Virginia Berasategui is confident of "starting a new stage as a triathlete"

The best Basque triathlete in history continues with her recovery process. Sondika's underwent foot surgery once the Hawaii Ironman, the queen appointment of her specialty where she once again played a great role. The pain was too great to avoid the appointment with the operating room of the Athletics Club Ercoreka-Santutxu: “After my return from the island, I would meet with my doctor to assess the discomfort with which I had returned and discuss the rest period. The pain in my foot (Morton's Neuroma) continued and also the discomfort in my left knee, which luckily they spared me during the Ironman. Even so, he had returned to compete with pain for another year ”, he comments.

And it didn't end there: “The surprise came the day I had a consultation with a new hand and foot traumatologist, who my doctor had recommended. His security, the good expectations together with his experience, made the decision 'easy'. Everything was very fast but the decision was to have surgery to remove the Neuroma. In this way, I tried to put an end to the torture that had accompanied me in each training session and in each competition for 2 years”, explains Berasategui on the portal. Eurotri.

“The first night was terrible. I had a lot of pain and I could hardly sleep, mainly due to the fact that part of the bunion had also been filed down. Even so, the recovery began with great enthusiasm. With great enthusiasm. During those days there were many messages of encouragement and expressions of affection”, the Biscayan athlete thanks.

But the light at the end of the tunnel can already be seen: “Having the chance to enjoy triathlon again, my sport, in short my lifestyle, in full condition, fills me with strength and energy. And in it I am. After a few days without being able to support my foot, I have already been able to take my first steps with shoes. I have even dared to do a small bike ride. I have not forgotten the gym either, where I have gone almost daily to lose as little strength as possible. And I have also taken the opportunity to attend a Yoga course, with one of the best teachers in the world”.

Virginia Berasategui He is already counting the dates to be able to fully rejoin his profession, in which he is at least in a second or third youth: "From now on and when the stitches and staples are definitively removed, we will see how the foot responds, but the planned recovery will begin. The idea is to be able to include some swimming sessions and take advantage of the winter season to do mountain biking, something that I had forgotten in recent years and that will surely come in handy. Besides, I do not rule out making a trip to train at altitude and I will repeat some concentration with other triathletes ”.

The future, therefore, looks rosy for an athlete who continues in the gap reaping great results and above all, enjoying what she does every day, which is not easy after so many seasons: "2012 looks exciting, with a World Championship in Vitoria and with several tests in my head to smile again doing what I like the most: swimming, biking and running”.

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