Name:  Patti Lawrence

Hometown:  Atlanta

Number of Ironmans Completed: 5

Number of Hawaii Ironmans Completed: 1

Where You Kona Qualified:  Ironman Texas

Tell us about your road to the Big Island--the good, the bad, and the ugly!:)  

I am so thrilled to be here racing Kona for a second year in a row.  There was enough 'ugly' happening last year, that I'm happy to report that 2019 has all been good!!!  My year started off in January with a fantastic training camp in Tucson with Hillary and her coaching team. 

Channeling Haley Chura before tackling the climb up Madera Canyon

That put me on the right path to conquer Ironman Texas in April to earn a spot back to Kona.  I love to compete in triathlons, but I also love the social part of this sport.  IMTexas was stacked with SFQ teammates, and we had a blast getting together and cheering for each other on race day.

Smash meet-up.  No fun being had here - LOL!
Ironman Texas podium

What are your goals for race day?

Last year, I was just so overwhelmed being here that I didn't push my effort level.  And my goal was to enjoy every minute and smile all day.  This year, I'm healthy and excited to see what can happen.  I will go into the day with the goal of having my best race.  

This picture captures such a special moment.  For the six months prior to this day, I was training for my first Ironman World Championship race and battling breast cancer at the same time.  I conquered both!!



What will you be wearing in the lava fields?

The beautiful new Tie-dye aero top and 5" tri shorts. 

Hillary Biscay