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Russ Sampson

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Where do you live?

I live in Akron, NY just outside of Buffalo.

Your favorite Amrita Bar?

I have equal fondness for the Chocolate Maca and Apricot Strawberry

Where are the best places for fans to follow you online?

Facebook: Russ Endurancecoach

Twitter: @russemscoach

Podcast: DuYouTri

How did you get started in endurance sports?

I was a competitive swimmer at age 6, and have always been involved in endurance sports since then.

Major Accomplishments(endurance or life):

I have a 6 year old son with Down Syndrome name Evan!

What is your favorite workout (and why)?

I once did 16×100 fly in a yards pool on 1:05 each.  It was part of a progressive overload set that took a year to get to.  I was proud because I have very few friends/competitors who could ever do that.

What’s the most awesome thing you’ve encountered in nature during a run or ride?

a Manta Ray – it was a swim.

Do you have any superstitions related to competing or training?

I like to make playlists that evoke the right rhythm for my events.

What is your pre-race / warm-up routine?

10-15 min easy swim, 2-400 kick, 2-4 drill, 10×50 build, starts and turns

What gets you most excited to compete?


What gives you an advantage over your competition?

I have confidence in my ability and body.  I like to be grateful when I or others may be suffering.

What is something most people don’t know, or would be surprised to learn, about you?

I love to play chess!

What activity most represents ‘me time’ for you?

Reading and watching tv shows like Archer.

What person has most shaped your career or life?

My career- Peter Linn at Eastern Michigan University,  My life – My son.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given – and would be eager to pass along to others?  Respect the process – everything takes time and steps.  No shortcuts.

Why do you workout/race?

To enjoy a happy life – they provide me great pleasure

What tips do you have for new athletes?

Remember that you do this for fun first!

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