We called her triathlon’s “it” girl in 2022. She’s ready for more in 2023 after recovering from a stress fracture
One of the biggest names in the sport returns to racing after recovering from surgery in her footPhoto by: Kevin Mackinnon
A recent video posted by Ironman 70.3 world champion Taylor Knibb has provided some welcome insight as to why we haven’t seen her racing through the first four months of 2023 – she’s coming back after surgery in her foot to recover from a stress fracture.
Last June Knibb was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her foot and was told to take two to six weeks off to let the bone heal. Unfortunately, though, the bone didn’t get better.
“At 11 weeks I saw a doctor who said ‘You might as well start running, because if it’s not healed, it’s not going to heal,'” Knibb said. “I started racing in the fall. I raced Dallas, then Cagliari, then 70.3 worlds, then Bermuda and Abu Dhabi, and then took a little break. And then it turns out my foot was not healed.”
In fact, she now had a full fledged fracture and opted for surgery and had a screw put into her fifth metatarsal.
Knibb has now recovered and is in full training as she gears up to make her season debut at the World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama in May.