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Surfacing is the inspiring story of Siri Lindley, one of the world’s best triathlon coaches and a world champion. But before Siri came to dominate the sport of triathlon, she was controlled by deep-seated insecurity that sabotaged her races and forced her to hide her sexuality. From her tumultuous childhood as stepdaughter of an NFL legend to the sports career that set her free, Lindley shares her compelling life story in her new book Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly. See more and read preview chapters at

 When Siri Lindley’s stunningly beautiful mother caught the attention of an NFL superstar, her idyllic childhood was ripped apart. A whirlwind of glitzy dinner parties and world travel pulled her mother away, and Siri grew up feeling forgotten. As her intense loneliness gave way to anger, she lashed out against her New England life of privilege.


Sports set Siri free. Shy and painfully self-aware, Siri came to life when she played field hockey, lacrosse, and ice hockey, and became a starter in all three sports at Brown University. When she fell short of making the national lacrosse team, she felt directionless once again until a friend invited her to watch her race a triathlon—and ignited the fire for Siri’s life work.

 Siri failed early and often before she found her formula for success. Brutal swim starts, bike equipment failures at key races, crushing workouts—these were nothing compared to the performance anxiety that reared up from the depths of Siri’s early years. It took eccentric Australian coach Brett Sutton to tear up the script of self-doubt and transform Siri Lindley into a world champion. Once she had proved herself to the world, Siri turned inward to stare down the demons that kept her from finding love as a gay woman. Today, Siri guides her own triathletes to win world championships at Kona and around the world.

 Surfacing is a breathtakingly honest book that shares Siri Lindley’s daring journey. Siri proves it’s never too late to rewrite your own story and change the thoughts, habits, and behaviors that hold you back. Surfacing will inspire you as it shows how to stop being your own worst enemy and start uncovering your potential.

 Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly – Siri Lindley with Julia Beeson Polloreno

Siri Lindley is triathlon coach to the elites and is herself a triathlon world champion. She dominated the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Rankings over the course of her career as a pro, winning 13 World Cup races between 2000-2002 and becoming the 2001 ITU World Champion. Siri won the ITU World Cup Series both years by achieving #1 ranking in the world. With her professional sporting goals achieved, Siri turned to coaching in 2003. Her experience and talent as a coach is seen in the tremendous results of her athletes at all race distances, both at the elite and age-group level. Siri’s coaching group is based in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at

Julia Beeson Polloreno is an award-winning writer and former Editor-in-Chief of Triathlete magazine and She is a member of the board of directors for Triathlon Business International, an industry leadership and trade group, and a founding member of the board of directors of Women for Tri, an initiative to attract more women into the sport of triathlon at all levels. Polloreno is a competitive triathlete and has finished both Ironman and Challenge races. She is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of the Stanford Magazine editorial board. She lives in southern California with her husband and two children.

Post Author: Dave Erickson