Paula Newby-Fraser - "a Self-driven Sport"
Famous Sports StarsOther SportsPaula Newby-Fraser Biography - "competing Touched A Spark In Me", Becomes A Professional Triathlete, "running Is My Passion", Chronology - SELECTED WRITINGS BY NEWBY-FRASER:
"A Self-Driven Sport"
Newby-Fraser told Josephson that an important part of being a world-class triathlete is self-discipline and motivation. "It's a self-driven sport. Triathletes spend many hours alone. If I'm going to stay on top of the sport, I need to get out of bed and do the training. It's up to me." She also told Ken McAlpine in Runner's World that it's also important to balance intense effort with recovery time: "Before you become injured or miserable or burned out, take a break. When you come back, you'll be fresh and eager to train. You have to learn to read yourself, to distinguish real exhaustion from just plain laziness. I take days off all the time.… Everyone needs that."