Division you will compete in: 10 minute 16 kg or 20 kg long cycle
Height: 5′ 4.5″
Weight/competition weight: 130 lbs/ 58 kg class
Current personal records in the jerk, snatch and/or long cycle:
Long cycle: 124 (holds world record at 120)
Biathlon: 181.5 (snatch 214)
Long cycle: 87
Biathlon: 142.5 (world record)
One arm long cycle: 122
Biathlon:191 (Ketacademy)/ 232 (AKA)
One arm long cycle: 109
Snatch: 77 (6 minutes)
One arm long cycle : 72
5 min jerk: 54
Full GS style Iron Man:
Total tonnage: 11,936 kg
City: Omaha, NE
Years vegan: as of August 7, 2013
Why you became vegan: Mamas shouldn’t lose their babies. I can’t honor the relationship between parent and child and do that to another mom. All animal products represent the loss of somebody’s whole world. I also care about other related issues like the environment, world hunger, societal and domestic violence, and personal, global and mental health. The only way for me to live my values is to be vegan.
History competing: I didn’t grow up playing sports, so my first opportunity to measure myself against others was the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). At graduation, I scored a 320 out of 300. After that, I did one marathon, triathlon or obstacle race every year recreationally. I’m no longer able to get that kind of pavement time, so I started lifting kettlebells. This will be my first time to lift competitively.
What drives you to compete? Spreading the good news about saying good-bye to animal products! I am always looking for my limits. I want to know what I can do, and I want others to see how strong vegans can be.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete? I am always ready to go! I feel amazing every day. I’m also much happier.
What types of supplements, if any, do you use? I use some rice, soy or rawfusion protein once per day and take a multivitamin, calcium and B12.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition? Be cool. Be clean. No junk. No seconds. I don’t count calories, but I follow some basic rules: protein and vegetables 3x a day, flax meal, 1/8 cup nuts, unlimited fruit, whole grains over processed (no more than one serving of processed grains per day), minimal sodium, and at least half a carton of tofu.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Apples, nuts and tofu. The morning of my event, I always like to eat an entire batch of cornbread.
How would you describe your training for a competition? I do a three day split: kettlebell, body weight and Ashtanga yoga.
Favorite exercises: main lifts (swings, jerk, clean, long cycle, snatches), calf raises with bell in lock out, Turkish Get Ups, burpees, headstand, walking/hiking with my family
How many hours a week do you spend training? 8-10 hours
Today I am most proud of: I am both proud and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve with some fantastic organizations: the Peace Corps, the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, the US Army, the US Air Force and now PlantBuilt. I’m also tremendously proud of my awesome husband and our two brilliant, amazing daughters.
Personal website or blog: On instagram @solarpoweredsara