Sari Anderson has a knack for finding her way to the podium. Ski mountaineering? In January, Anderson placed second in the U.S. national championships. Cycling? She won the coed duo category of the 24 Hours of Moab mountain-bike race in 2010 and mopped up a field of pros at the 2008 Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships. She's also won a long list of multisport events, like the 2009 Teva Mountain Games' Ultimate Mountain Challenge and the 2008 Xterra Winter World Championship. That's all the more impressive considering the 32-year-old juggles her training and part-time office-manager work with a full-time job—raising her three- and one-year-old kids with her husband, Ian.
HER SECRET: "My family comes first, so I don't always train as much as I'd like. To compensate I focus on quality, which means working with a coach to cut out junk mileage that won't improve my fitness. My kids are included in 75 percent of my training; towing them behind my bike or pushing them in the running stroller is great resistance training. Being a mom has taught me flexibility, so if a scheduled workout doesn't happen, I don't sweat it. I let it go or ride my bike on the trainer or ski laps in the dark after the kids go to bed. My family accepts my competitive streak. While I say I'm racing just for fun, Ian understands that my drive to win is part of my personality."