Hey guys! I’m Lauren. Just a 27 year old age grouper trying to make it across the finish line in one piece (and maybe a little faster than last time). I did my first triathlon (TriRock Annapolis sprint) in 2012 and never looked back. I was overweight, out of shape, and struggling to adjust from college life to the working world. To cope with the stress of full time work and part time grad school, I turned to happy hours, snacks and homemade treats rather than healthy food and exercise as an outlet.
Triathlon was my first look at a new path – I started to find the joy in seeking improvement, began eating healthier and really changed my lifestyle to create a version of myself that felt more like “me” than I ever felt before.
I have finished a number of sprint/Olympic distance races and have registered for two 70.3 races, but haven’t completed either one due to injuries. I’m chomping at the bit to go longer, but for now focused on recovery & re-building my base. My mishaps have included:
- A broken hip (fractured femoral neck, to be precise) from a minor cycling crash in the Blue Ridge Mountains in April 2016
- A torn retinaculum/dislocated patella (aka, disastrous knee injury) from a skiing accident in Park City in March 2015
- A bout of giardia thanks to swimming in the Potomac River during the Nations Triathlon in September 2013
….Suffice it to say, I’m really over medical bills, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy exercises, etc.
Nowadays, I live in Alexandria, Va. with my boyfriend Eugene who is an aspiring pro du/triathlete and USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, work in communications, moonlight as an indoor cycling instructor at Wired Cycling in Washington, D.C., am semi-active in DC Tri Club, and do as much training as I can squeeze in!