Jakub “Jakes” Macel recorded the second-fastest overall time of his Ironman career, 9:51:08, at Mont Tremblant.

 After coming out of the water in fifth spot in his M40-44 age group, Jakes surged into second place on the two-loop closed bike course. His 4:58:17 ride on his Cervélo P5X was the 25th fastest overall, which is all the more impressive given that 24 pro athletes competed. “When I came out of the swim feeling very fresh and starting the bike with no fatigue, I knew I would have a good day,” Cervélo’s Digital Marketing Specialist said after the race.

The 10th full-length Ironman on Jakes’ palmeres “went 95-per-cent according to plan,” he added. “I was hitting my targets — a 55-minute swim, sub-five-hour bike, and running at a 3:30-to-3:40 pace — but the last 12km was a struggle. I started to feel depleted at around 30km of the run and knew I needed to walk to be able to recover and get calories in. That was tough mentally because I knew it could cost me a lot of time late in the race. I knew I needed to stay positive, and fortunately I was able to start jogging after a few minutes and slowly I got back into my run.”

Ultimately, these home-stretch struggles pushed Jakes out of the Top 4 in his age group, with his sixth-place showing coming oh-so-close to his goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship on Oct. 13. “Although I missed my objective of a Kona qualification, I can say I'm proud and happy with my performance,” he said. “I'm proud I kept my composure, recovered physically and mentally, and pushed hard until the finish.” 

Of course, this pride is shared by the entire Cervélo family. “Jakes left everything out on the race course, as he always does, and we could not be more proud of him,” said Triathlon Marketing Manager Lesley Loughlin, who was at Tremblant to support the hundreds of Cervélo athletes taking part. “So although he won't be toeing the line at Kona this year, we have no doubt he will be back and looking to get his sub-10-hours on the Big Island soon.”

That confidence in Jakes is well-founded. “I really love racing and I want my kids to grow up seeing me having fun and staying fit,” he said. “Since my very first Ironman 10 years ago, my competitors have always been very supportive and that continues today. They congratulate you when your racing well and encourage you when you’re suffering, which is why you see all types of athletes ranging in abilities on the start line. It's a very welcoming sport, and we all know the feeling of elation from a great race and the disappointment of a tough day.”

As a veteran athlete, Jakes added that he has “learned to be more patient and tactical in my approach on race day. No more ‘guns-a-blazing.’ However, it’s still a work-in-progress.”

If Jakes’ bravery, skill and passion for his sport are any indication, that work-in-progress is bound to produce a masterpiece.