NOVEMBER 2015
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My 2015 has concluded! This year has taken me to some very beautiful places and I had the chance to meet so many inspiring people along the way. It was great to end the season in Venice, Florida with my parents and some very close friends. 

I was nervous about my fitness going into Challenge Florida since I mentally started shifting towards off season after Silverman. I couldn't have been more relieved to cross the finish line in first and end the season with a win. I will now have some downtime and head out to Ironman Arizona just to spectate and spend time with some of my sponsors. I then will prepare for the famous Turkey Day Run in Charleston! 

Thank you for following me this year!



 
From the Blog of LaurenGoss.com
Challenge Florida Win and Pro Career Reflections

The 2015 season is over. It is ironic because I cannot tell you how ready I was to be finished racing. Now that I just finished Challenge Florida I am a bit sad and ready to start preparing again for another race. I guess it is true- we always want what we don't have.

Challenge Florida was my last race for the season. I included it on the schedule as it was a good chance to get to Clermont to see good friends of mine and it also gave my parents an opportunity to see me race. My dad historically is bad luck, but he really wanted to be there so I gave him the OK. 



While training in Clermont the Thursday before the race I had a pretty bad bike crash. I came away with zero road rash but I hit my head pretty hard. I decided to race anyway...why not! I am the hardheaded kid so skipping the race was not an option. 

Race day went exactly how I wanted it to go. I swam and rode conservatively and ran my way to the win. Even though my "social off season" pretty much started after Silverman 70.3, I was able to pull off the win - and log the fourth fastest run of all the athletes - men and women.


This year has hands-down been my best year professionally. This was my 5th full season racing and as cliché as it sounds, I truly am thankful to be where I am right now. I raced ten times this year and finished with six wins, two 2nd places, one 4th place and one DNF due to illness.

In Boulder I spend a lot of time with athletes who are in their early 20's and just getting their athletic careers started. It makes me reflect on how I got to where I am now and how many times I failed in the process. I believe that luck and opportunity along with work ethic will get you where you are in life.

I had no idea what a triathlon even was until I met a guy in a bar when I was 21 who told me about the Ironman he was training for. I immediately was intrigued by triathlon and from that night (March 17, 2009) my life changed completely. If I did not go to that bar on that night and met that guy I would have NEVER done a triathlon. It just was not where my life was heading...an athlete for a living!? Absolutely no way. My family is not athletic, I did not own a bike until I was 21 years old, and I was a sorority girl. I remember when I told my parents I was going to pass on Physician Assistant school and instead I was going to be a "professional triathlete". Mom freaked out and insisted I use the degree she just spent her savings on. I insisted she give me a few years just to see what happens. I gave the classic "well in 20 years I do not want to regret not giving triathlon a try". So, I packed up the books and...


 
photos from the archive!
2015 Race Results
PlaceDate
Race
4thApril 19
IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans
1stMay 3
IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix
2ndJune 7
Escape from Alcatraz
1stJune 21
Challenge San Gil
2nd July 19
New York City Triathlon
1stAugust 9
IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador
1st
September 20
Beijing International Triathlon
1st
October 4
IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman
1st
November 8
Challenge Florida
Recent Races
Challenge Florida - November 8, 2015
1st Place




IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman - October 4, 2015
1st Place





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Beijing International Triathlon - September 20, 2015 
1st place

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