The Pros You Won’t See In Kona

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Jul 27, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Chris Lieto

After spending most of 2011 and early 2012 dealing with an injury, Chris Lieto hasn’t been able to race a full Ironman to validate his start in Kona this year. In an interview with, he said, “It’s highly unlikely I’ll be racing the Hawaii Ironman this year.” The injury is a “lower leg tightness,” which he suspects has manifested in Achilles tendonosis. “I’ve been able to train and race but have always been dealing with a limited ability to train and run, having to cut things back or do things delicately or adjust. … I’ll just focus on 70.3 worlds and there are plenty of races going on around the Ironman Hawaii that I can focus on, as well as coming back next year full force there.”

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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