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June 26, 2013

Path to Ironman

Methuen's Meuse plots strategy for ultimate triathlon next month

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“So far, it’s been great overall. I’m surprised I’m not more worn out, but I like getting the workouts done. I’m just so happy I’ve done it.”

Meuse has always been competitive. She played field hockey, basketball and softball growing up at Tyngsboro High School and she played field hockey and softball at Salem State. Following marriage and childbirth, she eventually started getting back into fitness with some 5K road races.

“I was interested in triathlons and in 2009 I joined TriFury and started doing the shorter (sprint) ones,” said Meuse. “My first one was in Salem, the Witch City Triathlon. I think I came in about third to last.”

Still, Meuse was hooked. She has competed in a number of sprint triathlons over the next few years and last year she went with another triathlete, Andover’s Deb Kelly, to volunteer at the Lake Placid Ironman. Almost right after the race, the pair registered for this year’s event.

“It was inspiring to see the late finishers, to see how happy they were, to see them smiling, happy to finish something they had spent so much time preparing for.”

Meuse is hoping to have that same feeling of satisfaction next month, but that may not be the main reason she’s competing.

“My main motivation is to see what I can actually do, to see how far I can push myself and to feel like an athlete again,” said Meuse. “After I had kids, I got sedentary — you have to put yourself on the backburner for awhile.

“I like finding myself again, finding my athletic ability and taking it as far as I can.”

That feeling keeps Meuse, and others like her, going. But it’s one she knows can’t be fulfilled with help from her “village.”

Meet Lori Meuse

Age: 36

Town: Methuen

Family: Husband Mike, children Logan (11), Kyra (9)

Athletic background: Played field hockey, basketball and softball at Tyngsboro High, field hockey and softball at Salem State

Years competing in triathlons: Four

Triathlon club: TriFury

Immediate goal: Be competitive at Lake Placid Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run)

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