Pete Jacobs is a man who needs no introduction. He took a triumphant win at the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship, and coming into Kona this year has been referred to as the ‘true unknown – he can run and swim with anybody.’ The formidable Aussie has been open about working his health and nutrition; he credits a clean balance of nutrition, exercise and stress with a focus on wellbeing for his ‘return from darkness.’
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I never had any big dreams as a kid about what I wanted to do for a job, I had no thoughts about being a professional athlete until I was 20 years old.
What is on your mind as you prepare for Kona?
If I am healthy on the start line I will be able to produce a good result. I’m focused on achieving optimum health, and my training revolves around that priority. I am progressing every week toward both peak health and fitness while not thinking too much about the race as I’ve been there many times before and know what needs to be done on race day there.
What are three of your travel essentials?
Noise cancelling headphones, earplugs, and high fat snacks.
What do you see as your biggest strength going into Kona?
My strength is that I’ve been there so many times, had many great results there, and am able to stay calm and in control on race day to make the right decisions in the moment.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Some bike kit I’d never used, but it had old sponsors on it.
What makes Kona different from any other race?
The huge train on the bike. there is no other race with as many top swimmers and guys that can ride the first 80km together. Obviously the heat on the bike and run, but mostly on the run, gets the better of many people. It’s something that needs to be mentally prepared for. If you don’t have mental strategies for race day in Kona then you will not come back from a bad patch.
What is your favorite Rudy Project piece of equipment?
I spend a lot of time in the RaceMaster helmet, and it feels great, so hard to go past that as my favorite Rudy Project piece.
What do you love about the triathlon community?
The passion triathletes have for their sport transfers into amazing support through tough times. Whether it be support for me through the kind words people say and write, or for a fellow triathlete who has had an injury or illness and needs financial support, the triathlon community is there to support one another, and to learn and be inspired by one another.
What would make this a perfect season for you?
A perfect season would be having the fastest run in Kona, and finishing on the podium.
How do you like to spend a day off?
Well if it’s a day off in the middle of Kona build then a perfect day is rehab in front of the tv, a nap, early to bed. A perfect day off in the off season would be an early surf, a hike and a picnic lunch with Jaimie, a nap, some gardening, and dinner out with Jaimie and some friends.