Thank you to TRS Triathlon and Andrew Hibbitt for the videography!
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Thank you to Timothy Carlson for the opportunity to be interviewed for Slowtwitch!
Read the full article at www.slowtwitch.com/Interview/Lauren_Goss_St._Croix_champion_5068.html
So far in 2015 I have competed in 3 Ironman 70.3 events. I started off in Monterrey, MX, then to New Orleans, LA, and finally I just got home from St. Croix, VI.
My first race in Monterrey resulted in a very disappointing DNF. I woke up sick with a cold the morning after arriving. I wanted to try and race atleast so I stayed positive and got to the start line. I had a great swim, a very slow T1 and an even slower first lap of the bike. It was clear I shouldn’t be racing so I decided to end my race half way through the bike. This was my first time DNF-ing (besides once when I flatted in an ITU race). I felt like a loser and I was embarrassed. I had high expectations for this race because my training was going so well. This is one reason that triathlon as a profession is stressful. Half the battle is getting to the line healthy. You can be the fittest and most prepared athlete in the world but if you are sick or injured on race day then there goes your opportunity.
The second race was 4 weeks later in New Orleans. My preparation leading up to the race was once again pretty consistent and I was eager to race after being sick in Mexico. I had a good swim again coming out in the lead with another woman, I led off the bike, and was running in first until mile 9 on the run. I felt pretty terrible getting off of the bike and from T2 I knew it was going to be a death march. I was passed by 3 women in the last 4 miles and ended the day in 4th place. The race was another disappointment. My run is what I consider my strength and I had no idea why I was so bad. I came back to Boulder and immediately consulted with Dave Scott (my coach) and Robert Kunz at First Endurance. Together, they came up with a new nutrition plan for my next race in St. Croix. I also worked with Dave and changed my bike position so that I use my glutes more when cycling.
Last weekend I raced in St. Croix. Upon arrival I decided regardless of the race result the trip was worth it solely because of how beautiful the island is. Drew and I stayed with a woman who had hosted people for over 15 years. It was very interesting hearing about the history of the race and all of the legendary triathletes who had raced there. St. Croix is also a unique race because the entire island shuts down for the event and the people crowd the course cheering. It is AWESOME. I am fortunate enough to train with a lot of athletes who have done the race before. Everyone said to start slow because the heat and humidity really blow up the race on the run. I had another good swim coming out of the water in the lead on the heels of Amanda Stevens. We rode most of the bike together and came into T2 together. The bike course was extremely hot, hilly and windy so I was unsure of how my legs would feel. Check out the hill known as “The Beast”:
“Twenty-one miles into the bike, The Beast is a 600-foot climb in a stretch of highway 7/10 of a mile long with an average grade of 14 percent and a maximum grade of 21percent. ”
My new bike position felt good and my energy seemed fine with the new nutrition plan so I was hoping to have a steady run. I started off at a pace I knew I could maintain and held that pace throughout the entire 13.1 miles. St. Croix is a race where you are just pacing yourself to get to the line without blowing up. The course is hard and slow. My steady effort on the day got me to the finish line in first place. It was a great relief after having a rough start to the year.
I am fortunate enough to have a great team of people and sponsors surrounding me during the highs and lows of racing. Hopefully the year will continue to be a high from here and I can use the lessons I learned for future races. Next I will be heading to Escape from Alcatraz and I am really looking forward to a shorter race!
Here are some photos, video, and press coverage from IM 70.3 St. Croix!
First Timers Win Men’s and Women’s Ironman Titles by Susan Ellis, May 4, 2015, St. Croix Source.
Chrabot, Goss Victorious At Ironman 70.3 St. Croix by Liz Hichens, May 3, 2015, Triathlete.
Coloradians Win Top Prizes at St. Croix’s Ironman, Locals Did Not Disappoint, The Virgin Islands Consortium.
Coloradans Sweep Triathlon by Wyndi Ambrose, May 4, 2015, Virgin Island Daily News
This winter I have decided to stay in Boulder, CO and train while others have migrated to warmer climates. I had the opportunity to head back to Clermont, FL and stay with a husband and wife that are basically family. However, I decided it was best for me to stay at altitude and under Dave’s watchful eyes. A lot of athletes live in Boulder in the summer but most leave during the colder months. Those that do end up staying usually do a lot of training sessions together and form deeper relationships. This winter I have gotten to know some other athletes much better and formed new friendships.
Training is going very well even with the occasional snow days. I have spent hours on the turbo and treadmill but the work is being done. The longer intervals on the trainer are very taxing both mentally and physical; however, I think there is something to be said about the gains you get from doing hard intervals on the trainer. They seem much harder to me….or maybe it is the daunting garage!
As for support for 2015, I will continue to work with most of the companies I worked with in 2014. The brands I work with allow me to show up race day with the best equipment and support team. Listed below are what I will use in 2015 training and racing
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Thank you for reading and hopefully see you at the races!