Triathlon struggler is now a Jac of all trades
JAC Crofton used to struggle just finishing a 50-metre swim.
Today, she will compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, for the third time.
Triathlon’s pinnacle international race includes a 3.8km Swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run.
The 41-year-old became hooked on triathlon after completing the run leg of a team event in her 20s.
Working specifically on swimming from that point, Crofton eventually became strong enough to complete all three disciplines.
Beginning with Darwin Triathlon Club events, the Territorian soon entered interstate competitions before first qualifying for the World Championships in 2015.
Crofton clocked a time of 11 hours, four minutes and 34 seconds in her second attempt at the Kona event, in 2016.
That was a full 16 minutes slicker than her debut effort, and placed her 31st in the women’s 40-to-44 age division.
Although Crofton is keen to improve on that result, her greatest motivation is the mental game.
“It’s something I’d like to tell a lot of people to do; to not worry about the end result and enjoy the process,” she said.
“It is easier said than done, but it certainly takes the pressure off yourself, too. It’s much nicer going into a race feeling like that.”
“Easier said than done, but it takes the pressure off”
JAC CROFTON ENJOYS TRIATHLON PROCESS
Triathlete Jac Crofton is looking forward to the torturous Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii