MIRINDA CARFRAE

What does a three-time Iron­man world cham­pion wish she’d known at the be­gin­ning of her ca­reer? Plenty, as she shares with us here

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What the 3 x IM champ wishes she’d known at the start

1 IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT SWIM, BIKE AND RUN When I first started and was do­ing short-course rac­ing, I was clue­less about nu­tri­tion. It just wasn’t a fac­tor – or at least not one that I was aware of. When I made the step-up to longer dis­tances, I re­alised pretty quickly that I needed to get my head wrapped around nu­tri­tion as a fourth dis­ci­pline! Now, I feel like I have a solid un­der­stand­ing of what my body needs to func­tion and re­cover at its best. 2 THERE’S AL­WAYS MORE

At least, that’s how I see it. I’m a su­per com­pet­i­tive per­son, and so even beyond work­ing hard to beat my ri­vals on the race course, I’m al­ways look­ing for ways to get that some­thing ex­tra out of my­self and to im­prove on my last best per­for­mance. Early on, I might have thought that would stop at some point – that I would reach that peak of suc­cess – but I’ve since learned that it’s an in­nate drive within me. I think it will al­ways be there! 3 IT’S NOT OVER UN­TIL IT’S OVER It can be frus­trat­ing some­times to have to fight your way through the field. But I’ve proven (to ev­ery­one else, as well as to my­self), time and again, that you don’t have to lead a race start-to-fin­ish to end up on the top podium step. 4 RACE MORE TO RACE BET­TER No mat­ter how hard you train, noth­ing com­pares to the feeling of rac­ing in the heat of com­pe­ti­tion. So get out there, of­ten, and learn from ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence. 5 TRUST YOUR GUT

Num­bers and data can be great tools, as can ad­vice from more se­nior ath­letes and coaches. But you need to bal­ance all of the in­put you re­ceive with what your body’s telling you. If you have a nag­ging feeling that some­thing’s not quite right – lis­ten. And if you’re in the midst of a mag­i­cal mo­ment, where you feel you can push past a pre­vi­ous limit – go for it. I think lis­ten­ing to my gut has helped me stay in­jury-free for so many years, and I know it’s helped me achieve my triathlon suc­cess. 6 KEEP IT FUN

Don’t ever for­get that you’re in this sport be­cause it’s fun. Yes, you may make sac­ri­fices at times, but also try to keep it in per­spec­tive, and be sure to en­joy the so­cial as­pects of the sport. Triathlon has brought the most amaz­ing peo­ple into my life, in­clud­ing my hus­band!

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