Triathlon strug­gler is now a Jac of all trades

NT News - - SPORT - JACK HIS­LOP

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

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