2007 Kona Iron Man Triathlon
On October 6, 2007, I (Dr. Heidi Law) flew to the island of Kona, Hawaii. There, I joined other practitioners that were certified in the Active Release Technique (ART) and together we offered our services to the Iron Man Triathletes for the entire week preceeding the big race day. Common complaints from the athletes were tight hamstrings, painful Iliotibial Bands, calf cramps, shin splints, lack of range of motion of the shoulder joint or the neck, gluteal pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, rib pain and more. There was even a few people that came in with neck compression injuries from collisions with other swimmers (and one woman hit her head on a turtle!) on the day that the waters were rough and the visibility was low.
It was quite an experience and a pleasure to work on such dedicated athletes during that week. It was rewarding to see them on race day waving as they ran or biked past me. On race day, I volunteered to work the transition zone one which is the transition from the swim to the bike. In the evening I worked at the finishing ramp where the runners came through and finally crossed that finish line. It was my job to make sure they didn't fall off of that ramp. A few of them did cramp and luckily I caught them.
Hawaii was beautiful as always and the athletes were inspiring as well as very sweet people. I was honored to be a part of their successful triathlon experience.
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