(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

Christoper Bagg

The dumbest thing I ever did was during a sprint in Massachusetts. The distance was a little weird: 800m swim, 15-mile ride, and a 5-mile run. Then as now, my strength was the bike, and Tony Delonge was in the field. He was coming off a Lake Placid victory, and I knew I’d need to have a brilliant run to have a chance of beating him. Trying to keep my transition area “neat” I put my gel flask in one of my shoes (why did I think I needed a gel flask for a sprint?). When I came in off the bike, trailing Tony by a little less than a minute and within striking distance, I discovered a shoe full of Hammer Gel. It may not have affected my speed, but it sure was uncomfortable, and I ended up with some ugly blisters. Tony held me off anyway.

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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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