Garmin triathlete moving up the ranks and preparing for first Ironman


One of the things I really love about the 910XT is seeing exactly what I did in the open swim, which usually entails getting way off course. It’s nice to have some feedback about my weakest discipline and hopefully use that to improve my sighting technique — or lack thereof. I will wear my 910XT at Texas, as I have also found watching my average speed on the bike really helps keep me on target. When a race is hours and hours long, you sometimes forget you are supposed to be pushing yourself! I’ve been shattering my PRs lately, taking 12 minutes off my half marathon (I did my first half marathon 9 years ago — it is very satisfying to kick your 20-year-old self’s butt!) , and most recently a half hour off of my 70.3 tri at Marquee. My time was 5:16:52, which was 5th overall, 2nd in my age group, plus I had the 2nd fastest bike split. I am still very new to triathlons, Marquee was only my 5th triathlon ever (3rd in the 70.3 category), and my first tri was almost exactly a year ago. I’m very excited to see how much more I can improve using this training approach.

After Ironman Texas, I’ll compete in the ITU Long Course World’s in Vittoria, Spain at the end of July, so this is turning out to be quite the season for me. This sounds crazy, but Ironman Texas is actually a warm-up race for worlds so that the O3 distance doesn’t seem as intimidating. I sort of lucked into qualifying for it. I was the last qualifier in my age group at nationals last October. But it has been very motivating knowing that I’m going to have “USA OLSON” printed on my tri suit, and I want to have a good showing for myself and my country. Now I’m feeling very confident about things, and excited for summer to get here already, which is not something we usually wish for in Arizona.

Check out Lauren’s swim, bike and run data from the Marquee Triathlon in Garmin Connect, our site for free online analysis, storing and sharing.

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