TRI247
Search
shop

Sam Long explains mindset shift after disappointing Oceanside result

American middle distance and long course star Sam Long shares his reflections on a disappointing performance at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside.

Staff Reporter
Last updated -
SHOP

Love him or hate him, American long-distance star, Sam Long, always make an effort to be transparent by showcasing the mental challenges that play a part in the life of a professional triathlete.

The 27-year-old, from Boulder, burst on to the scene as a brash young professional, his first IRONMAN 70.3 victories coming in 2019. A second-place finish at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2021 looking like it would provide the stepping stone to future success.

However, over the past two years, Long has struggled to consistently compete with the best in the world, and build on strong performances such as third at the PTO US Open last year on the biggest stages.

Since switching coaches from Ryan Bolton to Dr Dan Plews, Long has finish fourth at Clash Miami and seventh at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside. Solid results for many, but a significant distance away from the levels that Long has shown he can compete at – and certainly what he aspires to.

In his most recent YouTube video, Long shares his reflections on the race in California, and how he plans to improve.

Advertisement

“My worst finish for a long time”

Reflecting on the race in Oceanside, Long shared that he had received a lot of feedback from fans and followers after his performance, with some more positive than others.

“You know, it’s funny, I’ve gotten a mixed response, it seems a lot of encouragement and a lot of people saying “head up” or “be positive”. Then there are others, who tell me I’m just a “B Rate” professional.

“Here’s the thing, I don’t need people to tell me that stuff, because I’m not going there to get a seventh place finish, I’m going there to do better than that and I’ll be completely honest with you, that’s my worst finish for a long time in a middle-distance race.” 

Whilst race performances may not have been going his way recently, it has only been five months since Long stood on top of a podium at IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells, and as a result he is already qualified for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Finland in August.

However, with the race in Lahti set to draw a deep field of quality athletes, Long will have his work cut out over the next four months if he is to replicate his 2021 performance. Curiously, Long has opted to not race the PTO European Tour in Ibiza, and will instead match up against Lionel Sanders at IRONMAN 70.3 St. George. Will we see a similar match up to last time around between the pair?!

“My mindset has changed”

Whatever his next race ends up being, Long is aware that he will need to step up his game if he is to compete for the podium. In his YouTube video, he details how his mindset has gone full circle over the past few months and how despite wanting to be able to separate his happiness from race results, he is still hungry to win.

Sam Long relaxed
Sam Long (Photo Credit: Aquasphere)

“It’s interesting, my mindset has shifted a lot this year. I used to live and die by winning and I worked a lot on being happy and finding my self-worth whilst being content in my life without necessarily having to get the absolute best results.

“Then, the flip-side to that is I still know I need to perform and if I don’t then it just doesn’t cut it. I’m demanding I get more out of myself and I’m demanding I do better.” 

Whilst the process, especially with a new coach and a baby on the way, is likely to be a long one, the American will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself over a season that stretches deep into the winter months. Hopefully, the Sam Long of old will make his way back to the start line in due course.

Tomos Land
Written by
Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.

THE SBRX Show

In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Anne Haug wins IRONMAN Lanzarote 2024
Anne Haug bounces back with SENSATIONAL season opener at IRONMAN Lanzarote
Jenny Lucas-Hill wearing the Sumarpo vanguard triathlon wetsuit
Sumarpo Vanguard triathlon and swimming wetsuit review – Can it challenge the mainstream tri wetsuit brands?
sea swimming sumarpo triathlon wetsuit
How to get faster at open water swimming – triathlon swim training tips to up your race pace
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Best middle distance triathlon bike courses – from the fastest courses to the most epic scenery
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Five reasons to race Challenge St. Pölten – kickstart your race season with this scenic middle distance triathlon
latest News
WTCS Cagliari 2023 podium - Alex Yee, Hayden Wilde, Leo Bergere
WTCS Cagliari: Start time, preview and how to watch live
PTO European Open 2023 Ibiza - Max Neumann
Former PTO Tour winner targeting triathlon comeback at London T100 after injury spell
India Lee (GBR) and Kyle Smith (NZL) celebrate together at the finish line in Samorin.
Victorious India Lee and Kyle Smith react to course record breaking day at The Championship
Challenge Family The Championship 2024 - Men Pro Podium
The Championship results: Full finishing order and times for Kyle Smith, Joe Skipper and more
Challenge Family The Championship 2024 - Women Pro Podium
The Championship results: Full finishing order and times after emphatic India Lee win
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
Share to...