Jocelyn McCauley
Country
World Rank
8
Weight
54kg
Height
1.60m
Age
34
DOB
05/16/87
Swim: Quintana RooBike: Quintana RooRun: Nike
87%Swim94%Bike91%Run92%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Jocelyn McCauley

Not many people's first-ever half-IRONMAN takes place 10 weeks after they've had their first child. But Jocelyn McCauley isn't your average sort of person.

And just a year after that race with her sister in 2014, she'd turned professional. And since then she's become a multiple half and full-distance winner at the highest level as well as cracking the top 10 at the World Championship in Kona.

IRONMAN New Zealand has proved a significant event throughout her career so far. It was her first race as a professional in 2015, making it all the more special when she was first across the line two years later.

And a second win in 2019, in a country she loves, saw her beat the all-time overall record in what is the world’s longest-running IRONMAN event.

As well as the many highs, there have also been some lows as she has endured both illness and misfortune since late 2019.

She has been building back steadily to full fitness and is relishing the chance to bounce back when racing resumes.

Highs and lows of the sport

"I was a runner - cross country and track and field - in university. I loved it, but ended up getting injured and needing surgery three times," says Jocelyn of her early sporting career.

And the opportunity to get involved in triathlon couldn't have been much closer to home.

"My sister started doing iron-distance triathlons, and I went and supported her. I found the atmosphere of the whole race - but especially the start and finish - so electrifying and addicting.

"So I decided to do my first half distance - which you had to enter about a year in advance - and finished it with my sister 10 weeks after having my daughter!”

Her progress from that point was staggering. She decided right away she wanted to do a full-distance race so IRONMAN Texas in 2014 was inked into the diary, saying it would be a "one and done thing", which wasn't quite how it turned out.

Again both Jocelyn and her sister took part, and both performed well enough to qualify for Kona. Jocelyn excelled on the Big Island by being the first amateur female to finish.

Wondering whether to try and juggle nursing full-time (she had Bachelor and Masters degrees), with being a mum and fitting in her triathlon training became a much easier decision on the back of that.

She began racing as a pro in 2015, with fifth at IRONMAN New Zealand a promising start.

Jocelyn didn't have to wait too long for her first win, Spain's Balearic Islands providing the setting as she won IRONMAN Mallorca in 2016. And the momentum rolled into 2017, where that first success in IRONMAN New Zealand meant so much.

That year also saw her collect her first half-IRONMAN victory at 70.3 Vichy in France ahead of her first Kona appearance as a pro where she squeezed into the top 10 thanks to a storming last 10km on the run.

A solid 2018 (podiums at IRONMAN New Zealand, 70.3 Vichy and 70.3 Taupo, plus a frustrating puncture-blighted Kona return) was followed by a near-perfect first half of 2019.

Her second win at IRONMAN New Zealand this time saw her register the fastest-ever time (and only the second under nine hours) in the 35-year history of the race.

And then to IRONMAN Texas, the full-distance race where it had all started as an amateur alongside her sister, and an object lesson in how to face your fears and conquer them.

"I was going to that race for the sixth time overall and trying to finally have a good race there as a pro," she explains.

"I kept thinking about the failures that I had there - passed out, gotten sick, three flats and zero gearing on my bike. I was able to change my mindset of thinking about all the failures there to the opportunity of having success."

Already qualified for Kona thanks to that New Zealand triumph, Jocelyn was able to go toe-to-toe with the dominant Daniela Ryf - and push her all the way.

There were just six seconds between them in the swim. Nothing separated them on the bike - Jocelyn even moved to the front late on and was the first to reach T2. This was a new experience for Ryf, who had been in front at that point in every one of her previous IRONMAN races stretching back to her first race in 2014.

And so it continued, Jocelyn surging into a two-minute lead on the run after 12km before Ryf relentlessly closed the gap. With not much more than 5km to go, Ryf was in front and this time she wasn't going to relinquish her advantage.

That epic battle should have set things up perfectly for another showdown at Kona, but it wasn't to be.

"The Fall of 2019 and then early 2020 have shown me the most pain - both physical and emotional - I've had in races,” explains Jocelyn.

"At Kona 2019 I was in the best shape of my life but ended up getting a parasite leading into the race. I ended up puking for most of the bike ride and pulled over very dehydrated and confused.

"Two weeks later I decided to go to Malaysia to try and put things right and get early qualification for 2020. I was leading by about 30 minutes with 15km left on the run but got hyponatremia and collapsed.

"I was unconscious for 12 hours in the hospital with brain swelling and rhabdomyolysis. I was physically and emotionally pretty crushed by the whole experience. I didn't have any family there with me."

The men's winner that day, at what is renowned as the hottest event on the IRONMAN calendar, was triathlon legend Javier Gomez. Afterwards he described it as the "the most extreme heat conditions I've ever raced in."

Even Jocelyn’s favourite race of IRONMAN New Zealand couldn't turn the tide.

"I ended up getting very sick before the race. I had about 10 days off training leading into it and did a little swim, bike, and run the day before. I started but just didn't have anything in me to be able to race. I was so mentally conflicted because I didn't want to DNF my third event in a row but ended up stopping after many people's concern for my safety."

Looking forward to bouncing back

"Swimming can be so meditative. Biking I can explore so much - and running was my first love, I always enjoy the simplicity and ease of it," is how Jocelyn sums up the three disciplines of triathlon.

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all competitive sporting calendars, Jocelyn took her time to regain full strength and fitness.

