A win at the 2016 IRONMAN® World Championship this weekend would place Australian Mirinda Carfrae in an exclusive club. A title would add to her legacy in Kona and bring her tally to four.
After the disappointment of last year’s DNF at her title defence, Carfrae was hit by a car during the days leading up to the 2015 world championship; the diminutive Aussie is hell-bent on redemption.
“My sole purpose in IRONMAN racing is to see how fast I can go and to improve year upon year. It’s about getting everything I’m capable of from myself, and then working even harder and finding how to get something more,” Carfrae said.
“I was ready to put those improvements to the test last year, and this year is no different. My preparation has gone very well, and I feel like I have everything I need in place to make it an incredible day. It’s going to be a massive challenge, but I feel mentally ready. I’m ready, and I’m excited to dig that deep.”
Until last year Carfrae had never finished off the podium at the world championship, claiming the 2011, 2013 titles and in 2014 chasing down a 14-minute deficit off the bike to catch and beat the 2015 champion Switzerland’s Daniella Ryf.
“I intend to do everything in my power to try and regain the world title. But what’s even more important to me is to put together a personal best performance. The kind of day where I know I’ve given everything. Hopefully, that will be enough for the title, but you never know,” Carfrae said.