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

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Aug 21, 2011
  • Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM UTC

MC: I think it’s going to be good. I think Julie’s going to be off the front, and I think Chrissie’s going to do everything in her power to assert her dominance on the bike. And we’ll see what happens.

PNF: So I have to ask this question, because for everybody on the sidelines we all are saying this – that having watched the events so far this year, it just appears to me and to folks around me that every time Chrissie steps out to race she puts an exclamation point next to her run split, whether she needs to or not. That is her message, to you, to everybody else. I have to ask if you perceive it that way? I mean I understand setting records and all that. But Natascha Badmann [6x Ironman World Champion], to me, had such longevity because she did the exact opposite. She dominated on the bike and then she did what she needed to do on the run because she wanted to win. She didn’t really care about the run split.

MC: Chrissie definitely has been going out there. I think she’s actually put a lot more emphasis on her run. Chrissie is a great runner. She doesn’t look great, she’s not a pretty runner, but she gets it done. And she hasn’t got the recognition that I’ve got as a runner, and I think that drives her crazy. I think if that makes her feel better to go out there and smash every marathon around the world, that’s better for me. Because I think it’s going to take energy away from Kona. And that’s the only day where you need to perform. That’s the only day where you need to lay it out.

PNF: You know we’re all dreaming of you coming off the bike and running the marathon together. It’s everybody’s dream.

MC: I would love to! I don’t know if I’ll have the strength yet. It’s something I aspire to and something I think I will be able to do at some point. I certainly dream of getting off the bike with her. I’d love that scenario.

PNF: The fans would absolutely love that. It would be the Mark [Allen] and Dave [Scott] marathon.

MC: Yeah, that would be amazing. That’s not something Chrissie wants. She’s going to do everything she can to go as far away as possible. I’ll certainly try and stay up there.

PNF: There are so many girls who are going to try and put time in the bag early, because it’s the only way. The best thing you can do is go back to your training and believe in it and just let them play the game. Let Mirinda have Mirinda’s awesome training day. And next thing you know it’s two o’clock in the afternoon and you look up and go: Wow! Look where I am! I always remember that with Heather. Because we did all our training together, actually. Leading up to the race, getting to Kona, we did everything together. And I just said, “You know what, just go out there, and just check your watch. ‘Round about 1:30, two o’clock, a little after lunch, just take a look around. And if there’s anything you can do about it, then get after it. Up until then its just like we’re having one of those awesome training days. Just think of us riding to the bakery, or doing the run loop or whatever it is. Just chill out until the afternoon, and then switch it on. Because that’s the time to switch it on. Make sure you’re home for happy hour and then you’re all good!” That’s what I always tell everyone: Just get out there and a little bit after lunch just give that extra effort so you can deserve an extra cocktail at happy hour. So we used to kind of play that game together.

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