Q&A with Ironman Triathlon World Champion Pete Jacobs

Through battling fatigue since a teenager, and turning that weakness into his strength, Pete has learnt many lessons, is still learning, and is still driven to win another Hawaii Ironman and discover how to get more from his body. Pete Jacobs has had a string of successes in the 10 years he has been a professional triathlete.


Pete Jacobs recently joined ATEC as an ATEC Ambassador and will be at the ATEC Show in Sydney on 9-10 September.

In the lead up of the Show, we wanted to know more about the story behind his success, how he got into triathlon and how his training schedule looks like.

At what age did you get into the sport of triathlon?

I mostly did Surf Lifesaving growing up, but my mum did triathlons so I went along to a local club race once a year maybe, from when I was about 12. I started doing them as my main sport when I was 18.

What do you think was most important in becoming a World Champion triathlete?

Focusing on winning, and doing every little thing I could that I thought would help me. Visualizing racing, and winning, with a positive mindset was a huge benefit to being calm and making the right decisions on race day.

When did you know you really wanted to enter the triathlon sport on high level?

After I completed my first Ironman in 2002, when I was twenty years old, was the moment I believed I could be very good at this event. In 2004 I had completed my Landscaping apprenticeship and became a full time professional triathlete.


Who or what inspired you to get into the triathlon sport?

It was a dream, or a belief, that I could be the best in the world at long course triathlon, and the challenge to get my body to a level of fitness and adaptation for this specific event, and find out what my body was capable of was what drove me.

What do you think is most fascinating about the triathlon sport and community?

The triathlon community is really diverse, attracts all types of people, and the individual challenge is so great for everyone at all levels that it brings everyone together on a similar playing field, everyone has similar issues and striving for a similar result. It brings people together in so many ways, and from day one in the sport, up to today, some of the closest friends I’ve made are 20+ yrs older than me with seemingly little in common, yet with triathlon as our bond we have more in common than you could imagine.


How does your weekly training schedule look like?

Monday – rest day. massage & light gym.
Tuesday – Run 15-20km. Swim or recovery ride. Strength training.
Wednesday – Ride 2-3hrs. Swim 4km
Thursday – Run 15-20km. Ride 2hrs
Friday – rest day. Easy ride/swim/run/gym
Saturday – Ride 3hrs swim 2km
Sunday – long run 25-30km. Recovery Ocean Swim 2km

Where do you think triathletes should mainly focus on during their triathlon training?

I think some triathletes should focus on their strength. It allows them to get fitter, enjoy it more, and think of the other sports as cross training, rather than trying to be an expert at all three which can become too much to handle for some. It’s good to do some strength training which is part gym, agility, balance, core, and mobility

Do you have any crucial nutrition tips for triathletes and endurance athletes?

Training for a triathlon requires very little change to a regular healthy diet. People should always be conscious of eating lots of vegetables, and not simplify their diet with simple carbohydrates which have little nutritional value.

Do you think everyone can do a triathlon? 

Anyone who can swim, ride a bike, or run/walk even just short distances can put them all together and do a triathlon. The adrenaline and fun from swapping sports in the middle of a race never gets old, and you’re never too old to get something out of trying one.

What are you looking forward to most about your involvement at ATEC 2017?

I’m looking forward to engaging with triathletes, runners, cyclists, and people at all levels of different sports and passing on some of what I’ve learnt, having fun, and learning form the other ambassadors too.

Sydney – 9-10 September, Royal Hall of industries, Moore Park

 ATEC, Australia’s premier event celebrating the endurance lifestyle, is back this September to kick off the season! To prepare you for the season, ATEC offers a range of educational seminars, practical workshops, live activations, cooking demonstrations and competitions to participate in. Meet and learn from inspiring endurance athletes, like Pete Jacobs and Craig ‘Crowie Alexander, endurance athletes, runners, cyclists, coaches and dietitians and take advantage of some great Show specials from leading endurance brands. Get involved & grab your tickets today on www.atecshow.com.au

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