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My journey from runner to triathlete to entrepreneur

December 31, 2016

My journey from runner to triathlete to entrepreneur

My journey in sports started with running in high school that continued in college.  But deep down inside, what I’ve always dreamed of doing is triathlons. Yes, as a young athlete, the physical challenge of excelling in three sports and the grueling distances in each discipline piqued my interest.  But what captivated me was the focus, passion, discipline, mental toughness, and commitment required. I have been a spectator of the sport for over 30 years now and still remember watching Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and Paula Newby-Fraser battle it out in the Hawaii Ironman.  It wasn’t until a few years ago when a stress fracture sidelined me from running and cycling that forced me to pursue something else. Soon after, I cracked open Total Immersion, got a coach, and learned how to swim. After I got my feet wet (pun intended!), I went on to race Sprint to Ironman distance triathlons and loved every minute of it!  

This has been a humbling journey that taught me a lot about all the possibilities when you are willing to push beyond self-imposed limits in sport and in life.  This breakthrough in my attitude and in my thinking helped breathe new energy into every aspect of my life - my family and the work that I do. This gift I got from the sport is what inspired me to create Speed Hound- to help others breakthrough and live life without limits.  I hope you will find this to be a place with inspiration, community, curated knowledge, and products that will help you realize your goals.

Life is just like competing in a race.  Some show up to be a part of it and others have the passion and drive to overcome barriers in order to have the race of their life.  Bill Bowerman put it best when he said “The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.”  Are you ready? Join me in living life at full throttle and in finishing the race strong!

Competing and creating Speed Hound would not be possible without the support, cheering, and nagging from my wife Cindy, and my three kids Sophie, Oliver and Elliott.  They are my foundation and the fans of Speed Hound are my inspiration to achieve even more.

I always enjoy hearing other triathlete's story, experience, challenges and learnings.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for us, I would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with me below.

Sam

Chief Hound

email: sam@thespeedhound.com





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