Carrie Lester
Country
World Rank
25
Weight
58kg
Height
1.70m
Age
40
DOB
01/28/81
Swim: BlueseventyBike: CanyonRun: Hoka One One
84%Swim91%Bike80%Run87%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Carrie Lester

With a personal best of 11.71 for 100m and 23.90 for 200m, it wasn't immediately obvious that Carrie Lester would forge a reputation for excelling in the longest and toughest triathlon races on the planet.

But that is the transition she has made, from a sprinter in high school in Australia to collecting a stack of the most sought-after endurance titles.

2019 saw her enjoy her most successful season to date, with her wins including three IRONMAN races (France, Mont-Tremblant and Cozumel), an eighth-place finish at Kona, victory at Ventouxman and a 70.3 success at Gulf Coast.

Carrie says of that incredible haul: "I get quite emotional when I think about 2019 because it all just came together in the one year and was epic.

“Everything kind of fell into place with the training and racing. And I just felt confident in myself that I could handle whatever came my way. In terms of what I've achieved in my career, it was definitely the icing on the cake."

She also manages to find plenty of time alongside husband Scott DeFilippis to help change people's lives and careers for the better through their coaching business.

Lester is passionate about getting people active, and sets an inspiring example herself.

She says: "It doesn't matter how slow you go, you're always lapping someone on the couch! You need to keep working out for your physical health and your mental health."

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Born in 1981, Carrie stopped sprinting when she was 20 and put her energy into studying (Business Management & Marketing at the Queensland University of Technology).

But going to the gym to keep fit, she says she "stumbled" into triathlon, first taking part in a super-sprint event in 2004. She won her age group but was slightly bemused it was over so quickly, no wonder given the direction her career would later take her.

"I started doing local races in Queensland simply as a means to keep fit. I was working full time, and it offered a great way to stay healthy and be social," she explains.

A move to the Sunshine Coast saw Carrie join a new training group, and things moved up several levels.

So much so that in 2009 she became a dual Age-Group (25-29) World Champion, first winning the ITU's Olympic Distance event on Australia's Gold Coast in September and then the Long Distance title in Perth the following month, the latter by more than 15 minutes.

Her full-distance professional debut came in 2010 at IRONMAN Australia in Port Macquarie, and she wasted little time in bagging her first victory, winning in 9:23:46 after completing her first-ever marathon. She also qualified for Kona in the process.

Despite her success so far, and the promise of more to come, it wasn't until 2012 that Lester gave up her job and started training and racing full-time.

Multiple long-distance and 70.3 titles followed, while she also notched several podiums in the sport's most important events. Notably two second places at Challenge Roth and two top-10 finishes at Kona.

The tougher the race, the more she liked it and the better she did. Carrie also appeared to thrive on a challenging schedule.

"I love the challenge of the toughest courses; I believe they are truly honest. It's just you against the course in those races which is something I've always believed in."

There are few better example of that talent, determination and will to win than her 2018 victory at the mythical Embrunman in the French Alps, which features 4,500 meters of climbing (including the Col d'Izoard) and is dubbed 'the hardest triathlon in the world'.

Carrie had already won there in 2016 in a course-record time, but two years later she crashed on the bike leg when disputing the lead.

She explains: "I fell hard on my back and ribs. My bike was rideable, but I was in pain.

"I was about four-and-a-half hours in and had another two hours or so to ride and then run the marathon, but it was utter agony. I usually carry Ibuprofen with me. I took everything I had. But at 20km of the run it had worn off, and I wasn't sure I would make it. I have never been in that much pain, but I won and it was all worth it."

Carrie followed that epic performance with the best season of her career so far in 2019, taking part in four IRONMANs (winning three of them with the other her eighth place at Kona) as well as winning over 70.3 and successfully defending her Ventouxman title on the 'Giant of Provence'.

Giving plenty back to the sport

Another key aspect of Carrie's triathlon journey has been helping others achieve their goals.

"We have our coaching business and want to be there to help others. Not just professional athletes but also the development of the sport. It's hard when you're a beginner pro or an age-group athlete," she says.

A recent example was Manu Kung, whose breakthrough fourth place at IRONMAN Cozumel gave Carrie just as much pleasure as her own win.

Husband Scott DeFilippis meanwhile has been invaluable every step of the way to Carrie.

"He sees when I'm going through hard moments, and he sees when I need to back it off, or when I'm maybe being lazy and need a push. We train every day together, so it's great."

When asked what she is most proud of, she says: "Always wanting to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday. In training and life.

"I know when I eventually retire, I will look back at all of the hard, honest work I put in every day to get the results I have had in my career and be extremely proud."

There are still remaining ambitions though, not least finally beating Heather Jackson!

