When Should You DNF a Triathlon?

Society often rewards those who overcome adverse personal circumstances, extreme weather conditions and tough courses. Photos and video of triathletes who continue to race despite being bloodied from a crash are the frequent fodder of social media.

With so much attention and reward for the act of soldiering on, no matter the challenge, why would anyone encourage a DNF in a triathlon?

There are times when continuing to race will do you more harm than good. Fighting through pain and pushing your body to the limit can be unsafe, and it could even lead to long-term injuries. Here's why the DNF isn't the worst thing that can happen.

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