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June 26, 2013

Path to Ironman

Methuen's Meuse plots strategy for ultimate triathlon next month

Methuen’s Lori Meuse subscribes to an alternative saying to the one made famous by former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

“It takes a village to raise an Ironman triathlete,” said Meuse. “I definitely couldn’t do it on my own.”

Meuse is finding that out first hand as she prepares for her first ironman triathlon, next month in Lake Placid. Training for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon run is no easy task, particularly when you have a full time job and children ages 11 (Logan) and 9 (Kyra).

In Meuse’s case, and many like her, it’s not just the number of hours needed to train for an ironman that is so challenging, it’s fitting those hours in with family responsibilities.

“Most of my workouts are after work,” said the 36-year-old Meuse, an avid member of the TriFury triathlon club. “My husband, Mike, has been great. He’ll come home and let me go, no problems, my parents help out and we have friends help out.

“You’ve got to have help. My son is in boy scouts, my daughter plays softball ... there’s always something.”

Eventually, of course, Meuse must do the heavy lifting, which is the training itself. She trains twice a day six days a week and about 20 hours overall in the three events. That includes one long bike ride of four to six hours and a long run of two or more hours.

To squeeze it all in, Meuse often uses her hour lunch break at work for a session swimming at a YMCA pool or going for a short run.

It’s not easy making it all work, but it adds to the satisfaction.

“Some days it’s a challenge — it’s definitely a lot of planning,” said Meuse. “I always need a backup plan in case of rain or if the kids need something, but I’ve been able to get in 95 percent of what I’ve wanted to do.

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