• Doug Morris

How to be a Resilient Triathlete

Updated: Jan 4, 2019

Do you have the ability to move beyond a disappointing race performance? You may want every triathlon race to yield a new personal record, a win, or even a finish. To get back to the starting line after any disappointment shows a triathlete’s resiliency. If you need help in being a resilient keep reading.

Resilient Triathlete

Resiliency in its raw form is an attitude of success.

Others may think of its corollary that lacking resiliency, is failure. Your choice. Accept you cannot win, reach your goals, or be successful if you don’t get back to start your next race.


Here are 12 ways to boost your attitude of resiliency:

  1. Accept setbacks as positive motivation for future races. Sure it stings but that feeling only confirms that racing is important to you. Leverage your experiences. Set a goal to be more resilient than your competitors.

  2. Better train for your next race to be prepared physically, emotionally, and mentally.

  3. Become more attuned in what you want from future races than living in the past on successes, slights, and disappointments.

  4. Re-treat if necessary to re-charge, then move forward. Standing pat will cover you up with other’s dust as they move beyond their own set-backs.

  5. Manage your own behaviors at events and in private in a civil manner, no matter how others behave around you.

  6. Continually learn. Analyze the set-backs. Understand why it happen. Look at the event from all angles to prevent similar causes at future races. Never stop seeking to be better by reviewing earlier outcomes. Be confident of what you learned. Use your knowledge to deliver improved performances in the future.

  7. Discuss performances with your coach and teammates to reaffirm what worked and implement changes as needed to achieve your desired outcomes, not possible failures at future race performances.

  8. Don’t bitch to others about your own tri skills’ shortcomings. Instead, focus on your improvement to boost your performance in races.

  9. Publicly acknowledge your support personnel during the lows and highs of a career. They will in turn support you through the easy and tough parts of your racing.

  10. Build strong relationships with others, from competitors to volunteers and sponsors to race directors, for optimal outcomes to everyone involved in the sport of triathloning. They will increase your confidence. They also provide a reality check and safety net that your passions serve a sense of purpose.

  11. Seek out role models for resiliency. Adopt their traits as yours to move ahead again. Tweak them to personalize the best for your needs. Mimicking is a start but understanding what works for you is the key to your future success.

  12. Thrive on your grit, calories, and challenges to bask in the glory of successfully overcoming adversity.

Did you know that Mark Allen didn’t finish his first Ironman race in Hawaii? He didn’t win in Kona until his 7th attempt. Then he won six titles without another lose. That is your poster “man” for a resilient triathlete.


Whenever you think you cannot recover from a personal setback, reevaluate what you control in your behavior to rebound and continue to extend your passion of being a triathlete.


Let us know how you showed resiliency in the sport.



Doug Morris

Coach of Exceptional Outcomes

Palm Trees Ahead, LLC

Tel: 1.630.457.7889

dougmorris@palmtreesahead.com

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