With five half distance titles (including the Ironman 70.3 North American championship) and a world championship podium under her belt in 2016, Heather Wurtele was named our female Triathlete of the Year. Wurtele has consistently proven she’s one of the strongest women on the long course circuit right now. Here’s some words from Wurtele about earning our distinction, how 2016 played out and what’s next for her this year.

Check out our video with Lionel Sanders who earned our male Triathlete of the Year award.