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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Paris Olympics Triathlon Swimming Challenge Mounts
According to Sky News, with just over 100 days to go until the Paris Olympics, the triathlon event could be delayed or the swim even cancelled due to poor water quality levels in the River Seine.

Despite millions of dollars being spent by authorities trying to make the river safe, the threat of E. coli still looms large.

Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet has said the event could be delayed, or the swimming leg cancelled altogether if water quality worsens.

This is because, he said, it could be adversely affected by weather conditions.
Heavy rain in the French capital could raise levels of E. coli in the water, making it unsafe to swim.

On Tuesday, as the countdown to the Games continues, the Surfrider Foundation Europe charity issued a warning that samples from the Seine showed dangerous levels of bacteria in the water.

They said that of 14 samples taken from the river, at the point where the triathlon and other events would take place, only one came back with "even satisfactory" water quality.

After finding evidence of E. coli, enterococci, intestinal bacteria and "formidable indicators of pollution of faecal origin", the charity said athletes swimming in the water will be "taking significant risks to their health".

Mr Estanguet has admitted weather could dictate whether or not they can use the river for the event.
Saturday, March 30, 2024
Langley & Smith Win BTA Easter Home Event

Jackson Langley
The Bermuda Triathlon Association held a Home Event, with Jackson Langley and Karen Smith crowned male and female champions.

Langley covered the Approximate Sprint Distance of 750m Swim, 20K Bike, and 4.7K Run in a time of 56.11, he clocked 9.23 during the Swim, he then clocked a time of 30.09 on the Bike, before closing out with a Run time of 16.37.

Smith finished 5th overall stopping the clock in 1:06.11, Smith completed the Swim in 12.12, before clocking 34.47 on the Bike, she would conclude the Run Course in 19.12.

Approximate Sprint Distance (750m Swim; 20K Bike - 4.7K Run)

56.11 Jackson Langley

56.43 Ollie Hayward
58.29 Alex Waldauer
1.03.13 Will Green
1.06.11 Karen Smith
1.08.01 Luke Hyland
1.10.12 Kristen Robinson
1.13.27 Bryce Williams
1.14.52 Matt Smith
1.15.58 Gareth Yeomans
1.22.02 Polly Longmire
1.23.31 Heather Cooper
1.27.47 Barbara McWhirter
1.39.48 Mike Mahoney

Approximate Distances (400m Swim; 20K Bike - 4.7K Run)

54.59 Dylan Eiselt

57.02 Jens Drea

750m Swim; 20K Bike (no Run)
51.48 Julia Hawley

750m Swim; 4.7K Run (no Bike)

37.48 Maddie Schindel

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Smith & Olander Finish Strong in IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico

Panzy Olander
Karen Smith and Panzy Olander competed in the 2024 IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico which offered Age Group Qualifying slots to the 2025 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on November 8th – 9th, 2025 in Marbella, Spain.

Smith finished 1st in the Women’s 55 – 59 Age Group Division booking her ticket to Spain, she was the 6th female overall to finish, and she was the 77th competitive to cross the line, she clocked an overall time of 5:10:48.

Smith clocked 32:47 on the Swim, 2:41:41 on the Bike, before clocking 1:48:37 on the Run.

Olander competing in the Women’s 30 – 34 Age Group Division finished 6th, she was the 32nd female to cross the line and was 226th overall clocking a time of 5:56:37.

Olander completed the Swim in a time of 38:48, she would then clock 2:54:59 on the Bike, before closing out with a time of 2:10:55 on the Run.

Olander said, “I still can’t believe I did it. The race was just a tiny fraction of the experience…In the past 1.5 years, I’ve learned how to Mountain Bike, Cycle, and Swim (properly), not to mention meeting all the incredible people that I now have in my life because of these sports.

