GWEN
JORGENSEN

MARATHON

Since winning gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Gwen Jorgensen has captivated fans of running—in part because during that golden performance, she pulled away throughout the run segment of the event and had the fastest split of the day for the 10K.

In 2017, Jorgensen announced she was giving up the “comfort” of triathlon dominance to pursue a bold new goal: Win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon. Her announcement came just months after giving birth to her son Stanley.

Jorgensen has husband and chef (and former pro cyclist) Patrick Lemieux by her side and they work seamlessly as a team. One of his top priorities? Helping his wife fuel her training, especially during the nine months she spent breastfeeding and listening to her body, as she worked herself back into shape. Gwen is a relatable and accessible working mom who is continuing to inspire on her new journey with her family’s support every step of the way.

STATS


2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion

2014 and 2015 ITU World Champion

4 time National Champion

Nike Bowerman Track Club Athlete

Mom

Why did you transition from triathlon to marathon? 

I love having challenges and things that motivate me on a daily basis. As an athlete you have to love what you’re doing. I did triathlon and had a big goal of winning the Olympics, which I did. After winning I wasn’t motivated to do it again but didn’t feel like I was done in sport and hadn’t reached my potential in running. I decided I would join the Nike Bowerman Track club and win in running. 

I’m a very stubborn person which can often be seen in a negative way but as an athlete I set a goal and I’m very set on accomplishing that goal. As an athlete it’s allowed me to achieve many things. I like to set very big goals and be vocal about them.

How did you find your way into the sport of triathlon?

I grew up swimming and running and swam and ran at the U of Wisconsin, I was graduating with a degree in accounting. I was actually recruited in the sport of triathlon. At that time I didn’t think I had what it took to be a pro-athlete or an Olympian. But USA Triathlon kept calling, once a week. I said I have an accounting job. They said why don’t you be an accountant and do triathlon training on the side? Within a year I qualified for my first Olympics. That’s when I first realized I could make it as a pro and support myself financially while doing what I love.

What was it like switching from being an accountant to a full time athlete?

It was really scary. As an athlete your job isn’t very stable- there’s a lot of unknowns, you could get injured, etc. I like to plan out my future and know what’s happening, as an accountant I knew exactly where my career path would go, but as an athlete I didn’t. It’s something that made me quite nervous but also exciting. It was this challenge and I knew I only had one opportunity as an athlete – as I get older the body isn’t able to do as much, I can still be an accountant in my 50’s and 60’s but I can’t be a pro-athlete.

Tell us about having to give up competing in the 2020 Olympic Marathon?

I had a goal of winning the Olympics in marathon and I had to change those goals. I got a really bad heel injury and that set me back. I knew I was already behind because I had just had a child and was already behind with getting enough miles for the marathon. When I had heel surgery, my coach and I decided that I could still be a professional runner but can run the shorter races until I can build up to compete in the marathon.

Changing my goal was difficult. I knew in my inner circle, the people that believed in me all felt that going to the track was the right plan and so for me it’s important when you set a goal it’s also fluid. It’s great to have big goals, but you also want to have small goals or milestones along the way. It’s important to be able to change your big goal if you’re not able to hit these smaller ones. 

What gets you up in the morning?

I set big goals and I make them public. That can be seen as a negative, but for me it’s what hold me accountable. On the days I can barely move, I know that I have a goal and for me getting up and doing everything I need to do to accomplish that goal is what keeps me motivated.

I keep a journal where I write not only about my training, but also 3 things I’ve done well that day and 3 things I can improve. This also keeps me motivated. I know in my journal I need to write something every day.

What sets you apart?

I go above and beyond in preparation and have done things that could seem a little extreme. For instance in triathlon, it was scary at the beginning, my husband quit his job to support me full time – he’d cook all my meals, do my grocery shopping, drive me places, and that’s what allowed me to train at a higher level. This allowed me to be completely focused on training as I didn’t have to worry about other things. I also get overprepared for races. For example at the Rio Olympics I brought 3 bikes just in case, one could get lost/ damaged and I just wanted to ensure I could remain successful. I always do these things so I don’t have to think about anything else and just focus on the race

What does it take to train at the highest level?

