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.”