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Running Through Adversity


Great post from Laura regarding her recent challenges on the CoeurSports website!

“Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.”
– Ralph Charell

I was not one to believe in quotes or sayings. But I’ve looked at that quote every day for the past 17 (and counting) months. This past year and a half has been the most challenging mental roller coaster of my entire life and I want to share it with you. Here’s how I got to where I am today…

Read the Full Article Here :

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!

Laura featured in Huff/Post50 article

Laura was recently featured in a slideshow of outstanding athletes over the age of 50 associated with the Huff/Post 50 article “Inspirational Athletes: 10 Master Athletes Older Than 50“. A fun article and highlight of Laura’s accomplishments! See the full article here:

Sophiea Coaching Athletes Rank High

In 2011 Laura coached 11 of her athletes to All American or Honorable Mention in the USAT 2011 Triathlon Rankings! Amoung the 11, there were 5 All-Americans and 6 Honorable Mentions! Congratulations to Laura and her athletes!

To view the rankings for 2011 visit the USAT website.

Laura Featured in USAT AG Nats Highlights

Check it out! Laura is featured in the 2011 USAT Age Group National Championship Highlight Reel! Laura had a great race and ended up 2nd in her AG! Laura followed this result up a few weeks later with a dominate performance at 70.3 World Championships. Laura will hold the title of Female 55-59 AG 70.3 World Champion for the 2nd year in a row! Congratulations Laura!!

Tri Campers Reign over Local Tri


Amy, Alan, Yongmin, Shelia, Julie, Matt, Barbara, Kevin are my spotlights this week. After a grueling 3 days of training including 14,000 feet of climbing and up to 23 miles of running these athletes participated in Tri the Mountains Triathlon July 24th!

On tired legs, they clean up! Racing strong and having a great time!

North Georgia Training Camps 2011

Download the Camp Information PDF File

To register for camp, contact Laura via email:

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To register for camp, or if you have any questions, contact Laura via email:
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Laura named Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year

Recently Laura was honored as the USAT Female Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year for 2010! Laura proved her dominance in her age group with an amazing year, including F 55-59 Age Group World Champion honors at both the Ironman and 70.3 distances! Laura we are so proud of your accomplishments! Congratulations!

Read the Full Announcement on the USAT website.

Laura is IM World Champion 55-59 AG!!!

Laura had an amazing day out there to take the 2010 55-59 Age Group IM World Champion title!

Congratulations Laura! We can’t wait to read your race report!

The results as posted on the Live Coverage on

Sophiea dominates the 55-59 age category – impressive racing!
1 417 Sophiea, Laura 55 Atlanta GA USA 1:06:18 3:48 5:35:37 5:53 4:00:08 10:51:43
2 419 Rouse, Kimberlee 55 San Diego CA USA 1:21:36 5:01 5:59:45 3:56 4:03:58 11:34:15
3 414 Wilson, Rose 56 Greenville SC USA 1:04:55 5:40 5:49:02 3:57 4:34:49 11:38:22
4 412 Welder, Laurelee 56 Kelowna BC CAN 1:25:06 5:05 6:08:10 5:10 3:57:10 11:40:39
5 392 LeStrange, Missy 58 Visalia CA USA 1:11:37 3:35 6:06:04 5:17 4:14:18 11:40:49

Here is the link to the Race Coverage on

Technical Coaching – with Tweak

Laura has joined the folks at Tweak!

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Tweak < the athletic edge > is a one-of-a-kind facility where technique matters. We’ve combined coaching and instruction, with sports science and computer-based technology to provide state of the art athletic tutoring.
At tweak, the athlete can see the proper technique corrections with immediate visual feedback – instantly closing the loop between what the brain thinks the body is doing and what the body is actually doing. By using tweak’s real-time motion analysis system you will finally see what your coach is saying.
Be video taped swimming in the water or riding the bike, Laura will work with you to analyze the results and provide feedback to maximize your efficiency.

More information, including specific services and fees, is available on the Tweak <the athletic edge website>.