Redemption riding on Mudgett’s return race
Woodbine resident suffered broken back in ’14 accident
Jimmy Mudgett’s racing shirt bears an eerie image: a skeletal X-ray of the bones in his back. It looks more like a Halloween costume than what one would wear for Ironman Maryland, a grueling triathlon set for today in Cambridge.
Look closely at that X-ray and you’ll see the hardware surrounding Mudgett’s spine, a metal cage held in place by rods, pins and screws. There’s a titanium brace inside him, along with a steely persistence to complete this race.
In 2014, while riding his bicycle on a training run in Frederick County, Mudgett was struck by a car, slamming him to the ground and breaking his back. Three years and many rehabilitation sessions later, he is set to tackle the Ironman, an onerous challenge comprised of swimming (2.4 miles), cycling (112 miles) and running (26.2 miles).
That Mudgett can walk at all is a miracle, Jimmy Mudgett, 30, will be competing in the Ironman Maryland triathlon today, three years after a serious bike accident that could have left him paralyzed.