I'll never forget attending the Cadence triathlon camp a few months after I started doing triathlons. Chrissie Wellington came up in conversation and I asked, "Who is that?" I knew immediately that I had just shown my newness to the sport.... Everyone gawked at me and my coach responded, "Only one of the most accomplished female triathletes of all time!" This question was indicative of just how little I knew about the sport. At that point, I didn't even know that ITU/draft-legal racing existed. As I told people, I just put one foot in front of the other and did the workouts I was given with little or no knowledge about swim/bike/run training, recovery, nutrition for endurance sports, the list goes on.
As I have immersed myself in the world of triathlon, one of the greatest joys for me has been the opportunity to learn. All the time. It started with little lessons: how to shift, how to ride my bike in a group, technical details of swimming. One of the things I took away from my MBA at Booth was the importance of first principles. If you have a foundation of knowledge, your ability to rise above any challenge that comes your way. The same is true in sport as in business. As those pieces of knowledge have accumulated, I've gained mental confidence and physical strength, and I have been able to learn broader lessons about where my limits lie and how I can expand them; about the strength it takes to pursue something where everyone says you have no hope because of your background.. and the gratification of proving them wrong.
I'm continuing to learn everyday about how to train, eat, rest, think, and race better. But I look back at that Cadence camp, and I am a completely different athlete. I love sharing my new-found knowledge to help others improve, so I was honored when Health IQ asked me to contribute to their recent Triathlon IQ quiz along with numerous other pro's who I have looked up to as I have grown in the sport. Check it out, test your knowledge, and expand your horizons! Added bonus: for every person that completes the quiz here, Health IQ will donate $1 to an amazing cause: Girls on the Run!