In 2011 Jason made the decision to return to racing. He’s not made any bones about his feelings on ex-Pro’s racing the AG scene – his belief is a Pro should not be able to race AG unless they’ve been out of the game for at least 3 years. Since his retirement Jason has concentrated on training others and has kept a level of fitness. In more recent years Jason has been training with the team when he’s in Dubai but has not raced.
Some 10 years since his last professional race Jason found new inspiration from somewhere – maybe it was turning 40? In October 2011, he decided to have a shot at a World Title. Jason had registered his interest to qualify to represent his country Australia, in the ITU Age Group Sprint World Championships to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in October 2012.
With 12 months to get race fit after a long lay off, his campaign started with two races in Australia in January 2012. Kurnell Triathlon was his first qualifying race where he came 1st in AG 40-44 with a time of 1:02:35 and placed 4th overall. Jason secured his qualification in his second race in Canberra, and despite a torn calf took 1st in AG and a National Title in the Australian National Sprint Championships (13th overall in a field of 478).
It could be argued that as an ex-pro his path would be easier however Jason faces the same challenges as all other age groupers training for a goal. Training around other committments of work, family, regular travel and being 40+ he’s suceptable to injury. With the support of his family – his biggest fans 🙂 he adapted his training to suit his lifestyle although he’ll be the first to admit it’s made easier working with the team, having an aray of training partners available in Dubai to some top notch pals at home in Syndey. His build to race condition over the months has been an inspiration to the team, using his own training technniques he’s demonstrated how results can be achieved with hardwork, committment – and of course a little bit of talent 🙂
2012 ITU Aquathon World Championships
Result :: AG40-44 Bronze medal
Swim 0:12:42 :: Transition 0:01:21 :: Run 0:17:24 :: Time 0:31:29
2012 ITU Sprint World Championships
Result :: AG40-44 Silver medal
Swim 0:10:20 :: T1 0:02:58 :: Bike 0:30:41 :: T2 0:02:35 :: Run 0:17:38 :: Time 1:04:14
What’s next…. Now he’s been lured out of retirement, and his new found taste of success and fitness our Coach will continue to inspire his team as he goes for gold in his quest for a World Title, will it be London or Vegas that is the question?