Jocelyn McCauley grew up in College Station where, as a kindergartner, she formalized her Olympic medal aspirations with a crayon and a blank sheet of paper. It was there that she started her journey toward making that refrigerator drawing a reality. After setting multiple school and state records in cross country, she was recruited by several universities and decided to take her dreams to Brigham Young University.
From 2005-2009 she ran for BYU then finished her colligate running career at The University of Cincinnati while also earning a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology. After graduation, she started racing elite at semi local races from the 5k-half marathon distances.
She enjoyed her work in employee health, but was looking for more of a challenge and a better schedule so she went back to school for a BS in Nursing. During this time her sister, Meredith Gardner, started racing Ironmans and Jocelyn accompanied her as race support. After going to several of these races, Jocelyn decided to try her hand at a Half Ironman and signed up for Muncie 70.3.
Shortly after registering, she found out that she and her husband Scott McCauley were going to have a baby. Only 11 weeks after giving birth to their first child, Emilyn, she completed her first Half Ironman in just under 5 hours (Muncie 2013). Once the triathlon ball started rolling it was hard to stop and she signed up for IM Texas May 2014 where she qualified for the World Championships in Kona by winning her age group and being the 2nd amateur female overall. In her second IM ever, she competed in the World Championship race and was the first amateur female to finish. After a lot of discussion and thinking with her family they decided to embark on the journey as a professional triathlete.
The end of 2016 brought her first IM win at IM Mallorca. In 2017 she accomplished a dream of winning IM New Zealand as well as winning her first 70.3 in Vichy, France. The season ended with a top 10 finish at the IM World Championships in Kona and a 2nd at 70.3 Taupo. While her dreams have shifted from Olympic rings to Kona’s World Championship, this new professional’s triathlon future is very bright.