Leap Day Sports - The Triathlife of Jesse Thomas

Support Crew

In case you didn’t notice, triathlon is expensive.  Luckily, relationships with the amazing companies below ease the financial pain by providing me equipment, services, and financial support.  Do me a favor by checking them out, and if you do, tell them that I sent you :).

I’m always looking to build meaningful relationships with great people and companies. I’m willing and excited to think outside the box in terms of product and promotion, so whether you or someone you know is a regular tri sponsor, or something entirely different, I’d love to chat!

Thanks for the support!

************

Top Sponsors

Company Why It’s Awesome
IP Logo Stacked In sanscrit, Pearl Izumi means Super Awesome. Just kidding, but these guys are super awesome. Pearl provides me with a ton of support, including my biking and running and racing shoes and apparel. That’s a lot of stuff. They’re gear allows me to train outside year round in Oregon. How rad is that? They are great people, I seriously love their stuff and I am honored to be a part of their team. Here’s the story of how I began with Pearl.
Growing up, I always thought Specialized bikes were freaking cool. When I was an engineering dork in college I wanted to design bikes for them. Now I’m competing for their US Triathlon Team. It’s a dream come true and an honor. They’re a great company on the forefront of triathlon specific bike development, and just plain cool dudes. See the full story of me getting my very own bike from Specialized right here.
ROKA-LOGO_black-cyan copy Rob and Kurt were first introduced to me by a mutual friend who said, ‘These two guys are former Stanford swimmers, crazy smart, motivated, and want to make a super fast wetsuit for you.’ That email chain began a 12 month collaboration in which we’ve worked hand in hand, combining their innovations with feedback from dozens of prototypes to develop the fastest wetsuit possible.It’s no secret that I’m not the fastest swimmer in the race. I will never be first out of the water. So why is my collaboration with ROKA important? Because making a suit for the rest of us is different than making a suit for the bare chested swimming studs of the world.I’m psyched to partner with ROKA because I know, without a doubt, that the Maverick is the fastest suit I’ve ever worn, that it isn’t fast just because fast swimmers use it, but because it makes me, a developing swimmer, remarkably faster.
logo In addition to racing, I’m also the CEO of Picky Bars, a company that creates gluten & dairy Free, all natural energy bars with a macronutrient ratio ideal for exercise & recovery. As the tagline says, “It’s Freakin’ Science, Dude.” They were originally created by Lauren Fleshman, a 2x US 5k Champ (also happens to be my wife) & her buddy, Steph Rothstein (stud marathoner). In two years, we’ve added 3 time employees and grown roughly 400% a year. They are very, very good, seriously.  Beyond the fact that I eat 2-4 a day during exercise (my record is seriously 11 during a monster day), the proceeds also help pay the bills, and keep me balanced with (lots of) stuff to do outside of training.
image2 image I’m incredibly lucky to have the support of Sony Medical and Carestream this year. The primary role of this partnership is to tell my broken neck story, during which I used their products to be diagnosed, operated on, and rehabbed. It’s a crazy story and I recommend reading it. You can also check out the two articles they wrote in Imaging Ecomonics – which talks about the accident, injury and diagnosis, and Physical Therapy Products – which focuses on the rehab process. Thanks a ton to Sony and Carestream for all the help!
I’m super stoked to partner with JayBird for 2013. They make some radical bluetooth headphones that I use basically all day ever day. Riding, running, business calls, talking to the wif, you name it. Yes, I sometimes call my mom on easy runs. Gotta love em. Plus, they’re good peeps. Check them out and get some!
Rolf Prima is my “oldest” sponsor, and have providing me with bomdiggity wheels ever since…2011! Honestly, they’re wheels are spectacular, and they’re super cool  for the 2011 and 2012 triathlon season. I’m training on a pair of Echelon’s, one of Rolf’s super sturdy/rugged wheels for everyday use.  They are awesomely stiff and are holding up nicely under a LOT of riding.  I’ll be racing on a Carbon TT85 Disc setup.  Haven’t ridden them yet, but picked up a pair and started salivating at how light and buttery smooth they felt.  Can not wait to give them a go.
 a4059d2dce844bdc049cabc6f45cf141 PowerTap provides me with the stuff I need to train properly on the bike. That includes PowerTap meters and Joule computers for my bike, and the best trainer on the planet, the Power Beam Pro – being an Oregon boy, I use that one a lot! Check ‘em out for some great stuff.

 

Other Supporters

Company Why It’s Awesome
  Matt Dixon at purplepatch fitness is my coach/guide/yoda.  He’s guided my entire career and needless to say, it’s been awesome. Over the years he’s become a friend and a general mentor as well. I owe a HUGE part of my success in the sport to him.
 
logo_1633 Gerry Rodrigues at Tower26 has played an instrumental role in taking this doggy paddle swimmer and turning him in to a competitive pro. I can’t understate the effect he’s had on my swim preparation. If you’re looking for guidance in this are, he’s the one person in the world you want to talk to.
Clean Bottles have a screw off top AND BOTTOM!  This means your bottle doesn’t get grandmaster funky.  Dave, the founder of Clean Bottle, is a buddy of mine from college, a very cool entrepreneur and a great guy!  Check ‘em out!
Chance Fitzpatrick, LMT Chance Fitzpatrick is a licensed massage therapist in Eugene.  He’s a big part of the reason I don’t break after Matt puts me through the wringer.  I see Chance regularly and he works on everything from sore shoulders to tight calves.  He’s a very good massage therapist, I wouldn’t let him touch me if I didn’t trust his work.  He’s also a great guy, tough combo to beat!
Green Sports Psychology Dr. Greene provides me with some additional mental prep around racing, training, and life. Balancing the mental side of the game is the key to sustainable performance and a happy life! Thanks Dr. Greene!

7 comments to Support Crew

  • J$ — what metrics does rest wise use? Just curious, the nerdy side of me. Hope all is cool in Jesse Town.

  • Jesse Thomas

    Hey Meggie – Restwise metrics are HR, weight, SP02, hours of sleep, and then a number of other "soft factors" like how you feel, how training went, etc.  It's been pretty good at predicting the way I'll feel that day, and gives me an objective number that tells me when I need to rest (if I don't see that low number, than I typically think I can just power through). 

  • James

    you know the clean bottle guy?! the same one who was on TV every single day during the last TDF? the TV commentators loved that guy.

  • Russell

    Congrats on your win at WF. Just curious which exercises you are doing during your TRX sessions?

    Thanks,

  • Jesse Thomas

    Russell, thanks for the question. So far, I’ve mostly done the basic TRX workout, the one that comes with the kit. It’s tough enough for me just doing the EZ stuff, and I feel like it gives me general strength and flexibility in all the major muscle areas. As I get more comfortable with it, I’ll progress to harder exercises, but for now, one step at a time!

  • Gerardo Rodriguz

    Jesse, me an my gf saw you make it in the top 10 of the Panama half ironman. Congrats, you should post a brief comment or feeling about your Panama competion on your blog.

  • Jeff

    Congrats on Wildflower ’12! Such a great event and experience.
    Go Ducks!!

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>