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  • Writer's pictureLesley Brainard

Spotlight athlete, Lawrence Elliott, completes her first Ironman!

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

Name Lawrence Elliott, 32

Number of years racing 3 years for triathlon

Favorite Race Riverbluff Triathlon

Occupation Mental Health Therapist

Achievements Silver All world athlete, 2nd OAF Harding 5k, 3rd OAF wolf river 5k, 4th overall female Big River 1/2 marathon, 12th OAF Ironman Chattanooga (12:34), 4th OAF Riverbluff Olympic, 1st OAF Thunder in the Forest Duathlon

Race PR's 5k: 21:33 // Olympic: 2:27 // Half IM: 5:19 // IM: 12:34

Favorite Food Sweet potatoes & cookies

Favorite Training/racing gadget I have a really pretty new tri bike that I love!

Favorite race distance Not sure yet

Favorite aspect of triathlon The community

How many Ironman triathlons have you finished One full Ironman

How many Half Ironman triathlons have you finished One 70.3

My experience with Lesley/Trinity Triathlon Coaching

I started working with Lesley about two years ago when I wanted to improve my swimming. I was immediately impressed with her kindness and knowledge. In a sport that can feel scary and exclusive, she is warm and inclusive. She not only made me feel welcome in the triathlon world, but also prepared me well for my first 70.3 and full Ironman in 2019. When I crashed my bike 4 weeks before the race, she remained calm, positive, and gave me space to be scared.

IM Chattanooga was one of the hardest and hottest days of my life, but because of Lesley’s guidance, I never once thought I couldn’t finish. I was confident in my abilities because I was able to fully trust my coach throughout the entire process.

Lesley is not only a competent coach, but a great friend and an incredible athlete. Beast made of steel!

Ironman Chattanooga, 2019

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