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bicycle race, 13.1-mile run)
she completed earlier this
summer.
Jacobs' weekend at Hilton
Head started badly. She was
stung by a man-of-war while
swimming in the Atlantic
Ocean on the eve of the
championship. The next day,
during the race, she trailed
after the swim, gained
ground in the bicycle leg,
then passed most of the
women in her age group in
the run. She finished with a
personal best time of two
hours, 31 minutes, four sec-
onds, placing her in the top
half of her age group, about
20 minutes behind the top
amateur woman. "I feel real
good about how I finished,"
she said.
The long road to the Hilton
Head started with a jog.
After building up to seven
miles a day, Jacobs entered a
Dexter/Ann Arbor run, in the
seven-mile division. "It was
no challenge at all," she re-
calls. "I got done, saw all
those 15-milers coming, and I
said, 'That's it, I should be
with them.' And that was my
next goal. I just decided at
that point — it was in May
— I said, 'Next May, I'm
doing the 15-mile.' And I did
and I got a trophy in that
race (finishing fourth in her
age group), and I never had a
trophy in my life ...
"It just started like that
and because I always finished
well it encouraged me to just
keep setting new goals."
New goals. If there is one
theme to Jan's athletic career
that is it. She enjoys what
she does, but always wants to
take it one step further.
"It was a whole new thing
for me, to be a competitive
athlete," she explains. "I
never considered myself that
way. But I just improved so
much over the years and kept
setting new goals."
In 1981, her goal was to
run one, and only one,
marathon. "My idea when I
went into the (Detroit)
marathon — I just wanted to
try a marathon, that was it,
and get it out of my system."
No such luck. Her time was
just six minutes short of
qualifying her for the
prestigious Boston Marathon.
With just a bit of encourage-
ment from her sister-in-law,
Barbara Jacobs, she contin-
ued her distance running.
In January 1983, she qual-
ified for Boston. At that
year's event, she ran well
enough to automatically
qualify for the following year,
where she posted a personal
best time of two hours, 59
minutes. That is the last
marathon she has run, al-
though she plans to enter
either the Chicago or Detroit
marathon this fall.
A 1982 knee injury con-
vinced Jacobs, a Birmingham
resident, to take up the less
physically punishing sport of
swimming. That in turn led
her to another new goal —

triathlon. "They were just be-
coming popular then," she
explains. "You were just
hearing about it, it was a
new sport. I guess it was just
a new goal, something new to
do, something different."
She entered her first
triathlon in 1982. In her sec-
ond triathlon, one year later,
she improved her time by 20
minutes. Last year, she qual-
ified for the national cham-
pionship, but a training in-
jury prevented her from com-
peting.
How talented is she now?
Tim Fox, a Detroit Free Press
Marathon winner, feels "she
has awesome potential; really
not tapping it, even yet." If
she competed full-time, he
adds, "she'd be national-class,
there's just no question in my
mind." She has won seven
local distance-races of up to
13.1 miles in length.
Jacobs chooses to remain
an amateur athlete, working
as a dental hygienist and
building a career in exercise
physiology. But she takes her
athletic training seriously.
Fox is the closest she has
had to a coach. With 19 years
of racing behind him, Fox
says he offers "some insight
into the actual racing, and
just some moral support. Be-
cause as far as actual knowl-
edge of the physiology of it,
she teaches me things every
day."
To prepare for a triathlon,
Jacobs works on at least two
of the three events each day.
She swims about four miles a
week, including as much lake
swimming as possible. She
rides 130 miles on her bicycle
and runs 45 miles. The
schedule is less intense in the
winter, with greater em-
phasis on weight training,
but she runs outdoors "al-
most every day, all year
'round." She also works out
at the Jewish Community
Center in West Bloomfield
and the Hamilton Place club
in Southfield.
The question Jacobs, who is
single and works about 44
hours per week, is asked
most often is, 'do you have
time for anything else?' gen-
erally meaning a social life.
Jacobs has never let her
athletic efforts consume her
life. Since she began running,
Jacobs completed four years
of graduate studies at the
University of Michigan, earn-
ing a master's degree from
the Department of Kinesiol-
ogy. She has worked as a
dental hygienist since
graduating from the Univer-
sity of Michigan Dental
School in 1979. And she re-
cently began a new position
with the Meadow Brook
Health Enhancement Insti-
tute of Oakland University.

"I do have a lot of friends,
who work out and who run,
and I meet a lot of people at
the events, which is fun. I
meet people that run in

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