"Sam Kristensen has been a regular at TriTown this past year, and we've had the pleasure to get to know this up and coming triathlete and see him develop from a completely new triathlete to racing in the 70.3 World Championship in Austria and becoming a well rounded athlete." - Antonio
Sam was a collegiate baseball outfielder at the University of Redlands (1999-2002). As a youth he played football, baseball and soccer. He had no background in competitive swimming, biking or running. He did, however, complete 3 marathons and 3 half marathons from 2008-2013. Sam started training for triathlon for the first time with TriTown in October of 2014. We have been so impressed with Sam's passion, consistency, and positivity that we asked him to share his story with you. The story below is written by Sam, showing how he overcame obstacles to pursue triathlon and ultimately change his life.
For years I had many successes in the areas I focused on but these successes always came with negative consequences in other life areas. I struggled to find win-win results and unintentionally adopted a scarcity belief system. A belief system that in order to be successful in one area of life it meant I needed to sacrifice in other areas. This win-loss system was not working for me anymore.
My new approach of adopting a win-win belief system was undoubtedly going to cause some friction to the status quo but the rewards signals I was getting from other people, seminars, books and audio books were too great to ignore. With my wife on board and understanding my unhappiness, I started the pursuit of my win-win lifestyle and changed my patterns.
After feeling physically unhappy and overwhelmed, enough was enough! 43 lbs heavier than my current weight of 157lbs, I reached my “physically-unhappy-and-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” threshold.
Me to my wife: “Tara, I want to sign up for the Boise 70.3 Ironman in June. I need a new physical challenge and running the occasional marathon and ½ marathon isn’t cutting it for me anymore. I need something different to hold my attention and me accountable.”
Tara: “Go for it babe!”
So I did… I signed up right there that evening after dinner at the kitchen table one year ago. After looking at the Ironman.com website and watching YouTube Ironman videos, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the challenge I needed to motivate me into massive action. I had never swum with an organized group, I didn’t own a racing road bike, nor did I have the proper swim and biking equipment/gear. I didn’t care about those details. I started by focusing on the end result I wanted so badly! To feel and look physically fit again. The rest would work itself out.
I helped myself early in this process by searching for and hiring a local triathlon coach and Co-Owner of Tri Town in Boise, Idaho (www.tritownboise.com), Antonio Gonzalez. The positive consequences of that decision transformed my physical and mental toughness results far beyond my initial expectations. As a result of this intentional focus and with the support of both my wife and my coach, I not only finished the Boise 70.3 Ironman but I also competed in two additional 70.3 races (70.3 World Championships in Zell am See, Austria and Lake Tahoe with a 6th place Age Group Finish). I also competed in two sprints (one age group podium finish), and two Olympic distance races (one age group podium finish).
YOU GET WHAT YOU TOLERATE - AUGUST 30, 2015
After eight months of triathlon training for the Boise 70.3 Ironman and racing two sprint triathlons, it was clear that I had developed passionate, laser focused, productive training patterns in this area of my life. Once again, the athlete inside of me had been rekindled. However, in my career, I was merely getting the results I tolerated. I knew something had to change with my work. Similar to my decision to sign up for the Boise 70.3, I immediately took considerable action to change this area of my life, after a long and hard battle.
The tipping point came on my drive to work after a hard and rewarding swim session in early May. I was physically exhausted from the workout but had great focus and clarity. For months I had been working through an internal win-loss mindset in the workplace. I was frozen in my own fear and unable to articulate how to get un-stuck from this area of my life to others. I was unhappy with this area of life, so much in fact that the voice inside me was often self-limiting. Thoughts like “if you make a change it will derail your opportunities”, “if you leave you are a quitter and that isn’t who you are“, “it will get better in time“, etc.
And then it clicked. It was simple. I was getting what I tolerated. I needed to stop looking at work with a scarcity mindset. I needed to fight against the law of familiarity. I needed to raise my standards of what I wanted in life. The following morning I announced I was resigning at the end of May. It was exactly what I needed to do.
CHANGE YOUR FOCUS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE - RAISE YOUR STANDARDS - PLAY FULL OUT
So how did triathlon change my life this past year? It changed my life completely! I wasn’t broken, it was my patterns. I changed my focus, which changed my life. I raised my standards and now I am playing FULL OUT!