Fans of four-time triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae need only wait a few more weeks to see their favourite female pro back in competitive action. The pint-sized Australian powerhouse has released her 2018 race schedule, along with a new YouTube channel sharing a look into the lives of Carfrae, husband and fellow pro Tim O’Donnell, and six-month-old daughter Isabelle.
Following a year-long break from professional racing, Carfrae is fired up to toe her first start line of the 2018 season at IRONMAN Texas 70.3 on April 8th. “I cannot wait to get back at it,” says Carfrae. “Taking time off to start a family has been the most rewarding experience of my life. But I can’t deny my competitive fire, and my drive to push myself to new levels of performance. Now, as Izzy’s mum, I’m more motivated than ever to make every training session matter and to race to my best ability for my little family.”
On the heels of a solid six-week training block in Noosa, Australia, Carfrae and O’Donnell will return to the States in time for an appearance at RACE-MANIA in Boston this weekend March 25th. Produced by Sun Multisport Events, the RACE-MANIA Summit and Expo features informative talks, hands-on clinics, shake out run, a vendor expo, and more. The event is designed to educate, equip, and inspire athletes preparing for the new season, and Carfrae is eager to connect with fans and share her expertise gleaned from years spent training and racing in the highest echelon of triathlon’s elite.
Beginning in April at IRONMAN 70.3 Texas, Carfrae will kick off a schedule that includes monthly race appearances in the build to October’s IRONMAN World Championship, where the three-time winner (2010, 2013, and 2014) aims to regain her crown. “I’m hungry for it,” says Carfrae.
I haven’t been on that top step in Kona since 2014, and every year the women’s field gets stronger and faster. But that doesn’t scare me; instead, it inspires me to rise to the challenge. I’m not afraid to say that I want to be back on top, and I believe I have what it takes to make that happen.
Highlights of Carfrae’s race calendar include a return to Australia for the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship on June 10th, and a first-time visit to Poland for IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia on August 5th before settling into her final Kona build.