The OFFICIAL Triathlete

Donita Jacobs

Are you an aspiring or beginner triathlete but don’t know where to start? Or, maybe you’ve participated in multi-sport events, but you’re looking for ways to improve. The OFFICIAL Triathlete Podcast is the show you need to listen to. In each episode, board-certified registered nurse, triathlon and wellness coach, and certified race official Donita Jacobs, who is also a seasoned triathlete, shares tips, strategies, and advice to take you to the next level. Combining more than 20 years of healthcare and athletic experience, Donita is on a mission to make you the healthiest, happiest, and most balanced athlete you can be. You can reach those soaring goals with confidence. Topics include the very basics of multi-sport, training and racing tips, overall health and mindset practice, and how to blend life demands with fitness goals. Each week you will walk away feeling enlightened, inspired, and unshakeable. Donita is simply a friend that believes in you. New episodes release every Tuesday.

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49: Revisiting: Cold Weather Racing Tips
Nov 28 2023
49: Revisiting: Cold Weather Racing Tips
Ready to conquer the cold like a true triathlete? Have you ever considered how your performance might improve if you embraced the frosty weather and utilized your off-season strategically? This episode of the Triathlete podcast is all about that. I share my top tips for cold-weather racing and training, guiding both seasoned and first-time winter athletes to perform at their best in the chill.But it's not all about bracing the cold - I also shed light on the importance of using the off-season to reflect and improve. Through a deep dive into off-season reflection, I help you understand why it's crucial for shaping your future performances and how to set smart goals. We'll explore mental resilience, the role of recovery, and the importance of identifying areas of improvement. It's time to give your body the TLC it deserves and set the stage for a healthier, more robust season ahead. So, whether you're looking to tweak your swim technique or address pre-race anxieties, this episode is brimming with valuable guidance to help you reach your athletic goals. After all, your off-season is your masterpiece in the making. Let's create something beautiful together.Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
48: Triathlon: Back to the Basics
Nov 21 2023
48: Triathlon: Back to the Basics
Get ready for a refreshing exploration into the world of triathlons as your host, Donita Jacobs, shares her personal journey and uncovers the often-overlooked aspects of the sport. Listen in as Donita, a seasoned triathlete, coach, and health expert, takes you back to the fundamental elements that make triathlons both challenging and rewarding. She discusses the significance of emotional intelligence in this rigorous sport, emphasizing the importance of recognizing, understanding, and managing emotions during each leg of the race. Discover how mastering these emotions can improve connections with fellow triathletes and team dynamics and inspire others in their training and races.We don't stop there! Join us as we bust common myths and hear inspirational stories from fellow athletes, reminding us that anyone can conquer a triathlon. Donita also breaks down key points for each discipline in triathlon training - swimming, biking, and running, offering practical tips on technique, consistency, and the mental game. You'll learn about the importance of cross-training, rest and recovery, nutrition, hydration, and goal setting. Whether you're a seasoned triathlete or just starting your journey, this episode promises to be a game-changer. Don't miss out on this informative and inspiring episode!Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
47: Triumph Over Challenges: Pam Wilson's Triathlon Journey (Guest Episode)
Nov 14 2023
47: Triumph Over Challenges: Pam Wilson's Triathlon Journey (Guest Episode)
As we explore the world of triathlons, we couldn't have asked for a more inspiring guest than Pam Wilson. Her journey from outdoor enthusiast to remarkable triathlete, overcoming challenges including the loss of an arm at 20, is a testament to her incredible resilience. Pam's transition from smoking to running marathons reminds us that no obstacle is insurmountable when we set our hearts and minds to it.In this powerful conversation, Pam opens up about her experiences and shares valuable strategies that helped her conquer self-doubt and boost her self-confidence - tools that we can all apply in our own lives and pursuits. We discuss her use of a speed fill to manage the bike portion of the race and her tips for beginners facing obstacles, as well as her emotional and physical preparation for challenging races like Kona. Listeners are sure to be captivated by Pam's story of walking out onto the pier in Kona for her first race, and how she raised $25,000 to participate.Balancing a successful career and family life with intensive training schedules is no small feat, but Pam does it all with grace and determination. Her pre-race rituals, habits, and meticulous planning help her stay focused and organized. She also shares her love for the triathlon community and the indelible impact its members have had on her journey. Pam's story is one of strength, passion, and triumph, reminding us that with dedication and courage, we can conquer anything. Don't miss this exceptional exploration of the triathlon world with an extraordinary athlete.Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
