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Juggling Triathlon & Parenthood

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published May 17, 2012
Carfrae with boyfriend Tim O'Donnell at St. Anthony's Triathlon. Photo: Competitive Image


2010 Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae (31) is certain she wants to add the title of “mother” to her résumé—once her racing career has wrapped.

I’m super close with my young niece and nephews, so I can’t wait to have my own little ones. I stay with them when I’m home in Brisbane and it really is nonstop action with those three beauties running around. It gets a bit crazy but I absolutely love it!

For that exact reason, I plan on waiting until I’m done racing to have kids. I have huge respect for people who can do both—I find it amazing actually! I seriously do not understand how anyone can juggle that much at once. Trying to balance the training, recovery, nutrition and racing alone is pretty full-on. Kids are the same, except you also have to be super-flexible. Their schedules and needs change all the time. I know myself well enough to know that I couldn’t possibly handle it all simultaneously. I can’t even imagine it! I’m more the type who just tries to do one thing at a time very well. For now I’ll stick to being a world champion athlete—later hopefully I can be a world champion mom.

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