The two have had many close tussles in recent years, and Carrie explains: "I thought I might have had her in Hawaii in 2019, but I made an epic mistake in dropping my nutrition on the bike and had to scramble my way through the rest of the race”.

The PTO’s flagship Collins Cup could provide the perfect stage for another battle between the two and, looking at the bigger picture, Carrie is hugely encouraged by the recent development of the sport by the Professional Triathletes Organisation.

"We're definitely going in the right direction, with the PTO really trying to raise the profile through their plans for the races and media coverage."

Current PTO World Ranking Points
25
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
104.63
2021 IM 70.3 St. George
69.72
Average
87.18
Ranking History
#1#30#59#882010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212010Overall103.906 pts#48Swim95.5504 pts#58Bike150.111 pts#28Run58.885 pts#892011Overall167.627 pts#38Swim110.789 pts#51Bike162.245 pts#25Run70.0855 pts#772012Overall195.934 pts#25Swim130.265 pts#40Bike151.716 pts#43Run126.348 pts#392013Overall195.934 pts#34Swim130.265 pts#41Bike152.269 pts#51Run126.348 pts#462014Overall183.581 pts#71Swim134.65 pts#65Bike165.433 pts#51Run107.574 pts#1122015Overall250.132 pts#32Swim152.43 pts#61Bike185.714 pts#27Run145.503 pts#672016Overall284.911 pts#9Swim151.589 pts#71Bike197.44 pts#16Run165.863 pts#402017Overall285.249 pts#11Swim147.793 pts#68Bike197.258 pts#20Run157.151 pts#592018Overall288.542 pts#15Swim162.145 pts#48Bike204.645 pts#13Run151.768 pts#592019Overall322.471 pts#7Swim164.375 pts#42Bike219.29 pts#6Run164.014 pts#482020Overall313.888 pts#7Swim158.171 pts#36Bike216.132 pts#4Run163.657 pts#402021Overall87.1753 pts#25Swim78.8234 pts#42Bike95.9229 pts#13Run68.8339 pts#68
Results
55 Races12
1
10
2
9
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 May
9
IM 70.3 St. George
26:11
2:24:47
1:27:00
4:22:47
69.7211
04:11:2269.72
12 Mar
13
Challenge Miami
24:21
1:36:35
1:10:13
3:13:14
55.858
03:01:1455.86
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
23
Challenge Daytona
26:01
1:55:38
1:14:37
3:39:41
62.9481
03:28:0762.95
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
24 Nov
1
IM Cozumel
45:35
4:38:35
3:10:26
8:38:41
97.5705
08:36:4897.57
12 Oct
8
IM Hawaii
54:15
4:50:01
3:09:37
8:58:40
103.815
09:01:46103.81
7 Sep
27
IM 70.3 World Championship
28:05
2:54:10
1:27:26
4:54:20
36.99
04:28:5536.99
18 Aug
1
IM Mont Tremblant
51:23
4:48:20
3:03:51
8:48:26
112.503
08:58:32112.50
25 Jul
2
Alpe D'Huez L
31:33
4:40:10
1:29:26
6:44:15
84.3882
06:35:0084.39
30 Jun
1
IM France
53:36
4:41:12
2:22:08
8:05:20
92.3116
07:59:4892.31
19 May
5
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
25:31
2:20:59
1:28:46
4:22:52
64.0494
04:09:2564.05
11 May
1
IM 70.3 Gulf Coast
29:07
2:14:48
1:29:01
4:15:57
85.858
04:10:3885.86
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Dec
3
IM 70.3 Indian Wells - La Quinta
26:50
2:21:12
--:--
4:20:38
67.3553
04:08:2867.36
18 Nov
2
IM Arizona
53:06
4:37:42
3:07:40
8:44:13
106.153
08:49:06106.15
4 Nov
2
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:22:01
78.0552
04:13:4078.06
13 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:47:39-
15 Aug
1
Embrun
51:20
6:38:22
3:17:35
10:51:43
0
--
2 Aug
3
Alpe D'Huez L
32:33
4:42:23
1:34:36
6:53:06
78.1667
06:40:0078.17
24 Jun
2
IM France
55:23
5:15:00
3:09:23
9:27:30
85.3328
09:15:1785.33
5 May
2
Wildflower
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:39:07
62.9816
04:24:2662.98
7 Apr
DNF
IM 70.3 California
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:14:18-
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
3 Dec
2
IM Western Australia
--:--
4:38:43
3:16:05
7:59:07
92.2582
07:53:3792.26
12 Nov
3
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:21:20
