Race Like An Olympian

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Nov 15, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM UTC
Photo: Delly Carr/

Fix it first.

Canadian Paula Findlay took the ITU by storm in 2010 and 2011, winning five premier-level WTS races. Then she suffered a hip injury. Findlay was never given time to heal completely—a decision veteran teammate Simon Whitfield blasted her coaches for at the Games. She started the Olympic triathlon but finished tearfully in last place.

Takeaway: Although some injuries can heal while training, many require more drastic measures. If you have a persistent injury—even during the lead-up to a big race—get it diagnosed properly, then take the time to fully heal.

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FILED UNDER: Olympics / Race Tips / Training

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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