Time to celebrate!!! Faces of Fusion! She has the kindest heart and the most energetic spirit that help so many others conquer their fitness goals! Today is your day Carrie Sonderegger and enjoy every minute. Great things coming your way in 2020! Happy Birthday! #facesoffusion#celebrate#passionforperformance#happybirthday
Nadine White IS BOSTON BOUND!!!!! Running the A1A Marathon this am, she did it!!!! Our last words were BE YOU! She raced her race and looked deep down inside and did it! She told me, she was READY to accomplish this! Goals are accomplished with hard work and dreams do come true. CONGRATS ROCKSTAR! #coachsamisrockstars#hardworkpaysoff#dreams#youdidit
Rockstar John Clausen is having a birthday! Thank you John for your service (US Marines)! With that challenging lifestyle, we admire your dedication towards Chatty 70.3! Have a great day. #facesofusion#service#dedication#vision
Nothing like celebrating that finish line of 2019!!! May 2020 be filled with adventures, fun, friendship, PR's, stepping out of your comfort zone, and much much more! Jolinda Bokhorst knows how to celebrate and let's join in on the fun!!!! 2019 is in the rearview mirror and take your experiences and grow. #soarhighterthanyoudare#onwardandupwardwego#welcome2020
On the 12th day of Christmas, Coach Sami gave to Fusion: 12 years of being a triathlete!!! From September 2007 to December 2019 it has been an amazing ride. You would have thought 107 triathlons later we would still be here. From an every day athlete who couldn't swim 25 yards in a pool (soooo true) and didn't own a bike, to someone who couldn't imagine life any other way. Triathlon has given me strength, has helped me believe in myself, and has helped me to understand that the human potential is so much more than we know. It has provided me with fun, laughter, friendship, adventures and so much more. All I can hope is that this is being re-written in another 12 years. So, Be Bold, Soar to New Heights, Enjoy Life's Peaks and Valleys and above all LIVE LARGE! (Too many great pics, but Erin Green check us out from our very first (2007 until Iceland 2019! Now we should count how many we have done together 🙂 . #livelarge#soarhigherthanyoudare#12days#12greatyears
On the 10th day of Christmas, Endurance Athletes gave to me: 10 years of Coaching amazing, strong, talented, speedy, gutsy, resilient and overall amazing Rockstars!!!! It has been an amazing ride with 107 Ironman Finishers, 15 Boston Qualifiers, Team USA Participants, 70.3 Worlds Participants, First Time Triathlon Participants, PR's and more. BUT most importantly it has been 10 years of watching amazing human beings become athletes; of believing in the human spirit and what can be accomplished, of seeing the best in this world. It has been an amazing ride and here's to 10 more years of Coaching and of watching Fusion Endurance become the place that athletes seek for performance, to improve their lifestyle and to develop a vision for the future! Here's to every single athlete that I have had the pleasure to coach. You have made my life better! #soarhigherthanyoudare#coachingisliving#believeinyou#visions#togetherwewill
On the 4th day of Christmas, athletes gave to Fusion: 4 STREAKS of endurance! Angela Nichols Leonard and Holly Cunningham have navigate 300+ days of running (oh and we are making it to 365). Inspired by these 2 Rockstars Melanie Hicks Meadows and Randee Nolan Bulla have started run/walk/cycle streaks of their own. How long will those continue?? Ahhhh...I bet I can guess!!! In 2020 where will your magic shoes take you?? Join Fusion and let's find out how far they can go :-)!!! #runningstreaks#endurancestreaks#STREAKERS#livingyourbestlife
On the 11th day of Christmas: Fusion gave to coach 11 GOOD MEN + 2 more for 2020 🙂 . Rockstars Ren Rotondo, Steve White, Travis Snead Michael Jones Brandon Ostrander, Gary Cook (Martha Clancy-Cook); Tim Gill, José Enrique Sánchez, Bryan Langan, Hunter Marcum, Shay Hutchings . (Welcome Don and John!)
On the 9th day of Christmas the City of Wilmington gave to Fusion: 9 Volunteer Coordinator Events and the chance to meet over 2000+ giving, kind, and overall cheerleading kind of people. They are the heart and soul of all endurance events and loved every minute of it. Thank you Michelle Kinney Hackman and Colin Hackman for the opportunity to be a part of your family. WB marathon, Lyle Leuck (Run for a Life) and Brian Bohrer (IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina) too. And just for note: Wilma Dash, Battle for Independence 5K, Run for a Life, Run for the Ta-Ta's, Fayetteville Turkey Trot 5K, Carolina Beach Trail Half Marathon, WB Marathon and IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina. Wow!! Gosh, I have met some great people! #volunteersaretheheartandsoul#grateful#lovethisjob#until2020
On the 6th day of Christmas my athletes gave to me: 6 amazing and strong South Florida athletes! Where the winters are warm, the beaches are beautiful and the athletes are strong, speedy and all around amazing people! Carrie Sonderegger (giving back to everyone); Larina De La Rosa (rockstar newbie IM finisher and Boston Qualifier); Diana Guzzo (heading to Duathlon Worlds); Nadine White (amazing strong mentally and we'll get to Boston); Christina Vazquez (Treasure Coast here we come); José Enrique Sánchez (big goals and big dreams); 2020 holds great promise and can't wait to see everyone Soar Higher than they Dare!! #coachsamisrockstars#soarhigherthanyoudare#onwardandupward#mightaswelljump#endurancelife
On the 8th day of Christmas my athletes gave to Fusion, 8 amazingly cool adventures: 2 x50K ultras Brittany Garman and Genie Griffin; 1xendurance swim, Swim the Loop, Lisa Farmer Kerr; 1xRAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Ranier), Gwen Nichols Butler; 1xBlue Ridge Relay Cathy Durham Moore; 1xFIRST 5K Lane Stone; 2xBlood Sweat and Gears Rockstars Lisa Denny Wright KimandJohn Clarke. This is just the beginning. So many amazing life accomplishments and here's to 2019 Adventures! #coachsamisrockstars#first5k#cyclingadventures#onwardandupward
On the 7th day of Christmas, Coach gave to Fusion, 7 Sami'ism's to take into celebrate:
