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Any other things you'd like me to write about?Any other feedback you'd like to give?
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Your blog is very funny and always fun and interesting to read.
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random thoughts while training...
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You are crazy! I hope you can stay the same, even after sponsorship contracts.
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How do you expect to use your legendary status as a professional athlete and gonzo journalist to resolve some of the globe's most intractable problems: poverty, malaria, middle east tension, the fact that CHPS is not longer available on TV, etc.

Your greatest strength is delivering useful/tip-based information in a funny, quirky, slightly disturbed way. Lean on that strength. Yes, everyone wants to know what it's like to be a professional athlete, how they train, what gear they use, etc. etc. But EVERY athlete who has a column eventually retreats to the same tired formula. Your challenge will be to keep the curiosity factor high, avoid the jaded observations, etc. Keep it fresh and your legions of fans will continue to grow.
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Traveling for races!Awesome blog, so fun to read, looking forward to new posts!
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Business startup and marketing are super interesting to me. Also how you balance a crazy schedule and maintain a strong marriage with two very busy athletes who spend long time periods apart. Basically whatever, it's fun to catch up on what's up for Jessie and the flomas team!
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Lauren, and how you two reconcile your lives together with elite sports and Picky Bars.
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No need to change your writing style or anything, man! Proud of you and have to tell you that you've been my inspiration in getting more and more involved and interested in triathlon. Pumped to be along for the ride!
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Can you write more about travel/finding food when you can't eat either gluten or dairy? I can eat neither, so travel can be a pain in the ass (literally).Keep up the good work!
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Can you write more about travel/finding food when you can't eat either gluten or dairy? I can eat neither, so travel can be a pain in the ass (literally).Keep up the good work!
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Dude,

Skip all the "training tips" stuff. We can find that anywhere. What sports needs (badly) is a personal point of view and great storytelling. You can do that. So just tell your wacky stories and funny tales about travel, racing, life, Lauren, and PickyBars. The minute you get into the serious stuff, a) it's not who you are, and b) you're competing with every other try-dork site and magazine. Shortcut to the good stuff.
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-I find your swim progression to be really interesting, and would love to read a current blog on it.

-A blog comparing your training as a runner to your training today (nutrition, time, miles, body composition, etc.).
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How you fit everything into one day.
How you deal with down time/time off.
How I can find a husband in 2012.
Yes, help me make my life decisions and stop being depressed.

If not, then just keep making picky bars - ha!

GOOD LUCK!!!
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I'd personally like to know more about your bowel movements. Learning of your 'come from behind' victory at Vineman was truly inspiring. I remember from a young age that you had that rare combination of god given talent and an incredible work ethic... when it came to pre-race poos. It was just a matter of time before you found some competition to really push that potential out of you. Hearing about the details of your efforts gives readers like me a little edge out there in those outhouse waiting lines. Even sitting in the comfort of my own throne at home, i must admit I find myself imagining that this is my 3rd, 4th or even 5th movement of the day! Its not, of course, but its fun to know that somewhere out there, for the elites, it could be! Thank you! Here's to another amazing year of leaving it all out there and I look forward to more posts!Top notch photo for the Picky Bar holiday card!!! Impressive!
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Honestly, the post-race stuff is the most entertaining. I can get racing/training/nutrition tips anywhere, I come here for the candor and humor that are part of your triathlete life. If you can write on those other topics with the same hilarity that you write your post-race reports, then we're golden. But just try not to make it too educational, and you'll be fine.

Glad things are going well!

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love the blog jessie!! congrats on the success of picky bars- you. and Lauren deserve it with your hard work!!
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* Balance (family, training, work, budget, nutrition, racing, etc.) the better. Is there a formula? What has worked and what hasn't?

* Errors you made, what you learned and corrections.

