Self Belief – Jaimie Jacobs & Her Ironman 70.3 Journey
My passion in what I do is helping people find their true north, the real reason they want to be their absolute personal best – with true self belief. Without that drive and connection to your self belief, goals become lists that are not accomplished and you never quite live up to the expectations you set for yourself. I always say “you must believe to achieve”.
So I thought I would share a blog by a lovely friend and perfect training buddy Jaimie Jacobs – wife to Ironman champion Pete Jacobs, an intelligent, gorgeous and gifted person in her own right – this lady has it all going on!
Jaimie shares the power of self belief on her journey to 1st place in her age group, at the 70.3 Ironman Philippines.
So, I’m going to step back and let Jaimie take you from here….
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Yep you guessed it! You’ll be taken on a journey (of sorts) into the above.
‘I haven’t done the training’, I don’t deserve these once in a lifetime experiences’, and ‘I don’t measure up to these amazing personalities ’ etc etc were all limiting factors I had constantly bouncing around my head…
I was able to conquer my mind and ultimately the Philippines 70.3 , 2 weeks ago by letting go of those sinister obtrusive evils and truly believe in myself.
Throughout my sporting years from swimming, playing netball, touch, softball, surfboat rowing etc, I relished in the team environment. I am naturally competitive and social, although have a constant voice in my head questioning ‘can I do this? You better slow down otherwise you’ll crack”, “I haven’t done the training”, and “I don’t deserve to be doing this” etc etc.
A couple of weeks out from Cebu Pete and I went to Noosa Hill to do reps. I was blown away by the fact I did a proper training set (although still couldn’t get the heart rate up and call them ‘efforts’). My confidence grew. I then ran 20km with Jess and Nick Crofts group for the first time in a year loving every minute of it. My confidence grew some more.
We arrived in the Philippines for the 3rd time for me, 4th for Pete. Talk about “Location, Location”, The Shangrila Mactan Resort and Spa (emphasizing AND SPA) where reefs starfish, lionfish, clams would rival our much-loved Great Barrier Reef.
It poured early race day morning and here’s how my day rolled out:
5am Wake up from a restless anxious sleep, devour a tea, banana whilst listening to Daft Punk.
6.30am Get to transition with ‘positive thoughts’ of ‘if I race really fast I might get the end of the buffet breakfast in’ running through my head.
6.35am Whilst attempting to fix the seat height I forget to unclip a shoe so stack it on the bike in transition. Positive thoughts of ‘at least I got a cut so there is proof’ and ‘my hair stayed in its pony tail’ run through my head. We then run madly down to the swim start.
6.40am Kiss Pete goodbye as he swims out to the start line with ‘have fun’ and ‘love’ being the spoken mantra.
6.55am Swim start – well wouldn’t call it a swim, more like a tread for water on the backs of the previous wave of competitors whilst ‘having fun’.
27 minutes later with 1.9km swim done I am onto the bike.
Highlights on the bike: Seeing Pete a few times. Food for the soul with the 90km bike course lined with locals madly cheering! Speaking briefly to Andrew Messick (IM CEO) and blowing kisses to the locals. When in Cebu right?
Last leg: A 21.2km run course weaving through the local villages which once again are lined with charismatic local souls.
I finish: Exhilarated and find out I am first place in my age group
The biggest highlight of all was a personal milestone. I believed in myself that day and the weeks before, I learnt from Pete about how believing in yourself and your natural ability, can work.
- I believed I deserved to be there.
- I believed I had a few good sessions under my belt.
I channeled the ‘Noosa’ guys and gals that I have been running with here through the National Park and just HAD FUN!!! I threw all my fearful thoughts out the window never once questioning my ability or worthiness in the event.
Don’t get me wrong there are still holes in this saga, I felt fresh crossing the line and still yet to do an ‘effort’ or have a truly honest hard race. BUT I had FUN and learnt to control my negative thoughts of self doubt.
So there’ll be no more showing up to races with feelings similar to when you wear a frilly dress and flats to an event only to see a stunning model in a tight black dress wearing red lipstick and a push up bra seconds later.
This girl is now equipped with an arsenal of belief!
Keep an eye out in September as Jaimie and I test out the new Training Mask as part of my Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge Training, and there is no doubt we will be hearing more from this amazing lady!
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