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‘Little things’ cost Jacobs at Ironman World Championship

HE HUFFED and he puffed before getting blown away at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this month - his planned race hijacking on the bike ironically the scene of his unexpected demise.

But in Pete Jacobs' world, failure is more important than success.

"You can only learn from your failures. You don't really learn from the easier ones," the Noosa-based endurance star said from Sydney yesterday before his flight to the US on Monday to contest his first New York Marathon with wife Jaimie.

It is with this mindset that the dethroned 2012 world champion has started planning his recipe for redemption.

Finishing 77th in Hawaii after being the pre-race favourite is the failure he is embracing as he looks to tinker with his paradigm for success and reclaim the crown in 2014.

He said it was "very motivating" to learn from his misfire.

When dissecting a performance, he said there was never mystery. He knew what went wrong.

"It's probably pretty complex from my point of view. There's quite a few different factors," he said. "It's just about planning the season better, managing my body and my strengths and weaknesses better.

"Probably changing a couple of things in training to prepare myself better."

Jacobs was in such a buoyant mood before the world championship, he was installed as favourite following a pre-race press conference where he beat his drum loudly.

And he looked great early in the race, emerging from the water third, but said he knew about 50km into the bike leg that he was done.

With that realisation screaming at him, the 32-year-old walked at stages during the marathon to finish the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run in nine hours six minutes and 39 seconds.

That was almost an hour slower than his 2012 winning time.

Leading Sunshine Coast triathlon coach Toby Coote suspected Jacobs put too much pressure on himself through his pre-race bravado, but Jacobs denied it.

"I wasn't under any pressure and I wasn't pushing myself harder. I was pretty relaxed about it and feeling good," he said.

"Looking back, there were a couple of underlying little things. On the big stage, little things undermine the whole structure."

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