* Quantity vs Quality

Thanks Jesse!
I/We have enormous respect for what you accomplish in a 24 hr day. Endurance athletes are real people grinding away everyday doing what they love, like us amateurs that place them atop the pedestal.
Thanks for being a leader, mentor and role model to the triathlon/fitness community.
Keep living the dream and thanks for allowing us along for the ride!
Your communication skills are awesome, enjoy reading your stuff.
Here's to 2012 and beyond......
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What is it like to have a wife who is a professional athlete in another sport? How do you balance your training/racing/travel schedules? How do you like swimming with kick ass 13 year old girls? How do you pick Your race schedule? Will you race in the midwest/east this year?
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I know that training for triathlons means swimming biking and running a lot. What I really like to hear is how to make your training more well rounded. How do you work on your core strength? Do you do planks while you are on conference calls? Do you have a pull up bar on your office door? What balance of base milage, strength training, speed work, cross training, and recovery seems to be most affective for you and why? In 2012 I am moving up to the 70.3 distance and will be going to Lake Stephens for my first attempt at qualifying for world championships. I am always looking to learn about training smarter. And then there is the huge financial obstacle of a full schedule of half marathons, bike races, triathlons, and the equipment and entry fees for all of them. Some advice for that would be huge!!!Thank you so much for taking the time to share so much with us! I am a huge fan of yours, and Lauren, and Picky bars! I am a better athlete thanks to all 3 of you!!! I hope 2012 is huge for all of us!!!
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Keep the sarcasm and dead-pan humor coming
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How you balance your life to pay attention to Lauren,sport and business and remain so grounded and funny!Jesse write from a personal place.You are a unique individual with a story to tell us all.
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Jesse - Looking forward to seeing your results in 2012. Big year for you! Congrats on the mag column.
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Need to know if you are going to set a new race trends beforehand. Rocking the aviators caught all off guard with their awesomeness! Well find.Your raceday details are insightful and funny to read at the same time. It's great to read about who's also learning at a great rate at a pro level and letting us all know what he's learned. And hope you and Lieto keep the manvan alive on tour to all the races in 2012!
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You mentioned you're going to be signing on with some sponsors...a very specific outline about how you did this would be REALLY cool. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? How did you get their attention in the first place? What sort of companies even have an interest in triathletes? You may not know the answers to all of these questions, but for any newly budding professional triathletes, this information would be great.
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-Stories from your life as a Stanford steeplechaser
-some more of the stories you alluded to in the Competitor radio interview (dunking? -pics or it didn't happen!)
-the process of obtaining sponsorship as a new professional.
Your blog posts are great as is, just do them more consistently!
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You may touch on some of these in other blog posts and in your bio...(1) How did you get into triathlon, (2) college / high school racing - how did it prepare you for triathlon?, (3) what made you decide to go pro?, (4) how did you choose your coach? Thoughts on having a coach vs trying to train on your own (4) do you train with others or more often by yourself? (5) 2012 race schedule and goals, (6) do you ever want to do an ironman or are you sticking with 70.3? (7) Kona - what did you think of that race? (8) maybe a recap of your 2011 race season - what you learned from all the ups and downs, (9) what was it like going to watch/support Lauren at the NYC marathon? I love your blog and am looking forward to all the posts in 2012. Best of luck to you with your training, racing and Picky Bars...you guys have a lot of exiciting stuff going on, it's going to be an awesome year.
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Pros always make racing look so easy on the day of.... but I love reading about the struggles and the challenges along the way. It's nice to hear about ways you pro creatures are also human. Days you just don't want to get into the pool, days you want to sit on the couch and eat red vines and Mr. Pibb (crazy delicious). Realizing that you fast gods have mortal struggles makes it easier to attempt my own modest goals. I don't care what you write about. Just write! You're awesome. Share more of your awesomeness.
Oh - also, I am a member of the Picky Bar club and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. They're helping me change my diet into a healthier, smarter one. Thanks for making that club happen!
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More Picky Bar giveaways would be nice. :)
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Your relationship with your wife
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Mainly the day to day life and how you manage time and money. It must be difficult to schedule travel for two pro athletes in one house on a budget.Me and my girlfriend wrote you about the picky bar job in eugene a few months ago. We still love your blog and your wife's articles. We are definitely most interested in writing about how y'all manage time together, training, and racing since we are just starting our pro tri careers together.
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Good luck with everything! I can totally relate to your story of ups and downs. I struggle with writing on a schedule (vs when the spirit moves) but the good news: having a busy life means you'll always have good fodder. The more personal and behind the scenes, the better the story, in my opinion. Cheers to a great 2012 in sport, business, and life!
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All the best for 2012!
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How many individual small animals could you take in a fight? Eg. 5 red pandas vs 1 Jesse Thomas. keep up the great work!
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It's fun following your journey. I particularly like your balanced approach of train, private/family and business.
Cheers and good luck in 2012!
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Lauren, Man-van, Olympics, race calendars, incentives to "go pro" versus remaining an age grouper, Matt LietoYour blog is listed under my 'favorites' at work. There's nothing like starting the day with a cup of coffee, reading about other people's lives! Looking forward to reading about your year in 2012.
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Hi Jesse -- Love the blog. Mainly enjoy the good storytelling -- could be on any topic, but it really shines in the race reports. Thanks!
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Runninggood luck this year!
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You are so cool, can I join your family!
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LaurenI mostly enjoy the funny stories and your writing style.
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when you're in SF and do some tweet up rides or runs.you covered it
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pizza
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Hair products
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