Road to Kona: Jodie Robertson

Jodie Robertson at IM Puerto Rico Photo: Paul Phillips / Competitive Image

Jodie Robertson at IM Puerto Rico Photo: Paul Phillips / Competitive Image

Fun fact: Jodie Robertson teaches music full time to kids in kindergarten through second grade, and is a two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. In addition to having a formidable running background, her bike split at IM Texas was 4:43, carrying her to a come-from-behind victory in the North American Championship. We were thrilled that we got to learn more about this grounded, matter-of-fact athlete when we interviewed her for our Road to Kona series.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a police officer. I actually went through the written and physical exams to become a New York State Trooper, I was accepted to the NYS Trooper academy and declined my spot as the timing wasn’t right.


What is on your mind as you prepare for Kona?

Enjoy the process and embrace the opportunity.


What are three of your travel essentials?

Applesauce for race day, Neck pillow, a good book


What do you see as your biggest strength going into Kona?

My ability to execute my own race plan, follow my numbers and get the most out of my fitness on race day.


What was the last gift you gave someone?

During a not so stellar week I decided that doing something for someone else would make me feel better. I took the dog for a walk and put an envelope that said “Dream Big & Make It Happen” with $20 randomly in someone’s mailbox we didn’t know.


What makes Kona different from any other race?

EVERY one is there, at their peak fitness and ready to execute at the top of their game. The conditions help keep things real and give you reason to fight to the end. Anything can happen out there.


What is your favorite Rudy Project piece of equipment?

My WING57 helmet, safety first!


What do you love about the triathlon community?

I love that anyone can compete, overcome obstacles along the way and feel incredibly accomplished both crossing that finish line and learning throughout the process.


What would make this a perfect season for you?

I want to build upon the opportunities I am fortunate to have, while becoming a stronger and more consistent competitor.


How do you like to spend a day off?

Time with my husband Aaron and a trip to some local coffee is always welcomed.


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