To perform at the highest level, it takes an athlete 24 hours a day. For me, its going to bed at the same time every day. At 8PM I’m home, I’m making sure I’m asleep by 9. Every day I’m scraping, doing everything I need to do on a daily basis. It’s knowing every minute of the day affects how I train and race. 

What’s one piece of advice you have for athletes?

I’m a big believer of being average every day can lead to great success. All I have to do is have an average day. All I have to do is show up, be consistent, get the work done – every day if you do that, your average becomes better and better and eventually that will become success. 

What’s your favorite meal?

Green risotto and an incredible Caesar salad – both made by my husband. 

Why do you enjoy most about Sidekick?

It’s a tool I use on a daily basis for my recovery. When I go out for a run, my body and muscles and tissues are all getting micro-tears, and for me I know that in order to stay healthy and run more miles I need to do things like use my Sidekick tools to allow myself to recover better. I love using my Echo, I use it on my calf and foot right now. I often scrape where my incisions were from my heel surgery. It helps break up the scar tissue which allows all the fibres and tendons to get back into alignment and flow in the proper way. I also use them to promote blood flow which is very important for recovery and to get all your muscles back to a healthy state. It’s allowed my muscles to recover faster which allows me to train at a higher level. 

What’s your favorite Sidekick tool?

My favorite Sidekick tool is the Echo. It’s easy to hold, I’m able to get into all the little nooks and crannies and little areas of my foot that get tight. I’m also able to break up scar tissue with it and bring blood flow. It’s easy to hold and access all muscles.

I often use my muscle scraper anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes and love that I can use it when I’m relaxing, watching tv, or playing with my son.

“I rely heavily on my Sidekick tools when I’m traveling and at altitude. I’m able to get in additional work whenever the body needs to speed up my recovery.”

Gwen's FAVOURITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Echo Muscle Scraper

126 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Echo Muscle Scraper
    Stainless Steel and Unbreakable, the Echo has all the benefits of the Curve but more.
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Carry Case
    Your Echo is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $10! Receive an additional $25 value for only $15 more.)

  • Echo Muscle Scraper
    Stainless steel and unbreakable, the Echo has all the benefits of the Curve but more.
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Carry Case - $20 value
    Your Echo is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel - $5 value
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

STATS


2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion

2014 and 2015 ITU World Champion

4 time National Champion

Nike Bowerman Track Club Athlete

Mom

GWEN
JORGENSEN

Olympian

Since winning gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Gwen Jorgensen has captivated fans of running—in part because during that golden performance, she pulled away throughout the run segment of the event and had the fastest split of the day for the 10K.

In 2017, Jorgensen announced she was giving up the “comfort” of triathlon dominance to pursue a bold new goal: Win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon. Her announcement came just months after giving birth to her son Stanley.

Jorgensen has husband and chef (and former pro cyclist) Patrick Lemieux by her side and they work seamlessly as a team. One of his top priorities? Helping his wife fuel her training, especially during the nine months she spent breastfeeding and listening to her body, as she worked herself back into shape. Gwen is a relatable and accessible working mom who is continuing to inspire on her new journey with her family’s support every step of the way.


Why did you transition from triathlon to marathon? 

I love having challenges and things that motivate me on a daily basis. As an athlete you have to love what you’re doing. I did triathlon and had a big goal of winning the Olympics, which I did. After winning I wasn’t motivated to do it again but didn’t feel like I was done in sport and hadn’t reached my potential in running. I decided I would join the Nike Bowerman Track club and win in running. 

I’m a very stubborn person which can often be seen in a negative way but as an athlete I set a goal and I’m very set on accomplishing that goal. As an athlete it’s allowed me to achieve many things. I like to set very big goals and be vocal about them.

How did you find your way into the sport of triathlon?

I grew up swimming and running and swam and ran at the U of Wisconsin, I was graduating with a degree in accounting. I was actually recruited in the sport of triathlon. At that time I didn’t think I had what it took to be a pro-athlete or an Olympian. But USA Triathlon kept calling, once a week. I said I have an accounting job. They said why don’t you be an accountant and do triathlon training on the side? Within a year I qualified for my first Olympics. That’s when I first realized I could make it as a pro and support myself financially while doing what I love.

What was it like switching from being an accountant to a full time athlete?

