“If there’s anyone who knows how to win this race it’s Rinnie” says Tim O’Donnell, talking about his wife, three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae. This knowledge apparently translates into a special sort of empathy and support when it comes to the 24/7 demands of having a 7-week old baby in the house. “I’ve been in the guest the last couple of weeks,” he reports with a smile. “I have a feeling that’s going to change on the 15th.”

Bob Babbitt’s pre-race interview with Ironman Boulder Champ Tim O’Donnell: