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.
The Wildflower Triathlon weekend is a must-do for any endurance athlete. With the 30th anniversary coming up in early May, it was the perfect time to bring on Terry Davis, Mr. Widlflower. The stories around that first race in the pouring rain where Dean Harper and Mark Montgomery both crossed the finish line from opposite directions are classic!
Leanda Cave’s transition from swimmer to triathlete was anything but smooth. During her career she has had 13 stress fractures as she tried to become a runner. But despite the setbacks, Cave has had success at all distances including Gold Medals at the ITU Short Course Championships (2002) and Long Course Championships (2007), a bronze (2007) and a silver (2010) at the Ironman World Championship 70.3, a silver at the Commonwealth Games (2002) and wins at Alcatraz (2007) and Wildflower (2011).
In his career he has won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Wildflower and countless other big races. For the past few years he has been two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack’s number one training partner. The big question: Can New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone follow in Macca’s footsteps and win triathlon’s biggest race?
Terry Davis is one of the premiere event directors in the world and Tri California continues to be on the cutting edge when it comes to creating and putting on classic events like Wildflower, Treasure Island, Tinley’s Dirty Adventures and, coming in 2012, Trifecta in Santa Clarita. As Wildflower head towards its 29th anniversary, it was the perfect time to have the T-Man on with us.