Athlete of the Month
Lauren Jensen McGinnis
Great outcomes happen when you combine the expert care from the Physicians
at the Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital with the resiliency of an
incredibly hard working athlete. This is the case with our Athlete of the
Month, Lauren Jensen McGinnis, who recently became the ITU Sprint Triathlon
World Champion in the 50-54 Age Group. Lauren is the Head Coach of the MOSH
sponsored Team Tri Faster, and she recently had the honor of representing
Team USA at the Triathlon World Championships held Sept 13, 2018 in Gold
Lauren faced some challenges during her training
leading up to the World Championship event. In November of 2017, Lauren tore
her right medial meniscus which was surgically repaired by Dr. Pifel that
December. Lauren worked hard to rehabilitate her knee, but just as she was
regaining her fitness she experienced another injury. In May of 2018 she
rolled her ankle on a rock while running, and sustained a second degree
sprain with a small fracture that was successfully treated by Dr.
Guehlstorf. This started Lauren on a new path of rehabilitation and creative
adaptations in her training.
Even though her physical preparation was
compromised, she spent an incredible amount of time on mental readiness.
Race day was an exciting blur, and Lauren raced all out from start to
finish. She emerged out of a challenging swim in turbulent water in second
place closely followed several competitors that had been swimming in her
draft, but with a one-minute deficit to the Canadian who was leading. She
used her cycling strength on a technical course to take over the lead just
over halfway through the ride. Lauren's mental preparation kicked in on the
run to compensate for her disrupted run training. She was able to hold off
her peers and cross the finish-line 52 seconds ahead of her next competitor.
Lauren was thrilled to achieve her long time goal of becoming a Triathlon
World Champion, which she could not have done without the World Championship
care that she received from the MOSH Physicians.