As one of the hardest working and most talented triathletes in the country, Thomas, a former Stanford school record holder and NCAA All-American in the steeplechase, will soon rise to the top as his rapidly improving swimming and cycling catch up to his stellar running. He has already proven his triathlon potential, winning the 2007 M25-29 USAT National Championship title and then placing top-3 at age group world championships later that year. In 2010 Thomas posted the fastest run split at Escape From Alcatraz (yes, that includes the pros: Macca, Hunter Kemper, Andy Potts, Beven Dockerty), and earned his pro card. Jesse lives in Springfield, OR, with his wife Lauren, a professional runner. He has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA in Sports Marketing.
|Hometown: Bend, OR. Currently residing in: Europe/Springfield, OR.
Education: MS & BS in Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University, MBA – University of Oregon
2002 NCAA All-America & USA Championships Finalist & 2001 Pac-10 Champion, 3000m Steeplechase
Triathlon career highlights:
|Favorite workout: Just a super long bike ride with buddies, including the obligatory binge-fest afterwards
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Usually number 1, but sometimes number 2.
What/who inspires you? the wif (wife, Lauren Fleshman)
What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? I’ll come back to this one.
Why do you race triathlon? I actually love to run, ride, and swim.
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? Allowing myself to take it easy (it’s much easier to push all the time, the great athletes know when to rest, and maybe one day I’ll be good enough to know)
What is your greatest strength in triathlon?
Shout out to: My roommates in Springfield! Lauren, Joel, Liz, and Dave.
Hobbies: Eating and movies, mostly at the same time, all the time.