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Inaugural Triathlife Essentials Guide

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Illustration by Matt Collins.

Pro triathlete Jesse Thomas shares his personal gear/services/stuff checklist for balancing a crazy life.

Most triathletes are gear junkies—it’s the nature of a sport that is second only to NASCAR in the amount of equipment necessary to participate. And while I don’t view myself as a total gear dork, my jobs are definitely aided by lots of “stuff” on a daily basis. Plus, being a former product developer and now business owner, I have a particularly deep appreciation for well-designed stuff and services. „

It’s no secret that I have sponsors who provide me with a few of the things listed here. And yes, it’s probably of some marginal benefit to them if I mention their products. But alas, this is not a sponsored piece in any way, shape or form. I didn’t tell any of them I was doing this, and I didn’t ask for anyone’s suggestions.

What I did do was go through my stuff—my backpack, garage, closet, car, hair, etc., and identified the things that I use often and thought were particularly valuable to me, and maybe not totally obvious. Given the day-to-day craziness of balancing my current Triathlife, I focused on products that have the following characteristics:

Save me time, hassle, headache and/or public embarrassment

Make me more effective as an athlete, business owner, husband and father

Anything that makes me say “booyah” every time I use it

So here is a bunch of stuff that does some or all of those things for me. Hopefully they will for you also.

Jaybird BlueBuds X headphones
No joke, these wireless, Bluetooth little dudes are either in my pocket or on my ears the entire day while riding, running, working, driving, making dinner, etc. I use them for phone calls, music, podcasts, audiobooks or just to pretend that I’m doing something important.

Mini fan, ear plugs and Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask
I’m a fussier sleeper than my baby boy, so I use a mask, ear plugs and a tiny fan by my face every single night. High maintenance in the house! But I sleep better, which is the first step to doing anything well. The Tempur-Pedic mask is worth the extra coin because it lets you open your eyes with the mask on. Booyah!

Amazon Prime
I order almost everything online through AmazonPrime. My recent orders include tools, most of the stuff on this list, and yes, TP. The included two-day shipping saves lots of time and energy, especially now that every trip out of the house means bringing baby and his car full of gear.

Safeway roasted chicken, Daiya cheese, corn tortillas, guacamole in a bag
Heat two pans. Add tortillas and cheese. Microwave chicken for 1 min. Put chicken on cheese. Squirt some guac in there. Fold. This gluten-free, dairy-free meal can be made up to nine times a week and will always taste amazing. Prep time is 4–6 minutes, depending on the distance from microwave to stove.

Roka Sim Short
Designed to simulate a wetsuit body position in the pool, the Sim short also allows me to swim faster (2–4 sec/100) with the same effort when I’m with a fast group or I just need extra rest that day.

Remington Dual Blade Facial Trimmer
Lauren doesn’t dig a smooth-legged man, so I only shave on the road before my races. This face trimmer does a surprisingly fast and effective job of grooming my fur. Plus, it’s the size of a pen and battery operated, which means it’s super packable.

Patrick is my VP of operations at Picky Bars. We collaborate heavily and regularly, but he manages day-to-day operations at the office, enabling me to race, have a family and own a business without all three imploding. While Patrick isn’t for sale (at least I hope he’s not) the advice here is to identify where you may be able to employ your own Patrick—for business, financial management, groceries or other needs—who complements your skill set, can take over some of the stuff on your plate and enable you to spend more time doing the things only you can do.

ExOfficio underwear and Quiksilver Amphibian shorts
I have an incredible ability to sweat. This is the only underwear/shorts combo I’ve found that can handle that ability.

I only read at night when I’m in bed, which is why it took me two years to finish The Count of Monte Cristo. But Audible lets me listen to books at any time. I now have lots of time to learn.

Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls
If I didn’t use hair product after a workout, I’d not only look like a goober, but a small family of squirrels might jump out of my hair nest during a business meeting. This product works well on my curly fro, and it has the name Jessie in it.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket
Again, it’s all about efficiency. This light windbreaker/rain jacket gets me through about 20 degrees of temp and weather change, and crunches down super small to fit in a jersey pocket. I carry that jacket with me 10 months a year.

Apple TV
Hulu, Netflix and now HBO Go. Can you say “recovery”? Jude, my baby son, likes “The Sopranos.”

Picky Bars
I know, what a surprise! Honestly, they’re always in my bag and are my go-to snack because they’re tasty, balanced and the perfect caloric size. I also leave them under my bed for when I wake up starving and I’m too hungry to fall back asleep but too tired to go to the kitchen.

Lacrosse ball
Something always hurts, and a lacrosse ball has the perfect size, shape, hardness and grip for self-inflicted pain/massage. I always have one in my bag.

Motorola Razr Droid
I know everyone loves their iPhone blah blah blah. But seriously, the battery on this thing is so money, I never have to worry about it dying on my ride just because I also made a phone call that day.

Specialized Roubaix tires
All my non-race wheels have these tires on them. They never flat. It’s nuts! They save me time and keep my marriage intact because I never have to call Lauren for a pickup out in the middle of nowhere.

