Karen Smith finished a very creditable 8th in the 45-49 age group at today’s (Sunday 7th September) Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
Karen exited the 1.2 mile swim in 30 mins 41 secs (8th fastest in her age group) then put together a fast 2hrs 39 mins 26 secs for the 56 mile bike ( 5th fastest) to go into the run in 5th place. She then posted a 1hr 42 mins and 57 secs for the 13.1 mile run for a total time of 4 hrs 59 mins and 54 secs. The age group was won by Sarah Russell of the USA in 4hrs 50 mins 18 secs. To see Karen’s splits click on the link below and on Karen’s name for more detailed intermediary splits.
Karen’s performance is all the more remarkable as immediately prior to these championships she spent an extended time in China as team manager for the Bermuda triathletes to the Youth Olympic Games and was unable to do any meaningful training whilst in China.
Meanwhile Heather Cooper, who is still recovering from a nasty shoulder break some weeks ago has put up a gutsy performance by going to the start line in the 50 – 54 age category with very little training and at press time was out on the run course having gone through the 12.6km of the run in a combined time 5hrs 16 mins and 41 secs after a 36 mins 37 sec swim and a 3hrs 53 mins 11 sec bike. More to follow on Heather’s remarkable effort and you can follow her by clicking on the link above and changing the age group to female 50 – 54 and putting in her name in the surname section.
Chris Harris did not start the race although posted that he had qualified.