Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY KEVIN MACKIN­NON

e’ve just fin­ished our Iron­man­live in­ter­view with Heather Fuhr as she pre­pares for the 2006 Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship. There’s a new me­dia in­tern from Iron­man who has been lis­ten­ing in as I talk to the var­i­ous pros about their prepa­ra­tion for the big­gest race of the year. The ath­letes are all fit­ter than ever – rip­pling mus­cles can be seen un­der skin that seems al­most translu­cent be­cause of their in­sanely low body fat per­cent­ages. Some seem to be brim­ming with con­fi­dence. Oth­ers, like Fuhr, are much more un­der­stated. Hav­ing raced in Kona ev­ery year since 1990, she knows that there’s noth­ing to be con­fi­dent about when it comes to rac­ing on the Big Is­land. She pro­vides a typ­i­cally Cana­dian out­look: she’s done the work and is ready to go. She’ll take what the day, and the is­land, gives her.

As Fuhr walks away, the in­tern looks at me and shakes her head. “I can’t be­lieve how beau­ti­ful Heather is,” she says. “Es­pe­cially for a triath­lete.”

I’ve never let that in­tern, who con­tin­ues to work in the in­dus­try, live that one down – the shock that a triath­lete could some­how also be at­trac­tive has pro­vided me lots of ammo to tease her with over the years. And, while I cer­tainly agree with her, she only got it half right when it comes to Fuhr.

Looks have al­ways played a part any time any­one has talked about Heather Fuhr. Al­most any time her name ap­peared in print, the words “the girl next door” seemed to be in­cluded.

“In her quiet, lik­able, girl-next-door per­sona…” Matthew Dale wrote in 2007.

“Heather has al­ways looked like the girl next door,” Lynn Ber­mel wrote in 2005.

“Heather Fuhr, the girl next door, be­came the first Queen of Kona from the sport’s next gen­er­a­tion,” wrote Bob Bab­bitt in the early 2000s.

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