Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tri-Pro - Lauren Goss

Another installment of Tri-Pro Interviews--> Lauren Goss

Lauren graciously agreed to answer some questions for the site.  It was fun corresponding with her about all things triathlon with a dash of reality TV insider gossip.  Best of luck to Lauren as she chases down Series points!
What are considerations when choosing your race calendar for the year? What is your A Race for this year?
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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