Interesting Interview With Ryan Brown On Flotrack
UW alum Ryan Brown will compete in the 800-meters at the USA Track & Field Championships this week in Des Moines, Iowa, with the first round this afternoon. Brown won two NCAA titles in the 800m as a Husky, and has since made a name for himself on the pro circuit.
Brown's biggest professional moment was taking third at USAs last year to make Team USA for the World Championships in Berlin. But while he hoped that World Championship appearance would propel him on to another level, Brown describes this past year as a "roller coaster" with allergy problems and the departure of his longtime training partner Austin Abbott, who decided to give up the sport after graduating last year as a six-time All-American.
Despite having only three races under his belt this outdoor season, Brown thinks he'll be able to compete well this weekend, and talks about his body going into auto-pilot for races.
It's an insightful interview on the challenges of training as a pro track athlete without attaching oneself to the few professional groups that dot the country.
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