effort and to run with one of the best short course runners in the world. I loved the race in San Francisco and I hope to be back next year!

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After the hard effort I had a really hard time recovering. Alcatraz is a very demanding course and presents challenges that I am not normally faced with- hard ocean swim, steep hills, the sand ladder, and trail running. I got a few solid training days in before heading to Queretaro, Mexico for the Challenge San Gil half distance race.

Queretaro is at 6500ft and the bike had almost 2000ft of climbing. Before I talk about the race, I just want to thank everyone at Challenge San Gil for providing such a fantastic race experience. The swim venue was held in a calm lake on a golf course so the conditions were not the challenging part. The altitude really hurt me in the swim. I thought I would be fine coming from 5200ft but the hard anaerobic effort at the swim start really hurt me about 1k into the swim. I was able to exit the water in 1st position but then I literally slogged my way to T1 which was about 800m.

On to the bike I felt a little flat at the beginning. The bike course is 10km flat, 35km climbing, 35km descending, and then the final 10km flat. At 20km I got a 4 minute drafting penalty off of a PRO male as we were yo-yoing back and forth. I was very frustrated as I am always mixing it up with the PRO males and it is hard to pass them once they see you are a female. I served my penalty at 35km and got back on the bike. I caught the same PRO male who was hugging the left side of the lane and I was forced to pass on the right. I received a stand down penalty for passing on the right that I had to serve before entering T2. By this point I was really struggling mentally to stay in the race.

The woman in 2nd place, another ITU runner from Mexico, exited T2 with me. She started with a very fast pace and I just could not match it. I was unsure how I was going to do on the half marathon. My body did not feel great but it also was not terrible. At 10km my legs came around and I got into the lead. From there I did not look back and held a steady pace that I knew I could maintain at 6500ft. So after a very emotional 4hrs I crossed the line in first. A win is always awesome, but I think the big take away from the race was overcoming adversity. I finished the weekend with tacos, churros, beers and the company of my awesome homestay family.

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I am now back in Boulder for a solid training block. I will be racing again mid July. Thank you to EVERYONE who follows my racing and supports me. I am so grateful to all my sponsors who allow me to race my best:

 

Beating Performance with Beet Perfomer

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With co-owner George Pappas of Beet Performer at BolderBOULDER

I have been including beet juice in my diet since 2013. I originally started eating beets in 2012 just because I liked them and I had never had them growing up. I occasionally would juice beets but to be honest it was too messy and time consuming. In 2013, at Rev3 Knoxville, I met Doug Weiss of Beet Performer at the expo. He explained why beet juice could improve my performance and let me try his product. I was shocked! I was only drinking it at that time because I liked it. Little did I know, if used properly, my racing could benefit from drinking beet juice.

Beet juice contains a large amount of inorganic nitrates. Nitrates are made into Nitric Oxide in our bodies naturally. Nitric Oxide is a vasodilator which increases the size of our blood vessels and allows more oxygen flow.  So in short, consuming more nitrates leads to more nitric oxide which means more more oxygen flowing. More oxygen means gaining a small advantage in racing and training. As a side note, the nitrates in beets are converted to nitrites through the saliva. This does not happen instantly so make sure not to use mouthwash or brush your teeth immediately after consuming.

Since being introduced to beet juice at the expo in Knoxville, I have not only become a firm believer in the product but I also had the opportunity to work closely with Doug and the Beet Performer team in designing a better juice for athletes. Beet Performer is now my juice of choice! It comes in 8oz cans in two options: Beet with B12 and Beet with Passion Fruit Juice. I have 1 can in the morning on all of my hard training days, so about 5 days a week. I also make sure to have Beet Performer leading up to races… the cans make it portable and convenient.

No, beet juice is not going to make you dramatically faster. However, it can give the extra endurance edge we are all looking for in racing and training. Plus, it is full of vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy and strong.

Beet Performer gave away 6000 cans at last weekend’s BolderBOULDER Expo. Based on how quickly the cans disappeared from the table it appears word is out about the benefits of beet juice! Give it a try.

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