WINNING THE UPHILL BATTLE
with Jake Riley
Photo cover credit: @vspix.us
What can it possibly take to return from injury only to outperform your lifetime bests AND qualify for the Olympic Games? One man knows for sure, Jake (Jacob) Riley. We discuss Riley’s race plan on Atlanta’s hilly course and the years-long mountain he climbed to get there.
2021 Tokyo Olympic Games Qualifier
College: Stanford, 8 time all American
Club: Boulder Track Club
Coach: Lee Troop
2019 Chicago Marathon: First American in 2:10:36
USA Olympic Team Trials Marathon: 2nd in 2:10:02, earning him a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The topic title is two fold. Not only did Riley battle his competitors uphill at the trials to claim his spot on Team USA, but also the uphill struggle brought on an Achilles repair in 2018. Jake humbly speaks to his approach that will challenge many of you returning from injury.
Hear how Jake’s masterful race unfolds and his journey to the start line in Atlanta for the trials.
Quote mentioned in the conclusion:
“I knew I was fit, healthy, well coached, and that I wanted it more than I have ever wanted anything in my entire life, but at this level, that’s just the price of admission.”
– Jake Riley