Lauren Goss News
June 13, 2017 

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Hi everyone!

I am pleased to have come away with a victory at Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon this past weekend. It is a race that I have very much wanted to win. It was the first triathlon I ever heard about and I have always dreamed of breaking the tape at the finish!

The swim was cancelled because of the rough water conditions. Usually I would be pretty bummed about this because swimming is my strongest discipline; however, the conditions were so bad that I did not want to get into the Bay, nor did I want swim support personnel to be in danger. 

IMG did a great job of making the best of the circumstances The time trial format was something different, but i just made the best of it. I felt strong all day and pushed the technical parts of the bike and run. Last weekend at IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria I did not feel great, so my confidence was a little shaky going into this one especially with the stacked field. I trusted my coaches and the training they gave me in the lead-up and I hoped to come away with a spot on the podium. I dared not dream it would be the win! 

I had great support from Trek and HOKA One One while at the race and I am so happy it played out in my favor. I have one more race this coming weekend at the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica and then its time for a big training block before the NYC Triathlon on July 16. 

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Race Results
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
1st Place -  1:42:06
June 11, 2017
1. Lauren Goss (USA) 1:42:06
2. Katie Zaferes (USA) 1:43:00
3. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 1:43:36
4. Barbara Riveros (CHL) 1:46:30
5. Paula Findlay (CAN) 1:48:06
News
by Timothy Carlson for Slowtwitch.com, June 11, 2017

Full article: 

High winds in San Francisco Bay led to small craft warnings, leading safety officials and race organizers to cancel the swim at the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon for the first time in its 37-year history.

In the resulting 18-mile bike leg and 8-mile run, Ben Kanute took the men's title by 1:08 over fellow U.S. Olympian Gregory Billington and Lauren Goss edged U.S. Olympian Katie Zaferes by 54 seconds. With a time trial start leaving 30 seconds intervals between the top pros, the competitors raced all out in virtual isolation, the results to be revealed by the timekeepers after everyone had crossed the line. 

Defending Escape champion Holly Lawrence opened with a tied-for-women's-best 51:41 bike split she shared with Barbara Riveros of Chile. Seven seconds slower was Lauren Goss, but none of the top contenders had any idea where they stood on elapsed time. Katie Zaferes stood 1:31 back on elapsed time but had little notion what place she occupied. 

"I was second to start," said Zaferes. "So I was 30 seconds behind Holly and I am thinking Holly probably got a penalty and Lauren rode really well. So we didn't really know what's going on. "

Goss, who started one minute behind Lawrence, had a better idea where she stood after the bike leg. "I had a minute on her too so when I arrived at T1 one minute back, I knew I was in the game."

Goss knew she has having a special day when she physically passed Lawrence on the run. "For sure I've tried to pass Holly my whole life. She is a teammate of mine. So we are both supportive of each other. You appreciate it when you are going bad and you see your teammate having a good day. And when you are having that good day you appreciate it because you know these kind of days don't come around that often."

After a women's second-fastest 49:28 run - 1:36 better than Lawrence - Goss finished in 1:42:06 with a 54 seconds margin of victory over Katie Zaferes, who closed with a women's-best 49:09 run split. Lawrence finished with a 3rd-best 51:04 run that left her 3rd, 36 seconds behind Zaferes. 
Triathlete.com, June 11, 2017


In the women's race, Goss beat out an all-star field to take the title. The runner-up spot went to Rio Olympian Katie Zaferes (USA), while the bronze position went to defending Ironman 70.3 world champion (and last year's Alcatraz winner) Holly Lawrence (GBR).

"I was disappointed the swim was cancelled, so I knew I had to give it my all on the bike leg; it was the only way to win-and it worked," said Goss. "I'm shocked, to win today is the biggest win of my career."
by David Quick, The Post and Courier, June 12, 2017.

Photos
Photo by Larry Rosa Photography
With men's winner Ben Kanute
Pre-race with Sean Jefferson, Holly Lawrence, and Ben Kanute
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Race Schedule
Race
Date
Result
Time
St. Anthony's Tri
April 30
1st 1:51:54
fastest swim, bike, & run
IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey
May 14
3rd 4:13:08
IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria June 4 3rd 4:31:16
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
June 11
1st 1:42:06
IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica
June 18


NYC Triathlon
July 16


IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador
July 30


Des Moines Escape Tri
Sept. 3


Beijing International Tri Sept. 10

Lake Geneva Escape Tri
Sept. 23


New Orleans Escape Tri
October 1


IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans
October 22


IRONMAN 70.3 Cartagena
December 3


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