Lesson: Shift your goals when things go awry.
Angela Naeth, 70.3 World Championship
Although her original goal was to make the 70.3 podium, Naeth’s objectives changed when she tried to make a pass at mile 19 of the bike, hit a rumble strip and crashed. She was covered in road rash and needed seven stitches on her ankle, but she pressed on to the finish line. “I decided in T2 that I was going to grin and bear it,” Naeth says. “It was actually very inspiring for me to see the race in a different perspective—where finishing is what mattered rather than trying to win!”