Kona, HI–Aboard her new Felt IA, and in the process of setting a new course record, Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae won the 2013 Kona Ironman World Championships in commanding fashion. Amidst a deep and super-competitive field of women, Rinny put together three of the most prolific and seamless swim-bike-run efforts ever to take one of the most coveted titles in all of sports, that of Ironman World Champion.
After a solid swim which had her exit Kailua Bay just about four minutes down on the leaders, Rinny settled into the bike ride knowing she was fit, focused and had new-found help in the form of her IA, the undisputed fastest bike in the world. Anything can happen in a race of this length and for Rinny she knew that with the kind of running capability she has, it would be the bike segment that would likely set the stage for winning or not. Under masterful tempo honed by so much careful training, planning and experience, she put together her best-ever cycling effort with a 4.58:20 for the 112mi segment and by the time the run started, she was just eight minutes down.
With the stride and speed of an elite runner, Rinny smashed the remaining marathon in a speed only bettered by two of the pro men (!), eventually overtaking Rachel Joyce at the 15mi mark to move into the lead for good. In the end, Rinny set a new women’s course record of 8.52:14 to take her second career Kona Ironman World Championship.
In an interesting side note, three months ago Felt was in the wind tunnel with Rinny and her new IA and in the end we were about to distill her time savings over a five-hour ride at race speed to just about 12 minutes–her 2013 Kona bike leg was aprox 14 minutes faster than her ’12 time.