Another installment of Tri-Pro Interviews--> Lauren Goss
2013 is another building year for me. I am still trying to make a name for myself and become an athlete that companies will want to work with. Sponsorship is a huge part of triathlon and in order to be seen one must race ! Therefore, I am racing as much as possible without the risk of injury or getting burnt out. It is easier for me though because I am only racing olympic distance. I have 17 races on the schedule this year. My main focuses are the Rev3 Series, Lifetime Fitness Series, and being top 5 at the HyVee triathlon. For this year, my A races are HyVee on Sept 1 in Des Moines, Iowa and then the Lifetime Fitness Finale in Oceanside, CA on October 20th. The Rev3 finale is next year in May in Knoxville, TN. This gives me a little more time and allows me to participate in all 3 finale events being at peak fitness.
What has been your biggest training challenge moving out to Arizona?
The biggest challenge since moving to Tucson is mastering nutrition. I am used to training in humid conditions, and in Tucson it is very dry and hot. I am constantly falling behind on my hydration and calories. Since it is so hot, I have little appetite and since I am not sweating as much I forget to drink. This sounds like such a simple task, but it has really had an impact on the quality of my training sessions. I have also had to adjust my schedule so that I am able to train in the summer here. Pretty much, I am up at 4:45am every day and in bed by 8pm.
What are some of your hobbies when you aren't swimming/biking/running?
I really enjoy cooking...and not really gourmet cooking. I like to create meals with the random ingredients I have in the house. Often times I am too tired to go to the shop so I just make something up with the things I have already.
If you were only "participating" in a race for fun (not racing), would you choose the Oly Distance Tri? If so.. or if not.. why?
Ha, I would choose the sprint triathlon! I really enjoy going all out from the gun. I do not really enjoy the pacing side of triathlon, so the shorter the distance the better it is for me :)
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