Work, Play, Love with Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas
By Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas
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Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are world class professional endurance athletes, authors, speakers, and co-own a nationally distributed food products business called Picky Bars. They also happen to be married, still, and are raising two small children. They use their experience, stories, writing, and humor to answer to answer listener questions about sports, family, business, and the balance between all three! It's a circus, but hey, we're all in it together!
||Clean28: What Training Metrics to Use (and when), Growing a Niche Sport, Asking Your Partner to Slow Down||It’s a new year and Lauren and Jesse are back in action. They catch you up on what’s been going on since the end of 2018, and talk about what they’re looking forward to in 2019. Lauren’s been writing more, and as a result she’s already...||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Running Technique, Hunger Management, Favorite Running Shoes, and more!||The holiday break is starting and 2018 is winding down. And that means a break in childcare for Zadie and Jude! So Lauren and Jesse have been busier than usual at home. However, there’s naptime and school, and that gives Lauren a few windows...||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Conditions for Satisfaction, Supporting Your Partner Through Injury, Increasing Your Running Speed, Maintaining Self-Worth in a Group, a Day in the Life of Lauren and Jesse||Some days you have a great race day. That was the case for both Lauren and Jesse over the past week. Lauren had a fun and successful race both as a runner and as a coach at the club cross country championships. She talks about her experience and how...||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Solo-parenting fun, What to do in the off-season, Pooping, Recovering from a bike crash, and the comparison game||Jesse’s been alone for a week solo parenting, and Zadie’s transition from infant to toddler is in full swing, but he’s kept the Flomas house in check and even found down time to sneak in some long runs. Meanwhile, Lauren had a very...||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Adventure runs in Hawaii, Coaching & Celebrating Success, Finding Balance in the Information Age, Leaving a Coaching Relationship, Interviewing to be a Coach||Sometimes going on a family vacation means finding…adventurous ways to strike the work-play-love balance. Whether you’re karate-chopping your way through jungle-like conditions on trail during a run date, celebrating an exciting Black Friday for...||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Seattle-y stuff, Going from Marathon to Triathlon, Climbing out of a Post-Race Runk, Managing Asthma on the Track, Maintaining Your Period While Training||Lauren and Jesse are fresh back from a work-meeting slash family-vacay slash race-day trip to Seattle where Lauren smashed out a 6k XC run. Truly work, play, and love at its finest. Tune in to hear what it was like for Lauren to pin on a number and...||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Family Planning, Triathlon Diversity, Who You are Now vs Then, Evaluating Biz Ideas||They’re back and better than ever (at least Jesse thinks so). After a two-week hiatus for Kona and photoshoots, Lauren and Jesse dive into a solid mix of listener-submitted questions. The episode kicks off with Jesse describing how much he missed...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Sometimes kids suck… the energy out of you.||It’s a big week in the Flomas household with Zadie’s first birthday and Ironman Championships in Kona, and the anniversary of both of those slightly large life events occuring days apart from each other last year. This go-round will be decidedly...||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Eating Disorders, Fat-phobia, and Family Planning||With birthdays, anniversaries, and Jude finally realizing the joy of riding a bike (after many false starts) there’s a lot to celebrate in the Flomas house, and that’s just the family side of the work, play, love trifecta! Picky Bars is back to...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Going to School & Getting Schooled (on Strava)||Lauren and Jesse mic up for another discussion on sports, business, and relationships, with a mix of their own going-ons and listener submitted questions. With the first week of kindergarten under their belts, the topic of community and making friends..||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: “Take your ‘treasure it!’ and shove it.”||It all goes so fast and before you know it, the kids are grown, the training’s done, and you’re staring down the moment you thought you’d been waiting for, wishing you could have back the bumps and bruises you cursed along the way. Whether...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Resiliency, Running Safety, and Celebrity Shots||Ah, the classic end-of-summer tale where a search crew gets sent out to fetch a boy playing outside past dark with his friends… No, Jude’s not grounded, but Jesse’s surf-wave privileges might be revoked for a bit. After a week of solo parenting...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Super Advanced: Science! [w Special Guest: Jude, 5yo]||Enough about spreadsheets and triathlon and marriage and stuff - today’s podcast guest wants to get real on SCIENCE. This special edition episode covers technical topics like how the human body works, explained in a way even a five year old could...||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Man on Fire and the Social Implications of Sport||This episode is worth listening to if only to hear what Jesse thought the term “wet blanket” meant. After that enlightening moment he and Lauren dive into a new twist on the What’s Going On section, talking about the highs of a buzzing creative...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: ‘Stupid Human Tricks’ and the Bars Are Back in Town!||Bars are back! Picky Bars has bars again, and all is right (or at least getting back to right) on the business side of the work, play, love triad. Like Rocky hiding out in the woods before his big fight, Lauren, Jesse, and the kids retreated to the...