Zane Holmes out of Ironman season

AN ongoing back injury has forced five-time Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series Champion, Zane Holmes, out of the 2010 series and the remainder of the season.

Holmes yesterday confirmed that the injury, which has affected the discs in his lower back, has prevented him from full training for the last three to four months.

“After consultation with a number of people, I’ve made the difficult decision to not race for at least the next three months,” Holmes said.

The 27 year old Ironman, who finished runner-up to Shannon Eckstein in the 2009 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, said he still has the desire to compete at the elite level and doesn’t want this injury to affect his racing in the future.

“It’s been a hard decision but in the end I needed to think long-term to ensure that this injury doesn’t worsen and potentially, be career ending,” he said.

“I want to continue to compete at my best – but unfortunately these injuries need three to six months of complete rest with no training and no racing.

Kurrawa Beach will host the opening rounds of the series on January 16 and 17.



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