Congratulations to Newton athlete Jessica Jacobs who brought her 2010 season to a close in Panama City Beach, Florida with her first Ironman win with a time of 9:07:49.
She says of the event: “Nine to ten days out from Ironman Florida, I was ready to race. I took a weekend to head down to Panama City Beach for a mini training camp. I got out the bike course map and rode that course like I owned it. Afterwards, I was truly looking forward to seeing what type of race I put together on the big day.”
She dominated the bike course, riding a 4:52:36, the fastest female split of the day. She followed up her strong ride with a solid 3:04:52 marathon. The combination of her swim, bike and run added up to a first place finish by over six minutes.
“Not everything went perfectly out there today—my aerobar pad snapped off early in the ride, but what can you do? I just stayed focus, stayed positive, and raced my race. It hasn’t sunk in yet that I just accomplished one of my biggest dreams.”
Now that the season is over, Jacobs will shift her focus to another lofty but attainable goal. Following her 2:48:29 finish at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon in May, Jacobs decided to aim to go under 2:46:00 in an open marathon and qualify for Olympic Trials.
“Between my ultra-supportive husband, daughter, and family, my new coach Derick Williamson with Durata Training, and the confidence I have gained from the great results of this year, I have no excuses. I can’t wait to see where the next year takes me,” she says. Newton wishes her the best of luck and will be with her every step of the way.