Lionel Sanders OUT de las Pistas. Chau Kona

Días antes de del Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Lionel se dió de baja de la carrera a causa del nervio ciático. Pero hace unos días atrás anunció que los resultados de estudio médicos revelaban en realidad la fractura del sacro.

Después de 3 semanas de algunos métodos alternativos para la cura de la lesión -sin éxito- pensando que era el ciático, decidí ir a un médico…era el sacro..” Dijo Lionel.


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Sorry for the silence. It has taken me quite a while to get some definite answers. After 3 weeks of trying different healing modalities with no success, for what I thought to be a nerve impingement, I finally went to see a sports doctor. Though the symptoms weren’t indicating a fracture, he ordered an MRI to rule it out 100%. Sadly the MRI came back positive for a sacral fracture. On March 19th I did a brick workout where my glute started to hurt. I didn’t do a warmup for the run portion, and figured I had stepped a little funny and aggravated my sciatic nerve. Three weeks of rest, massages, physical therapy and though it was getting better, it was still too painful to run. I got the MRI back and called my mom to tell her the news and she asked me if I had fallen. This then reminded me that on my bike workout on March 18th I rode up to a water fountain and tried to be cool and balance at the fountain while taking a drink. I lost my balance and fell over directly onto my hip/butt, without having time to unclip. The embarrassment was far greater than any pain, so I immediately got back onto my bike and rode away. The next day I became symptomatic. The doctor thinks the bone was likely already weakened to fracture under this sort of trauma. Then the next couple of day’s training took it completely over the edge. Unfortunately, I am off running for 9-12 weeks. There is always a silver lining though, and I will take this time to work hard on my swim, and other deficiencies that could have contributed to this injury. We plan to document the whole process. You can mark my words that on the other side of this thing, I will be a stronger and better athlete. I want to sincerely thank all of my friends, family and sponsors who have been incredibly supportive in what has been a tough last couple of weeks. #nolimits

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Sanders, no es la primer figura de elite en transitar la misma lesión, Jan Frodeno y Ben Hoffman, sufireron lesiones pareceidas en el 2018 de cara al Ironman World Championship.


Tendrá que conformarse con nadar un poco..