Mirinda Carfrae & Paula Newby-Fraser – The Defending Champ And Kona’s Queen

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  • Published Aug 21, 2011
  • Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM UTC

MC: She’s great like that. She’s constantly saying, “Anything you need. Give me a call.” I think that’s her main job for me.

PNF: So when you go over to Kona, is it just you and T.O.? Do you also have, for example, Julie? Do you get out for a ride together?

MC: Not really. Julie and I, while we’re really great friends, even last year, we got to five or six weeks out, and we’d still banter on twitter and try and keep it lighthearted, but she did her thing and I did my thing. I think those last few weeks you kind of go internal. And I think that’s something I’m going to have to think about with Tim as well. Because you know, you’re with your best friend, you’re in Kona, its beautiful, and you want to do all the fun things. But you can’t let your focus be taken away from what you’re actually there to do. And so definitely with Julie, last year we didn’t do any sessions together, probably not for the last six weeks leading into the race.

PNF: Do you do most of your training solo?

MC: I actually do a lot. I ride a little bit with Crowie, because he doesn’t have much of an ego. I mean when he says he’s going long easy, he’s going long easy. So I can tag along with him. He’s a good guy. If you’re hurting, he’ll wait for you. He’s not going to just burn off up the road. Julie would! Especially leading into the race – she would, but then she’d wait for you at the shop. Especially getting close to the race, while we are really good friends, she’s very motivated and very intense. I see it especially this year. I know that she’s got her eye on the prize and she’s trying to do everything she can to get there.

PNF: So everybody’s talking about you and Julie and Chrissie. But there are a few European girls hanging out there that to me could be the one that comes out of left field. Maybe Caroline Steffen or Karin Thuerig. Especially Karin has a lot of experience and her focus on triathlon now as opposed to cycling has been an interesting progression this year.

MC: Caroline will be there. She’s obviously had an injury so she’s going to struggle, probably on the run. But she’ll be there, or thereabouts for sure. Karin Thuerig I haven’t really given that much thought to. I know she’s an amazing cyclist and she’s running OK and swimming OK. But the athlete that I actually have the most respect for is Catriona Morrison. That girl, the last two years in Kona has been sick.

PNF: I know. I had actually put her as one of the contenders last year and I didn’t realize she had gotten sick.

MC: She is the biggest dark horse, I think. But you know she has been sick the last two years so we don’t really know how she can race in Kona either.

PNF: The island hasn’t blessed her so far. Some athletes, it just never does. It’s a weird thing. It’s a weird dynamic, a weird energy there. The island really does give it you or takes it away. And she hasn’t been given it. And I agree with you, I think she’s definitely a dark horse this year and she keeps a low profile.

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