Chrissie Wellington has suffered some painful looking road rash while out on a training ride less than two weeks before taking to the start line in Kona.The three-time Ironman World Champion tweeted confirmation of the crash: “Long story short: Front flat tyre, cornered, came off, nothing broken, very battered, bruised and bloody. But still full of fight.”

Then, in typical Chrissie style, she added: “And plus, at least my skin matches the colour of my race kit. :)”

Finally, to make clear her intentions and allay worries about the seriousness of the injuries, she tweeted: “The body is capable of amazing things. I WILL be on the start line. Thanks to all who contacted me: your words truly are healing wounds. :)”

If you’ve a strong stomach, you can view a couple of pics of the injuries at http://yfrog.com/nu69141733j

So the triathlon world breathes a sigh of relief at Chrissie’s determination to race in Kona this year, and to help with her recovery (and yours), we’ve got a look at how to treat road rash.

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