It was really scary. As an athlete your job isn’t very stable- there’s a lot of unknowns, you could get injured, etc. I like to plan out my future and know what’s happening, as an accountant I knew exactly where my career path would go, but as an athlete I didn’t. It’s something that made me quite nervous but also exciting. It was this challenge and I knew I only had one opportunity as an athlete – as I get older the body isn’t able to do as much, I can still be an accountant in my 50’s and 60’s but I can’t be a pro-athlete.

Tell us about having to give up competing in the 2020 Olympic Marathon?

I had a goal of winning the Olympics in marathon and I had to change those goals. I got a really bad heel injury and that set me back. I knew I was already behind because I had just had a child and was already behind with getting enough miles for the marathon. When I had heel surgery, my coach and I decided that I could still be a professional runner but can run the shorter races until I can build up to compete in the marathon.

Changing my goal was difficult. I knew in my inner circle, the people that believed in me all felt that going to the track was the right plan and so for me it’s important when you set a goal it’s also fluid. It’s great to have big goals, but you also want to have small goals or milestones along the way. It’s important to be able to change your big goal if you’re not able to hit these smaller ones. 

What gets you up in the morning?

I set big goals and I make them public. That can be seen as a negative, but for me it’s what hold me accountable. On the days I can barely move, I know that I have a goal and for me getting up and doing everything I need to do to accomplish that goal is what keeps me motivated.

I keep a journal where I write not only about my training, but also 3 things I’ve done well that day and 3 things I can improve. This also keeps me motivated. I know in my journal I need to write something every day.

What sets you apart?

I go above and beyond in preparation and have done things that could seem a little extreme. For instance in triathlon, it was scary at the beginning, my husband quit his job to support me full time – he’d cook all my meals, do my grocery shopping, drive me places, and that’s what allowed me to train at a higher level. This allowed me to be completely focused on training as I didn’t have to worry about other things. I also get overprepared for races. For example at the Rio Olympics I brought 3 bikes just in case, one could get lost/ damaged and I just wanted to ensure I could remain successful. I always do these things so I don’t have to think about anything else and just focus on the race

What does it take to train at the highest level?

To perform at the highest level, it takes an athlete 24 hours a day. For me, its going to bed at the same time every day. At 8PM I’m home, I’m making sure I’m asleep by 9. Every day I’m scraping, doing everything I need to do on a daily basis. It’s knowing every minute of the day affects how I train and race. 

What’s one piece of advice you have for athletes?

I’m a big believer of being average every day can lead to great success. All I have to do is have an average day. All I have to do is show up, be consistent, get the work done – every day if you do that, your average becomes better and better and eventually that will become success. 

What’s your favorite meal?

Green risotto and an incredible Caesar salad – both made by my husband. 

Why do you enjoy most about Sidekick?

It’s a tool I use on a daily basis for my recovery. When I go out for a run, my body and muscles and tissues are all getting micro-tears, and for me I know that in order to stay healthy and run more miles I need to do things like use my Sidekick tools to allow myself to recover better. I love using my Echo, I use it on my calf and foot right now. I often scrape where my incisions were from my heel surgery. It helps break up the scar tissue which allows all the fibres and tendons to get back into alignment and flow in the proper way. I also use them to promote blood flow which is very important for recovery and to get all your muscles back to a healthy state. It’s allowed my muscles to recover faster which allows me to train at a higher level. 

What’s your favorite Sidekick tool?

My favorite Sidekick tool is the Echo. It’s easy to hold, I’m able to get into all the little nooks and crannies and little areas of my foot that get tight. I’m also able to break up scar tissue with it and bring blood flow. It’s easy to hold and access all muscles.

I often use my muscle scraper anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes and love that I can use it when I’m relaxing, watching tv, or playing with my son.

“I rely heavily on my Sidekick tools when I’m traveling and at altitude. I’m able to get in additional work whenever the body needs to speed up my recovery.”

Gwen's FAVORITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Echo Muscle Scraper

126 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Echo Muscle Scraper
    Stainless Steel and Unbreakable, the Echo has all the benefits of the Curve but more.
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Carry Case
    Your Echo is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $10! Receive an additional $25 value for only $15 more.)

  • Echo Muscle Scraper
    Stainless steel and unbreakable, the Echo has all the benefits of the Curve but more.
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Carry Case - $20 value
    Your Echo is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel - $5 value
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

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