Google Drive and Documents
The system I use to collaborate with my Picky Bars team from anywhere, log my workouts and write articles like this one! Seamlessly used on phone and computer, always up to date.

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JAYBIRD // Embrace the Elements – Highline Adventure

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Let your passion lead the way and make the most of the adventure. JayBird Ambassadors Brian Mosbaugh and Ryan Robinson venture deep into the Moab desert to setup for a very unique highlining session and give you some insight as to what it takes to make something like this happen. Music is a very key part of what these guys do and the BlueBuds X help them tune out everything else and focus on the task at hand. Power Your Passion. // Embrace the Elements

Athletes Bask in Multisport Successes at Mission Beach

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The birthplace of triathlon was host to competitors drawn to the sunny skies and the stand-out venue of the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego, which welcomed more than 1,800 age-groupers from 15 countries to Mission Beach on Saturday.  

The age-group event was again held in conjunction with the second stop of the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series circuit. (more…)

I Run Like A Girl

Friday, April 12th, 2013

This article was written by Lauren Fleshman who is a JayBird triathlete and the wife of Jesse Thomas who happens to be a JayBird triathlete.

I have a confession to make: I wish I had a penis. Just kidding. Kind of. Not really. Oh, boy. Let me explain.

My sister and I grew up with a pretty dominant dad (pictured; I’m on the right) who was really macho and worked in construction and had the language to go with it. (You’ve been warned.) Frank was the undisputed boss who got the best chair in any room, the first serving of home-cooked dinner, and complete control of the remote at all times. He’s the kind of dude you’d expect would want sons.

But no. Frank had two girls, and turned out to be an unlikely sage for feminist wisdom. (more…)

Collegiate National Championships

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

USA Triathlon will have a new home for the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship in Tempe, Arizona. The city of Tempe is excited to be hosting a National Championship and an event the caliber of the Collegiate National Championship. Tempe already has a strong collegiate presence with home of Arizona State University. Saturday, April, 13 will be the Collegiate National Championship race. USA Triathlon will again offer the four-person, draft-legal mixed team relay on Saturday afternoon. Friday, April 12, will be the new addition of the draft legal race for qualified athletes. (more…)

Accenture 70.3 Oceanside Race Report

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Check out this article that was written by our newest athlete – Jesse Thomas Pro Triathlete

My oh my oh my oh my oh my….

THAT was a big one, crazy ass fans. The biggest one of this journey so far. I honestly don’t know where to start. I’m stoked. I’m crushed. I’m sore. I’m hung-over. I’m really, really hungry. Let’s begin. (more…)

Which Triathlon Distance Should I Race?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

According to USA Triathlon, participation in triathlon is at an all-time high, following unprecedented growth over the last decade. This is good news for participants as new races are popping up to keep up with the demand. Most people have heard of the daunting Ironman triathlon which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. The allure of this race distance attracts many, but there are several distances for athletes of all entry points, experience, and skill levels. (more…)

USA Triathlon Names 2012 Elite Athletes of the Year

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

With U.S. Olympian Sarah Groff and elite national champion Jarrod Shoemaker headlining the honorees, USA Triathlon today announced its 2012 Elite Athletes of the Year.

Eligible athletes were nominated by their fellow elite competitors with the award selections being made by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council (AAC).

“2012 was truly a remarkable year in triathlon. With outstanding performances across all distances, picking the winners from our incredible list of nominees was a difficult task,” said Barrett Brandon, chair of the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council. “The AAC carefully examined the résumés and results and is proud to honor these exceptional athletes. The AAC congratulates all the 2012 winners.” (more…)

Taking on Ironman Arizona

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Sunday’s Ironman Arizona is known for its flat, fast course with lots of loops (three on the bike, three on the run) and the potential threat of wind on the exposed bike course. Since the race has moved from April to November as of a few years ago, heat has been less of an issue—this year’s forecast looks to be 78 degrees with no chance of rain, making for a picture-perfect day for competitors.

With the help of three-time IMAZ finisher Jessica Herschberg of FTP Coaching in Nashville, we have some tips for how to best navigate your race. Good luck to those tackling 140.6 this weekend!

Tips for the swim:

• Tempe Town Lake is not known for its crystal-clear waters. The murkiness means limited visibility—as in, you can’t really see your hand in front of you—so be prepared for flying arms or a foot in your face seemingly out of nowhere.

• The good news is that the one-loop course is very calm. The chaos of the mass start usually dissipates by the turnaround.

• Bring a couple goggle options and try them out in the practice swim the day before. In addition to the limited visibility, the swim starts due east, so the sun can be harsh for sighting as you go out. (Thankfully it follows a straight wall, which can help with sighting.)

• It’s a deep water start, so the earlier you enter the water, the longer you’re treading. “Be careful to not spend excess energy before you race,” advises Herschberg. On the flip side, waiting around too long could lead to a panicked last-minute 6:58 jump-in that won’t do much to calm your nerves. (more…)