On May 12th, Brent McMahon won Ironman 70.3 Monterrey in Mexico. The race marked not only the start of his 2019 season, but also his return from a significant injury. At the 2018 Ironman World Championship, McMahon was forced to withdraw from the race after aggravating a reoccurring Iliotibial (IT) band injury – an injury he has had surgery on in the past. Diagnosed with a muscle tear in his hip (IT glute attachment), the Canuck took his time doing rehab and preparing for 2019.

After taking seven months away from racing to recover, McMahon thanked all those who had stood beside and supported him the last seven months.

“Now that’s how I like to start back racing after 7months off. A lot of patience and support got me to the top step of the podium today. Thanks to @carocoops , @coach.lance@lifesport_coaching, my therapists Todd, Jamie and Gibson and my family. Also, my sponsors who kept encouraging me and helping me recover through this long break” – @tribrentmcmahon

McMahon completed the half-Ironman in 3:43:19, five minutes ahead of Francisco Serrano (3:48:27) and Diego Baca (3:54:16). Next up for McMahon is Ironman Boulder on June 9th.

On the women’s side, Lauren Goss took the win in 4:06:32. She was followed by Sarah Piampiano in 4:15:53 and Maria Eugenia Barrera Anduaga in 4:16:35.

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