• Doug Morris

10 Insights for Top Tri Results

Updated: May 3, 2018

We uncovered 10 action items inside triathlete coaches’ playbooks to improve your race performances. The 10 insights may seem daunting but you’re already doing a daunting sport. Start with one insight. Adopt. Learn from it. Keep going. Add the next insight to step-up your race day outcomes.


Without the secret insights you won’t reach your full potential in the current season. Sure, you’ll eventually learn the secrets but don’t wait to learn them through your own race experience.


Or worse, in 20 years you may look back and wish you would have learned much earlier. These 10 process insights will elevate you to maximum potential sooner than figuring it out on your own. Even if adopted you may not end up on the pro circuit but you’ll develop yourself like a pro.


  1. Identify tri books for your syllabus reading list*. Check out these suggestions as starters for recommended reading: https://www.palmtreesahead.com/sport-support

  2. Establish a “Treat for Tri Tips” fund. Seed it at 5% of your annual race fees. What are you doing to mimic what professional triathletes and elite age groupers and for top race results? Don’t know? Ask experienced racers to share their best tips. Spend the funds to buy them post workout recovery refreshments to show your gratitude.

  3. Develop tri specific skills linked to learning objectives. Ensure higher priority items get addressed first. Use metrics for value added feedback.

  4. Talk with a mentor and leaders at work at least weekly about learning opportunities there. Look for combination benefits of business and tri skills. Be open to adopt similar work profession items to up your tri game.

  5. Hire a tri coach. Select one who knows sports, business, life, and parenthood to maximize cross-pollination of concepts across silos.

  6. Consider becoming a member in a triathlon mastermind group to be exposed to higher insight of improved performance opportunities.

  7. Request feedback on your specific progress. Compare your actions to those of triathletes already at the top. Learn new processes to maximize improvement. Adjust when needed. Repeat the cycle.

  8. Be brave. Manage your time effectively and selfishly by saying no to activities identified as out of scope of your tri goals or your tri journey if already established.

  9. Rock your status quo. In a rut of doing your same favorite workout every weekend? Do you own too many same race t-shirts with only the year being different? Are the multiple sprint distance races slowly making you go crazy? Change your routine now! Be open to new approaches. Institute changes based on your ability, risk profile, and potential. You control your decisions.

  10. Push your boundaries. Know your limitations. Honor race cultural. Be intense. Stay relaxed. Smile. Laugh. Most coaches won’t open up access to these items for most of their athletes unless you ask or you already use a great coach.


*Bonus points for actually reading the books.


Your best effort got kudos in grade school. In college, best results earned best grades. Fastest times in the pool and on the track won podium spots. You need your best effort and best results with the quickest times. Rarely does a triathlete enter the sport as both a natural and expert for all three legs.

One of the quickest way to speed is learn from other experts already in the sport.

UCTC Track Runners with Coach Ted Haydon

I learned from two different Olympic track coaches at two different levels. A third Olympic coach taught me how to swim competitive from a 25 yard speedster (primarily from above average reflexes and an efficient dive off the starting block) to 2.4 miles in open water without a wetsuit. And I easily spent into four figures from my tip fund in supplying drinks to training partners who made multiple Olympic teams in track, swimming, and triathloning. While racing and training reveals the answers over time; asking, listening, and mimicking others accelerates the learning curve.


Ready for class? Be a learn-it-all triathlete. Prepare a you-specific triathlon syllabus.

Learn the best path for you to the top in the triathlon school of life. Accelerate your tri learning curve by discovering best content across the matrix of sport, business, life, and family to benefit all these silos. Learn from those already at the top of the tri pyramid. Choose quality over quantity. Go for ROI of time with ease of effort. The best choices are not easy but don’t over complicate activities and overdo time. Include learning objectives with metrics on your training schedule. Be sure to measure your progress. Need guidance?

Consider working with a high caliber coach to define your journey and begin work on your legacy.

Request feedback on actions. Ask your coach for her secret sauce insights.


What’s your secret to delivery on being a high performer from being a hi-pot? How did you earn the respect of your coaches to learn their insights? How did you influence or help others to experience great results?



Doug Morris

Coach of Exceptional Outcomes

Palm Trees Ahead, LLC

Tel: 1.630.457.7889

dougmorris@palmtreesahead.com

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