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#009 Breaking Limits & Athletic Stereotypes in Endurance Sports. Leanda Cave, Triathlon Champion, Coach & Ultraman Enthusiast

Leanda Cave


There is a lot of pressure on athletes to perform at the highest level of their sport, and, unfortunately, there are some who will not be able to reach that level. For example, many people have heard about the “overtraining” phenomenon and how it can affect an athlete’s performance. In endurance sports, overtraining occurs when an athlete trains too long or too hard without adequate recovery periods between sets. One of the main stereotypes in endurance sports is to “push through no matter what.” This leads to overuse injuries (such as overuse strains) that may limit a person’s ability to compete in their sport due to injury, illness, or other factors outside of their control, such as genetics.

As you probably know by now if you have been reading this blog post series and tuning into the ECP, I am an advocate for healthy lifestyles including diet and exercise! This means I try my best not only for myself but also for my clients which includes providing them with information about how best practices can help keep us active and healthy throughout our lives so we can enjoy it more than ever before!

What Inspires Us To Go For Endurance Sports?

Endurance sports are so popular because they allow us to connect with other people and be entertained. People watch the Olympics, Iron Man, and other endurance events because they want to see what it’s like for people who can push themselves for hours at a time.

We also enjoy watching athletes who are better than us in their sport because we feel like we could be better if our training was just a little more consistent. It’s this idea of “if only…” that motivates us as athletes: If only I had more time or money, then maybe my performances would improve! This thought process might push you towards some well-known stereotypes in endurance sports, but it’s a beginning and this article will help you discern.

How Can a Person Become Better At Running, Biking & Swimming Without Falling Into Athletic Stereotypes?

If you want to become better at running, biking and swimming, the first thing to do is practice.

Start slow and build up. Don’t be afraid of failure! Don’t let yourself get frustrated or give up on yourself when things don’t go right. It’s okay if it takes a while for your body to get used to doing something new—just keep going until it becomes second nature!

For example, instead of trying out right away for an Olympic Games team (you will probably fail), maybe instead try training for your first 5K race next summer. Or taking up world triathlons in addition to long-distance running, biking, or swimming? Or even just signing up for one race every month so that eventually, over time (and with lots of hard work), maybe one day everything comes together perfectly… and then boom! You win gold medals in all three disciplines simultaneously in front of tens of thousands of spectators.

Is There An Approach That Focuses On One Of The Three Disciplines Of Triathlon More Than The Others?

The answer is yes. It depends on the athlete, but some athletes are more talented in one discipline than another. Some prefer to focus on that particular discipline, and others prefer to work on all three at once. Some of these athletes may be good at one and not so great with the other two disciplines, while others might just not be as talented in any of them or may have a hard time making it through an entire race without stopping for water breaks every 10 minutes!

Do Athletes Enjoy Their Training More If They Begin With What They Are Good At Or What They Like To Do More?

The answer is both. Athletes should enjoy what they are doing for it to be sustainable in the long term. If an athlete doesn’t enjoy the training process, he/she will quit and not expect much from his/her goals. On the other hand, if an athlete loves his/her sport and finds joy in practicing it then he/she will keep going no matter how long it takes because there’s something that gives him/her meaning in life: being able to compete at a high level against other people who also love their sport just as much as them (or even better).

How Does An Athlete Live With a Major Injury & What Is The Best Approach To Cope With It & Still Perform?

The first thing you need to do is take time to heal. You can’t rush your way back into training, but you also don’t want to be stuck in a cycle of injury and frustration. The first thing to do is to not listen to anything else but your body. We have a form of body intelligence that tells us what it needs. There is a ton of stereotypes in endurance sports and you want to avoid them if you want to heal properly.

The best approach is to find something that works for you and stick with it until you feel ready to start over again. If there are any doubts about whether or not this will work out well for your body, I would suggest finding another sport or activity where physical challenges are less severe (like running). It might seem like an easy solution at first glance—and perhaps even more important than just finding another hobby/activity–but keep in mind that sometimes we need those challenges as much as anything else: when things get tough we often know exactly what needs doing! That way when things get tough again those old feelings come rushing back into our heads which gives us the motivation needed once again!

You Can Do Anything If You Work Hard & Enjoy Doing It.

The first step in breaking a negative athletic stereotype is to acknowledge that it exists. This is not to say that you should ignore your own efforts or accept a less-than-perfect life because of something you cannot change.

The second step is to ask yourself why you want to break the stereotype in question and then decide how exactly you’re going to do so. Are there other ways for me—as an individual athlete—to succeed? If so, what are those options and how can I apply them?


We have to remember that we are all different and that stereotypes in endurance sports are abundant. We each work in our own way, and we have different goals. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are some things we can learn from others who have made it to the top of their sports fields. Hopefully, this blog post has helped you understand what makes an athlete successful by looking at some of their personal stories and how they cope with injuries or adversity.

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