Karen Kovacs: Tidewater’s Own Half Iron-Woman

Kovacs Half IronmanKaren Kovacs planned her race and raced her plan.

Kovacs, who’s become known for that signature advice in the training seminars she hosts for new triathletes, placed first in her age group in the Patriot Half Ironman in Jamestown, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

She crossed the finish line 13th out of 126 women and 88th overall. There were 363 competitors total.

“There is no doubt that for everyone who participated in this event, the time, recorded in hours, minutes and seconds, is the culmination of intense dedication to a focused plan that may or may not have turned out as hoped,” Kovacs wrote in her Blog here.

“It stands for the lessons learned about ourselves during the training and a placard that will move when the next challenge is revealed.”

A half-ironman race is a total of 70.3 miles spread out over a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1 mile run.

Kovacs is a physical therapist with Tidewater Physical Therapy and the Clinical Director for the Gloucester Point location near Williamsburg. She is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and a certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She writes extensively about training for endurance sports events at www.tidewaterperform.com and www.tpti.com, as well as injury prevention and healthy living.