Aidan Ryan

Club Member Since 6/13/2014

“Journey...Follow a path that captures your heart and follow it to the end. -unknown”

City: colorado springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Too many to choices... Size: 8/8.5

Age: 38.9 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
I am an only child so it's just me, parents and my old quirky rescue lab named Ozzie

What I do for work:
Sales and Marketing at VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa
'YOT' Club Annual Holiday Benefit - Organizer

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
-Boulder, CO - Born in Boulder, moved when I was 6 and back again for college -GO BUFFS!
-Freeport, Maine - (6-15) AKA L.L.Bean Town. There is nothing like growing up in a quaint, ocean-side New England town eating fresh lobster and body surfing the Atlantic waves
-Auckland, NZ - What an incredible experience. Words cannot describe how amazing it is there and how I got there was even better!
-Providence, RI
-Currently, Colorado Springs, CO - moved here where I was 16 and back and forth between college and whirlwind and worldly adventures. I enjoy the small town/eclectic community of living downtown and being close to Old Colorado City and Manitou. Easy access to trails, Garden of the Gods, Incline, incredible view of Pikes Peak, Climbing, etc.. and there is never too much traffic :-)

When I started running and what got me started:
I have always been an athlete but haven't been much of a "runner" per say with the exception of the casual weekend trail runs and incline until recent really..
Started with the JQ runs and just moving my way up. Last year's Bolder Boulder was my first 10K and I tend to be very independant and when I can get on those trails and clear my head it just maximizes a running meditation if that makes sense.

This year I am hoping to cross off an age old bucket list item of completing the Pikes Peak Ascent, which I qualified for via Triple Crown.

What does running mean to me:
Freedom, meditation, clarity, motivation, strength, independence and social, accomplishment, rejuvenation, and so much more.

Running long distances and road running have always been a challenges for me and it's been fun increasing my endurance and pushing my body to its limits and see what my body is really capable of doing.

Running accomplishments:
These are more personal accomplishments / progression improvements - Have to start somewhere, right?!:

2013 Bolder Boulder 10K - 59 min - first time I had run the distance of a 10K and goal to be under an hour! (stopped 2-3 times)
2014 BB 10K - Beat 2014 goal by 3 minutes and didn't stop once (endurance improvement)
2014 GOG 10mi Ascent Qualifying run: 1:38:17 - this was the first time I had ever ran 10miles, let alone for a race. Decided 2 weeks prior I was going to sign up for the ascent via TCR. Goal was to just be under 2hrs to qualify for the ascent and I gave it my all! Finished at 1:38:17 - my first actual meaningful race!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The freedom of the trail, the sound of the tress, birds, leaves, the smell of the air... Energy of life under my feet. Love running in the morning as you don't even need head phones - it's like an opera playing in the trees for all to hear.

Favorite running trail and why:
Garden of the Gods - there is just something magical about that place. Seem to have a spiritual awakening every time I run there.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:

Best running experience:
Garden of the Gods 10 mi 1st Leg of the Triple Crown: I don't think I have ever been absolutely so nervous in my life than about this race, as it was my first time running 10miles AND running a 10mi race that actually stood for something and was my make it or break it for the Ascent. All I wanted was to be under the 2hr qualifying time and I doubted myself up until we started.
Not to mention, my whole right side (hip, IT, glut, name it) had severe muscle lock-up the week prior. I got Dry Needled (highly recommended) 2 days prior to the race and rested so I really had no idea how my leg would feel or work for that matter.
The race started and I just stayed focus, had the Van Morrison/Jack Johnson Pandora station on and I just kept running... step by step and increasing my pace to where I was actually making long strides, feeling great and keeping focus..
I am definitely not decorated as many of you are - but everyone needs a first "BIG" accomplishment and I would day that this was mine. That medal that they gave out at the end, as little as it was, was the biggest medal ever! After these past couple years of more tragedy than triumph, I accomplished my goal, a bucket list item of qualifying for the Ascent with a time of 1:38:17 - I did it, against all odds, I actually did it.

Worst running experience:
I try and focus on the good ones and forget the bad ones :-)

Running pet peeves:
People not say "HI" or "Good Morning/ Afternoon" when passing on a trail - Running increase endorphin's which increase happiness - enjoy those runner's high endorphin's and say "hi" or do the drive-by wave if you are too out of breath to speak...

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
hmmmm... not to sure.. will have to think about that one. Maybe that I don't drink - people often seem very confused by that one..

and that I use to be kind of famous in New Zealand

Other hobbies and interests:
Skiing -especially back country
Rock Climbing
Camping/ Hiking
White Water Rafting and Kayaking
and of course, those long walk's on the beach.. haha

Other stuff:
Life begins at the end of your comfort level

Miles Ahead... Worries Behind -Nike

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