Heather Wurtele and the newest addition to the First Endurance team, Tim Don, took top honors at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Campeche with Trevor Wurtele rounding out the podium in third place.
The ‘Team Wurtele’ duo planned Campeche as their opening race of the season and stated “We were in our element with a nice ocean swim, rolling and windy bike course, plus a great spectator friendly run course. We knew we’d be fit after a long, hard, 15-week winter training block, but even so, there’s always nerves wondering how the first race of the year will go. We both went very well, even in the hot humid environment. The results are a good sign for the upcoming races in April (Oceanside 70.3) and May (St. George 70.3).”
Heather Wurtele owned the women’s competition starting out with the 4th fastest swim, just one minute back of the leading trio headed by Leanda Cave. Breaking the race open on the bike with the fastest split, Wurtele was 2:16 faster than eventual 3rd place finisher Allison Linnell and took 6:55 out of 2nd place Cecilia Perez. With time on her side, Wurtele still put up the fastest 20km run time of 1:23:07, winning the inaugural race by a staggering 9:28, with a finish time of 4:19:53.
“I just had one of those days where I felt great all around. I was very happy to be pretty close to the leaders in the swim and in my element pushing hard on the windy, hilly bike course.
“There were people cheering out on the highway of the bike course, and totally packed in on the final kilometer of the run course, which made for a really thrilling race win. I love racing in Mexico as the crowds really get into the race and make the post-race awards celebration pretty special.”
In the men’s race, Tim Don was out of the water with the front pack of 4 and proved to be untouchable once onto the bike. His dominating ride was more than 4 minutes faster than Cody Beal’s second best time and a further 38 seconds up on fellow First Endurance team member Trevor Wurtele. With well over a 5-minute advantage at the start of the run, Don cruised in holding onto a 3:37 advantage on 2nd place Beal and 4:34 ahead of third place Trevor Wurtele who remarked “I was happy with my day. I really thought I’d get up to second place on the run, as I was gaining most of the way. It wasn’t until the final mile where I realized it wasn’t going to happen. Really though, 3rd place here was still very good, and I performed well. Definitely confidence building going into the next races. Oceanside and St. George 70.3 are notoriously tough races; I’d love to finally crack a top 3 at one of those.”
Thrilled to kick off the season with a convincing performance, Don expressed “I am over the moon to get the win in my first race of 2017, you never know how your winter training will transfer into race form. Back in Boulder we have had a very mild winter, so I was able to get a lot of extra bike training in and was able to use this in the race to get a solid lead by T2. Once on the run, I could manage my effort as to not have to go too hard.”
“Today was the first time I have ever used First Endurance in a race. Today was very hot so the combination of EFS-PRO and EFS Liquid Shot worked perfectly together for me.”
“On the run, I was able to use the handy gel flask of EFS Liquid Shot with plenty of water. For me using First Endurance going forward is going to really help with my training. I look forward to improving my energy levels and recovery using MultiV-PRO and OptygenHP daily.”
“Every opening race I have done over the last 3 years that Heather has won, I have as well so it must be a good omen – we should race together more often!”
First Endurance triathlete Jordan Rapp had a consistent and solid day for his opening race of the season to finish 5th and Matt Hanson was hampered by a mechanical on the bike but still managed another race best run split to finish 7th on the day.
IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche
March 19, 2017
1 Heather Wurtele 4:19:53
2 Cecilia Perez 4:29:21
3 Allison Linnell 4:31:14
4 Jackie Hering 4:33:39
5 Liz Lyles 4:34:25
1 Tim Don 3:52:27
2 Cody Beals 3:56:04
3 Trevor Wurtele 3:57:01
4 Mauricio Mendez Cruz 3:59:03
5 Jordan Rapp 4:03:49