Lesson: Come prepared.
Linsey Corbin, 70.3 worlds and Sebastian Kienle, Ironman World Championship
Corbin suffered a flat early into the 70.3 course but since she wasn’t carrying a kit— and didn’t encounter a support vehicle—she was forced to drop out. (She says it was her first flat in a race since 2007.) In Kona, Kienle was temporarily sidelined by a flat and struggled to get his tubular tire undone. Luckily neutral support came by and swapped out his wheel, but amateur athletes don’t have that luxury. Lesson learned: Always have a contingency plan.