There are a couple of athletes who I like to keep track of. Their mind space is exciting, their physical prowess something I can gain a bit of knowledge from. Ryan is one of these guys. I wondered what was on his plate for the rest of the year, so I figured you might as well. I asked him 4 short questions – now you can track his progress and bookmark some dates.
1. Tell us a bit about your year so far – it’s been one full of new challenges from what I have picked up
This year I have shifted my focus from multi day races to one day 100km and 100mile mountain races. I have raced two major 100km races this year in Australia and Europe which have gone relatively well (3rd in Aus and 4th at the Zugspitz) against some stiff competition. My main focus race of the year (Leadville 100miler) is coming up in 5 weeks so most of my training has been geared towards that. I am really excited about running my first 100miler but it is going to be really tough running at 3000-4000m above sea level. Then in November I will be heading to Nepal to run another stage race so I have some exciting challenges ahead.
2. Any cool new 2012 gear you are testing?
Yes, I was at the Salomon Advance week earlier this year and I have been working with the designers on some cool new products. The products include shoes, backpacks and some gear. I also tested out one of the new Suunto toys to be launched soon. Oakley have also got some very cool new lenses which I have been testing.
3. What the is the race schedule for the remaining part of 2011?
My main focus races for the rest of the year are:
Leadville 100miler in August.
Racing the Planet Nepal in November.
I am hoping to run Table Mountain Trail Challenge depending on how my legs feel after Leadville.
4. Any new, exciting projects on the go?
I am working on a few free running (non race) / record attempt ideas. One of the biggest factors that attract me to trail running is exploring new places and landscapes. I am hoping to head back to the Fish River Canyon next year to attempt the canyon speed record. That canyon is one place that scares me!