(Embarrassing) Lessons From The Pros

  • By Julia Polloreno
  • Published Aug 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM UTC
Dede Griesbauer at the 2011 Ironman 70.3 California triathlon. Photo: Paul Phillips

Nathan White

My very first Olympic distance race was in 2008 at the Wildflower triathlon. On the run, each kilometer was marked and I mistook the signs for miles. I got to 4 “k” into the run thinking it was 4 miles. Perfect, 2 miles to go. I ran hard for 3 more k’s and saw 7 and finally realized they were kilometers instead of miles. At that point I figured I might as well finish the run out hard. I ended up having the fastest run in the field by over a minute, by “accident.” Adapting to different courses and scenarios is a key part to competing well and being prepared for anything.

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Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno is the editor at large of Triathlete magazine. A Stanford University graduate with an award-winning track record in publishing, Polloreno is a two-time Ironman finisher and has been a competitive triathlete for more than a decade.

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