My name is Brian Ansley, and I’m a former United States Army paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. I did two tours of duty conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a total of 27 months. Once I became a veteran, I realized that I needed to fill the lack of excitement that the civilian world recurrently brings to the table. I started doing road races, triathlons, and duathlons in 2010. In 2011, I became very serious about racing and eventually began running at the Ultra Marathon level. In addition to traditional-style endurance races, I also began to run obstacle races. I qualified for the Spartan Race World Championship! Get $10 off, Use Code: SPEAR10 – Sign Up Now!, and placed in 14 additional races in the state of Texas throughout the year.
In my free time I enjoy lifting weights, running, kayaking, hiking, and pretty much anything outdoors. I also still remain true to my military roots, and continue to do military-style workouts on a weekly basis. Much of my military-style workouts include a very intense pushup and pull-up workout, as well as ruck marches to strengthen both my lower and upper body. In the past few years, I have really focused on my diet and what I put into my body. I eat all organic foods, and stay away from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and preservatives. I don’t follow any one specific diet plan, but I do try to minimize the amount of processed foods and grains that eat.
SeriousRunning has provided me with an exceptional opportunity to share the things that I love to do. My interaction with like-minded endurance athletes, veterans, and highly motivated individuals is an invaluable instrument to help others, as well as myself, to reach new levels of physical and mental toughness.