Ever since returning from Iceland on Monday, I've been feeling positively buoyant! It was one of those cool life experiences that leave you feeling lucky, grateful, and even causes you to randomly start smiling so that your husband inquires: "What are you giggling about over there?"
Perhaps he's asking this because it's a noticeable change to my overarching mood as of late. Now, I'm a pretty happy person in general to whom smiles and laughter come pretty easily, but before going to Challenge Iceland last Monday, I was feeling pretty depressed. Despite having the most successful race season of my career to date, events in the world haven't been that rosy lately, and when the view is further obscured by the fog of deep physical fatigue, things can start to look pretty bleak.
I know that some of you have been pretty interested in race reports from both St. George, and Ironman Texas, but I have to say that writing them just didn’t appeal to me this time around. Who am I kidding? You all just wanted another funny video from Trevor! Don't deny it! Ha ha. I like writing blogs to ruminate on the things I learn from the sport (and I do think that it’s more interesting and more valuable in the long term), so that’s what you’re going to get here. There are also a lot of cool pictures, all thanks to a photo shoot with ENVE's Ian Matteson, so there’s that to pique your interest if nothing else!
There have been several fun references to my being "pissed off for greatness" flying around since Susan Lacke interviewed me for Triathlete Magazine last week. I love that Ray Lewis pep talk, and I love the constant challenge of my job as a professional triathlete: Trying, every day, to make all the right little decisions and to give my best focused effort each training session to keep getting better. I am super passionate about triathlon, I love high level competition, and I am really thrilled to have just won the 70.3 North American Championship race in St. George Utah!
Stepping back from an intense focus on trying to deliver ones best performance; however, it is great to be reminded that the things we say and do in our own personal pursuits of excellence are often way more meaningful than any race result. I feel very privileged to visit with people at races and have fans share stories with me about how I have inspired them. Just writing that sends tingles down my spine. Inspiring people, and being inspired in return is as incredibly rewarding part of my job. On a scale of zero to crying at your computer, this e-mail definitely tips the teary end of the scale! I was enormously touched and very grateful that Colette took the time to share this with me. If you want some good warm-fuzzies, please read on...
twurtele (at) gmail.com
heather.wurtele (at) gmail.com
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Ironman 70.3 St. George
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