These top athletes didn’t have the world championships they wanted; learn from their missteps to avoid a disappointing result.
Lesson: Practice nutrition at smaller races.
Mirinda Carfrae, 70.3 World Championship
Carfrae had rehearsed a new nutrition strategy with success in training, but her first race using the plan didn’t come until Vegas. She started throwing up about 20K into the bike and was forced to DNF. She decided to go back to her old plan for Kona, but unfortunately dropped a bottle on the bike and miscalculated the calories and sodium in the course nutrition, leading her to bonk during the run and finish a (still respectable yet disappointing) third.