#85 - Troy Busot on running, entrepreneurship, self development, and the importance of catharsis
“Once you feel that catharsis, once you have that lightbulb moment, once you feel what it’s like to actually live a little bit... In general the mundanity of life gets put out like a cigarette butt.”
The thing about life is that whilst your first attempt may not work, keep trying and work smarter the next time. This episodes guest has a background in software development and designed a website called VirtuRace, which allowed runners to manually upload times and courses so they could race virtually. But it gained little traction because programs like Google Maps weren’t available yet. About five years later, Strava, filled that niche.
After visiting a triathlon event, Troy did some digging online. He discovered that some websites like Cool Running and Active posted results, but only from a handful of races. Various running clubs handled local race results online. But no website existed that aggregated results on a national scale. So that was the spark for creating and founding Athlinks.
Athlinks is the largest results database for competitive endurance athletes in the world. They pull in times for running races, triathlon, swimming, cycling, mountain biking, and pretty much any timed endurance sport that you can think of.
After 15 years, 350 million results, a million and a half events, Troy will be on to his next adventure helping people live happier, healthier lives.
If you’ve ever been on a trail run, with a friend and have had an open conversation about running and life. This conversation reminded me of that.
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Troy interviewed me for episode 26 of the Athlinks podcast
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