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Episode #173-Troy Howard-Managing Director-Aspen Skiing Co. -Ultrarunner

Troy Howard-

I Completed my first 100 mile trail run around 2007 at Angeles Crest in Southern California. I came in second and had such a positive experience. In 2009 I ran my first Hardrock 100 in Southern Colorado’s San Juan mountains. It was unlike anything I thought was possible. I came in second in the second fastest time on record. That Hardrock experience led my wife and I to decide to leave California and make the move to Colorado where we still live today. I worked for Vail Resorts for 9 years where I led their HR & Finance systems. I also received the CIO 100 award for implementing real-time lift line wait times across all of the destination resorts. A year ago I left Vail Resorts for the opportunity to live more directly in the mountains and for a company more aligned with my values. I now work for Aspen Skiing Company where help run all of Aspen’s systems.

Sidenote: I have a heart condition known as a “bicuspid aortic valve” where one chamber of my heart is ~50% less efficient. I’ve been told that if it was 100% I’d see a material improvement in my athletic performance. Not sure I buy that. I think it hinders my anaerobic performance, but has no real impact for ultra distances where it’s as much mental as it is physical. Athletic highlights:

  • 11 100 mile run finishes

  • 6 Leadville 100 mountain bike finishes

  • 5 Elk Mountain Grand Traverse ski mountaineering finishes

  • Countless other marathons, ultra marathons less than 100 miles, ski mountaineering races, ultra endurance biking events & races

  • Continue to play hockey recreationally, ski at least 40 days a season, backpacking

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