The Ugly Side of Long Course Racing


There’s a few things I could write about with this: *athletes who sabotage/ act unsafely for the general good. (Uh, person not looking ahead when they hit my bike… I’m looking to you!) *Ironman corporation’s refusal to allow equal racing opportunities for women as men But today I’m going to focus on the more personal […]

New Journal Menu Giveaway Winner!

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Never heard from the original winner of my Journal Menu giveaway, so I’ve randomly selected a new one! Nicole X – congratulations! Please email me at laurenrunschicago-at-gmail-dot-com so we can get you connected with the Journal Menu team to design your custom training journal!! Related posts: New Winner for Chicago Half Giveaway IMOO Training Update: […]

Tri Talk Tuesday: Hot Weather Training

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It’s Tri-Talk Tuesday and today’s topic is apropos for the weather we’re having:   I’ve done two “heat preparation” phases now for my triathlon racing this year, and wanted to share both of them. These are training phases where one of my big objectives was to prepare for a race that was hotter than what […]

7 Weeks to Go! Ironman Training Update – the good, the bad, the ugly!

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It’s 48 days to go until Ironman Wisconsin, so I’m starting to get a bit nervous!  Am I doing enough?  Am I recovering enough?  Will I meet my goals? Last week was about recovery from the Racine 70.3, so it was a hodge podge as you’ll see, of good, bad and ugly.   That’s how life […]

Racine 70.3 Recap (2015 Edition)


Two years ago I did the Racine 70.3 as my first half ironman. Yesterday I went back to see how I’ve improved on the course. Spoiler alert: everything fell in place for me yesterday. While there were some snafus, I nailed ALL of my goals, and surprised myself!  A half hour PR in the books! […]


Currently… A post on “things of the moment” for me (#3). [Inspired by Erica, Marcia and other bloggers.] Last time I wrote a post like this was in November… so long ago! State of things:  I’m in the thick of Ironman Wisconsin training, so life revolves around fitting in work, training, eating, sleeping and hopefully seeing […]

How Personal Hygiene Helps You Go Aero

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It’s a little late, but I’m participating in Tri Talk Tuesday to help share the love on getting aero on your bike.  I’m here to talk to you about the hygiene-related ways you can get more aero in triathlon cycling.  Here are the biggest areas: 1. Shaving Your Legs – Girls, this is likely a […]

Racine Half Ironman Goals & Pre-Race Thoughts

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Wow – we are at 60 days to Ironman Wisconsin, and my half ironman is this weekend!  We’re in the thick of things! I’m pretty pleased with training so far.  I’m faster than before (and lighter), and I’m further ahead in terms of training distance than I was last year.  Well, I’m kind of the […]

Muncie 70.3 Spectating

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Hello!  Sorry for not posting recently.  We had a busy weekend, starting with Mike’s big 70.3 triathlon this weekend, in Muncie Indiana. Here are some fun photos from the race day! Linking up with Weekend Update, Weekend Snapshot, and Tuesdays on the Run (I did do a 50 minute run during the Muncie 70.3!  From […]

Adult Care Packages #FTW


Life is busy, and sometimes we need a treat.  While I’ve written that the ultimate treat for me is time, sometimes you just need a little material love, ya know? This is where my “Adult Care Packages” come in.  I mean the subscription boxes that are all the rage these days.  I’ve done a few […]