Archive for October, 2013


After a quality winter training on my own, in March I decided to work with Laura and knew I had made the right choice. What I did not truly realize but quickly became apparent is the depth of knowledge I instantly had at my disposal.

Her willingness to provide a few minutes of time almost any time was priceless. I learned that every training was a workout inside a workout with a specific purpose. As she put it “I need to build your engine”, I get it now. As a husband, father and small business owner, I was amazed how she effortlessly tailored a program to meet my needs.

It was a great comfort when I found myself standing in the unknown and I had Laura in my corner to clarify what I needed next.

The highest acknowledgement I can give is to say that I plan to have her in my corner again in 2015.

I almost forgot to mention that I beat my most optimistic goal by almost 20 minutes.

Jeff – 2013 Ironman Louisville

Talking Kona with Laura and Coeur Sports

Laura’s web admin here – A nice little interview with Laura from the folks at Coeur Sports. Just a little shout out to Laura – best wishes for a fabulous race this weekend!


I re-looked at my Miami results from last year and i shaved almost an hour off my last year’s overall time. I looked at the pro men’s time and they all averaged close to 27 mph on the bike in Miami and 25 MPH for Augusta. So Miami was definitely a faster course and i only went 16 mph for a bike split of 3:28 in Miami. My swim time in Miami was a 48 min swim @ a 2:30 per 100 yard pace as well. Run was a 2:03 in Miami.

So yeah – i think i crushed last year by a landslide with tons of improvements in all areas. I am still riding pretty high right now!

Thanks a ton for getting me there!



Looking back at this year, you have not only helped me physical, but mental and spiritually. I cannot thank you enough for the positive impact that you have had on my life – I was truly one of the best summers of my life.Wonderful friends and bike rides that I will never forget. So come Sunday(as I race my first cyclocross of the season!), I wish you the absolute best and know that I will be with you in spirit.

As you and Emerson said,”What lies before you is no match for what lies within you.”

All my best,


Kim R.

You, Laura.  You believe.  You inspire.  You make us want to do well, and make you proud (I’m sure that is a bit of all coach/athlete relationships).  But I know that I stayed healthy, and well, and moved forward with your patient guidance and counsel.  I am so very grateful and appreciative.  Coaching takes a HUGE investment:  of your time, talents, energy, mojo.   I am so very grateful.

I did mention it a number of times on FB (so, if you look at my posts, and see your name pop up, that’s why), but I don’t know if you would hurtle me under the bus if I gushed too publicly!

Sending thanks, and smooches,

Lora Elkins – Augusta 70.3 Race Report

I started this journey on April 17, 2013 when I met Laura Sophiea at Starbucks for coffee and a chat! I expressed to Laura my desire to do a 1/2 ironman and that Augusta 2013 would be my race!

For those of you who don’t Laura she is a wonderfully terrific triathlete coach. She coaches athletes from all over the U.S. to compete in triathlons specifically in the 1/2 ironman and full ironman distance. Laura is currently the world champion at the full ironman distance in her age group!! At the conclusion of our Starbucks meeting I figured “Laura knows best” and hired her to prepare me for Augusta 2013!

Boy was I nervous/excited!!

What have I done now. I had competed in triathlons, but only at the sprint distance! I trained with Laura from April 17 – Sept 29! What an amazing journey it was!! We developed a wonderful connection and friendship!! I had doubts along the way, but Laura was always there for me!! She said you have to believe, stay positive, visualize your desired outcome and most of all have fun and SMILE!!

I was ready and I was prepared.

The training was done and race day was here!! I didn’t know what to expect, but I SMILED….during the swim I SMILED, while I was on the bike I SMILED and through out the 13 mile run…I SMILED BIG!!! It was an amazing memorable journey!!!!!

There are so many that helped me along the way….

thanks to all the terrific people at Dynamo Multisport, Cat, Holly, Mary, Linda, Lindsey etc and Dynamo Masters Swimming especially the swim coach Maria Thrash!! She’s got some crazy drills and some killer workouts, but she keeps us laughing, makes us faster and is a terrific swim coach…one of the best around!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to my swim partner Libby Whelan who constantly challenges me at swim practice. Sometimes it is a war in our lane!! The lane of L’s….Libby, Lora, Laura & Lindsey! Those are some fast women!

Thanks to my Biking Interval peeps….Lynn, Libby, Sheila, Laura, Barbie, Alex, Anna. These women will flat out kick your ass. They made me dig deep week after week after week. I was so far behind….but I hung in there!! I’m still behind, but not as far!!!!!!!

Thanks to my lovely biking friends Laura, Tricia, Tracy, Mary, Jen, Gina, Veronica, Cathy for all the encouragement on some of my long rides!! They said you got this….you have been training so hard! I know I complained about how tired I was on some of those rides and couldn’t wait for it to be over so we could have a beer!!!!!!! You guys rock!

A special thanks to my running partner, Elaine Tyson “Lanier” who endured 5:45am track workouts and plyometrics every week with me!! These were some of my hardest workouts and to have someone get up and meet you at 5:45am is a godsend!! Love you Lanier..xo.

So much thanks to my entire family and all my friends for support and encouragement, it helps more than you can know!! Many thanks to my dear friend Barbara Chandler “barbie” who always cheers the loudest and has my back!!

Lastly to my significant other, Bill Hanks, who lets me be me and helps me live my dreams and accomplish my goals, whatever they may be…love you sweetheart!

Finally to my coach and friend Laura who I love dearly….we did it!!!


– Editors Note: Lora podiumed in Augusta!  Congrats Lora!! –