I couldn’t have done it without the amazing team of people who supported me over the past year. They pushed me through the setbacks and encouraged me to keep chugging along.”
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Dame Duffy Talks Injury

Reigning Olympic Champion Dame Flora Duffy is battling a knee injury that had kept her sidelined for over a year, the Bermudian star shared that she will be back in 2024, with her short-course career set to come to an end this season as she moves up to the T100 Triathlon World Tour in September.

Before that however, Duffy confirmed on the ‘Chasing the Burn‘ podcast, that if her knee stays healthy, she will begin her final WTCS season with races in Japan and Italy before finalizing her plans for Paris.

In a frank and honest conversation about her injury, Duffy recalled how it all started after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, when she first noticed a pain in her knee on a run back in Bermuda.

“My injury turned out to be a lot worse and a lot more difficult to heal and rehab than I had initially thought. It flared up for the first time after the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

“I was home in Bermuda after that running and my knee started bothering me, but most people didn’t think it was much and I kept training on it, so it wasn’t until after the PTO Dallas race that I realized things weren’t great.

“It was confirmed by a doctor here in Boulder that I had a partial patellar tendon tear and so I immediately had a PRP injection and continued with the rest of my season.

“My knee really fell apart in January 2023, and a scan revealed the partial tear in my patellar tendon but also a very bad looking tendon in general, that was very thick with some cartilage damage and an oedema on my tendon and my fat pad.

“It was kind of a disaster and looking back it is stupid to think that a bit of rehab and backing off training would heal my knee. Obviously it is really easy to look back on things like that, but it has just been a huge puzzle and a very frustrating process to get healthy.”

“Last January when I had the MRI, I was in Stellenbosch at the time and wish I had just jumped on a plane and flew back to Boulder. I worked with two doctors here this past summer and wish I had worked with one of them then and had a PRP injection back then.

“Instead, I kept getting further and further down this rabbit hole of rehab which you think is going to work. I had multiple PRP injections, I have done a lot of strengthening rehab stuff and a lot of blood flow restriction work, but sometimes these injuries are just like this.

“In the end, things started to turn in a positive direction in July last year, which is when I had some pretty aggressive PRP injections and I bumped into a close friend in the medical space who directed me to the right people.”

“That’s when I thought it could be it, the end, because someone who had been in my life for ten years and had stayed quiet told me that I might have to think about it (retiring).”

“The final piece felt like a miracle, because throughout this time in the back of my mind it felt like the rapid decline of my career, because I had seen a lot of good people who hadn’t been able to get me healthy.

“However the next day, I went to see a sports doctor and asked him if he could see anything that would help, because at that moment I was at the point of retiring.

“He did an ultrasound, found a bunch of scar tissue, then gave me an injection that broke it all up. Within two days, the residual pain in my knee was gone! It was such a whiplash of emotions in that 72 hours because I went from my lowest point to then turning it all around.”

“Going back as a defending Olympic champion is a cool position to be in and coming from a small island where winning a medal is so important is a big reason why I want to go back.”
Friday, March 08, 2024
Bermuda Triathletes Compete in Americas Championships

Bermuda Triathletes Tyler Smith, Nicholas Pilgrim, Jackson Langley, and Oliver Hayward competed in the 2024 Americas Triathlon Championships Miami.

Smith competed in the Men’s Elite race finishing 10th clocking a time of 1:46:36.

Smith came out of the water in 19:07, before clocking a time of 53:22 on the Bike, Smith would close out with a Run time of 32:50.

In the Under 23 Men’s Division Pilgrim finished 15th clocking a time of 2:00:30. Pilgrim clocked a time of 19:06 in the Swim, he would then clock 54:46 on the Bike, before clocking 45”:30 on the Run.

Langley finished 48th in the Junior Men’s Division, and Hayward finished 49th.

Langley was clocked across the line in 59:43, he clocked 11:15 during the Swim, he would then clock 26:46 on the Bike, before clocking 20:35 on the Run.

Hayward’s Swim time was 11:17, before clocking 26:46 on the Bike, and then 25:35 on the Run for his overall time of 59:57.
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