With extraordinary first place finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse, IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman, IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador and most recently, IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix, it is safe to say Lauren Goss is a star on the rise. And if you ask us, she’s only getting started. Read on to check out our exclusive interview with this awesome team TYR athlete below.
What most excites you about joining #TeamTYR?
This will be my fourth season with TYR, and above all else, I am a huge believer in their products. The apparel and equipment are not only comfortable, but they’re also functional and fast. I also love how TYR works hand-in-hand with their athletes to create prints and styles that reflect our needs and preferences.
What’s your favorite TYR Suit style and print?
At the moment, I really love my TYReco Solid Swimsuit. The material doesn’t stretch out and the suit itself is extremely comfortable. In terms of prints, I think my hands-down, all time favorite is the Supersonic Diamondfit in multi.
On a typical day, what would we find in your training bag?
Well, I usually do three workouts a day. I use the Apex backpack when I go to the gym. For swimming I will have a swimsuit (currently TYReco in red), Crossblade Training Fins, Catalyst Training Paddles, a Clemson University Graphic Swim Cap, Velocity Mirrored Goggles, a Classic Pull Float, a band made out of an old bike tube, a water bottle with First Endurance EFS PRO and Endurance Shield sunscreen. I will also have a set of clothes for a strength session in the gym, some HOKA ONE ONE Claytons, Keihls Moisturizer and my iPod. If I have a run to do then I will also pack an almond butter sandwich on Udi’s bread.
Tell us five things most people don’t know about you:
- I didn’t compete in any sport in college.
- I got my first bike when I was 21.
- I love enjoying a nice glass of red wine after a long day of training.
- I grew up playing softball, basketball and swimming.
- I hate the breaststroke.
With the pressure of competition we know that motivation is everything. What are some words you live by to keep you feeling at the top of your game?
When I am feeling sorry for myself and unmotivated I step back and remember how fortunate I am to be healthy both physically and mentally and to be on a platform where I can inspire other people to be active.
What’s your go to breakfast choice?
I love Udi’s toast with avocado, cholula and a little bit of salt and pepper.
What would you consider your greatest athletic accomplishment to date?
I won six races in 2015, and I am very proud of my consistency throughout the season even with the added pressure to win.
What about your greatest personal accomplishment?
I started triathlon as a hobby without ever being an elite athlete. I never thought I would be able to make a career out of it and to have an impact on other people wanting to get into sport is really humbling.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
The Bachelorette. Who wouldn’t want to be on that show?!
What are some of your hobbies when you aren’t training?
I like to go on hikes, explore new recipes, try new wines, vacuum my house obsessively and try to spend time with family.
What is your most memorable race to date?
Beijing International Triathlon. It was my biggest win and happened at a time that I was struggling personally.
What three words best describe you as a competitor?
Fearless, driven and patient.
What three words best describe you as a person?
Genuine, honest and sarcastic.
If you weren’t a triathlete what would you be doing?
I would have gone to Physician Assistant school and probably be living in Charleston, SC.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I would like to continue working in the endurance sport world, either in marketing or as an agent for a team. I would also enjoy having a kid at some point, and hopefully getting married!
What advice would you give to a young aspiring triathlete?
Always love yourself no matter what other people say. If you work hard and give it everything you have, then you should be happy no matter what the result is.