Bella and Marleigh Howes, whose mother Cora Lee Starzomski is a former Bermuda national triathlon champion, both performed well this past weekend in the Barrie “Kids of Steel” Triathlon in Ontario, Canada.

Both are at the younger age in their age groups. Bella took an impressive 2nd out of 34 girls in the 12-13 age group finishing the  300m swim, 10km bike and 3km run in 39 min 29 secs just 7 seconds behind the winner with Marleigh finishing 6th out of 42 in the Under 10-11 girls.

Bella held a good lead going into the run but was caught by Emily Cescon who ran a very quick 14:08 for the 3km run, easily the fastest run time of the day, to finish in 39:22.

Marleigh finished the 200m swim, 5km bike and 2km run in 28:07 after a solid all round performance.

For full results go to and select Barrie Triathlon and the appropriate age group.


Tyler Smith seen competing in Canada in 2017

Tyler Smith gives us an insight into what a typical week looks like at Leeds University :

A typical week in university I’m usually training from 28- 32 hours. During the weekdays we swim every morning and then have our hard track and cycling sessions in the afternoon. On Wednesday afternoons most people are free from Uni so there is always a good group to go for a long ride with. The weekends are always great because you can get in some big volume without having to shuffle around the schedule for lectures and labs. Luckily there are some good run routes in the city that I can go on in between lectures, and we have a gym on campus that’s easy to access as well. In general it’s been pretty easy to balance university and training. Taking sports science I enjoy the lectures, and sometimes they help me take my mind off the next hard training session. Most of my social group and friends are the people I train with, so I never feel like I’m missing much of a social life even if I’m in bed by 9:00 on a Friday night. The most important thing with training is to get enough rest and recovery so you can train longer and harder, so it’s not really too eventful of a life otherwise. I really enjoy what I’m able to do, and I think Leeds is a great place to be able to balance student athlete commitments.

My next race will be a European cup in Szekesfehervar, Hungary on the 25th of August, before the World University Championships in Sweden the next week, and then hopefully World U23 Championships in Gold Coast later in September.




I headed to Atlantic City to race in the first Major League triathlon race of the year. I was competing on the AC Waves team alongside teammates Cata, Alec and Walter. I arrived Thursday night into Atlantic City and it was definitely not what I was expecting. Known for its casinos and gambling, us triathletes stood out quite a bit! The race was interesting!!! The weather made it one of the most “risky” races I’ve ever done. The swim was insane; huge swells which made it honestly quite dangerous. For a 300m swim it took us 7 minutes because the current was so strong. The bike was fun – we rode 6 laps along the boardwalk and it started to rain which made it even more slippery. Many athletes were just sliding out and coming off their bikes due to it being so slick. The run was 4 laps of 200m and half of that was on the beach! All in all, a very eventful race and to win some money is always a plus. Our team ended up 7/9 against some really strong teams like the Australian team and the San Diego Stingrays – which had Olympics and WTS medalists on it. A great experience.


After racing in Atlantic City I headed to Edmonton, Canada for my first World Series Triathlon. The travel there was insane; it included a 9 hour delay and arriving in Denver at 3:30am, and then overnighting in a hotel before flying out to Canada at 11am the next day. But I arrived on Monday and the race was on Friday so I had time to adjust. Leading into the race I started to feel like I was getting a bit sick… probably due to all the stress and travel. I was at the stage, before you get sick, where your throat hurts a bit and where you just feel a bit rundown. I was sleeping 10+ hours a night and took a proper taper to try and nip the cold in the bud and prevent it from getting any worse. Mistake #1 was telling no one how I was feeling (besides my mum). I didn’t want to say it out loud because this was one of my biggest competitions of the year and didn’t want to let anyone down. As it was my first race at this level I knew I needed to have my A-game and be confident… but it’s crazy how much your mind plays a role in sport and I almost let the cold take control. But on race day I just said let’s do this and I focused on the fact that I had this amazing opportunity to be here, and I would say that during the actual race it was my body that let me down rather than my mind.

Swim was OK, the ability gap coming out of the water is much narrower than in World cups and below. I came out nearer the back and the swim is a work in progress for me. Swimming is the sport where I need confidence to be aggressive, to stay in touch with the group in the water and when you are racing against Olympic medalists and World Champions, it can be intimidating and easy to forget the fact that you deserve to be there amongst “royalty”. The bike was 6 laps… up a hill and then back down. Let’s just say it was brutal! The field was getting split apart like crazy and people were dropping off the pack due to the intensity of the gradient. I was feeling a bit nauseous throughout the bike and couldn’t manage to eat anything (normally I have Clif Shot Blocks and some Gatorade). I took each lap as it came and tried to be as consistent as possible. As soon as I started the run I knew that it wasn’t going to be pretty. It was a 3 lap course and lap 1 was just awful. I felt like I was going to be sick and honestly, I was on the brink of stopping. Somehow, I managed another lap and finally on lap 3 I felt like my stomach had settled a bit. Surprisingly I still ran a 20:00 min 5km, which isn’t well walking pace, and I was basically running on auto-pilot. Not once could I think about form or pace, I was just trying to stay calm with my stomach doing flip turns.

