Mel Hauschildt just won her second Ironman 70.3 World Championship. For a former steeplechaser – her steeple stories were hilarious! – who ended up taking a gold at the 2000 Goodwill Games and a silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, this triathlete-come-lately certainly is an unbelievable talent. She started cycling to help recover from one of her 13 running-induced stress fractures. Next up was swim training, and in 2011 she won her first Ironman 70.3 World Championship title.
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.
It’s one thing to surprise the world and win the Avia Wildflower Triathlon like former steeplechaser Jesse Thomas did in 2011. It’s quite another to repeat that win when everyone is gunning for you. Jesse Thomas came on to chat about the bike injury that nearly left him paralyzed, his move from the track to triathlon, and his two huge wins at Wildflower.