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Member Profile – Laura

Laura is a Milford resident, seasoned athlete, and one of the club’s biggest cheerleaders. Always there to offer an encouraging word or high five to a fellow club member, Laura’s energy and spirit bring life to any event or workout she participates in. Laura is a physical therapist in her professional life, and is always willing to share her knowledge and provide guidance to us when injury rears it’s ugly head. Above all Laura has shown us perseverance by committing to a major event every year; the Pan Mass Challenge- the very same event that led to almost a year recovering from injury.

What is your Athletic Background? Volleyball, swimming

When and Why did you Start Training for Triathlons? 3 yrs ago- bored of working out at gym and taking group classes

What is your Most Memorable/Favorite Race and Why? Hockomock Y Tri because it was my 1st race 7 yrs ago, and I especially love how many of us do it together. I’m really in this for the social aspect and relationships I’ve developed with all these great people. Because I have to admit, I don’t love the course itself, I just love my peeps! In a Close 2nd is the women’s only Title 9 Tri. I love how supportive and encouraging everyone is toward each other. The energy of this race is completely different than any of the co-ed races I’ve done. It’s so awesome to hear so many women cheering each other on.

What Races are you Excited for next Season? Hockomock Y Tri , Title 9, of course -Riding Pan Mass Challenge- while it’s not a race, it’s near and dear to my heart and train all season for it

What do you do When You’re not Training? Hang out with and take care of family; Work (Physical Therapist); love being with friends and just hanging out which I’d love to do more, but everyone’s so busy, it gets difficult to find time to do this.

What is your Favorite Place to Run/Ride? Favorite place to ride is really anywhere that I’m with my friends. I L-O-V-E the Beehive Ride that we all do together. I don’t have a favorite place to run, but if I HAVE to run, I prefer in the woods/trails

What Kind of “Off Season” Training do you do? The usual like everyone else, rest a bit, swim, bike, and run a bit.

What is a Fun Fact about you? That’s tough, I’m a pretty open book. Ok, here’s one. I love to hug people. It’s what I do. Oh wait, you asked for something people DON”T know about me..my bad 🙂 Well, you probably read it above. My first love was volleyball. I played in High School- I was the middle blocker- just kidding… I was a setter and defense player. I love all kinds of games- indoor court, grass, and especially beach volleyball. Played every weekend when I still lived in California until we moved to MA. I miss it, and had I not started and dedicated all this time to Triathlon, that’s what I”d be definitely doing!

Can you Share a Triathlon Tip? Wear a helmet. Seriously. ALL. OF. THE. TIME… that you’re on you’re bike (or skates, or whatever). It’s totally not worth the rehab if you injure your head. But, really, triathlon specific, my tip besides trusting the work you’ve put into it, is to just have fun–and Laugh. Yes, we’re all competitive, but sometimes things just won’t go well, and it’s then that you just have to step back and enjoy the race- just have fun with what you’ve got. It’s really all you can do to make the best of it.

SPEED ROUND

You would never train without your… fuel, Chew’s or Gu’s? neither- Honey Stingers, Energy BIts, and pocketful, Open Water or Pool? Both- I LOVE the water- if I was an animal, I’d be a fish. Swim, Bike, or Run? SWIM!!

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