Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tri-Friend #4 - Lauren Wong


I look like a hot mess but I'm so cold!

Meet our first female Tri-Friend, Lauren Wong!
She is a Chicago-based triathlete that describes herself as a:
"nerd who works in healthcare IT and enjoys reading, wine, getting good food with my husband & hanging out with our cat! I grew up on the east coast and have been living in downtown Chicago for almost 5 years now and love it."


How did you get into triathlons?
I got into triathlons around 2010 after my husband got involved with Dare2Tri, the first USAT-recognized paratriathlon club. I'd had a few friends who had done triathlons, and I wanted to try one out for myself. I joined a training group and ended up completing the South Shore Triathlon!

Favorite leg and why?

Swimming is my favorite & easiest leg. I grew up on swim team, and I find calm in the water. I also enjoy seeing how competitive I can be on this leg, even if I'm not that great overall.

Where do you do most of your training? Belong to a club?
I'm training now with the Trimonster training group out of the Fitness Formula Club gyms. It's a great group of people and I'm loving the motivation I get from them! They're helping to push me to my "A" race for this year and make me a more well rounded athlete overall!


Your "A" race this year
Half Ironman Racine! July 27!

What part of the triathlons is the most challenging for you?
I find the bike most challenging. Last year I put a lot of mental energy into the bike ride, concerned about my abilities and letting fears about crashing get the better of me. I have to work hard at the cycling, not just for the physical fitness of it but also to grow & maintain confidence in my abilities. The things I've found that help so far with this are to ride frequently (I ride to work regularly, just a few miles) and to keep getting out there!

Worst/Funniest Race Moment:
Thanks Lauren for playing along with a photobomb pic
I'm pretty new to triathlon, so I haven't had too many horrible moments quite yet. Apart from my recurring nightmares before the Chicago Triathlon that I'd end up falling into traffic off the bike, I'd have to say that my worst race moment was at the Grand Haven Triathlon last summer (http://www.laurenruns.com/2012/07/09/grand-haven-sprint-triathlon-race-report/) when I had to get off my bike while climbing a hill. I'm a bit angry at it because I'd prepared for the hill by getting into the right gear and being ready to climb, and then I got blocked by several riders cycling next to each other up the hill. I didn't know what to do to keep going, either that I'd hit them if I kept up at my speed I could maintain or otherwise stop. I veered off to the side and stopped safely, and then got mad right there during the race. I hope next time I have better control over my bike, or at least can talk myself through getting over an angering episode much more quickly.

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