OCCUPATION: Senior engineer, Savannah River Site
EXPERIENCE: A member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 30 years, Jackson started his long-distance competitions with a 10-mile run in 2007 in Washington, D.C. He was immediately hooked.
Two years later, he completed the Augusta Half-Marathon in November and followed it with a full marathon in Kiawah Island, S.C., a month later. When he joined the Augusta Striders, he kept hearing members talk about the intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta. The more he heard, the more interested he became.
“I grew up in Florida,” he said. “I knew how to bike. I knew how to swim.”
With Team in Training, Jackson competed in his first Ironman 70.3 Augusta in 2010. He followed it up with a second appearance a year later. But because of his extensive work in the U.S. Army Reserve last summer, Jackson said he couldn’t properly train for the 2012 event. So he sat it out. Jackson resumed his training regimen this year and said he’s ready.
GAME PLAN: Jackson said his main goal is to keep a steady pace on the cycling portion and not go too fast. Two years ago, he purchased a new bike, pushed too hard on the second leg of the Ironman event and had nothing left for the run.
This time, he’d like to have enough energy stored up so he can try to break the six-hour mark, he said. If he finishes under six hours and 12 minutes – the time he set his first year – he’ll be happy.
– Chris Gay, staff writer