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IM Kona '15 - Thank you and race coverage

Karel and I would like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us here in Kona (and over the past 13 months since we qualified) through your kind words, comments, emails, texts and calls. This dream-come-true was more than a year in the making so it has been very special to be able to share this journey to the IM World Championship start line together as husband and wife.  I am not sure how many times we will cross paths on race day and see each other but I already know that it will be very emotional to be on the course together. I am already excited to meet up with Karel after we each cross the finish line and share our war stories to one another and then bring in the final hour of finishers together.  Over the past 10 days, I have used social media as a way for Karel and I to have memories for post race but I am so happy that so many of you have enjoyed following along during our race-cation. It brings me great joy to share our behind the scene moments wi

IM Kona '15 - Day 10

The day we have been waiting for is finally here - one more sleep until race day!!! Karel went to swim with Purple Patch/Matt Dixon at the pool at 7:30am (he biked there) and I headed out on my bike at 8am for our pre-race warm-up. I rode for about 50 minutes (to the airport and back) and included a few pick ups to wake up the legs. Karel also rode after his swim and I spotted him on the other side of the Queen K hwy.  After my bike, I went back to the condo to grab my run shoes and watch-free, headed out for a short run with a few pick-ups.  After my workout, it was time to eat. I had made pancakes before my workout so they were all ready for when I got home. I had 3 large pancakes with lots of syrup and chopped dates, two hardboiled eggs (one whole, one white) and lots of fruit.  After the workout it was time to re-pack the transition bags for bike/bag check-in at 2:30pm. With so much time between our workout and when we had to check in our bikes, I w

IM Kona '15: Day 9

Thursday morning in Kona - that only means one thing. Put on your best "undie" outfit (aka as little clothes as possible) and run 1.5 miles on Ali'i drive for charity). The Underpants run (UPR Kona)  serves as a great ice breaker for athletes who are racing but also for friends, family, kids and locals to have some fun before the race.  I shared a few videos on my  Trimarni facebook page  if you want to see all the fun (and almost naked bodies of all beautiful shapes and sizes) There were so many people that we filled up the parking lot behind the King K hotel! I told ya - all shapes and sizes. Be proud of your body and don't be afraid to show it off! Love Jesse Thomas! One amazing athlete who writes awesome/funny/oh-so-true articles for Triathlete magazine.  Bumped into Instagram friend Carolyn  who is a plant-strong dietitian and athlete. She liked my custom-made triathlon "Fueled by Plants" shorts from . Oh