Donna Smyers Fixer-Upper PT

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Green Mountain Tri Camp | Swim Bike and Run in the Hills of Vermont at the 2013 Triathlon Camps

Green Mountain Triathlon Camps Announced for 2013

Swim Bike and Run in the rolling hills of Vermont! I am happy to announce 2 Green Mountain Triathlon Camps are scheduled for 2013. The camps will be held May 2-5 and May 29-June 2 in Essex, Vermont at the foot of the Green Mountains. A team of local coaches and I will set you up for a great triathlon season in 2013. As in 2012, The Essex, New England’s Culinary Resort and Spa, will provide upscale accommodations for education, dining and recovery. Please spread the word and sign up to join me next spring. Visit for more information and to sign up soon! Note there are discounts available for groups of 4 or more. Contact me on Facebook or at [email protected] for more details.

Donna Smyers, sister of former Ironman and ITU World Champion Karen Smyers, has been competing in triathlon for over 25 years. She is a 6 time Ironman™ age group World Champion and the current USAT 55-59 National Champion. The Essex, the area’s only AAA, Four-Diamond resort has a beautiful 25 yard pool and provides fine dining and accomodations. Green Mountain Triathlon camps are designed for novice to experienced triathletes with alternative training plans to meet short or long distance training goals. The information and coaching will help set you up for a successful and enjoyable 2013 triathlon season. 11/03/2012

Fighting the Headwinds at the Ironman World Championship - Donna Smyers | Muscles Not Motors

Here's the long version of my IM report. Check out Muscles not Motors and get a bumper sticker or water bottle or T-Shirt to promote the lifestyle. There are other fun articles too. I noticed Nick Petterssen's Spartan Race report as the antithesis of the type of event I like, but there's something for everyone. As I aged up into my new 55-59 age group for triathlon this year, I set out with the lofty goal of returning to Kona to try and win my age group at theIronman World Championship. TheIronman World Championshipheld annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is the famously televised triathlon that includes a 2....


Ironman mini race report:
Tough day out there. My ace in the hole failed me--I had nutrition problems. Threw up on the bike, diarrhea on the run, difficulty getting the right stuff in at the right time and then just over 2 minutes out of first. I've always been such a good eater in the past.

Looking at the pros times and other age groups is was a tough day though. The swim times for the pros looked really slow, the bike times not great and everyone ran slower than last year. I thought I just had a bad start in the swim, otherwise I thought it went pretty well after the first 4 or 5 minutes. The bike went well until the wheels completely fell off in the headwinds coming back from Mauna Kea. I thought the whole field passed me in those 30 miles--Laura Sophiea my main competitor and AG record holder did. Threw up big time at the airport. Then felt a little better since the winds let up a bit and my gut wasn't so screwy, but of course then I got a little low on sugar. I don't think Ironman Perform works well for me at all. I avoided it in LP but thought I'd give it a try the 2nd half today since I got pretty hyponatremic the end of IMLP. Not a good idea.

My legs felt so heavy on the run, but started at around 8:30's. Slowed down big time at the end and can't believe I was actually catching Laura. 1 fewer potty stop might have done it, but it was necessary.

I felt awful at the end, but the further it gets from it, I feel physically better so mentally better about the whole thing. There's some balance to 2 thirds, 4 seconds and 6 firsts and I can't win them all obviously.
Now if I can just get my cankles to shrink up a bit before the flight home....

So I didn't make the sub 11 goal, didn't make the sub 4 hour goal and didn't make the goal of winning, but I did what I could, finished and podiumed and other than sore feet (big blisters on the bottom of both feet--never had that before) and rawness from the lower GI issues , I don't feel too bad.


I opened Fixer-Upper PT in Adamant in April, 2012. Fixer-Upper Physical Therapy is named both for the house that Eric renovated for my office and for the work that I do. By mid June I will have complete services including orthotics and modalities that I have provided in the past. My specialty is helping athletes of all ages return to their activities.

The office is located where "All Roads Lead to Adamant" at the corner of Haggett Rd, Center Rd and Adamant Rd across from the Adamant Coop on the East Montpelier/Calais town line. Call me at 229-4393 for an appointment, contact me on Facebook, or email me at [email protected].

I provide physical therapy and coaching on a fee-for-service basis. This keeps the prices low as I do not bill insurance but will provide a receipt in case your insurance will reimburse you for out-of-network costs. With this model, you know in advance the charges, which are generally $90 for an evaluation of 1+hours, $75 for a follow-up visit of 45-60 minutes and $50 for a screening or checkup that is approximately 30 minutes. Many people need just 1 or 2 visits to address their questions and injuries and get them on the road to recovery.



Adamant, VT