Reflecting on her career to date, she's quick to pay tribute to her husband: "The best hugs in the world are the finish-line hugs I get to give him. We go through so much together to make this dream possible. It's our dream, not just mine, and I appreciate him so much.

"I also want my daughter to be able to see what's possible if you pursue your dreams and the outcome of hard work."

For religious reasons, Jocelyn doesn't race or train on Sundays, and she says: "I believe that God has given us talents and gifts that we should continue to improve and develop to show our love to him as well as help spread his love to others."

Current PTO World Ranking Points
8
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
99.87
Average
99.87
Ranking History
#1#55#109#16320152016201720182019202020212015Overall99.0733 pts#181Swim80.0881 pts#212Bike114.233 pts#189Run110.432 pts#1292016Overall148.626 pts#136Swim117.779 pts#143Bike143.193 pts#101Run139.896 pts#872017Overall267.736 pts#24Swim139.847 pts#86Bike182.335 pts#34Run178.665 pts#242018Overall263.299 pts#30Swim153.413 pts#58Bike183.826 pts#40Run166.698 pts#392019Overall299.607 pts#14Swim171.57 pts#29Bike209.921 pts#14Run184.89 pts#232020Overall299.607 pts#10Swim171.57 pts#26Bike209.921 pts#8Run184.89 pts#152021Overall99.8689 pts#8Swim85.7848 pts#26Bike104.961 pts#4Run92.445 pts#11
Results
32 Races4
1
5
2
1
3
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
7 Mar
DNF
IM New Zealand
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:55:05-
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
26 Oct
DNF
IM Malaysia
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:06:57-
12 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:01:46-
24 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Vichy
26:02
2:33:01
1:22:01
4:27:01
71.6275
04:16:0771.63
27 Jul
5
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
27:38
2:23:09
1:32:10
4:30:18
47.9748
04:10:4447.97
4 May
7
IM 70.3 St. George
25:01
2:21:41
1:29:00
4:20:06
76.8377
04:11:2276.84
27 Apr
2
IM Texas
54:09
4:40:17
2:59:32
8:39:41
114.699
08:51:24114.70
2 Mar
1
IM New Zealand
52:28
4:57:26
2:58:06
8:53:10
108.07
08:59:42108.07
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Dec
2
IM 70.3 Taupo
27:17
2:24:51
1:29:43
4:26:51
62.8091
04:12:4562.81
17 Nov
DNF
IM Malaysia
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:15:39-
13 Oct
30
IM Hawaii
54:12
4:53:01
3:56:29
9:49:08
22.318
08:47:3922.32
25 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Vichy
26:35
2:19:43
1:22:21
4:15:16
73.1486
04:05:2373.15
28 Jul
4
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
--:--
2:20:15
1:24:48
3:47:01
61.646
03:34:4061.65
28 Apr
DNF
IM Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:33:11-
3 Mar
3
IM New Zealand
52:59
4:57:02
3:17:43
9:12:51
76.7253
08:54:1276.73
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Dec
2
IM 70.3 Taupo
11:19
2:23:35
1:24:28
4:01:00
68.1666
03:50:0168.17
14 Oct
10
IM Hawaii
54:31
5:04:34
3:16:41
9:21:08
88.5394
09:11:3988.54
26 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Vichy
29:21
2:19:56
1:23:45
4:18:21
74.5032
04:08:5074.50
5 Aug
11
IM 70.3 Boulder
29:43
2:29:42
1:34:14
4:38:17
9.43311
04:05:009.43
22 Apr
12
IM Texas
57:40
5:11:48
3:12:40
9:27:42
45.9151
08:45:0645.92
4 Mar
1
IM New Zealand
59:14
5:05:24
2:59:40
9:09:47
98.0339
09:08:1098.03
27 Jan
DNF
IM 70.3 Dubai
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:01:35-
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
16 Oct
14
Challenge Peguera
29:24
2:52:18
1:35:00
5:00:31
0
04:17:57-
24 Sep
1
IM Mallorca
56:02
5:06:10
3:03:50
9:11:55
81.1623
08:56:4581.16
11 Jun
12
IM 70.3 Boulder
29:38
2:15:48
1:44:39
4:35:27
19.7849
04:05:5219.78
14 May
10
IM Texas
57:31
4:02:20
3:41:32
8:47:09
0
--
5 Mar
DNF
IM New Zealand
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:57:51-
29 Jan
4
IM 70.3 Dubai
21:55
2:19:42
1:24:12
4:09:27
0
--
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
14 Nov
DNF
IM Malaysia
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:22:09-
16 May
13
IM Texas
59:48
5:02:21
3:39:52
9:49:06
31.8302
08:54:2731.83
28 Mar
19
IM 70.3 California
29:43
2:34:22
1:27:36
4:39:16
31.6093
04:13:1731.61
7 Mar
5
IM New Zealand
58:46
5:30:33
3:13:25
9:50:01
35.6338
08:58:0435.63
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
99
8
2020
299
10
2019
299
14
2018
263
30
2017
267
24
2016
148
136
2015
99
181
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
85
26
2020
171
26
2019
171
29
2018
153
58
2017
139
86
2016
117
143
2015
80
212
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
104
4
2020
209
8
2019
209
14
2018
183
40
2017
182
34
2016
143
101
2015
114
189
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
92
11
2020
184
15
2019
184
23
2018
166
39
2017
178
24
2016
139
87
2015
110
129
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