Samantha McGlone, last year's women's runner-up at the Ford Ironman World Championship, won't compete in the race in 2008. The cause: an Achilles tendon injury.
In an article, McGlone explains:
"I've had problems with the Achilles on and off for the past 18 months," McGlone said today. "But I was able to manage it and race on it, and it seemed to be getting better in the spring, but it came back when I upped my mileage this summer and just became insurmountable. I couldn't do any running at all. I tried all kinds of rehab and it hasn't healed enough to do a marathon on it, so I'm going to have to miss Kona this year."
Asked when and how she made the final decision to pull out of the world championship, McGlone, a 2004 Olympian, replied, "I don't know if I ever really made the decision. It decided for me. It was pretty clear. When the race is three weeks out and you can't run for 20 minutes, it's pretty obvious what you have to do."
McGlone time of 9:14:04 last year in Kona was 5 minutes and 20 seconds behind women's winner Chrissie Wellington.
Sam McGlone exits T2 at the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship. Photo: Jesse Hammond/Active.com