Car­frae’s car is­sues

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

Hands down the big­gest story of the week, when it comes to bizarre race is­sues, was the car ac­ci­dent that even­tu­ally took Mirinda Car­frae out of the race. The three-time champ was hit dur­ing a train­ing ride three days be­fore the event. She bounced back up from the ground, checked her bike, and fin­ished the ride, but it wasn’t un­til race day that she re­ally un­der­stood the ex­tent of her in­juries.

“I just couldn’t gen­er­ate any power on the bike,” she said of the back and shoul­der is­sues she sus­tained, which was im­me­di­ately ev­i­dent as she was al­most 14 min­utes be­hind within the first 40 miles. Ever the classy ath­lete, though, Car­frae took the op­por­tu­nity to cheer for hus­band Tim O’don­nell, who at one point surged away from Jan Fro­deno and Se­bas­tian Kienle on the bike and would be in the mix for much of the marathon. He even­tu­ally fin­ished third.

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