EP 11 Using Habits to Train for Success with Sam Morrison

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“I got this new addiction to rucking… I was like why am I doing this” Growing up in a family of seven children doesn’t seem easy, but for Samantha Morrison, it seemed like her parents raised everyone to be high achievers. Samantha’s, who goes by Sam, father encouraged her to be on the year round swim team when one day, he bought her a bike. The next day, at age 14, she competed in her first triathlon and since then, she’s been hooked. She would later attend the Air Force Academy where she received her degree in behavioral science also completing her first ironman triathlon during her junior year. Sam qualified for the world championships in Kona, Hawaii on her first try and has gone back to race three more times before becoming the 18-24 female age group world champion in 2015. Sam was a professional triathlete until the fall of 2015 when she elected to back to work in public affairs full time. She hasn’t left her athleticism and training behind, however, as she currently does a morning, mid-day, and afternoon workouts. Although she tries to keep her athletics and her professional lives separate, her positive habits and behaviors haven’t gone unnoticed by her co-workers who regularly ask to work out with her. One of the big takeaways I got from the interview with Sam was on consistency and making sure to fill up my calendar. In order to maintain her athleticism, Sam knows what she has to do when she wakes up as well as when she arrives home from work which is a great habit to have. It allows less time lost to dawdling or vegging out, and I think this can be applied to other significant projects besides activities like going to the gym. Although she’s maintained roughly the same diet for 4 to 5 years, she would like to remind aspiring endurance athletes that while a good diet is important, you can still indulge in pizza nights on Fridays. If you have questions for Sam, you can reach her on LinkedIn or through her personal email (Samanthablairmorrison@gmail.com). If you enjoy the interview, please take the time to follow me on Soundcloud and leave a review for the podcast on iTunes or Google Play.

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