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Lionel Sanders ‘pretty beat up’ after Miami crash and training on hold

'There's a big-time question mark as to how quickly I'll be able to get back to training normally' says 'No Limits'.

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Lionel Sanders described himself as “pretty beat up” following his bike crash at CLASH Endurance Miami and says he will give his body the required time to heal before resuming full training.

‘No Limits’ was a late addition to the line-up but was moving right into the thick of the action late on the bike when it happened.

‘It will take time to heal’

Speaking on his latest YouTube video he explained: “I just started pedalling too early coming out of the corner so I guess that’s a lesson learned.”

He was thrown over his handlebars and added: “I’m pretty beat up – my knee hurts quite a bit as I took a tumble at a moderately high speed.

“There’s a big-time question mark as to how quickly I’ll be able to get back to training normally.

“The next block of training was supposed to start the day after the race so unfortunately that plan has gone out of the window and we will start training again when the body allows it. I don’t think it’s super-serious but it will take time to heal.”

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Trusting the process

But despite the crash, the Canadian took plenty of positives out of the race.

“That’s the most confident I’ve ridden the bike for sure, I lost zero time to anyone in the corners, it was very confident cornering. I guess it’s just a lesson to be a bit more cautious.

“The only thing I take from this is that my training and everything is going in the right direction. I didn’t get chance to showcase my run but that’s going well.

“I think I just stick to the plan of trying to peak the two times I want to peak this season and have confidence in the process and stick to it for a couple of years.”

The last comment about a long-term commitment was particularly interesting as some have suggested that Sanders has been quick to change his training philosophy in the recent past.

His next race is supposed to be IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on April 1st, hopefully the healing process kicks in quickly and allows him to make the start line for that.

Jonathan Turner
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Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
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