On March 31, Linsey Corbin toed the line for her first major race of 2014, the Ironman Los Cabos, in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was a hot day on a challenging course, but after 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and the first 13 miles of the marathon, Corbin took command of the race and held on for the win. It was the fifth Ironman series victory of the 33-year-old’s career.
Corbin’s triumph was a dramatic change from a year prior, when lower leg injuries had sidelined the American triathlete. An attempt to return to racing during the summer of 2013 only made things worse. Corbin limped away from 2013’s Vineman 70.3 with a disappointing fifth-place finish and a tibia injury she knew she’d worsened.
“I full on broke it [during the race],” Corbin says.
In September 2013, Corbin sought the help of Jay Dicharry, a physical therapist in Bend, Ore., and author of the book, Anatomy for Runners. Although Corbin was losing hope, Dicharry exuded optimism. “We’re totally going to fix you,” he told Corbin. “You’ll be ready to run a sub-3 marathon.”