Louise Wells today finished the Ironman 70.3 World Championships 45-49 age group in 5hrs 43 mins 15 secs for a solid 46th place out of 240 in her age group.
Louise exited the water in 38 mins 22 secs in 120th in her age group but with an average speed of 28.11 km an hour on the tough Nice bike course Louise moved her way through the field with a 3:16:21 bike. Louise then produced a solid 1:41:54 run.
Sadly Karen Smith DNF for the first time since 2005. See her report below :
Pretty disappointing DNF! Only time I’ve ever had a DNF was in Honolulu in 2005 when a car crashed into me. Anyway I was riding the main climb (10k up) here and just after I crested I felt some sharp pains in my inner thigh. Not sure if it’s just strained from the climb but it never settled down so I basically coasted to T2. Thankfully it was downhill but I just could not put any pressure on the pedals. Standing up was impossible and my dismount into T2 was challenging as I couldn’t bare any weight on it. I didn’t dare even try to run so called it a day and hope to recover in time for Kona. Obviously very disappointed but these things happen sometimes. Very grateful to even be here though.