Kierath back on the right track
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.