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Beautiful and challenging, REV3 Quassy Triathlon

May 16, 2014 07:58AM EST
Beautiful and challenging, REV3 Quassy Triathlon

The course at REV3 Quassy Triathlon  is beautiful and challenging – two factors that always make for a great race!

The swim starts in clean, clear, spring-fed Lake Quassapaug and the water temperatures always seem near perfect, in the low 70s just above the pro wetsuit cut- off of 68oF.  Generally this is the time of day to appreciate being cool, because warmth and humidity is typical for Connecticut at this time of year.  If you have the chance to get into the water for the practice swim on Saturday, it is great to get your bearings on the swim course. After the first turn you are headed directly east and, with the rising sun in your eyes race morning, I’d recommend tinted goggles and having a good land-mark (such as a more distant hill) to sight off because the buoys at water level can be hard to see. Once you make the final swim turn the Quassy amusement park make sighting the swim exit easy, and before no time you’re through transition and off on the bike.

The REV3 Quassy Triathlon bike course has a great mix of flatter fast sections, more technical curving roads through the trees with lots of rolling hills, and a few slightly more sustained climbs. For this type of course it’s critical that your shifting is smooth and that you have all your gears in working order, so take the time to make sure your bike is well-tuned. It can be advantageous to pre-ride/drive the course to get an idea where you can sustain your speed on some of the dips and turns and where more caution is in order.

There is a very gradual climb to get back to T2 so try to be aware of your cadence to get your legs ready to run. For the first couple miles of the run course you are treated to a great downhill section where you can get those legs turning over, and get into a good grove. From there you hit a gravel road and the challenges begin! Hills are the name of the game for the rest of the run so be sure to incorporate them into your run training. The few miles have include an uphill/downhill out and back, and you end with a steep little kicker to really get the best out of you, before a few hundred meters of flat to the finish chute. Generally if you focus on your form and being in the moment, rather than thinking things like “seriously? when does this hill end?” your day will go a lot better!

Like with all races, be sure to pace yourself, stick to your race plan, and remember to fuel and hydrate. Get ready for a great event!

~ Heather Wurtele




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The Wurtele's are both from Vernon BC where they attended Clarence Fulton high school together. Heather saved Trevor's butt in chemistry class and many a lunch was spent taking her car to subway. Trevor was a competitive ski racer until he was 16, then moved to road cycling with numerous amateur European outfits until he was 20. Back in North America he dabbled in 24hr mnt bike racing and went to school in Victoria BC, for finance. Heather played volleyball in high school, but was singularly focused on academics. She rowed varsity while completing her B.Sc. in Forest Genetics at UBC, and met up with Trevor while doing her M.Sc. in Plant Physiology at UVic. The Team Wurtele love affair started when Trevor spent the night at Heather's bedside after she crashed (and nearly broke her femur) when they were mountain biking together, and has continued ever since. In 2004, after several annoying adventure races (not fans of orienteering) we caught the triathlon bug. With Heather’s help in the pool, non-swimmer Trevor finally managed to swim a steady 3.8 km. Trevor helped Heather learn to ride a road bike that same year. She was naturally strong from her rowing background, but took a while before she could get used to those aero bars. Things have come a long way since then! Both of us have grown as athletes since committing full time to triathlon in 2009. Heather has now won 4 Ironman titles (Coeur d'Alene 2008, St. George 2010 and 2011, Lake Placid 2011) while setting new course records at both Ironman St. George and Ironman Lake Placid. 2012 also saw her win her first 70.3 event at the Timberman triathlon, finally, after many years of 2nd place finishes at that distance! Heather was the top Canadian at the 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Championships (7th) and Ironman World Championships (8th) and she repeated this feat in 2012 with 6th at the 70.3 World Champs, and 14th at the Ironman World Champs. Trevor has also come a long way, taking a win at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in 2012, as well as numerous top 5's throughout the year. He is regularly finishing Ironman events in under 8:30 and most recently finished 4th at the US Pro Championships in New York City. Both are gunning for more Ironman wins in 2013, and won't settle until world domination is complete! Previous Sports: Telemark skiing, Volleyball, Rowing
Stats: 1 m 86 cm (6’2”) 69 kg
Triathlete since: 2004 
Pro triathlete: 2007
Hometown: Vernon, BC
Favorite treat: Pomegranates
Good book: Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell


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