American professional Linsey Corbin wrote about her recent illness and injury struggles in a blog post titled "It Ain't Easy."
American professional Linsey Corbin wrote about her recent illness and injury struggles in a blog post titled “It Ain’t Easy.”
After a 12th-place finish at the 2014 Ironman World Championship, Corbin came into this year with high hopes and looked to kick off her season at the Ironman African Championships in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa back on March 29. After traveling to South Africa, she picked up an infection in her lungs and was forced to sit out the event. Corbin returned to the United States and prepared for the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships in St. George (May 2) as a way of leading in to the Ironman North American Championships in the Woodlands, Texas (May 16). Corbin finished 10th in St. George and traveled to The Woodlands, but suffered a hip flexor strain and was once again forced to withdraw from an Ironman. She now faces an uphill battle if she hopes to qualify for the 2015 Ironman World Championship. The American currently sits in 47th position (the top 35 plus a handful of automatic qualifiers will start the race) with no Ironman finish on the board. Corbin, a fan favorite who grabs her signature cowgirl hat to cross the finish line of every race, was candid in a blog she posted on her website, Linseycorbin.com, on Thursday.
“If someone were to ask me what my proudest moment in my career has been, surprisingly it wouldn’t be one of the 5 Ironman titles I’ve won (don’t get me wrong, those are all special for a variety of reasons),” she writes. “It likely would be my 10th place finish at the 2013 Ironman Hawaii. I spent March-September of that year with lower tibia problems that ended with a stress fracture at Vineman 70.3. I got the “all-clear” to run basically 4 weeks before Ironman Hawaii. My longest run before the race? 9 miles. I had no business toeing the line thinking I could race my way into the top-10. Race-day came and the highlight of my race was running myself into 10th place position with a 3:04 marathon. I did something I didn’t think was possible coming off of a summer filled with injured adversity.”
After explaining that this spring she “wanted success at Ironman Texas so bad that I pushed the envelope here and pushed the paces there” and that she “toed the line in St. George feeling 100% ready and that’s pretty much all she wrote,” she goes on to write that her current challenge excites her and that despite her setbacks she’ll continue to pursue a spot on the Kona start line.
“All we can ask is that we give our best and that’s what I plan on doing,” she continues. “I started the season with a clear vision & race plan. My dream of Kona remains the same. I understand it’s a bit of an uphill battle right now, but I plan to do everything in my power to get there in the smartest and strongest way possible.”
Why did the American choose to be so honest about her current struggles? “I guess the reason I wanted to write this all out is that sometimes I feel like as professionals we get put on this pedestal as ‘super heroic’ and ‘perfect,'” she says. “That’s not the case at all. This is my journey, one that has been filled with high points, low points and in between’s. I’ve had to be brave, I’ve had to take risks. Sometimes I have failed and many times I have found success. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. No regrets. Onward we march.”