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TB3 Coach Lauren Chandler’s Haines City 70.3 RR

Haines City 70.3 Race Recap

Staying at home the night before a race is totally underrated. I got to sleep in my own bed and make my own food, which really helped me stay relaxed. Yes, we had to leave 30 minutes earlier than if we had stayed at a hotel, but totally worth it because I slept great and felt awesome in the morning.

Swim

Wetsuit legal at 74 degrees, which for this time of year was very surprising but a happy surprise. Got off to a great start, behind one row of strong swimmers, so I wasn’t climbing all over people at the start. I did catch an elbow pretty hard to the goggle in the first 5 min which shook me a little, but I was able to settle back in. However, the swim never really spread out. The M shaped course stayed very congested, although it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be around the turns. I felt like I was swimming hard and strong, and was able to draft for a bit at the beginning, until we caught up with stragglers from the wave ahead of us.

Somehow I couldn’t shake this girl who was swimming next to me (I nicknamed her Crazy Arms) which was annoying because she would draft off me, then sprint up next to or in front of me and smack me around. My turns went pretty well, and sighting was good since there were a million buoys. Getting out of the water, I felt pretty good, but was a little disappointed that my time was still just under 40 min! Wondering if the course shape had anything to do with it. Got a little stuck in […]

Raleigh 70.3 Recap and Eagleman 70.3 Race Report-

We all know what a fair-weather fan is, right? It’s that person who roots for their team on the good days, the championship days, the winning days, but ignores them when the road gets a little rocky (ahem, Yankees fans, ahem). But what do you call it when the athlete is the one that’s all rah rah during the good days and disappears during the bad? Whatever it is, that’s been me.

As most people know, I had a tough crash in April of 2014. I went down on my head, had a seizure, spent some time in the hospital, then spent many weeks rehabbing and testing and being generally miserable. When I finally got back to training, I had a number of issues with my right hip that led to two scheduled (and, thankfully, two canceled) surgeries. The 2014 season was largely a wash for me, and though I was able to manage a small amount of retribution with a 16th place finish at Ironman Cozumel, I was very much a fair-weather athlete that didn’t want to go blogging and reporting on sub-optimal results.

And of course I recognize the hypocrisy in all of this! I tell all of my athletes, “you often learn more from the bad than the good”, and that they should always write a report after an event so they can fix the bad and build from the good. Well, do as I say, right?

So here I am, halfway in to the 2015 season, and I finally have the result that makes me want to wear the team uniform and chat about triathlon at the bar, or whatever fans of real sports do. But before I talk about this most recent […]

TB3-EE Team Member Andrew ROCKS Oceanside 70.3

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from doing triathlon training under Greg Close is – consistency of training.  It’s had a major impact on my results over the past few years.  With that in mind, I kept training through the winter months and was finally looking forward to racing Oceanside again.  The last time I raced there was Before Greg Close (BGC).  My race effort at that time left me with a 6hr 19min finish.  I thought I’d do better this time.  As with any race these days – I try and focus on one goal per race.  My goal for Oceanside 70.3 was to do a PR on the run.  That would mean a successful race for me.

Swim
My AG (45-49) was split into two waves, and I went off in Wave 4, 10 mins after the pro start.  I’ve been trying to improve my swim for years and have only seen incremental speed improvements.  My fitness certainly has improved and my ability to bike well after a hard swim has also improved.  But my swim times have not.  I really enjoyed the Oceanside swim.  At no time during the swim did I feel fatigued.  I gave the turn buoys a wide berth and avoided the crowds as best I could.  I came out of the water in 35 mins.  Slower than I wanted, but then again – my swim is always slower than I would like.

Bike
The Oceanside bike course is part beautiful and part brutal.  From my previous race there, I remembered one of the more difficult hills had me gasping for air and caused a lot of other athletes to simply get off their bikes and walk up the […]

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    Lauren Keating Destroys Her PR at the 2015 NYC Half-Marathon!

Lauren Keating Destroys Her PR at the 2015 NYC Half-Marathon!

This was my second half marathon, and still the longest distance I’ve raced. I ran the Newport Half in 2:20 last year, and I set my NYC goal at 2:10, with a reach of sub 2:00 – which is my ultimate goal.

I planned to start out conservatively on the Harlem Hills and then make up time on the flatter parts of the course, but I was feeling strong and saw that I might have a sub 2:00 in sight. I decided to make a push for it.  It was the hardest I’ve ever run for that length of time, and resulted in a 2:07:10 finish.

Post race, my legs have recovered quickly but I have some toe pain – letting me know where to work on my form and strength so that I can get that sub 2:00 in Brooklyn in May.

So many endorphins.