Absent from 2011 with chronic fatigue, Sam McGlone is making a comeback (and her way through medical school) in the 2012 season, racing this weekend at the Syracuse 70.3. Sam was on fire in 2006, winning the 70.3 World Championships. In 2007 she took 2nd at the 70.3 Worlds, then came up against unknown Chrissie Wellington in Kona in 2007, where she took another 2nd place. She did not make it to the start line in 2008 due to injury, then in 2009 a disappointing Kona lead to her utilize her Kona fitness for her first Ironman win in Arizona. But then injury and a personal and professional breakup with longtime coach Cliff English had her out most of 2010 and evaluating her career. She started with Matt Dixon at Purple Patch, who seems to have a niche of taking fatigued or faltering athletes, making them healthy and getting them back on the podium. (Chris Lieto, Linsey Corbin, Rasmus Henning share similar stories). Sam is a very tough competitor and says when she does something her focus is 100%. It will be interesting to see how she does this weekend against a stellar field of women that includes Jodie Swallow, Leanda Cave, Lesley Paterson, Angela Naeth and other strong contenders. I am happy to report, that Triathlon Canada intervened to get her approved for her USAT license which was revoked last Friday because she hadn’t race in 12 months. Syracuse is going to be an exciting race!