Mirinda Carfrea is the current Ironman World Champion. In March 2001, Carfrae took second place at Ironman New Zealand and on April 2, 2011 Carfrae wins California 70.3.
FLMSTri: Back in March you raced Ironman New Zealand, where a flat prevented you from capturing the championship title. Did you have some carryover in our fitness?
Mirinda Carfrae: Yes, I think the fitness from an Ironman carries over. All in all I do not think I am in the same shape I was in last year when I raced here. This off season has been a lot differently than years past. I have stayed in the United States, done some photo shots, I have traveled from Boulder to California numerous times.
FLMSTri: Has this hampered your race preperation?
Mirinda Carfrae: I think so, it definitely takes a lot out of you.
FLMSTri: How did you feel coming into the 2011 California 70.3?
Mirinda Cafrea: I felt a bit nervous coming into this race but as you can see Ironman New Zealand must have overflowed into this race. I didn't think I was inshape to pull off a 1:18 half marathon, I don't know where I pulled that from.
FLMSTri: After Ironman New Zealand, what did you do to prepare for this race?
Mirinda Carfrae: Nothing! I had a week off and then I had a real easy week. I returned to the United States and ended up getting sick so I had to take a few more days off and I just started to get back into training.
FLMSTri: Do you think you recovered well after Ironman New Zealand?
Mirinda Carfrae: After an Ironman it is very important to look after your body. This early in the season I would rather be under done vs over done. I have some training to do now.
FLMSTri: How would you some up this race?
Mirinda Carfrae: I am vary pleased. To come up with the win I am super stoked. I am pretty disappointed with my bike but I knew something would suffer with my fitness a litle subpar for me at this stage of the year. I am really please with my swim and I was pleased with my run. To top it off I made my final decision to race in Oceanside a week before the race.
FLMSTri: Congratulations on a great race.
Mirinda Carfrae: Thank you and thank you for all your support.
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