46: Mastering the Art of Indoor Training: Prepping for Winter
Nov 7 2023
46: Mastering the Art of Indoor Training: Prepping for Winter
As temperatures plummet and daylight becomes a precious commodity, you may feel your motivation waning. But fret not, fellow athletes. In this episode, we're exploring the exciting world of indoor training, uncovering the secrets to maximizing workouts, sparking progress, and keeping motivation aflame even as the winter chill sets in. From smart trainers to virtual racing platforms, we're discussing how you can balance indoor and outdoor workouts to ensure you're race-ready, regardless of the season.I, your host Donita Jacobs, will share my personal training journey, from braving the elements outdoors to harnessing the power of indoor cycling and running. We'll delve into the nitty-gritty of indoor training, discussing how its effectiveness can vary based on specific goals and the need to adapt to outdoor conditions if you're eyeing outdoor races. You'll also learn how factors like family commitments, personal convenience, and safety can tip the scales between indoor and outdoor training. Tune in, and let's empower each other to master the art of training in any condition.Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
45: Triumphs, Trials, and Triathlons: Unraveling Liz Hall’s Journey (Guest Episode)
Oct 31 2023
45: Triumphs, Trials, and Triathlons: Unraveling Liz Hall’s Journey (Guest Episode)
Ever had a dream that seemed impossible to achieve? Our guest today, Liz Hall might convince you otherwise with her captivating tale of transformation into an Ironman triathlete. She unfolds the journey of her first lap in a 25-yard pool to racing in full Ironman races, narrating her struggles, victories, and the incredible mental toughness that has been crucial in her journey. Hear how she overcame her initial struggles with swimming and the key role her family and the broader triathlon community have played in her transformative journey.While Liz’s journey is inspiring in itself, what stands out is how she manages her rigorous training while balancing her family and work life. She discusses her training regimen in detail, giving us a glimpse into her weekly schedule of swimming, biking, running, and strength training. She also shares her strategies for training on challenging terrains and ensuring proper nutrition and recovery during her demanding training schedule. From being a dancer to qualifying for the Ironman World Championship, despite a traumatic injury, Liz’s story is a testament to her unwavering commitment and resilience.In the final segment of our chat, Liz elaborates on her preparation for the upcoming Ironman World Championship. Discussing her game plan for the hilly bike course and how she uses technology to aid in her training, she also underscores the significance of no-technology days to stay attuned to her body. Get ready to be inspired by Liz’s triumphant tale that goes beyond her athletic achievements and delves into her philosophy of life, resilience, and triumph against all odds. So, tune in as we reveal the remarkable story of Liz Hall, a dancer-turned-triathlete!Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
44: Overcoming the 25 Most Common Triathlon Training Mistakes
Oct 24 2023
44: Overcoming the 25 Most Common Triathlon Training Mistakes
Ready to become a stronger, smarter, and more balanced triathlete? Strap in, because you're about to learn the ultimate training strategies. Welcome back to the Official Triathlete Podcast! Your friend and guide, Donita Jacobs, is here to empower you with strategies to beat common training pitfalls and enhance your performance. Listen as she uncovers the 25 most common mistakes triathletes make during their training journey and reveals effective strategies to overcome them. From neglecting recovery and ignoring nutrition to over-focusing on one discipline and skipping strength training, we're bringing all these to light, so you can sidestep these obstacles and conquer the finish line like a champion.That's not all. This episode goes beyond just training - it's about transforming the whole person. Reflective practice is a crucial tool for personal growth and Donita is here to guide you on how to overcome the challenges that often hinder this. Dive into the exploration of common barriers like time constraints, reluctance to face shortcomings, and uncertainty about how to reflect effectively. Let Donita guide you through the process, offering tangible solutions and practical advice. So, tune in, get ready to tackle these challenges head-on, and let's turn you into the best version of yourself - an unstoppable, well-rounded, and reflective triathlete. Are you ready to embark on this enlightening journey? Let's go!Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
43: Q&A's: Snot Rockets, Nutrition, Swim Anxiety, Sweat Tests, DNF, Disc Wheels, and More
Oct 17 2023
43: Q&A's: Snot Rockets, Nutrition, Swim Anxiety, Sweat Tests, DNF, Disc Wheels, and More
Join us for a session that promises to not only elevate your multi-sport training game but also enrich your overall athletic performance. This journey starts by unraveling the intricate web of the mind-body connection, highlighting how your mental state can surely influence your physical condition. We further spill the beans on the much-overlooked topic of snot rocket etiquette, providing handy tips on how to clear your nose inconspicuously during workouts.Our adventure doesn't stop there; we plunge into the realm of open water swimming and all the nuances it entails, such as race simulation, safety measures, and the importance of positive affirmations. We also offer you a sneak peek into sweat testing and its potential benefits. Navigate the debate between long-sleeved and sleeveless tri-suits with us, as we weigh the advantages and drawbacks of each. Be prepared to find ways to handle the emotional aftermath of a DNF, and learn how to recover and grow from the experience. Finally, we'll shed light on what to keep in mind when you're ready to take the plunge and invest in a high-end triathlon bicycle. This episode is an absolute treasure trove for all multi-sport enthusiasts out there!Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
42: You Can Do a Triathlon: 4 Myths Busted
Oct 10 2023
42: You Can Do a Triathlon: 4 Myths Busted
Who told you triathlons are only for super athletes?" Let's shatter that myth together in this engaging discourse. I'm here to tell you that with the right mindset and approach, anyone can conquer a triathlon. As your guide, I'll be demystifying the five principles of self-empowerment - setting realistic goals, honing your skills, managing emotions, believing in yourself, and rallying support. It's all about making positive choices and stepping into the driver's seat of your transformation journey. Ever heard about the four common myths that have been holding people back from participating in a triathlon or multisport event? We're going to obliterate those together too. I'll be sharing practical steps and useful tips to help you rise above these misconceptions and embark on your own triathlon journey. If you have any questions or need help, I'm here to support you. With challenging goals, resilience, and a little bit of sweat, you can indeed do a triathlon - let's start your journey today!Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
41: 12 Ways to Make Triathlon Training Fun
Oct 3 2023
41: 12 Ways to Make Triathlon Training Fun
Prepare to kick post-race blues to the curb and redefine the triathlon training game with me, Donita Jacobs. I guarantee our time together will transform your training from monotonous to magnificent as we tackle a sensitive issue - post-race depression - and offer a fresh, fun-filled perspective on triathlon training. We'll get real about the emotional toll that follows the euphoria of race day, exploring how setting new goals, staying in touch with your athletic community, indulging in well-deserved rest and rewards, and even seeking professional advice can help you bounce back stronger than ever.Then, let's turn the page to make your triathlon training a journey you can't wait to embark on each day. Imagine your training sessions as an exciting adventure, complete with scene changes, training buddies, cross-training activities, and your favorite motivational podcasts and playlist tunes playing in the background. From rewarding yourself and practicing mindful training to participating in races as a volunteer, we're set to turn your training into an exhilarating roller-coaster ride. So, join me, and let's revamp your triathlon training routine!Join the Health/Fitness/Endurance for Triathletes and Runners Facebook GroupDonita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
40: The Triathlete's Essential Guide to Wetsuits
Sep 26 2023
40: The Triathlete's Essential Guide to Wetsuits
Ever wondered how to keep your triathlon wetsuit in optimal shape? Or how to select the right one to boost your performance? Well then, brace for an engaging journey into the world of triathlon wetsuits on the 40th episode of The Official Triathlete Podcast. We'll be uncovering the significance of wetsuits, the gamut of options available, and key aspects to mull over while purchasing one. We'll also be striking a chord on the theme of setting ambitious targets and discerning when to adjust, entwined with guidance on fostering tenacity. Fear not, this journey isn't all about straight paths; it's a beautifully winding road blending ambition, flexibility and resilience.Strap in for some handy tips to maintain your wetsuit and keep it race-ready. We'll be unveiling 15 game-changing tips from rinsing your wetsuit with fresh water to avoiding its exposure to direct sunlight. You'll also gain insights into the USAT regulations for wetsuit temperature and thickness, empowering you to make informed decisions. Remember, with correct care and maintenance, your wetsuit can go the extra mile in boosting your performance. So, whether you're prepping for your maiden triathlon or contemplating an upgrade, this episode is your ticket to upping your triathlon game.Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
39: Triathlete Secrets: 16 Game-Changing Recovery Boosters You MUST Know!
Sep 19 2023
39: Triathlete Secrets: 16 Game-Changing Recovery Boosters You MUST Know!
Prepare to unlock the secrets of athletic recovery and elevate your performance to unprecedented heights. This episode guarantees to equip you with game-changing knowledge on sleep science, muscle repair, and nutrition, potentially transforming your post-exercise routine. We uncover the meticulous ballet of electrolytes and the revitalizing power of sleep, demonstrating how they work together in the grand performance of recovery.Get ready to navigate the fascinating world of BCAAs, where muscle protein synthesis, reduced muscle soreness, and improved exercise performance are the order of the day. Discover the significance of hydration and the remarkable benefits of active recovery as we dissect these crucial elements of athletic recovery. Furthermore, we shed light on heat treatments, like saunas and contrast therapy, both proven to optimize recovery by tackling swelling, pain, and muscle soreness. Foam rolling enthusiasts, we've got you covered, too!We save the best for last as we journey into the realm of Epsom salt baths, recovery balms, and ointments, revealing their potential contribution to your recovery routine. From the absorption of magnesium to anti-inflammatory effects and stress reduction, these recovery aids are packed with invaluable benefits. However, don't forget to consult with a healthcare professional before integrating any new products into your regimen. This episode is your one-stop shop for everything recovery, so get comfortable, and let's transform your post-workout routine together.For a full list of peer-reviewed journal articles that were reviewed for this episode, head over to trinursecoaching.com/episodes/otp39Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
38: The Power of Running Form in Triathlon Performance and Training
Sep 12 2023
38: The Power of Running Form in Triathlon Performance and Training
Unlock the secret to optimal running form and discover how to significantly boost your triathlon performance with me, your host, Donita Jacobs. We promise to elevate your running game as we analyze the intricacies of running form, gait analysis, and the unique hurdles faced during the transition from biking to running in triathlons. We will delve into Coach Bobby McGee's 3C's approach, which is all about connecting, compressing and cadence, ensuring you're not just clocking miles but running mindfully, reducing stress, and savoring the joy of the sport all the more. This episode isn't just about perfecting your physical execution but also about fostering the right mindset. We discuss the pivotal role of goal setting and reflection in athletic training and how to meticulously monitor your progress. We underline the importance of loving the journey and not just fixating on the destination. As we wrap up the episode, we touch on the often overlooked aspect of running etiquette in triathlons, which is crucial for fostering a sense of community and ensuring safety. So gear up to revolutionize your triathlon training and enhance your athletic adventures with this enlightening episode.Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10
37: Triathlon Rules Explained: A Deep Dive into Triathlon Rules and Rationale
Sep 6 2023
37: Triathlon Rules Explained: A Deep Dive into Triathlon Rules and Rationale
Welcome, fellow athletes, to another informative and empowering episode of the Official Triathlete Podcast. I'm your host, Donita Jacobs, and I'll be your guide through the fascinating world of triathlon rules, regulations, and their implications for your athletic journey. As a certified race official, I'm here to break down the complexities and share my insights from countless races, ensuring you're well-equipped to navigate your next triathlon.Listen in as we dissect the importance of having a USAT triathlon official at races, exploring how they guarantee safety, fairness, and adherence to established standards. We'll discuss why specific rules exist and what they teach us beyond race - discipline, commitment, and the significance of listening to our bodies. This episode also sheds light on the nine key things USAT officials look for during a transition period and why it's crucial to adhere to these regulations. From race number placement to the prohibition of certain equipment, you'll learn how to ensure a smooth, safe, and fair race experience.And we don't stop there! We further explore how rules in triathlon promote fairness and safety - the importance of swim caps, the reason behind the 78 degrees temperature cutoff for wetsuit-permitted triathlons, and the rationale for allowing athletes to rest during the swim portion. Lastly, we dissect the reasons behind some unique rules such as draft zone length, prohibition of headphones, and time cutoffs. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a beginner, this episode promises to enlighten, empower, and prepare you for your next triathlon. Tune in for an engaging journey through the empowering nature of triathlon and how it can help us navigate life's challenges.Donita's Hero Fundraising Page: Donate to St. JudeDo you have questions or topic ideas? officialtriathletepodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! I BELIEVE IN YOU!Follow Donita: WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn Links (Disclaimer - some are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission): Q Sciences Health and Wellness Usana Health and Wellness Swim Outlet Store InsideTracker - Contact for 25% off any plan EarlyBird - Coupon Code = TRINURSE10