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Warriner To Race Ironman New Zealand Weeks After Heart Surgery

New Zealand's Samantha Warriner is planning on competing at Ironman New Zealand on March 5, only a few months after her December heart surgery.

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New Zealand’s Samantha Warriner is planning on competing at Ironman New Zealand on March 5, less than a few months after her early December heart surgery.

After a frustrating 2010 season of racing, Warriner returned to New Zealand to undergo some tests. Quickly she learned she was suffering from a racing heart and needed surgery.

In explaining her condition, Warriner said the wiring in her heart was out of kilter and short-circuiting. Her heart was racing at 230 beats per minute. Now, after surgery for super ventricular tachycardia, it is, at rest, 38-40. In her earlier competition days it was 44.

Certain it was a health rather than training issue – which the tests confirmed – Warriner checked in for an expensive laser operation on December 1.

Yesterday, barely seven weeks later, she confirmed she is now ready for the greatest triathlon challenge of all.

She will line up in the Ironman New Zealand race in Taupo on March 5 – 14 weeks after the operation.

“I have been assured there is no danger,” said Warriner.

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