71.6312
04:10:4071.63
14 Oct
7
IM Hawaii
57:51
5:00:31
3:16:35
9:19:49
90.1306
09:11:3990.13
15 Aug
2
Embrun
53:34
6:38:22
3:18:57
10:54:36
0
--
23 Jul
1
IM France
55:32
5:19:12
3:06:14
9:27:53
86.689
09:16:4686.69
13 May
4
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
26:52
2:22:20
1:28:36
4:24:31
61.1007
04:09:5661.10
4 Mar
DNF
IM New Zealand
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:08:10-
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Oct
10
IM Hawaii
56:40
5:10:50
3:15:55
9:28:17
78.8805
09:10:5078.88
17 Jul
2
Challenge Roth
52:23
4:42:50
3:03:38
8:42:13
102.86
08:44:28102.86
12 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Eagleman
28:14
2:19:33
1:32:57
4:23:43
73.0405
04:13:2873.04
5 Mar
3
IM New Zealand
52:14
5:01:22
3:08:13
9:07:19
88.266
08:57:5188.27
31 Jan
3
Challenge Melbourne
27:17
2:20:16
1:28:05
4:19:50
63.2262
04:06:1563.23
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
25 Oct
2
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
29:02
2:29:33
1:30:21
4:31:45
68.0806
04:19:2068.08
27 Sep
1
IM Chattanooga
44:35
5:01:16
3:05:05
8:56:00
93.046
08:50:2893.05
12 Jul
2
Challenge Roth
52:09
4:47:43
3:09:50
8:53:09
89.0054
08:44:3089.01
2 May
4
Wildflower
25:22
2:39:07
1:35:34
4:44:09
50.7433
04:24:3650.74
28 Mar
10
IM 70.3 California
26:05
2:27:35
1:28:34
4:27:49
61.7468
04:13:1761.75
15 Mar
5
IM 70.3 Monterrey
26:28
2:18:41
1:31:35
4:20:50
41.878
03:59:5541.88
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
16 Nov
10
IM Arizona
53:30
5:24:59
3:17:16
9:40:19
42.8542
08:54:3042.85
24 Aug
1
Challenge Penticton
59:52
5:09:31
3:13:59
9:27:24
59.0089
08:54:3259.01
3 Aug
DNF
IM Boulder
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:05:55-
3 May
4
Wildflower
25:57
2:42:26
1:50:00
4:47:05
46.4375
04:25:4446.44
30 Mar
3
IM Los Cabos
52:49
5:05:03
3:24:42
9:26:35
66.5328
08:59:3066.53
18 Jan
DNF
Challenge Wanaka
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:07:05-
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
2 Nov
DNF
IM Florida
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:30:21-
25 Aug
1
Challenge Penticton
58:59
5:07:53
3:17:01
9:27:26
58.0393
08:53:5058.04
28 Jul
3
IM Lake Placid
55:17
5:23:29
3:23:10
9:47:59
47.8387
09:05:1947.84
24 Mar
8
IM Melbourne
24:21
4:54:28
3:18:12
8:41:22
0
--
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
3 Nov
6
IM Florida
58:13
4:57:34
3:16:59
9:17:53
58.2659
08:45:0158.27
2 Jun
1
IM Cairns
56:31
5:05:20
3:13:52
9:21:00
70.3777
08:57:0870.38
24 Mar
8
IM Melbourne
55:22
5:02:31
3:16:31
9:18:25
67.2908
08:52:1867.29
2011
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
4 Dec
3
IM Western Australia
58:15
5:04:42
3:25:26
9:32:44
52.8246
08:54:5352.82
5 Jun
3
IM Cairns
55:20
5:11:48
3:24:50
9:34:56
53.5932
08:57:3153.59
2010
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Oct
23
IM Hawaii
1:03:12
5:16:06
3:29:40
9:53:23
42.6974
09:06:2542.70
28 Mar
1
IM Australia
49:43
5:00:57
3:29:36
9:23:46
61.2088
08:52:4661.21
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
87
25
2020
313
7
2019
322
7
2018
288
15
2017
285
11
2016
284
9
2015
250
32
2014
183
71
2013
195
34
2012
195
25
2011
167
38
2010
103
48
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
78
42
2020
158
36
2019
164
42
2018
162
48
2017
147
68
2016
151
71
2015
152
61
2014
134
65
2013
130
41
2012
130
40
2011
110
51
2010
95
58
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
95
13
2020
216
4
2019
219
6
2018
204
13
2017
197
20
2016
197
16
2015
185
27
2014
165
51
2013
152
51
2012
151
43
2011
162
25
2010
150
28
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
68
68
2020
163
40
2019
164
48
2018
151
59
2017
157
59
2016
165
40
2015
145
67
2014
107
112
2013
126
46
2012
126
39
2011
70
77
2010
58
89
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