Hi I’m Sarah Piampiano, but I’m also known as Little Red, Lil Poo, Pimps, Piamps and Pimp-Star. I’ve been a pro triathlete since 2012. I was born in 1980 in Portland, Maine. My secret race weapon is my bike. As I’ve matured as an athlete and become a stronger rider, my confidence in what I can do during the bike leg continues to increase. The song that gets me through my hardest training sessions right now is Right Now by DeadMau5. When I’m not training, you’ll most likely find me cooking, walking around Sausalito (the little seaside town that I live in in Marin County in California), or watching episodes of the Black List. My earliest memory of being on a bike is when I was three years old, remember riding down our dirt road with my mom and dad following behind and letting go of the seat, and me crashing time and time again….until one day I got it! In the summers my brothers always rode around on their dirt bikes with no shirt on, and I had to copy everything they did, so I learned to ride on my brother’s hand-me-down shiny red dirt bike, with no shirt on!
Sarah was a Maine-born kid who lived and breathed sports from an early age. Growing up with two older brothers who lived life on the edge, her childhood was filled with many adventures like hiking into the huts and back country skiing in the White Mountains, snowshoeing provisions into her family’s small cabin in the woods, and ALWAYS being the first in line at the ski mountain, even when the temperature read -20 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to participating in all of the usual school sports, with her brothers she biked, swam, surfed, ran, waterskied, rock climbed and skateboarded. Through them she learned an unshakeable determination to never give up.
By her sophomore year in high school Sarah had won the Maine State Cross Country title, placed 8th at the National Cross Country Championships, and headed to a ski academy in Vermont (Stratton Mountain School) where for three years she raced against the world’s best. In college she was a 3-season athlete, captain of the Cross-Country team her senior year, and a Division I ski racer.
In late 2009 she competed in her first triathlon on a bet from a friend, and fell in love with the sport. In the ensuing 2 years she made the journey from newbie triathlete to amateur champion, finishing as the top American Amateur at the 2011 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 2012
she turned pro, and in April won the 2012 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans and placed 4th at the US Ironman Championships in New York City. Since then she’s had multiple numerous podium finishes in both Ironman and 70.3 races.
In 2014, Sarah broke her femur during the marathon portion of Ironman Texas, a little over 2 miles from the finish. After having battled with the pain all day, and the emotional roller coaster of being injured over the preceding few months, she was determined to finish. Over the next hour she dragged her leg over those two miles and made across the finish line. The amount of athlete support during the race, and crowd support as she neared the finish line was overwhelming, and it remains one of her strongest memories of the sport.
Sarah recently started a website called The Habit Project (www.TheHabitProject.net). The Habit Project leverages her story of being a two-pack-a-day smoker and over-worked corporate executive lacking life balance turned pro triathlete, to motivate and inspire others to work towards
making small, positive habit changes in order to generate better health, happiness and balance in their lives. The goal is to create a social platform and community for people to be supported and to go to get tips and ideas for changes that they can make that fit with their personality and lifestyle.
#1 goal for 2015
To podium in every race I enter, including a top 10 performance at Kona
2nd – Ironman 70.3 Pucon
2nd – Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
3rd – Ironman 70.3 Galveston
8th – Ironman 70.3 St George (US Pro Championships)
January 25 – Ironman 70.3 South Africa
March 15 – Ironman 70.3 San Juan
March 28 – Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
April 19 – Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
May 2 – Ironman 70.3 St George (US Pro Champs)
May 16 – Ironman Texas (Ironman North American Championships)
June 21 – Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg
July 5 – Ironman Frankfurt (Ironman European Championships)
August 16 – Ironman Mt Tremblant
October 10 – Ironman World Championships