With only a few months – the exact date has yet to be announced – to go until the Pho3Nix Sub-8 attempt, Nicola Spirig will first need to focus on recovering from some injuries that she sustained after a bike crash. “I had an accident with my bike on Sunday during a training ride and suffered two broken ribs and a fractured collarbone”, she wrote on Instagram under a photo of herself in a hospital bed.
“I was in very good hands at Balgrist University Hospital and was successfully operated on this morning, but will only be allowed to train on a limited basis for the next six weeks”, she continues. “This means that I will not be able to start the season at Ironman 70.3 Dubai on March 5 as planned, but I am glad that nothing worse has happened, and I am looking forward to later competitions. Many thanks for the great support from doctors, my team, and environment.”
Spirig may be 40 years old, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist still performs at the higher level within our sport. Whether that’s the short, Middle- or Long Distance. Only last year she finished 7th at her fourth Olympics, and this year she will give it her all – together with Lucy Charles – to go sub eight (drafting allowed) on the Long Distance.