11 IM's Completed 23 Years Old 365 Days a year of Adventure 204 Longest solo bike ride in a day 18 Age when completed my first IM 304 Avg Watts for an IM bike leg 2 Triplet brothers 450 Calories per hour in an IM 1 kg is the largest donut I have eaten 6' 4 Inches tall 175 Lbs 2:32 Minutes personal best for marathon 2nd Best result in an IM
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Extensive Bio: For the Nerds out there:)
Sam was born in Boulder, Colorado on December 23, 1995 as the oldest of 3 triplet boys. Wow, what a Christmas present for Mom! In his childhood Sam was very athletic without being directed or focused on any one single sport. In fact, he tried just about every sport ranging from fishing to baseball. Sam spent much of his time up in the Rocky Mountains in the small town of Crested Butte. CB was where he developed his engine skiing 7-hour days with his mom or having to chase his Dad all over on the mountain bike. Sam and his brothers were also always constantly playing games outside and simply being kids. In high school after playing football for several years Sam finally realized his potential in endurance sports. At this point he got into track and cross country and shortly after his triathlon career started. His progression and career in triathlon is best looked at in three parts (1) his rise through the ranks as an amateur (2) his decision to turn professional including early racing as a professional and (3) the current state.
Shortly after starting track and field in his junior year of high school Sam got the endurance bug. He loved the grind. His high school running highlights are not tremendously memorable but included a PR of 4:34 in the mile as well as some state hill climb championships on the road bike. The story becomes unique at high school graduation. Weeks before Sam's graduation he got the idea that it would be a great idea to do the inaugural Boulder Ironman as a rite of passage into the next phase of life. It was the start of May and the Ironman was August 5th. And, as anyone who knows Sam once he gets an idea in his head he likes to make it happen. The stubborn bastard! Thus, Sam began training himself for his first Ironman with only 12 weeks to prepare and had not yet been riding or swimming at all. Sam went all in for this training and frequently was up at four in the morning to get his training in as he worked a full-time job that summer. Sam competed in an Olympic distance race and a half Ironman leading into the race. He won his age group in both races and was 1st overall in the half Ironman. On Ironman race day, Sam showed up with one goal--to finish and prove he could do an Ironman. Oh Boy! He did more than just finish. He was the youngest competitor and won his age group by more than 50 minutes as well as finishing 12th overall counting the pros. Not only this but Sam raced for Doctors Without Borders and raised over 3000 dollars for the charity. It is hard to imagine a more explosive way to get into triathlon then this.
After IM Boulder Sam was even more hooked. He declined to go to Kona that year as he had to go off to his first semester of college. However, Sam became even more passionate and started entertaining the idea that he could race as a professional—A childhood dream Sam had always had. Thus he trained vigorously all of freshman year and put IM Coeur D Alene on the schedule (he competed in a stand alone marathon that November and ran 2:44). At Im CDA Sam showed up and crushed the competition. The conditions were horrendous. 105 degrees on a very difficult course. Sam managed to get a 20-minute lead on the nearest amateur on the bike and then maintained it on the run. He won the overall amateur field easily. This cemented the belief that Sam could become the triathlete he dreamed of becoming. After that Sam won several more overall amateur titles that summer and went to Kona. While he had a difficult time in Kona due to the level of competition and his inexperience he was still 6th in his age group. A middle of the line result for Sam. He ended the season a bit discouraged but held onto the idea of becoming a pro. This motivated him throughout the winter to stay focused. He raced 70.3 St. Geroge as an amateur and finished second by a minute and was 17th overall with the pros in the most competive half IM in the US. Sam decided to take a risk and see how he could do as a pro. He got his pro card and the second stage of his career commenced.
IM Boulder Podium 2014
Turning and deciding to race professionally was a big decision. Sam wrote a whole blog about it you can find in that section on his website. Sam was one of the youngest pros on the circuit (by far for IM). In his first season Sam did remarkably better than expected. He got on the podium at 70.3 Calgary with second place. He also tried Xterra racing and found this suited him very well with a second-place finish at Xterra Beaver Creek and a 7th place finish at Xterra nationals. He finished 19th at Xterra worlds. Sam also competed in Ironman Arizona and set a personal best of 8:29 for the Ironman distance. He had a few other top ten finishes at the Half distance. Being a professional in the first year had some great highlights but mostly it would be categorized by a consistent dedication to hard work. Sam realized just how good you have to be at the sport to succeed.
Sam and his parents post Kona (2015)
In 2017, Sam entered his second season as a professional. He decided to stick to his true passion--Ironman--and see how he could do. 2017 was a very challenging year for Sam. He was in his last year of college and had a lot of other priorities in life. Sam was faced with deciding what to do with his life. He also had to part ways with his long time high school girlfriend. Sam had to fight extra hard to maintain motivation throughout this year. He still had some notable results with 3rd at Xterra Beaver Creek, 7th at Ironman Boulder, and 8th at Ironman Wisconsin. The season hardship accumulated at Ironman Cozumel where Sam had his first (and hopefully only DNF). However, the season brought much to the table. Shortly after Cozumel Sam graduated college and took a 4 month training trip to Australia. In Australia, the hardships of the last year were realized for what they were. They made Sam stronger and allowed him to cement his belief that he has what it takes to succeed in triathlon. He also had the time of a lifetime down under. Australia made Sam a true professional and was where he learned to be ALL IN with triathlon. Already this year he has had a 9th place finish at Ironman New Zealand and 11th at 70.3 Oceanside. This year is gonna be a good one and the future looks bright!
Sam mixing it up racing in the elite field at the Growler MTB race (2017)