Siri Lindley on Endless Positivity, Facing Fears, Coaching Pros, Cracking Kona, and More

Facebook Live AMA with Siri Lindley

Join us for Facebook Live AMA with Siri Lindley! Tune in to ask questions about training, racing, and living the tri life!

Posted by Triathlete Magazine on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Former ITU world champion and world-renowned triathlon coach Siri Lindley joined us on our weekly Facebook Live AMA show on Wednesday to talk all things triathlon. Siri covered a wide range of topics including the importance of being positive and facing your fears, learning to swim aged 23, her work with three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae, and the secret to cracking Kona. It’s an inspiring and motivating hour of Q&A! See highlights below.

Join us next Wednesday (July 3) at 1 p.m. MDT for our Facebook Live AMA with Ironman champion Chris Leiferman and Kennett Peterson, former pro cyclist who finished 2nd at Ironman Boulder recently.

Highlights of AMA with Siri:

2:37 – Details of this week’s contest with JackRabbit. Visit Triathlete.com/live before midnight MDT tonight to be in with a chance to win a goodie bag!

3:21 – How do you know when a coach is a good fit for an athlete?

5:45 – How can relentless positivity help athletes?

6:20 – Where focus goes, energy flows!

9:20 – The importance of training your weaknesses. “What we don’t want to do, we need the most,” Siri says.

11:40 – Why Siri advocates pushing a big gear and low cadence on the bike.

14:28 – How Mirinda Carfrae’s training has evolved over the years, especially since the birth of her daughter.

19:04 – Breaking through the fear of the unknown on race day. “Fear is what gets in the way of you achieving your dreams,” Siri says.

19:55 – “When you step outside of your comfort zone and you’re afraid-but you do it anyway-that’s when great things happen.”

27:27 – How Siri monitors and watches her athletes to make sure they’re not over-reaching: “How are they treating other people? What’s their mindset?”

30:30 – Tackling Xterra training

31:45 – The secrets to cracking Kona – “it’s very mental; it’s my favorite race in the whole world,” Siri says. “You’re going to have to dig deeper than ever before at Kona. You can’t do that all the time in training. As a coach I want to know that you’re going to be healthy and happy to do that on race day.”

35:12 – Adapting training for athletes over 40 and eating right.

38:20 – What’s Siri’s key to recovery? “Taking care of the people who are most important to you; be present with them.”

41:49 – Siri opens up about difficult times in her life and how it led her to Tony Robbins. She says his book helped save her life.

44:45 – Siri talks about her book, Surfacing.

47:00 – Balancing HIIT training with aerobic work each week.

49:00 – Hard training needs to be hard; easy training needs to be easy. Siri talks about her polarized approach to training.

50:18 – Boosting your pain threshold and pushing through uncomfortable moments – in training and life.

51:59 – The difference between coaching professionals and age-groupers.

53:33 – Siri talks about rescuing horses (check out her non-profit Believe Ranch and Rescue) and the similarities of working with athletes and horses. “It’s about trust, confidence, and energy.”

Missed a show? Catch up on our previous editions: