Jesse Thomas is getting ready to try and three-peat at the Wildflower Triathlon. He came on to chat about his epic race with Andy Potts at the Oceanside 70.3 in April, where he came up just a bit short, his years as a basketball player-he is one of the few triathletes who ever had the ability to dunk-and his time at Stanford running the steeple. Jesse and his wife, elite runner Lauren Fleshman, are also getting ready to welcome their first child-aka Lima Bean- in just a few months.
Javier Gomez just might be the most versatile triathlete in the world today. Besides winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon last summer, along with the $151,000 prize purse, he also has won the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz, which is non-drafting, the 2012 XTERRA World Off Road Triathlon Championship during his first ever XTERRA race, and a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. In that race he averaged 44K per hour on the bike before getting off and running a blistering 29:15 10K.
Dr. Bill Phillips won the first ever triathlon back in 1974 at Mission Bay in San Diego. But that is just the beginning of his unbelievable story. As a youngster he was held captive in a POW camp in the Philippines during World War II and that’s where he met the woman who would become his wife. This is a very special conversation with a true legend of triathlon.
Nickademus Hollon is 22 years old and just won The Barkley Marathons, where there were only two finishers out of 40 starters. The event starts when the race director lights up a cigarette, the participants are given an hour notice of the official start, you can’t survive without a map and compass, and there is a downhill on an 85% grade where you have two options: You can take Danger Dave Down or Pussy Ridge. Nickademus gave us some awesome insight into what just might be the toughest event anywhere.