Karen Smith competed in the 2019 Kona Ironman World Championships.
Smith finished in a time of 10:42:54, which saw her finish 4th in the Women’s 50 – 54 Age Group.
Following the race Smith via social media stated, “I am over the moon to finish 4th in my Division at the Ironman World Champs. Kona always delivers the toughest conditions but truly a championship course.”
Smith covered the Swim Course in a time of 1:44:00, she would then cover the Bike Course in a time of 5:37:19 and then she clocked a time of 3:47:27 on the Run Course.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Butterfield Comments On Social Media on Win
After bringing you his result yesterday, today we share Tyler Butterfield’s comments regarding his win in the Ironman Cozumel.
Butterfield wrote, “What a feeling to know you had to dig deep, give it everything, but got to cross the line first, stand on the top step, and spray champagne!
Huge congrats to everyone that finished on a blistering hot day, Congrats to Ellie, Svenja, and Sara on the Women’s Podium.
Congrats to Rudy and Michi on the podium & making me fight for every second to get it. I only knew I really had the win at the very end. In those conditions you never really know till you cross the finish...I fought off cramps on that final stretch in the full IM before, so I never take it for granted till I’ve finished.
After Rudy lit the bike on fire and was 6mins 30 up at the start of the run, I was determined to try to get into 3rd and grab a podium spot.
Thankfully once in 3rd I could see Michi ahead in 2nd & pushed on.
Staying focused on my effort, hydration, staying cool and run form. It paid dividends getting into a good rhythm. After 6 or 7km I moved into 2nd, but could tell Michi was still moving well & I better not falter. By 10.5km I had Rudy at just under 2 minutes, but I truly thought he was using his time wisely to cruise the first 10.5km and hammer the next. Starting the second loop, I thought 💭 it would be another 2nd place in Cozumel for me (2013 2nd in IM & last year 2nd in 70.3).
We have a saying in our house (mainly to our 5year old boy, that’s super competitive like Nikki) “Enjoy it, do your best, you’ll get what you get, and we don’t have a fit about it.”
So I had to say to myself, do your best, keep pushing! Watch for cramping, stay on hydration, but keep going you never know.
At 14km I came around a corner & saw Rudy in sight. I got some hope back. Thankfully he never looked back, I could close the gap slowly.
I knew Rudy would give it a fight & so the aid station before I caught up I stopped & downed an extra Pepsi & Gatorade, pour water over me & ran up to Rudy.
As all champs do Rudy suddenly pick up the pace & put a surge in the second he felt me on his shoulder. I know he’s an ultimate competitor & expected nothing less.
Thankfully I was able to respond, get a gap & win. But this win means a lot because of the fight.”
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Bermuda National Olympic Distance Championships
Corey Brunton & Ashley Couper
Corey Brunton and Ashley Couper are the Bermuda Triathlon Associations AXA National Olympic Distance Male and Female Champions.
Brunton covered the course in a time of 2:17:02, with Alex Kronenberg second in 2:20:41 and finishing third was Matt Thompson who crossed the line in 2:20:54.
Couper was fourth overall with a time of 2:21:20, the second female finisher was 5th overall Maddie Durkin who clocked 2:23:49 and the third female finisher was Louise Wells who was 7th overall clocking 2:26:39.
The ITU 2020 Season calendar has been released, one that will see the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, along with 7 World Triathlon Series to crown the World Champions at the Edmonton Grand Final and 15 World Cups.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the new calendar, it’s a perfect mix between new additions to our portfolio of events, classic races across the world and a lot of paratriathlon races to give all our athletes opportunities to continue their path to the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.
Bermuda will once again be the second stop of the year for the World Triathlon Series, the season will get underway March 7th & 8th in Abu-Dhabi, before the athletes head to Bermuda April 18th & 19th.
The World Triathlon Series Grand Final that will take place in Bermuda in 2021, will be held in Edmonton, Canada August 22nd & 23rd in 2020.
2020 World Triathlon Series Calendar
7-Mar 8-Mar Abu-Dhabi, UAE 18-Apr 19-Apr Bermuda, BERMUDA 16-May 17-May Yokohama, JPN 6-Jun 7-Jun Leeds, GBR 27-Jun 28-Jun Montreal, CAN 11-Jul 12-Jul Hamburg, GER 22-Aug 23-Aug Edmonton, CAN (Grand Final)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Duffy To Compete in XTERRA Worlds
Flora Duffy, the most dominating female to ever race off-road triathlon, is returning to the sports’ biggest stage with the chance to become the first elite to win five XTERRA World Championship crowns.
The Bermudan three-time Olympian confirmed her entry into the 24th edition of XTERRA Worlds to be held October 27th, 2019 in Kapalua, Maui.
“I am really excited to be back in Maui for XTERRA Worlds,” said Duffy, winner of her last 11 XTERRA races, and 16 of 19 since 2013 (which doesn’t include two ITU Cross Tri World titles).
“After missing most of last season and this season to injury, I have so much more appreciation for being healthy and the privilege of racing. The time off due to injury was really difficult and there were a lot of moments where I did not think I would race again. So to be back racing is already a huge win.”
Indeed, Duffy racing again is a huge win for everybody – for XTERRA, for triathlon, for Bermuda!
“My progress back to full fitness has been slow but with each race I did this season, I have felt more like my old self,” added Duffy, who finished third at the Tokyo Olympic Qualification event last month (and was later awarded the win after Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were DQ’d), was 5th at the WTS Grand Final in Lausanne, and 3rd at the Banyoles World Cup on September 7th.
In Duffy’s last XTERRA race, two years ago in Maui, she became the first female to win four XTERRA World Championship titles and the only elite – male or female - to win four straight.