Trevor Wurtele Wins Whistler’s Iron­man Canada

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Kelowna,B. C.’ s Trevor Wurtele suc­cess­fully ful­filled his sea­son’s main goal and notched a come-from-be­hind vic­tory to claim his first Iron­man ti­tle at Whistler, B.C. Wurtele ran a 2:54:31 marathon to break away from Amer­i­can Matthew Rus­sell to win in 8:39:33. We caught up with the cham­pion: Triathlon Magazine Canada: did all go ac­cord­ing to plan? TW: I had en­vi­sioned a few dif­fer­ent race sce­nar­ios, and this was def­i­nitely one of them. Hav­ing Matt Rus­sell catch me at kilo­me­tre 85 or so was not ideal, but I knew what I had to do if he did. I knew I had to stay in touch no mat­ter how hard I had to ride. I did not want to start the run be­hind him. Hon­estly, though, af­ter 20 km of try­ing to stay in touch with him I al­most just went back to do­ing my own thing. He was ab­so­lutely ham­mer­ing and I wasn’t sure I could keep up that effort. Thank­fully Matt torched him­self a bit be­cause I was able to get away on the last climb back to Whistler.

With this be­ing your fo­cus race for the year, TMC: You are con­sis­tenly a strong run­ner, but how sur­prised were you to break away from Matthew Rus­sell? TW: I think my big­gest as­set go­ing into this race was that I trained on the course for three weeks prior to the race. I was 100 per cent sure that if you cooked your­self on the very dif­fi­cult bike leg, you’d pay for it on this run – which isn’t easy ei­ther. I had never raced side by side with Matt in an Iron­man, but I knew he rarely runs slower than 2:53. What I wasn’t sure about was whether or not he can do that af­ter riding as hard as he did. We traded the lead back and forth a bit for the first six miles. I didn’t no­tice any real signs of him hurt­ing, but some­how I man­aged to get a small gap. When that hap­pened I didn’t push the pace any harder, I didn’t want to go crazy so early. With 20 miles still to go any­thing can hap­pen, so I just kept things turn­ing over. Rather than dwell too much on what was hap­pen­ing be­hind me, I made sure to stay fu­elled and hy­drated. Be­ing in the lead of an Iron­man at that point (my first time ever in the lead of a full Iron­man), it could have been very easy to get a bit ex­cited and for­get about the lit­tle things. TMC: Your con­fi­dence must be soar­ing right now thanks to the win and the fact you can run so strongly af­ter a tough bike and against a known run­ner. Will we see you plan for an­other Kona ap­pear­ance next year or tar­get a few other races? TW: Kona is an amaz­ing race and I do see my­self get­ting back there. But yes, you’re right. I want to go back when I know I can race for a top 10. I don’t want to go back just to be a par­tic­i­pant. I did that in 2012 and it sucked. I didn’t get any sat­is­fac­tion from just be­ing there. Look­ing back it would have been so much bet­ter to go do a late sea­son race else­where. TMC: How was your over­all ex­pe­ri­ence at this new race lo­ca­tion? How does the Iron­man Canada course rank in terms of tough­ness? TW: Hav­ing trained on the Whistler course for a few weeks made a big dif­fer­ence. I knew pa­tience was go­ing to be im­por­tant. If I had to com­pare this course to the old Iron­man Canada course in Penticton, I’d say the bike course in Whistler is much harder be­cause of where the hills come at you. The run is quite sim­i­lar to Penticton. But I’d say the Penticton run course is men­tally harder. Ten kilo­me­tres into that run and you can see all the way down Skaha Lake to where you have to run to, and that’s only halfway. In Whistler, while its hilly, the run course is shaded most of the way. It’s fun com­ing back through the vil­lage area for the sec­ond loop. All of that makes it a bit more en­joy­able. Of course, be­ing in the lead may have upped the en­joy­ment fac­tor just a tad. TMC: What’s next? TW: For the next month or so I’ll just be slowly get­ting back into train­ing, but also sup­port­ing my wife Heather as she tack­les both 70.3 worlds and Kona. By the looks of things, I’ll be head­ing to Iron­man Ari­zona to fin­ish off my year.

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