How to Deal With a Penalty Like a Pro


If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to receive a penalty during a triathlon, you probably went through the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But, getting a penalty doesn’t necessarily mean your race is over.

Just ask Tamara Jewett, who received a 30-second penalty at Oceanside 70.3 and came back to win the race. Jimmy Riccitello, Global Director of Rules and Officiating for Ironman, says the best athletes in the world have the ability to accept the decision made by a referee, adjust their mindset, and move forward in a positive way.

There are some specific strategies you can use to deal with a penalty like a pro – and no, that doesn’t mean throwing your gear in the dirt and telling the referee he needs a new pair of glasses.

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