An Ironman up-and-comer looks to dethrone her mentor
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Out Front, Fall 1998
When Heather Fuhr (pictured) closed on the heels of Paula Newby-Fraser at last year’s Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii, she slowed her pace and did something entirely noncompetitive: “Heather leaned over and said,
Fuhr, a 30-year-old Canadian, went on to take her first Ironman title. But she continues to give credit to Newby-Fraser, her training partner of three years in San Diego. She also heralds her friend for helping her to shave 30 minutes off her time on the cycling leg, Newby-Fraser’s strong suit — and Fuhr’s formerly weak one.
It’s a half-hour that just might halt the expelling of such warm, fuzzy Fuhrballs at this year’s race on October 3. With Fuhr gaining ground as the next Kona queen — and Newby-Fraser feeling her healthy self — can the rare on-course camaraderie resurface?
“We’ll just get out there and do our personal best,” says Fuhr. “But sure, I hope to win.”
Photograph by Michael Llewellyn