Meet Officer Bob Norvelle: Sponsorship Coordinator
Where are you from? What is your story?
I'm an Air Force brat with 3 sisters. I was actually born at Lackland Air Force base a long time ago. Del Ann and I met in Stillwater, Oklahoma, got married in 1985, and moved to Mesa in 1996 when I was hired by a local car stereo company.
How about family? Kids?
We have 4 kids. Jessica is the oldest, she and her husband live in Gilbert and have a 5 month old girl, Evy. Then there's Rhys, recently married and stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson; Mack, who is in the Army at Ft. Hood, TX, and finally Stephen, a Marine at Camp Pendleton. I was never in the military, but the boys are making up for it.
What started you in triathloning?
A friend of ours at church asked us to be on his team for the Mesa Sprint Tri in 2014. We had a couple of bikes I inherited from my father, who was an avid cyclist (he did PAC tour 4 times), so we got them in shape thanks to Two-wheel Jones and started riding. Getting myself in shape was what took a little longer. That first race was slow, and I walked at least half of the 5k run, but as soon as I saw my finishing time, I was already figuring out how I could improve, and looking for another race to sign up for!
What is your favorite event? Why?
I think the Patagonia Lake Tri is my favorite. It's such a beautiful place to camp, the race is well organized, and of course having some teammates there makes it even better.
What is the 1 thing people may not know about you?
I haven't actually built one in a few years now, but I build and play acoustic guitars under the Spirit Guitars label.
What excites you about the AZ TRI Club?
I love seeing new people get excited about triathlons. It reminds me how I got hooked just a couple of years ago. A big passion of mine is to help those that may be a little unsure of themselves grow and blossom as they get a few races under their belt.
Best Racing Experience?
Each race gets better than the last. As a relative newbie, my fitness level is still increasing, so I enjoy progressively better performances with each event.
Worst Racing Experience?
That's a tough one. For most of 2016 I was dealing with an injury that made running pretty painful, so that was frustrating. But you know, in every race you are pushing yourself so hard that its easy to say to yourself "everything hurts and I'm dying." That seems like it would be the worst, but then you finish and decide it was really awesome.
What's next for you? (Race wise)
I'm a glutton for punishment, so I think Bartlett Lake Olympic again in April. I would like to complete my first 70.3 in 2017, but haven't decided which one.
A Month of RACING!
We had an incredible month of racing and our members, were out in full force representing the club! Here is a huge shout out to everyone who raced (some in heavy rain!)
Desert Clasic Duathlon
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
Lost Dutchman Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10k and 8k