MC: I definitely learned a lot from that race. Thinking I was just going to go in to finish, and realizing that I can’t put myself on a start line with that mentality.
PNF: So just go into Kona, find your place and have a Mirinda day. And it will be awesome.
MC: I’m excited. A lot of good years coming up.
PNF: Four years before you even hit your peak.
MC: I hope so. That’s the plan. That’s been the plan all along. What age did you retire?
PNF: 34, 35. Well I mean I did a few more, but I also got to it young – 23, 24 before I got to my first one.
MC: You really have about 10 years racing ironman, I feel like. I mean there are athletes that go longer, but it seems like it’s about a 10-year window.
PNF: It depends how greedy you get. I never got greedy. It just flowed. Every year it just happened, I knew what I needed to do. I didn’t really do much different and it just flowed. And then I got greedy. But that’s human nature. Whether you’re investing money, whether you’re trying to go faster, higher, longer – whatever. To me the greatest lesson as an athlete and in training is just don’t get greedy. Know that you have to get up and go again the next day. Always save a little bit. I think that is what’s precluding a lot of athletes form longevity and causing a lot of injuries right now. Everybody wants more. And the media is going to push you and hype you. And so is everyone else. You have to just have faith in yourself, and faith in Siri and just believe. And don’t keep looking for more. When it’s working, it’s working. Don’t mess with success, right?
MC: Right. Thanks Paula!