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:
- Ben Hoffman & Joe Gambles on Fatherhood, Kona, And Nutrition
- Rachel Joyce & Lauren Brandon discuss IM Boulder, pregnancy, and motivation.
- Dave Scott & Craig “Crowie” Alexander on bricks, carbs, and what makes a world champ.
- Matt Hanson & Tim O’Donnell on Ironman Boulder podium finishes, recovery, life balance, and nutrition.