Melissa Rollison still racing at Ironman Cairns despite injury Stef Hanson. Chief. May 24, 2012 News Flash Photo by Eyes Wide Open Images Melissa Hauschildt will be lining up for her first Ironman race in Cairns on June 3rd to stamp her ticket to the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships. However, an MRI scan last week revealed a lower leg injury that could worsen significantly if she were to run the marathon. “I’m doing the full Ironman at Cairns, but I won’t be turning any heads. I will be walking the entire marathon,” Hauschildt said. Hauschildt was clearly disappointed and surprised by the news stating that she didn’t think the injury had felt that bad. “Obviously the original plan was to ‘race’ it and I was really looking forward to it. I hope to finish in under 12 hours now,” she said. While the current Ironman 70.3 World Champion’s, first Ironman won’t be the ideal execution, because of the new selection policy that allows world champions in the 5150, 70.3 or Ironman to compete in any of the other World Championship races, she just has to finish an Ironman to stamp her ticket to the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships in October this year. Cairns is the ideal race for her to complete an Ironman without interrupting her mission to defend her Ironman 70.3 World Champion title, nor her goal to do well at the Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship. “It’s not ideal, but I’d like to go to Kona this year and have a good Ironman 70.3 season, so I am looking on the up side of it all.” After a solid race at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon earlier this year, we are all looking forward to seeing what this dynamite athlete can do over over the Ironman distance. We hope Mel’s recovery is as speedy as her running! We will be providing you with a race preview early next week… Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.