My name is Jason Pohl and I am a 28-year old Professional Triathlete. I was born and raised in Red Deer, AB and now reside in Calgary, AB and Boulder, CO.
I grew up playing elite hockey for 16 years as a goalie. My hockey career ended when I had to get major lung surgery and battled lung issues for the last couple years. Recovering from the lung issues, I developed the motivation to challenge myself and try a triathlon in 2013. It was the hardest single event I have ever done but fell in love with it.
In 2014, I went even further and signed up for my first Ironman. Not knowing anything about the sport and very little about the endurance realm, I completed my first Ironman and ended up qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii as an age grouper. The World Championships was the best experience of my life to that date.
I decided to get a coach and see where I could go with triathlon. Through 3 years of very hard work and focus, I turned professional in 2017.
The journey has been so demanding for myself to continually push my limits to become a world-class triathlete. My first pro race I finished 32nd. I quickly realized that I had a lot of work to do and that it was going to be a hard fought journey. I ended the season with a top 5 finish at Ironman Mont Tremblant.
In late 2018, I exited my wealth management practice I had built up for 3 years, sold off everything to pursue my dreams in triathlon and become an Ironman Champion. I moved to Boulder, CO for the winter and spring to train with some of the best athletes in the world. Looking back, this was a leap of faith but a key moment in my development as an athlete.
I am now in my 3rd season as a professional and enjoying every moment of the journey. I have worked extremely hard to speed up my development as an athlete. In May of 2019, I went top 5 down at a race in Florida. That performance was strong enough to qualify me for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France where I will represent my sponsors, supporters, and Canada. This was my biggest goal for 2019. Achieving this was a very special moment for me!