Growing up, I had no exposure to triathlon. We had a pool to splash around in, but I never really learned how to swim. I was a competitive dancer for 18 years until I began having issues with my knees.
In my 20s, I was inactive and lacked self-confidence. I got to the point where enough was enough and I brought myself to the gym. I began working on getting in shape and trying to make better choices for myself. Then I met a triathlete who told me about how much fun triathlon was and how I should give it a tri (pun intended). Shortly after I did an indoor tri and it was HARD! I didn’t think it was something I would ever do again.
Around the same time, my friend asked me to join her at Ragnar Cape Cod to help a team that was short 2 runners. Still being a bit in my shell, I saw it as a challenge and an exciting adventure. Lo and behold, the van was full of triathletes from Sonic Endurance! It was meant to be. The support and encouragement of these “strangers” was something I was not used to receiving.
I began working with Coach Kelly who helped me learn to swim, bike and run. I am now 4 years into my triathlon career, a 5x 70.3 finisher, and a 3x Ironman full distance finisher. After finishing my second full at Ironman Lake Placid I made the decision to become a triathlon coach. I want to help others accomplish goals that they once felt were impossible.
I LOVE everything about being a coach. Seeing my athletes accomplish their goals gives me an amazing sense of pride. As a coach I have helped athletes cross the finish line at IMTX, PR at various multisport disciplines, and run their first half marathon.”
Coach Laura is a USAT Level I Certified Coach. She is currently accepting new athletes of all abilities and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.