A new and different triathlon season for World 70.3 Champion, Mirinda Carfrae, is off and running. This season will be different than all the others due to her scheduled participation in the 2009 Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championships in October.
“I’m going the full -distance this year and really excited about it” said Carfrae. I‘ve been thinking about Kona ever since I won the 70.3 World Championships.”
Despite never having done a full-distance Ironman race, Mirinda is not entirely a rookie at the longer distance. She won the Nice Triathlon in 2004 and a Silver Medal at the ITU Long Course World Championships in Denmark in 2005. With the introduction of the Ironman 70.3 series in 2006, Mirinda claimed the St Croix and Baja titles early in the year, going on to win a bronze at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in the same year. In 2007, Mirinda came second in 4 half ironman / 70.3 distance triathlons leading up to her win at the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in World Record time. Mirinda continued her dominance in 70.3 racing with victories at Geelong, St. Croix, Buffalo Springs, and Newfoundland in 2008.
To accommodate her late season Kona ramp-up, Rinny has an aggressive early-season schedule of high profile 70.3 races. She opened the season at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside by overcoming an impossible deficit after the first lap of the run to record a magic win at the line.
Mirinda scratched the Olympic distance St. Anthony’s race due to a minor bike crash. Shaking off the effects of the crash, Mirinda raced the following weekend at Ironman 70.3 St. Croix where she recorded possibly the most unusual 2nd Place finish of her career. Changing her usual tactics Rinny attacked on the bike and exited the bike-run transition with a clear lead. Game, set, match Carfrae – right? Wrong. She slowed on the run and was passed and easily beaten by Catrina Morrison. “ That was a bad-beat for me but a great lesson going into Kona,” said Carfrae. “I realized that if I want to push hard like that on the bike I need more calorie intake. I will adjust my intake of calories, including Cera Product’s CeraSport electrolyte sports drinks for my next races to find the optimal formula for Kona.”
On the sponsor front Mirinda continues her relationships with ZOOT, Cannondale, Oakley, CeraSport , Profile and Zipp. “In years like this you really appreciate the value of having long-term stable relationships with sponsors and products,” commented Carfrae. Moving up in distance is enough of a worry, but at least I have full-confidence in my race tools. That in itself is a big load-off.”
To keep up with her progress visit her website at MirindaCarfrae.com.
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