Hello and welcome to Endurance Sports on FIRE, thank you for joining us today. This is the first ever episode of Endurance Sports on FIRE, so welcome. It’s about 10 minutes long and its just the two of us today. I’ll share my vision for this podcast and then I’ll tell you a little bit about myself.
Episode 2 kicks off our interviews with the top athletes, coaches and industry insiders within endurance sports. Before we get started, head over and check out the website esofire.com. Make sure to register for our newsletter, it will keep you up-to-date with all the newest interviews and other great material that doesn’t make it into the podcast. You can also register for our newsletter by texting “ONFIRE”, all one word, no spaces, to 44222.
Hello everyone, I’m Ryan Riell and I want to thank you for joining me for the very first episode of Endurance Sports on FIRE! Each week, we will produce four new episodes!
I am really excited to be able to produce 4 podcasts per week for you. It means you will have a new episode of Endurance Sports on FIRE ready for you during your commute to work, during a workout or any other time you want a dose of inspiration or some great information. The episodes will follow a clear and concise format, so you’ll know exactly what to expect every single day!
Every Monday, I will be interviewing a top athlete within endurance sports. Every Wednesday, I will be interviewing a top coach or industry insider within endurance sports.
Athletes, coaches and industry insiders that are at the top of the game all have some great habits, rituals and lessons to share with you in your pursuit of greatness.
Each episode will start with a brief introduction and glimpse into their personal lives. From there, we jump right into the interview. Two of the best questions from each interview will dig into their greatest successes and failures.
We always learn the most from our failures, so this is a chance to hear what these inspiring athletes, coaches and insiders worst professional moment was and the lessons the want you to take away from it.
From there, we will transition into their best moment and dig into the steps leading into that moment, the steps they took during that moment and the take away message from that moment.
Then we transition to the best advice they would give themselves if they could go back in time and what they are the most excited about in the near future.
At this point, we will get to the lightning round, which is seven questions that will really dig into the guests mind and extract some priceless nuggets of knowledge and information.
Some of the questions include:
• What is a personal habit that contributes to your success?
• What apps and technology are you using most and why?
• What is your favorite quote and why is it important to you?
• If you could recommend one book to the listeners, what would it be and why?
The last question of each episode is a tough one, but yields some really powerful information and even stories. The athletes are asked if they flew to a race and the airline lost all of their bags, to include their carry ons, and they still had to race the next day, what three pieces of gear or equipment would they make calls for first, that they couldn’t find at Walmart.
The coaches and insiders are asked what they would do if they woke up one morning without a job or coaching company, but they had the same knowledge and skillset, and their food and shelter was taken care of, what they would do in the next 7 days if I gave them $1000 and a laptop.
The Tuesday episodes will be packed full of the science behind training and racing. This will include hot topics inside endurance sports as well as the cutting-edge of science, and how you can implement it in your own training and racing.
The Thursday episodes will be packed full of the top business practices and strategies employed by entrepreneurs from all types of industry around the country, but with an endurance sports focus. This episode is geared towards endurance sports coaches who own their own small business or are thinking about starting one up. You’ll definitely walk away with some great advice and tips that are applicable to all entrepreneurs, but especially in the endurance sports world.
Now that I have told you a little bit about the show, I want to share with you how Endurance Sports on FIRE came to be as well as the driving force behind it. For a little over a year now, I have become an avid listener of podcasts. I found podcasts provide a great alternative to music or audio books while training, driving or any other time of the day I wanted to listen to some stimulating conversation about a topic of my choice.
The great thing about podcasts, they are targeted to whatever topic you want, there are no commercial breaks and they’re free!
I have a wide variety of tastes when it comes to podcasts, but in general there are two types of podcasts I enjoy: interviews with top performers and endurance sports podcasts. The one thing I noticed quickly in the endurance sports realm, all of the podcasts fit into two categories: interviews or a coach talking about coaching and how they help athletes. Don’t get me wrong, I love these shows, they are great.
What I immediately saw as the need for a different type of podcast in the endurance sports world, one that would provide a different approach to the information it provided.
