Iron­man champ ready

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

RUN­NER-UP World Iron­man Cham­pion Pete Ja­cobs is Australia’s top iron­men and will be out to prove his skills in the Coral Coast Triathlon in Port Dou­glas on May 27.

The Coral Coast triathlon is kick­ing off the Cairns Ad­ven­ture Fes­ti­val with a 1.5km swim at the north­ern end of Four Mile Beach, a 40km cy­cle to Mowbray and back to Four Mile Beach be­fore the 10km run to fin­ish the line.

There are three cat­e­gories with dif­fer­ent dis­tances called en­ticer triathlon, sprint triathlon and the long­est and hard­est Olympic triathlon, which Aus­tralian Iron­man cham­pion Ja­cobs will be rac­ing.

“It will be my first race up there at the Coral Coast triathlon, the first time ever rac­ing in that area and I’m look­ing for­ward to a good hit-out be­fore the fol­low­ing week’s big­ger race the 70.3 Iron­man Cairns,” he said.

“I’m hop­ing I can win it (Coral Coast), train­ing is go­ing re­ally well and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to rac­ing the shorter dis­tance to what I’m used to rac­ing.

“It will be all over be­fore I know it com­pared to what I’m used to - I’m hop­ing for a quick fast race and hope­fully come away with a win.”

The pro­fes­sional triath­lete is used to longer dis­tances com­pet­ing in iron­man events around the world and is fo­cus­ing on the world cham­pi­onship iron­man in Hawaii in Oc­to­ber.

“The world cham­pi­onship is the big­gest triathlon in the world and that’s my fo­cus for the year, to try and im­prove on my run­nerup from last year,” Ja­cobs said.

“The com­mit­ment and hard work pays off when you com­pete and when it’s a job and ev­ery­thing you live for, you get a huge sense of ac­com­plish­ment and re­lief and hap­pi­ness from fin­ish­ing.

“My best ad­vice for peo­ple try­ing to get into it would be do the best you can on the day, of­ten you get thrown from prob­lems.

“Whether you lose nu­tri­tion or flat tyre, it’s all part of the chal­lenge of a triathlon and get­ting to the fin­ish line is the re­ward, re­gard­less of how slow or fast.”

The Coral Coast Triathlon will start and fin­ish at the north­ern end of Four Mile Beach on Sun­day, May 27, and for more in­for­ma­tion about rac­ing visit www.us­mevents.com. au and fol­low the links.

Set to com­pete: Pete Ja­cobs ready for the chal­lenge

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