Kierath back on the right track

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WHEN Re­becca Kierath takes to the start line at this week’s In­ter­na­tional Triathlon Union World Cham­pi­onships, it will be a rich re­ward for over­com­ing a build-up lit­tered with set­backs. The South Lake triath­lete’s in­ter­na­tional prospects were jeop­ar­dised by a flat tyre in a qual­i­fy­ing race and a train­ing mishap that left her with a bro­ken col­lar­bone and plenty of men­tal scars to over­come.

Now though, Kierath says she is fight­ing fit and ready to hit the start line in Switzer­land.

WHEN Re­becca Kierath takes to the start line at this week’s In­ter­na­tional Triathlon Union World Cham­pi­onships, it will be a rich re­ward for over­com­ing a build-up lit­tered with set­backs.

The South Lake triath­lete’s prepa­ra­tion for the World Cham­pi­onships has been bumpy to say the least, hav­ing to endure com­pe­ti­tion mishaps and in­jury in the lead-up to the event.

Af­ter com­pet­ing at the event last year, she be­gan her qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign op­ti­misti­cally but a flat tyre on her bike at a race in Canberra hin­dered a pos­i­tive start.

De­spite this, she con­tin­ued her prepa­ra­tion well and se­cured qual­i­fi­ca­tion be­fore tragedy struck when a rou­tine train­ing run ended in a bro­ken col­lar­bone.

Kierath said the men­tal scars were al­most as painful as the phys­i­cal in­jury it­self.

“Go­ing from be­ing fiercely in­de­pen­dent to not be­ing able to work, drive or even tie up my own hair was a mas­sive men­tal strug­gle,” she said.

Ever de­ter­mined, she ded­i­cated her­self to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and spent time on the wind trainer, el­lip­ti­cal and aqua jog­ging as soon as she was able.

She re­turned to full train­ing just four weeks af­ter the in­jury and later was told surgery was not nec­es­sary – although she was told she would be forced to swim breas­troke ini­tially to al­low her col­lar­bone to fully heal.

With her re­hab be­hind her, Kierath is now fully fo­cused on the cham­pi­onships in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, which run from Au­gust 29 to Septem­ber 1 – and she is pleased to re­port she will be able to freestyle the swim.

Re­becca Kierath.

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