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Lori Abbey

Tallahassee, Florida

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Mountain Biking, Masters Swimming, Road Running, Hiking, Yoga
Bucket List RaceIronman Hawai'i 70.3 (The Honu)
Post-Race DrinkRepair or Performance Coffee
Off-Day ActivityHike with my dogs, mountain bike with my husband, easy swim

I began my running "career" at age 35 (in 2002) when training with a long-time friend of mine, who pleaded with me to become her running partner in order to keep her motivated and focused on her goal. Shortly after our first half marathon, she stopped running for a time while I continued running half marathons - frequently with my mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. This friend, a few years later and nearly 100 pounds lighter, came back to running. She went into it "gung ho" for her first marathon while I remained a "halfer" and took on Team In Training as a Team Mate and later as a Mentor and then Team Leader. Along the way I "picked up" people who ran with me, or I ran with them depending on your point of view, who were looking only for a consistent pace and a positive mindset during the runs. I became what I call a Companion Runner. I didn't run a single race for myself or for an intentional PR until I decided to qualify for the Boston Marathon. And, even then I had a difficult time swallowing that I was allowed to run for me and for a selfish, personal goal. Beginning in September of 2009, I set out with really only one goal in mind: Qualify for Boston, and PR in every distance I could before Boston 2011.

I am married to a retired police lieutenant who has been by my side and supported me "no matter what" for more than 30 years. An accomplished athlete himself, he also has "sipped the kool-aid" and is dabbling in Triathlon. On his 55th birthday last fall he completed his first 70.3 distance and has fallen even further into the sport than I thought possible - most recently training for MiamiMan 2022.

I am the mother of a 2015 Team USA ITU World Championship competitor and the Youngest Competitor at the 2013 Ironman World Championship (Kona, Hawai'i). My then 18 year-old son qualified for Kona at only his second 70.3 and had the rare privilege of standing on the podium with both Craig Alexander and Pete Jacobs in Hawaii June, 2013. His Kona experience was what not what he had trained for, hoped for, or imagined. But, he DID race, and he DID cross the finish line. And, by his own admission, did NOT go to the med tent as did do many others that day. He and two team mates (Shannon Coates - Team Timex, and Kate Harrison) were blessed to race and have their coach, Chuck Kemeny - IMWC Finisher, 2009, Ultraman World Record Holder (set in February 2014), present with them the entire journey.

My younger also son has stepped up his game from year-round swimming to varsity high school swimming, local cross country, and from kids' tris to "game on" adult sprint distances. He was then placing in the 19 and Under age group(s) he is ready to follow in his big brother's footsteps and see where the multi-sport world will lead him. I can only imagine where we will be with him in just a few years. He could be even faster than his brother.

Now, nearly 20 years later, I am a multi-time finisher in Boston, an "ironman" four times over, and a Team USA / ITU World Chamionship finisher. I am a running and triathlon coach working with some of the best athletes all over the world; I was qualified by more than 12 minutes for the 2014 Boston Marathon; and finished the 2015 Beach2Battleship course in 12:19:32. I SURVIVED the 2016 Ironman Chattanooga (144.6 miles) and I secured spots twice on Team USA after successful finishes at USAT Long Course National Championships. This year I have had the rare joy of training with a dear friend who has been in chemo and radiation for the better part of the last five years and wants nothing more than to simply cross the finish line of her third 140.6. I can't deny her the feeling of wanting to accomplish that. As her training partner and coach, I'll be right there with her every step of the way.

I am not the "uber" competitive athlete my son is. But, I have a heart for all things endurance sport related. I hope to share with every single one of my athletes my passion for helping the person next to me do their best and achieve their biggest goals. I find as a coach I am once again in the privileged position I am most comfortable with: The companion runner (swimmer, cyclist, runner, training partner); the eternal "Pollyanna."

Race times that Lori is particularly proud of:
1 Mile -- 6:38.67
5K -- 21:59
10K -- 45:47
15K -- 1:10:30
10 Mile -- 1:17:11
1/2 Marathon -- 1:41:21
30K -- 2:32:11.54
Marathon -- 3:42:37.31 (Tallahassee Marathon)
70.3 -- 5:42 (Gulf Coast 70.3)
140.6 -- 12:19:32 (Beach2Battleship)
(144.6 - IM Chattanooga -- 14:38:05)