Recovering in Record Time: From Fracture to Finishing in 5 Weeks – Part 4

Race Day – I Will Start, But Will I Finish?

Contributed By Lesley Paterson

Race day finally arrived, and I am happy to say that I made it! After being diagnosed with a very painful pelvic fracture just 5 weeks prior, I was honestly excited to be able to even start.

Before the race began, I did a quick LightForce Laser treatment just to get the blood flowing to the area and reduce any last minute pain. I knew this would likely not be my best race, but I was still competing!

So, even though not as fit as I wanted to be coming into the competition, I finished the race and was able to do so with minimal pain. Of course I had not run that much in over 5 weeks, so things were still a little stiff and sore, but it honestly was a miracle that I was able to compete in this championship race, let alone finish.

The best part is that not only did I finish, I placed 5th! Not a bad finish considering all that I have been through with this injury.
If it weren’t for my LightForce Laser, I don’t think I would have even competed at all in this year’s XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon World Championships. This technology is truly incredible!

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