Mitch Sturdivant Xterra World Championship Athlete Profile
Name: Mitch Sturdivant
Division: Male 40 – 44
Where do you live? Vail, Colorado
Is this your first year competing at Worlds? Yes.
What do you most look forward? The last 250 meter beach run.
What is your favorite aspect of Xterra? Racing off-road
How did you get into Xterra or triathlon in general? I have always wanted to race in an off-road triathlon and two good friends challenged me to enter one of our local events with them (Xterra Mountain Championship)…after that I was hooked.
What challenges did you have to overcome in order to qualify for Worlds, or what do you contribute your success to this year? #1 challenge Conditioning.
I tribute ALL of the success I’ve had in Xterra and other mountain races to Middaugh Coaching!
What is your favorite discipline and why? Swimming…because it reminds me of how much I love the water.
What is your least favorite discipline and why? Swimming…because it reminds me of how slow I am in the water.
What is your favorite piece of triathlon/Xterra equipment? My Optic Nerve Variant sunglasses (I wear them everyday).
What is one piece of advice you would give other off road triathletes trying to qualify for Worlds in the future or to those participating in Worlds for the first time? Just do it.
Who do you need to give a special shout out to for making this season successful?
Josiah Middaugh…Thanks coach!
What are your expectations at Worlds? I expect to have my best race of the season and I expect to enjoy my time and the weather in Maui (it is snowing in Vail).
If you had to choose one song to get stuck in your head for the entire race, what would it be?
Fort Minor – Remember the name
What is your favorite activity outside of training? Bow hunting big game in the Rocky mountains.
After the season is over what do you most look forward to doing that you were not able to do leading up to Hawaii? I look forward to taking my kids out snowboarding.
What is one thing that you think others might be surprised to know about you? That I performed in my youth on a unicycle team.