Ryan Van Duzer Part II
Today Ryan takes us through some advice on his energy and outlook on life. In all seriousness, even though he’s always smiling and sharing bean burritos or 100’s of bikes with kids, there are a few points Ryan focuses on that help him to maintain his positivity and share it with others…
Any advice you want to share with others? (How to manage stress….something you practice every day or regularly that helps you….discussing insecurities. You can take this anywhere you want to go)
Balance. For me, life is all about keeping things in perspective and balancing out all my activities, and that goes for social time as well. I make sure to prioritize things that bring joy to my life, while also making time to volunteer in my community. If I’m having a stressful day, I always take a break and head outside. Mother Nature has always been my place to escape to focus on the important things in life. I’m not the best athlete out there, but I always make sure to enjoy what I’m doing, to me, that’s what it’s all about. I used to be super competitive, but I’ve chilled out, and now I enjoy things a lot more.
You have an infectious positivity and energy…where does it come from and how do you maintain that outlook?
I’ve always been a positive guy, not quite sure where that came from, but I’m very grateful that it’s part of my demeanor. Life is too short to get stressed out and not enjoy the moment. There is so much beauty in everything, even simple activities, and I make sure to keep that perspective. To be honest, I’d say that a lot of my happiness comes from the fact that I’m very active. When my body is working, it makes my whole being feel good. It charges my soul.
Did you play sports as a kid and did you have an influential coach or mentor that has stayed with you?
I sure did! I played a lot of soccer, and I loved it. I also ran track and field, running the middle distance events. I had a tough coach, Jim Oneill, and he really instilled the value of hard work. He would make practice hurt, and because of that, I improved to be one of the best runners in the state. I can still hear his voice barking at me when I run today, “Come on Ryan! Run on the Balls of your feet, pump your arms!” I’m very grateful for his influence at a young age.
[Ever Read the book Born To Run? Well Ryan completed the Caballo Blanco Ultra Recently and here you can learn more about what running alongside the Tarahumara is like https://youtu.be/-UkMzj89F9E ]
In your travels what are some of the most memorable events for you and why?
I love running races all over the world, from Cuba to Sweden and everything in between. I really enjoy experiencing a country while running. It’s a very slow, yet enjoyable way of sightseeing. Races always bring out the best in people, everyone is accomplishing a huge personal goal and pushing their physical and mental limits. I love being part of the positive energy that surrounds a race. I also love small town fairs and carnivals, I’m a kid at heart.
Takeaway from today
Balance. Doing what you love. Sharing it with others. The end…..but not the end of Ryan’s feature! One more day coming up so check back for the finale from Ryan’s awesome interview!