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: "The Bigger the Ship, The Harder to Turn"||Lauren and Jesse roadtrip over the Cascades to visit Picky Bars new co-packer, their first manufacturing change since 2012 and the official turnaround to the recent out-of-stock battles. With the updates and changes have naturally come some...||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Burnout, Gender Stereotypes, and Goals You Can’t Afford to Catch||Jesse’s feeling the burn of re-entry after Challenge Roth, having stacked his off-season plate a bit too full with all the non-triathlon things he said he’d give his full attention to after the race. It’s a classic “whoops” move, but like a...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Out Of Stock: On Pushing Through Pain in Business + Sport||This week’s episode dives immediately into the almost-TMI honest, rough water deep end about Picky Bars’ current inventory struggles. Lauren and Jesse talk candidly about the background of Picky’s production and growth cycle, and how a perfect...||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Challenge Roth [Special Episode]||And they’re back! (Stateside AND in the studio…) Lauren and Jesse battle jet lag from their trip to Germany with a special episode about the “Hallmark” of the “Cool Races in Cool Places” tour - Challenge Roth! After spending a significant...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: Nerves, Body Image, “Happiness Differentials”, and Radiohead||This week the work, sport, family balance in the Flomas house was less of a flashy juggling act and more of a clumsy dropping things and throwing them at the wall. From birthday parties to high school reunions, peak triathlon training and sleep...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08: The Energy Well, Aging in Sport, #SuperAdvanced, and the NBA Playoffs||Listen, even if you aren’t interested in the topics in this episode, do yourself a favor and listen to the final few minutes where Jesse explains the origination of #superadvanced, including a memorable dinner table moment with Jude and an avocado....||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07: To Our Younger, On-again, Off-again, Pre-and-postpartum, Creative Selves||If this week’s What’s Going On?! segment were a Friends episode, it’d be titled, “The One Where Jesse’s More Nervous for PPP than Kona.” He and Lauren recap their perspective Pole, Pedal, Paddle races - spoiler: they both rocked it - and...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06: "The Sky is Made of PB&J" (a.k.a. Get your head right for race day, parenting issues, nutrition, and bucket lists)||It’s a big week in the Flomas household, as both Lauren and Jesse prepare for the “Bend Olympics” - Pole, Pedal, Paddle! This multi, multi-sport event is the ultimate PNW challenge and a town treasure. Lauren’s holding down the run leg for her..||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05: Wild Wildflower, the Intersection of Work-Play-Love at its Finest (& Ugliest)||Fresh off their wild Wildflower weekend, Jesse and Lauren give a glimpse at what a weekend racing as a pro athlete looks like when the whole damn family is in tow. From how the change in environment may’ve affected his performance to how well...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04: Training Together, Taking it to the Next Level, and Having Employees||With race season around the corner - Can Jesse bring home a seventh consecutive W at Wildflower this weekend?? - this episode has them ramping up and dialing in the feeling of peak training. (The intro tinkering seems to have started paying some...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03: Buzzing From Desi||It’s Boston Marathon morning! Lauren and Jesse are buzzing after Des Linden’s big win, which brings up her new coffee company (Linden & True), which conveniently segues into a fresh batch of listener questions about biz, sport, and life at...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02: Quality Time, Getting Sponsors, Hiring People, Workplace Healthcare||Lauren and Jesse don't realize the podcast is already named, oh well. Then they answer these questions - - What’s the most effective way to spend quality time together when you’re tired from training and work? - How do you go...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01: Making Time, Encouraging Kids, Modifying Training, Your Biz's "Done" Line||After an obviously unrehearsed but awesomesauce intro, Lauren and Jesse answer these questions: How do you make time for each other that isn't focused around business and/or training? How do you encourage your kids in sports without pushing them too...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntro: Who we are and why you should listen to us, maybe||Lauren and Jesse get off to a rip rocking start by introducing each other, and explain why the world needs yet another podcast! They describe how they intend to learn from each other and their listeners as they answer questions on sports, family,...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks Jason Mac’ for directing me toward this podcast. As a mom of 2 severely Autistic children, it’s refreshing to hear these parents “straight talk”... seem to understand the challenges of parenting are quite insignificant to actual struggles people face... so down-to-earth with injected humor:) I’m a new fan and committed subscriber! Keep rockin’
Awesome real life talk
I came across this Podcast after hearing Jesse on Nick Symmond’s ‘Run the Day’ and I haven’t looked back. I’ve binge-listened through all the previous episodes already and am sad when I don’t have another one to queue up immediately once done. This podcast is a great ‘real life’ look at having a family, having a job, and generally working through life. We’re all just figuring it out! Keep up the great work!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Like most things in life, I'm about 2-3 years behind the times when it comes to trends (I just learned that Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are NOT the same person). Sort of similarly, I just stared listening to podcasts, and enjoy them most on my long training runs. I'll cut to the chase: I love and appreciate the honesty and humor. There's something here for everyone. Hearing two people's perspectives on sport, family, and work has been super valuable to me personally, and a nice side effect is it helps make the long runs fly by. Keep up the amazing work!