Flora Duffy wrote to me that she could have got her ITU World Series campaign underway last week in the Gold Coast leg of the series but opted to sit it out to ensure that she is fully recovered before racing.

Triathlon is littered with professional, and amateur, triathletes who have tried to come back too early from injury and ended up either with chronic injuries, operations or brought about the end of their careers.

It is a good lesson for all triathletes that when injured or sick you need to rest and listen to your body, doctor and physio before coming back. For anyone hoping to be involved in the sport long term this patient approach is critical. Take a lesson from Flora’s book.

And…. when you do come back, come back gradually to avoid a relapse.

Hopefully Flora’s planned comeback at Yokoma will go ahead and one thing is for sure, she will be like a greyhound in a trap waiting to race again.

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