Carfrae’s car issues
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.