Hola! I'm Liz Sampey: professional endurance athlete, movement educator, and storyteller.
I was born to move. I am insatiably curious about the world and its inhabitants, and my own existence on this planet. I am always wondering what is around the next bend. My life is anything but conventional. I travel full-time with my constant companion, my shepherd dog Cody Oats World Traveler. We live in our blue 1997 Chevy Astro minivan Suzy. Throughout the year, I partner with people and brands in the outdoor industry to take on various projects around the world that capture my interest and creativity.
My mission in life is empowerment through movement, both for myself and for those I encounter along the way in person and through my online media. VITAL MOTION LIFE is a celebration of the adventures, challenges, people and places that a life of movement has brought my way. These things are what inspire me every day. I hope you can find some inspiration in these pages as well.
Creative projects combining bikepacking, mountain biking, alpine running, packrafting, fat biking, backcountry skiing, and ski mountaineering. With a background in ultraendurance mountain bike racing and a knowledge of moving through mountains thanks to my 15-year experience in backcountry skiing and mountaineering, I have been able to combine my passions in adventure to create expeditions around the world. This has been my focus in the past two years. In these projects I get to challenge myself, work closely with others, experience different cultures and leave in awe of the world's most incredible places and intriguing people.
Adventure Mountain Bike Races:
I spent seven years focused solely on bike racing: from road to cross country mountain bike to marathon mountain bike and finally to ultramarathon and stage races. Although racing is no longer my main focus, I still compete in ultraendurance and stage races that have a strong adventure component to them. Adventure-style races are a great way to hone the skills I need for expeditions, from proper fueling, pacing, and routefinding to the strong and clear mindset needed to succeed when on a backcountry expedition far from civilization. Plus, they're great for fitness, and they're FUN!
Coaching, Teaching, Rehabilitation:
I have a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and practiced in sports medicine for nearly 10 years. Every year I return to practice for short periods to keep my skills and knowledge sharp, but mostly I use this expertise in my coaching, teaching, and speaking. I travel around the world speaking about sport-specific functional movement training, injury prevention and rehabilitation, the mind-body connection, and empowerment through adventure. I coach adventure sport athletes both online and in-person.
Writing, Speaking, Social Media Storytelling:
What good is a dream if it isn't shared? I am so passionate about my work as an athlete and movement educator and am always looking for outlets to connect with others through storytelling. Through sharing my stories I aim to inspire people to get outside their comfort zones, cultivate their creativity, think outside the box, and create lives they LOVE to LIVE. We only have one life, so make it count!