Lesson: Space out your race schedule.
Jesse Thomas, 70.3 World Championship
Thomas had a solid year: He took third at Ironman 70.3 California, defended his title at Wildflower and won his first Rev3 race in Maine two weeks before Vegas. He thinks that final race did him in. “I’m not strong or experienced enough yet to bounce back just two weeks after an effort like that,” Thomas says. He struggled through the swim, got a drafting penalty on the bike and cramped on the run. He finished 20th. After a bit of rest, he came back to win September’s Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains.