ATHLETE PROFILE

Jess Paynter

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AGE GROUP 

PREFERRED DISTANCE

25 - 29

IRONMAN 70.3 / IRONMAN

LIVES

NICKNAME

Bendigo

Jess

Doctor

OCCUPATION

TOP RACING RESULTS

SUMMARY OF THE HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN ATHLETIC CAREER TO DATE.

YEAR

RACE

RESULT

2019

Busselton Ironman

First and currently only Ironman. First Place 18-24. 11:21

2019

VIC Aths Burnley Half

1:31 half marathon

2018

Shepparton 70.3

18-23 2nd place

2018

Hobart Marathon

3:39 (1st marathon)

MORE ABOUT JESS

Why I started? I had always ran since high school just for sanity basically - and always crosstrained with swimming and riding. I had never really competed, just ran a lot. I got struck with glandular fever in my most academically rigorous year of medical school and came out 0f 2017 quite fatigued and with little motivation to exercise. I decided that I actually needed an event to motivate myself so did Geelong 70.3 and Hobart Marathon at the start of 2018 to kickstart the new year. I still don't do too many events but just try and tick along. I try not to get too obsessed, I just do the workout - and a lot of time as Grant would probably say I forget to upload it to strava/training peaks. I try to just do the workout/race and then just move on with the rest of the day. I have tried not to let it change myself too much as I just want to keep a healthy life balance whilst doing a lot of shift work and study. It will probably go a lot to the backburner during the pandemic.

Why you do it? I do it because I enjoy it - most of the time. Because there are three components that help to keep me from getting injured/stale with one activity. Because I like to see what I am capable of - where and how I can push myself. What I don't like about triathlon is how costly it is!!

Future plans: Qualified and accepted the Kona Spot so will hopefully get to Hawaii if it happens given the current COVID-19 Pandemic and not having work approved leave yet ......  


Also, I hope to finally get a sub: 20min Parkrun/5km. I would also like to bring my marathon time down. I don't really do swim or ride events so maybe I should start doing some solo events to challenge myself.

 

My future plans are also to retire from longer distance events soon to focus on my career development - so we will reassess after this year.

JESS ON BECKWORTH RACING

They are very friendly and welcoming as a remote/satellite athlete. Have a nice supportive culture. My Coach Grant is very accommodating to my schedule and gives me a lot of flexibility. The virtual support from the Club - none of who knew me really during Busso was great. 

I also like that Beckworth guided me to my Ironman finish uninjured and able to bounce back relatively quickly - so that was good. 

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Ally Duff  @sportandlandscapes

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