Race Like An Olympian

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

Race with your head.

Jonathan Brownlee picked up a 15-second penalty in T1 that he had to serve during the run. His coaches told him to take it during the first lap, but the 22-year-old Brit was already gapping the field in a three-man breakaway when he approached the box. Brownlee overrode his coaches and decided to serve his penalty later in the race, allowing him to gap the field with the aid of the other two medalists and earn bronze despite the 15-second penalty.

Takeaway: If something goes wrong—flat tire, lost nutrition—during a race, take a minute to make the smartest decision instead of reacting in a knee-jerk fashion.

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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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