Name: Trevor Wurtele
Date of Birth: May 18th, 1979
Place of Birth: Canada
Current home town: Kelowna, BC (nomadic RV dweller)
Other sponsors: Saucony, Cervelo, First Endurance, Manitoba Harvest, Rolf Prima, Aqua Sphere, CycleOps,
Career highlights so far: Ironman 70.3 New Orleans victory in 2012, 2nd in 2013, 3rd Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2012, 4th at Ironman USA Pro Championships 2012
Why do you like Smith Optics?: The style, fit and feel are the main reasons I love wearing Smith Optics. It’s great when they look cool, but finding the right pair of glasses to wear during an Ironman bike, when you’re hunched up into an aerodynamic ‘ball’, for 4.5 hours is important. I’ve tried many different brands of glasses and Smith Optics has a few different designs that work great for both time-trial-position riding, while also being great running glasses. I couldn’t ask for anything better.
Favorite Smith product and why: Pivlock V2 for riding – because it allows me to see a clear view of the road with no rim obstruction while in an aerodynamic position. Some other rimless glasses are either cut too low or sit too far from my face. Plus they have interchangeable lenses. Awesome. I often switch to the Parallel for the run. Mainly because they’re a bit smaller and I like having a fresh pair of lenses to better see the people I’m passing!!
How did you get into doing Triathlons?: The main reason I started doing triathlons was simply to participate in an Ironman. Soon after that first Ironman race in 2004 I was hooked and have slowly moved up the amateur and professional ranks.
Describe the suffering you encounter during a difficult race: There are two types of suffering in triathlon. The suffering you feel in a faster, more intense race like a half Ironman (around 4hrs) or Olympic distance race (around 2hrs) is burst your lungs kind of pain. On the other hand, pain in a full Ironman (8-8.5 hours) is more of a long drawn out shredding of your muscles. Both types of suffering are made so much worse during a difficult race – it’s usually best not to think about that!
How do you overcome that to push on?: In a difficult race the hardest thing to overcome is really your desire to continue with the suffering when there may be no good result at the end of it. Negative thoughts start to creep into your head. These negative thoughts can really make an already tough day into something brutal. Staying positive can be hard, but it really does make a difference. Especially in these long races, you may have a bad patch half way through, thinking your day is over, but all of sudden you close it out with one of your best runs. You can’t give up too soon.
Craziest thing you have seen in a race?: Professional athletes wearing wetsuits on the bike because the weather was so cold. This happened at Ironman 70.3 Boise in 2012, about 5 of us wore wetsuits during the ride.
In the off season, I like to… Play in the sun and jump in a warm ocean somewhere.