FLO Factory Team

Past Races

10/03/2020 Memphis Half Ironman
09/27/2020 Ironman 70.3 Augusta
09/12/2020 Cherohala Challenge

Thomas Stephenson

THOMPSONS STATION, Tennessee | https://tennacityfoundation.org/our-story/

Main Focus
Post-Race DrinkHonestly....water.

I've loved cycling as long as I can remember. As soon as I could fit on a bike, I started riding with my father. It has been a lifelong passion that has been mostly constant throughout my life.

I attended college at Mississippi State University where I was Co-Captain of the Triathlon Team. However, after transferring to Western Kentucky University, I was burnt out on all things triathlon and put my bike in the closet for about three years. But in December of 2014 my entire life was flipped upside down when I was hit head-on on the interstate just south of Nashville. After narrowly escaping certain death in my burning truck, I was life-flighted to Vanderbilt.

I had shattered my entire lumbar spine, snapped my left femur in half, broken every bone in my left foot and ankle, broken my right foot and ankle, my sternum, collarbone, and suffered a minor brain injury. During my nearly two months in the hospital, I was told I would never run, bike, or be active again. I was told even walking and sitting would be painful for the rest of my life.

But I decided I had to take control of my destiny. So I slowly started walking each morning, slowly getting stronger. Until one day I pulled my bike out of my closet and re-discovered my life for the saddle. I eventually found my road out of depression and rehabilitation through IRONMAN. The last few years have been a truly triumphant period of overcoming incredible odds to become a stronger athlete than I ever was before.

Today, I work in enterprise healthcare technology sales and live in Nashville, Tn with my wife Abby. But most the time, you can find me on my flashy set of FLO 60's rolling through the countryside in Middle Tennessee.