Ryan was obese. Almost 400 pounds at the age of 28 and dealing with a multitude of problems that go hand in hand with obesity. As he lay in the hospital, Ryan knew it was only a matter of time before his weight cost him his life. So he changed.
There was no magic pill, no secret diet, no surgery. He made himself accountable. He started to write down everything he ate and was astounded at the calories he was putting away.
So he cut back. He also started exercising and made it a goal to complete a triathlon before he was 30. He did and has since complete a dozen more. Now he wants a chance at the biggest triathlon in the world.
Usually to get a slot in the Ironman Championships in Kona, an athlete has to earn it in a qualifying race. Ryan wants to earn it with his story.
He has entered Ironman's "Kona Inspired" contest and needs votes to earn one of eight spots given to the best stories. To view his video and vote for him, click here.
To learn more about Ironman events, visit www.Ironman.com
Ryan is a graduate of Smokey Hill High School, Fort Lewis College and the Palmer College of Chiropractic. He owns a practice in Denver and treats some of the worlds best athletes. He and his wife Amy have a 3 year old daughter Marley.
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