1. Consistency is King!
2. Lookin' Good and Feelin Gorgeous
3. Live life large!
4. Take advantage of every opportunity to race and enjoy another grand adventure.
5. The journey is more important than the finish line.
6. Never give up your dreams . (it took me 12 times to quality for Kona!)
7. It takes a Village to raise a Triathlete
On the 3rd day of Christmas my athletes gave to Fusion: 3 Winston-Salem ladies full of grit, toughness, and smiles for miles!!! The ladies rock and are headed to IRONMAN 70.3 VA in 2020. Together we can! Leslie Mahon Cynthia Smart Joyce Mounce
On the first day of Christmas my 2019 athletes gave to Fusion:
1 Coach of the Year nomination!
Thank you for believing in me, in Fusion, in what WE stand for: Performance, lifestyle, vision...a vision for the future!
Some weekends are just special! 5K PR (Becky Mansfield), 8K PR (Brittany Garman), 10K PR (Alexis Feely); Half Marathon PR (Genie Griffin) and 2 First time half marathoners going sub 2 hours (Elleny Ramirez and Diana Guzzo) ! Gary Cook and Valerie Miller cruising it out in Wilmington, NC. José Enrique Sánchez going sub 2 half marathon, for his first sub 2 in a few races and Rockstar Nadine White, going big and reaching for that BQ. It WILL come! Athletes just lovin' life!!! Super proud Coach this weekend with what WE have accomplished together. #soarhigherthanyoudare#coachsamisrockstars#endurancelife#halfmarathonweekendalongtheeastcoast#decemberfun
It is cyber Monday and let's invest in yourself!!! Collaborating with Beth Formy-Duval Andrew of Full Circle Coaching to bring you an entire day of swim fun!!! This will truly be "the catch of the day" and come join us for video analysis, Swim ramp tests, CSS tests and more. See you there!!!
Use the code: CYBERSWIM
An Attitude of Gratitude!
Wow! 4 years since I published this and I think it is time to remember! It is, in fact, my favorite holiday because it truly makes us acknowledge what we are thankful for in our lives. As triathletes and runners we have an amazing support system, through spouses, family, significant others, friends and more. Honestly, we couldn’t do what we do without them – it’s very simple. People often say triathlon is a solo event, but no way! I know it takes a village and I appreciate that village. Besides our support system, we are thankful for our health and the ability to do what we do at no matter what speed…right? (We notice this especially when we are forced to become creative in our training attempts); we are thankful for the freedom to be able to train and race and so much more.
Snoopy is my favorite and he says it all.
I am grateful for everything!
I am grateful for perfect weather conditions on race day! It doesn’t come often, but when it does, WOW!
I am grateful for light winds on the bike and tailwind on the way home.
I am grateful for waters just cold enough for a wetsuit, but not too warm to overheat. Wetsuit legal is an awesome term.
I am grateful for tri shorts that are the perfect fit. No chafing, and no rubber grip to make the “sausagelook” around the legs.
I am grateful for Tri Slide, Body Glide, Vasoline and especially those volunteers that hand out Vasoline on the run course of an Ironman. Good grief, what a job and those volunteers are awesome.
I am grateful for my muscular legs because honestly they make me a strong cyclist and I love to ride!
I am grateful for water bottles that fit securely in the cages on my bike!
I am grateful for Caffé Latex…if you’ve never tried it, it’s a must and it saved my IMFL 2014 and probably more cycling adventures than I can count.
I am grateful for a smooth bike course on race day and no bumpy roads to rattle everything on my bike.
I am grateful for the volunteers at each and every Ironman and especially the one at Kona that put a cool towel on my head in transition and helped me put on my socks when my feet were so swollen. Thank you!
I am grateful for goggles that don’t leak or fog!
I am grateful for my training buddies that are ready to tackle any adventure. (This does fall in thefriends category, but it’s a must).
I am grateful for hand warmers and those of you that know me know this is a must.
I am grateful for the ability to stomach almost any gel, drink, etc…offered on the course. (that isn’t for everyone)
I am grateful for my bike mechanic, my coach, my blog poster, my athletes, my team, my mind, mytrainer and so much more.
Finally, I am grateful to you for taking the time to read about my crazy thoughts. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take time to enjoy the day and reflect on how lucky we are.
Celebrate family, friends, and the food that nourishes our bodies. May you have an amazing day!