 Nobody ever wants to finish last… but someone has to be. At first I was devastated, but after collecting my thoughts I calmed down a bit. I talked to Jodie (ed.Stimpson) after the race and she reminded me that this is my first WTS. And that I’m 20. And that there are many more races to come. She reminisced about not finishing her first world triathlon race… but now she is a Commonwealth Gold Medalist. It’s a long process and being the best doesn’t come overnight. To put it into perspective, I was seeded 48th out of 55, and finished up 42nd, so around 13 of my competitors did not finish, and considering I wasn’t feeling at that 100%, I know that the future races are going to be very exciting. Now I need to recover up, as I head to Barranquilla, Colombia where I will be racing on Wednesday in the Central American and Caribbean Games. (CAC Games).  So wish me luck!


Straight after Edmonton I left for Barranquilla, Colombia for the CAC Games. Representing Bermuda in another Games was an honor and it was great to have Tyler (Ed. Smith) and manager Jon (Ed. Herring)to help out. My race wasn’t great. I was off on the swim – by a minute. I had a bad beach start and didn’t have the initial speed that I needed, most likely due to all the travel and racing and “lack” of training as I am in a racing block. The bike was 3 laps – and 600m of climbing which made it definitely one of the tougher bikes! Being in the second pack meant my girls weren’t as strong and I was the strongest girl pulling along 5/6 others. By the end of the bike we were around 5 minutes behind which is huge. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to catch the leaders but if I played it smart then I could run the fastest out of the girls in my pack, and that’s what I did. I ended up in 6th position which I am proud of at my first CAC Games.



Tyler butterfield Cebu 2018
Tyler leads Currie and Mendez in Cebu

In the past two weeks Tyler Butterfield has taken two 70.3 podium finishes, taking 3rd at the Santa Rosa, California 70.3 and then on Sunday 3rd in Cebu, Phillipines 70.3, a race which doubled as the Asia Pacific Championships, he took 2nd having led the race on both the bike and run.

At Santa Rosa on 28th July the swim was cancelled due to thick fog and was reduced to a bike / run. After a TT style start Tyler trailed leader Sam Appleton on the bike entering transition in 4th over 7 minutes behind but produced a very encouraging run of 1 hr 12 min 44 secs to reduce the gap on the leaders and overtake Tim O’Donnell, a very strong triathlete, to podium.

Perhaps inspired by this performance Tyler really mixed it up in Cebu, working hard  on the bike to break up the lead pack of 14 into a group of 7. He then took off early on the run and opened up a 15 sec gap with only Braden Currie and Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez, a renowned runner, able to hold the pace. Mendez recovered well in the second half of the race as Tyler’s race from the front tactics took its toll a bit but he held off Currie for a confidence boosting second place in 3hr 47 min 39 secs behind Mendez 3:46:45.

It seems as though Tyler’s altitude training with fellow Boulder triathlete Tim Berkel is paying dividends and these performances will no doubt give Tyler a real confidence boost.


Tyler-SmithTyler Smith continues to impress as he continues his development competing in the senior ranks of triathlon’s elites.

At the Central American and Caribbean Championships last week he placed 6th out of 27 starters in very challenging hot conditions and recorded the fastest bike split of the day. For full results go to :


Earl Basden of Islandstats was at the Games and captured  some nice video:

Tyler took advantage of being in South America and made his way to Lima, Peru the day after the CAC’s to compete in the Lima CAMTRI Sprint American Cup which took place on Sunday 5th August and served as the 2019 Pan Am Games test event for triathlon (although the Games will feature a Standard distance race). Despite only a 4-day recovery (and an early race bike crash on a difficult corner which caused a mechanical), Tyler performed well and once again found 6th place (out of 32 starters):

To add one more accomplishment to Tyler’s past week, this week he was announced as the University of Leeds Athlete of the Month. See more at :

Tyler returned to Bermuda this week for a week before heading back to Europe for a Sprint European Cup in Hungary on Aug 25th and then the FISU World University Triathlon Championships in Kalmar, Sweden the following week. He’s still planning to attend the U23 World Championships back in Gold Coast, Australia on Sept. 14th before the start of his 3rd year at the University of Leeds.


Karen Smith transition 70.3 worlds 2017

Karen Smith produced an outstanding performance, reminiscent of her Ironman World Championships age group win in Kona, to comfortably win her 50-54 age group ( 41 in age group) at Sunday’s Ironman Hamburg. In doing so she finished an impressive 12th amongst all women participants and ahead of a number of the professional women in the field.

The race was reduced to a duathlon as the high temperatures Europe has been experiencing meant that the algae count in the water made the swim unsafe and the swim was replaced by a 6km run.

Karen completed the first 6km run in 27 min 04 secs, the 2nd fastest in her age group and then produced an impressive 5 hr 03 min 36 sec bike at an average of 35.29km an hour for the 180km which put her into the lead in her age group.

Karen then consolidated her lead with a very quick 3 hrs 33 min 44 sec marathon to finish in 9 hr 14 min 02 secs.

Allowing for perhaps an additional 35 mins if there had been a swim, this equates to around a 9hrs 50 min Ironman ; impressive !

Meanwhile in Canada, Dianna White took on her first Ironman at Ironman Canada in Whistler, BC , a tough course, and completed the course in 15 hrs 02 min 58 secs and 39th out of 64 in her 35-39 age group.

Dianna completed the swim in 1hr 35 min in 61st position in her age group but moved up to 45th after the bike with a 7hr 59 min 22 sec split. She then completed the 42km run in 5:15:41.

Congrats to Dianaa ; you are an Ironman Finisher !