Heyo Crazy Ass Fans! A few quick updates to satisfy your insatiable Jesse cravings!
Not Racing Oceanside
The craziest of you who follow my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram know that I’ve announced I won’t be racing Oceanside on Saturday. It’s a longer story than I’d like to get into, but after some awesome training in Kona, I found out that the pin had to be removed from my surgery site because my foot was rejecting it. This is fairly common – 1 in 7 or so, and I just drew the unlucky end of the stick. So I had it removed, and the setback has cost me about 6 weeks of running, hence no Oceanside. I’m super bummed to miss out on the opportunity to race an incredible field on a course I love, but I have to be smart and patient after coming this far.
But, I will be at the Oceanside Expo Accenture Booth – Friday 10-11am
I am still headed down to the race to watch and spend some time with the Accenture folks and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, both of whom have been incredible supporters of my career so far. Please come by the booth for some Picky Bars, an autograph card, or if you’d like me to kiss your baby. I heard they’re also demoing Google Glass there, so if anything come to check that out. Nerd Alert!
My Training is Going Well
Despite the setback on the running side, my swim and bike is as good as it’s ever been. I did an awesome workout in the Specialized Win Tunnel last Wednesday with some solid, semi continuous half ironman efforts. For the 1h40m I averaged over 320 watts, including 10 minutes of rest intervals. I’m excited to see where this bike fitness leads. As always, you can follow all my workouts with power, pace, etc, on my Strava page.
— Specialized (@iamspecialized) March 24, 2014
I’m headed to Wildflower
I’m super excited to head back to Wildflower for my 4th year in a row. Obviously, my expectations will be different this time around – I’ll be happy to finish the race safely and smoothly. But I feel like after a long, windy, and admittedly frustrating year of injury, there is no better place for me to start what I consider the second chapter of my professional athletic career. More on that later, but I’m excited to see you all there.
— Jesse Thomas (@jessemthomas) March 20, 2014
Yes, it’s been tough. Thank you for the encouragement.
While I keep a smile on my face as often as I can, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the last few months (year even) has been a real test of my positivity and motivation. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I raced. This recovery process has been much much more difficult than I anticipated when I first set out on it 11 months ago, and I want to tell you that your encouragement along every step of the way has made a huge impact on my motivation and general piece of mind. I also want to give a HUGE thanks to my sponsors – Pearl Izumi, Specialized, ROKA, Red Bull, Picky Bars, Jaybird, Rolf Prima, PowerTap, Rebound, and Maximum Mobility for the incredible support over the past year. They’ve all stood by me and encouraged me to do what’s best for the long term health of my foot and career in general. They’re all great people and I feel incredibly lucky to be partnered with them. So please go buy a bunch of their stuff and tell them I sent you.
That’s it guys, as always, thanks for following along, and hopefully next time I’ll have a race to report!