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Andrew Starykowicz returns to competition!
The triathlete, who has broken every record there is to break on a bicycle, returns to demonstrate his enormous capacity for effort and overcoming tough situations. He makes his Ironman comeback barely 8 months after being hit by a truck while training.
The Texas Ironman is the stage chosen by Andrew to test his ongoing recovery a little more than 250 days after that fateful day of August 6th, when he was hit by a truck. It dragged him for several meters, breaking his leg and leaving him with multiple wounds all over his body.
Only two weeks later, the Orbea triathlete began the long, hard process of recovery, in which Andrew amazed us once again with his spirit of sacrifice and his positive attitude: “It’s not about how hard or how far you get knocked down, it’s about how high you rise when you get back up,” he tweeted a little over two months ago.
This tweet defines Andrew Starykowicz’s entire sports career. In spite of the injuries and setbacks that he has suffered along the way, he has always gotten up stronger to earn victories as important as the Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans and Puerto Rico, among others.
But above all, Andrew is the fastest triathlete in the world on a bicycle. His partnership with Ordu has resulted in the fastest bike time ever in the history of the Ironman on two separate occasions (Florida in 2012 and 2013). He was also the fastest in the cycling stage of the Hawaii Ironman in 2013, which was the first time he participated at Kona, with a time of 4:21:50, which was very close to the all-time race record.
The Texas Ironman will be held this Saturday, April 22, starting at 06:25 am local time. For the third year in a row, this race also serves as the IRONMAN North American Championship.