From: Boise, Idaho
Throughout my entire life I have found extreme enjoyment in
the mountains. My parents and grandparents showed me from a young age the
beauty and enjoyment of spending quality time in the backcountry of Colorado
and Wyoming. While I have been exposed to a variety of different
activities, my time in the mountains has shaped my professional focus on XTERRA
or off-road triathlon.
As a kid I played basketball, football, and baseball, but
was also involved with other sports like skiing, backpacking, kayaking and
climbing. From the ages of 13 until 16 years old, I raced competitively
in whitewater slalom kayak racing. While my friends were at baseball and
football camps, I was traveling the country slalom racing and running
whitewater. Ultimately, I made the decision not to continue to race at
such a young age, but I know it shaped me for the future.
After 6 years of college (BS in Accounting and an MBA
Accounting) and meeting my future wife, I had a few unwanted pounds and decided
to dust-off my bike and get myself back into shape.
Racing was a goal to keep myself in shape, but after
improving each year it became more apparent that I could excel at
triathlon. I started off with road triathlon but my heart was on the dirt
and in the mountains. My attention then shifted towards XTERRA and
mountain bike racing.
After 3 three years of steady improvement and success as an
amateur XTERRA triathlete, I had established the credentials necessary to race
at the professional level in 2010 (my first Pro Race was XTERRA France July
2010). I realize now that everything is cumulative and my goal is to
constantly improve. For 2012 I will be heading into my second full season
racing as a pro, I am targeting the XTERRA US point series, a trip this summer
to race in Europe, the XTERRA US Championships and finishing with the XTERRA
World Championships in Maui.
I really strive for balance in my life and I enjoy all the
aspects of training/racing, but family is the main focus. I have two
kids, Mac and Lucy, who are my biggest fans. My wife and kids are so
special to me and none of this would be possible without their amazing
I encourage everyone to visit my website www.adamwirth.com or find me on
Facebook. I enjoy keeping them updated with photos and stories about my
adventures. Racing has allowed me to meet amazing people and see amazing
places and I try to share those experiences with everyone.