This lead to the three-pronged approach Endurance Sports on FIRE is using. Digging into the lives of the top athletes, coaches and insiders of the endurance sports world and searching for the lessons and little bits of information that has led to them being so successful in what they do. Deconstructing the lives and mindset of these top performers will provide some great insights into their why and their how.
The other two prongs are designed to provide information and the best practices available. To often, there is a lot of misinformation about training and racing. The goal is to explain what real science has to say about racing, training, nutrition and biomechanics.
The third prong is designed specifically for endurance sports entrepreneurs and small business owners, specifically coaches. Coaches have a tremendous passion for what they do, they love to help people overcome adversity and accomplish their goals, but hardly ever receive education on how to run a business, how to market themselves and their company. The goal of these episodes is to assist endurance sports coaches to transition from owning a job to owning a business!
So what is my motivation for creating this podcast? It’s quite selfish actually. My goal as a coach and educator is to positively affect on 1 million people in my time. I have a tremendous passion for helping athletes and coaches overcome whatever adversity they are facing and accomplishing their goals.
Okay, so now you know all about Endurance Sports on FIRE and my reasoning for creating it. I will finish this first episode with my background.
I’m Ryan Riell, and I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. I went to Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, I moved to Chicago to start graduate school. I was accepted into the PhD program at the University of Illinois Chicago for organic chemistry in 2001.
I stayed in the program for 2 years before dropping out and joining the US Army in 2003. I went to OCS in the fall and was commissioned as an infantry officer in early 2004.
I went on to serve with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell Kentucky, to include a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2005/2006. I got out of the Army in 2007 and returned to Chicago to complete my PhD in organic and biological chemistry.
After a few months back in the PhD program, I realized that chemistry was not as fulfilling as it was in the past. I knew I needed to make a change, but wasn’t sure what the change would be. While I was in the army, I gotten into triathlon and had a burning passion for it.
I had started to really dig into the what, when, how and why of training as soon as I got into the sport… could I make that into a career? I had already started helping some fellow triathletes with their programs based on what I had learned… could that be a career? I decided to give it a shot and started working towards becoming a coach. I started reading everything I could get my hands on to learn as much as I could.
It wasn’t long before I looked into the Kinesiology department at UIC, applied and was accepted into their masters program! At this point, I took the masters in organic and biological chemistry and moved across the street to the kinesiology department. I went to the USAT level 1 clinic later that year, and have been coaching athletes around the world ever since. I even started teaching continuing education units for USAT in 2009.
In 2010, I moved back home to Phoenix, met the woman of my dreams in 2011 and got married in early 2015. We moved to San Diego, CA right afterwards and am loving every second of life!
Throughout the journey, the science came very easily to me. I’m not sure how or why, but it just make sense to me. What I did not have a clue about was how to set up and run a business. I spent the first 6 years as a small business owner making just about every mistake you could make in business. From not understanding the fundamentals of business, to not knowing how to market and sell my services, I fumbled my way through being a business owner. It was in the fall of 2012 this became painfully obvious, something had to change.
That is when I made the time and financial commitment to go out and learn the fundamentals of business as well as how to market and sell my services. It was a steep learning curve, a lot of time and a lot of money. After 2 years of learning the fundamentals of business and getting all but it was well worth it!
Thank you again for joining me here at Endurance Sports University. My hopes are that you are able to find some inspiration and pick up some awesome tips from our guests. Develop a better understanding about the real science of racing and training, and some great information about the fundamentals of business.
If you have found value in this podcast and the message I am trying to spread, then please be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. As of the recording of this episode, we are still waiting on iTunes to approve and post the podcast, so please check back shortly if it is not there when you first search.
When you do find us on iTunes, please give us a review and a 5-star rating! This type of support will allow my show to gain the recognition it needs to reach as many people as possible.
You are absolutely going to love the next couple episodes with triathlete Sarah Haskins and elite coach Siri Lindley! They both have and continue to perform at the highest levels of endurance sports! I’m excited for you to listen and I’m excited to begin this journey!
Until next time, train smarter, not harder.