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Janelle Morrison delays her return to racing

Right foot tendonitis is to blame.

Penticton’s Janelle Morrison will not make her triumphant return to racing at this weekend’s Wildflower Triathlon. However, that first race back after a near death accident, has been put on the backburner for the time being.

Morrison, who battled back to get herself in race shape, has apparently pushed a bit too hard, developing tendonitis in her right foot. She will race again soon, but we will all have to wait just a little longer.

Here is some of what Morrison wrote on her most recent blog entry:

Knowing full well that there will be some talk and speculation about why I’m not racing Wildflower this weekend, I decided to set the record straight here on a blog. Here it is:

A couple of weeks ago I developed some tendonitis in my right foot. Not the side of my body that I broke, and not car accident related – just to be clear as I’m sure that will be the big question on everyone’s mind, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, it is from running big miles and pushing physical limits as all pro triathletes do. It’s a fine balance to push things to the edge without breaking them down. Foot/tendon issues are something I’ve dealt with in the past and it largely stems to tight calf muscles (which run down to tendons in the foot) due to my aggressive forefoot running style which is being addressed.

There has been a fair amount of hype about my first race back, and I understand this (and am also in a way grateful for it) but at the same time it’s made me realize that I have to race my first race back for myself. Looking at the big picture, I have to push my comeback race back a few weeks. I’m not the first athlete to have to push a race back, and I certainly won’t be the last. Admittedly, the last few days I was feeling stress, I was ‘feeling’ like it was a big deal until I realized that the stress I was feeling was about what other people would think.  I’ve since decided that that is a complete and utter waste of time and energy. I’ve got a season to continue to prepare for.

So I am re-claiming my comeback race. Until then I focus on what it is that I need to do to race at my absolute best. That’s it. That’s all.

For Janelle’s full blog entry visit JanelleMorrison.com

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