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quote aerobean]She was one of those top women for a long time and she had fallen off the last few years. Women's triathlon is seeing a changing of the guard much in the same way that men's triathlon has been going through the past few years. She can take pride in that she once outran Miranda Carfrae on the Queen K.[/quote]
The arrival of the next generation is shaking the foundation. Ryf isn't safe either, Lucy Charles is coming. Anne haug looks to be a force as well.
Call me crazy, but I bet gwen dips her toes if Olympic qualifying doesn't go as planned.
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quote aerobean]She was one of those top women for a long time and she had fallen off the last few years. Women's triathlon is seeing a changing of the guard much in the same way that men's triathlon has been going through the past few years. She can take pride in that she once outran Miranda Carfrae on the Queen K.
I believe Carfrae said she wants three kids so i doubt she will be going on much longer. I guess Kona 2018 may determine this, i doubt she wants to hang around if she comes in 10th or 11th!
Having said that, she looks strong so early in the season which is unusual for her. She is swimming and biking well too. Major test will be at Cairns! Hope she smashes it
Yep thats the thing about Carfrae. She's a great athlete that has done incredible things.
However, what baffles me is she has done nothing, not been successful with, or her coach hasn't been able to improve her swim/bike. They have relied so much on her run and as dominate as it is and as incredible as her runs in Kona have been, she's now paying the price for bot building those up.
Unless her swim or bike improve, well really her bike since she can gain a lot of time on that I don't see her winning Kona anymore. Though she can still have a podium chance and might have some more incredible runs in her.
Man I wish TO could win one so bad but he might be in his last chance this year. But as we've seen on the mens side, its more about last man standing and many more males get blown up on the queen K, so while I don't think he is in his prime anymore, you just need to be the strongest on race day. I think he can still fulfill that role pending condition and how the race plays out this year.
On the TO side, I just don't see it and I have never seen it. I just don't think you can win Kona having never run 2:40's in Kona. The race is only getting faster and it just doesn't appear that TO has it. The only chance he has, which is extremely small, is to bike with Kienle and Sanders and have a magical run that he can outlast those two. TO coming into T2 with Jan, Javi, McNamee, Hoffman,etc.. is just not going to cut it. Too much talent in the field.