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The Sonya Looney Show

Hey everybody! My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I’m a plant-based World Champion ultra endurance mountain biker. I travel the world and have met some incredible people with world class attitudes and ways of living that motivate me daily, and I want to share their paths of mastery with you. This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself.

May 12, 2023

Have you thought about what your life could be like if you felt grateful every time you stepped outside? Ryan Van Duzer, a bike adventurer from Colorado, finds himself more grateful every adventure he takes. In this episode, Sonya and Ryan talk about gratitude, stepping outside your comfort zone, the bike community, inspiring others, positivity and more.

Ryan grew up in Colorado. He started as a runner and has learned to love the bike. He joined the Peace Corps and worked in Honduras for two years. At the end of his time there, instead of flying home, he opted to ride his bike back to Colorado. This sparked his love for bike adventures around the world, meeting new people and sharing those moments with others on his YouTube channel.

Some of his favorite adventures include that 4,000 mile bike ride from Honduras to Boulder, surviving the jungles of Venezuela on the TV show Out of the Wild Venezuela, the Leadville 100 ultramarathon, riding across the United States, and so many more. 

He is committed to the environment and had his book, The Long Way Home, printed on 100% recycled paper, using algae-based ink.

Key Takeaways:

  • Experiencing gratitude
  • Ryan's time in the Peace Corps
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone
  • Riding his bike from Honduras back to Colorado
  • Getting started - starting small and working your way up
  • Finding your purpose
  • Committing to creative pursuits despite the challenges
  • Sharing his adventures with his community
  • Finding glimmers of positivity
  • Ryan's commitment to the environment
  • What makes a good adventure