NY Physical Therapist Competes in Ironman World Championship

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Allison Lind, a physical therapist at NY Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, finishes 8th in Women’s 25-29 age division at Ironman event in Kona, Hawaii

Allison Lind, a long time runner and relative newcomer to triathlon competition, placed 8th in the Ford Ironman World Championship event in Kona, Hawaii on October 9, 2010 in the Women’s 25 – 29 age division. Lind, a Doctor of Physical Therapy at NY Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, competed in the event for the first time this year and began competing in triathlons only two short years ago.

Lind’s entrance to the sport of triathlon was a natural progression following years of competitive running. She began running as a young child and in high school was named an All-American in cross country and track. She went on to compete in the track program at Florida State University and was nationally ranked in the 5k race. She later began competing in marathons and other distance running events. When faced with an injury that prevented her from running for an extended period of time, she turned to swimming and biking as a way to remain fit, and later decided to give the sport of triathlon a try.

The Ford Ironman World Championship event in Kona is known as the race that virtually defines the sport of triathlon. The Olympic distance event includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike race and a marathon distance run (26.2 miles) through challenging terrain. A spot on the starting line of the Ironman is coveted by tens of thousands of athletes each year, and Lind was able to secure one of only 1800 spots in the race through an impressive finish at an earlier event this year. With only three triathlons under her belt, Lind entered the Ironman having placed first in the women’s division in the Nautica South Beach Triathlon in Miami Beach and second in the elite division in a triathlon event in New York. She also won an event in St. Croix in her age division.

“Qualifying for the Kona Ironman after competing in only three triathlons was very exciting,” explains Lind. “It’s an honor that few athletes can achieve and it was awesome to be competing against such exceptional athletes from around the world. It was a really tough race, but I am proud of my time and my finish rank.” In addition to finishing overall in 8th place in her age division, Lind finished the marathon portion of the event second only to the first place overall finisher in her division. Her total finish time of 10:30:56 also earned her a spot in the top 100 female finishers in all divisions.

Lind draws on her experience as a runner and triathlete in her profession as a physical therapist at NY Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy. In addition to her educational achievements at Columbia University, earning her a doctorate in physical therapy, Lind credits her extensive involvement in sports with her success as a physical therapist in a practice geared to treating sports related injuries. “I can relate to what my patients are going through and how they feel,” explains Lind, “and that helps me empathize with and connect to my patients. It also helps me determine the best course of action for them so they can get better faster. Being an athlete means I can do more than just treat the physical manifestations of their injury. It also allows me to better relate to the emotional and psychological repercussions of being injured.”

With an impressive start to her foray into the world of triathlons, Lind shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. “Running and competing are things I just love to do,” says Lind. “There’s no greater high than competing in an event that challenges everything you’ve been working so hard to achieve. Until you’ve finished a race like this, you just can’t imagine what it feels like, and I am proud to say ‘I did it!’”

Allison Lind is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at NY Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy and has been an avid runner throughout most of her life. A relative newcomer to the sport of triathlon, she has competed in three events in the last two years, in addition to the Ironman World Championship in Kona. Lind credits her involvement in the sport of running and triathlon with making her a better physical therapist, allowing her to connect with what other athletes are experiencing as they recover from sports-related injuries. For more information about Allison Lind, visit http://www.nysportsmed.com.

The Ford Ironman World Championship is the premier event in the sport of triathlon. This year’s event took place in Kona, Hawaii on October 9, 2010. The event includes 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running. For more information about the event, visit http://www.ironman.com.

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