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Saturday, September 09, 2017
Smith Finishes 15th in 70.3 World Championships

Karen Smith competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, having qualified earlier in the year in Puerto Rico.

Smith competed in the Women’s 45-49 Age Group, finishing in 15th place in the Age Group clocking a time of 5:18.13.

Smith recorded a Swim time of 32.50, before clocking 2:57.19 on the Bike Course.

Smith would close out clocking 1:42.07 on the Run Course.

Following the race Smith said, “I'm pretty happy with the result as this year was about rebuilding and getting fit for Ironman racing after a few years off.

The swim was mostly upstream so it made for a challenging start as the current was strong and sighting was so important.

The course favored the stronger Bikers. After a quick 5mile section, we started to climb Lockout Mountain. It's 4 miles straight up. This is followed by 18 miles of punchy uphills. Finally at the crest of the mountain we were anticipating a fast downhill but instead we faced a relentless headwind. At least it was scenic.

The run course was also hilly but I felt great on the run until mile 9-10 when my pace slowed, but was I able to fight back and end with a strong finish.”

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