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My Road to Rio


The road to Rio is a journey, not a destination. Join me and my quest to make it to the top of the center podium.

~ Aaron Scheidies, World Champion Triathlete

 

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My Road to Rio


The road to Rio is a journey, not a destination. Join me and my quest to make it to the top of the center podium.

~ Aaron Scheidies, World Champion Triathlete

 

"Through My Eyes," a journey into the daily life of a World Champion Triathlete.

The road to Rio is a journey, not a destination. Join me and my quest to make it to the top of the center podium.
— Aaron Scheides

Response to Recent Decision to Exclude Blind Athletes from Paratriathlon in Rio 2016 Games

The CDifferentwithAaron movement strives to promote change where change is needed within the blind/VI community.  The personal letter linked below is a very well thought out response to the recent decision to exclude the Pt5 (blind/VI) males category from competition in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and hits on some bigger picture issues where change could improve Paralympic competition. 

I hope that the IPC looks at this statement and examines what it means to fully accept a sport into the Paralympics, the perception and representation of each class of athletes included in the Paralympics, and ensuring the preservation of the full spectrum of physical disabilities for which the Paralympics was founded upon. 

---> Read the Full Statement

 

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Stacking Up


5X ITU Paratriathlon World Champion

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Stacking Up


5X ITU Paratriathlon World Champion

5X ITU Paratriathlon World Champion

The ITU World Paratriathlon Championships took place in Edmonton Saturday August 31t and I was determined to recapture the World Title. With guide Colin Riley we had a near perfect day overcoming the 3:43 factor to win in a time of 1:00:52.  Read a full recap of the Paratriathlon Race HERE

4X Ironman 70.3 PC World Champion

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8X US Paratriathlon National Champion

3X Boston Marathon Blind/VI Champion (2:44:32)

3X USABA National Marathon Champion

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2X  National Half Marathon Champion (1:16:25)

World Record fastest Athlete with Disability Olympic Dist (1:57:24)

World Record fastest Athlete with Disability Ironman 70.3 (4:09:54)


2011 ESPN ESPY Finalist
Best Male Athlete with a Disability

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Featured Guide


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Featured Guide


As blind/VI athletes we wouldn't be at the starting line if it weren't for our guides.  They are the ones that we in trust our life and safety however they get no credit.  This section is just one way I want to credit special guides that have been instrumental in your success.  

Nominate your Guide to be featured here by emailing me @ cdifferentwithaaron@gmail.com

 

Colin Riley

Colin Riley, Triathlete & Guide

Colin Riley, Triathlete & Guide

Colin has been racing triathlons for 10 years now. He started racing in 2005 while training for his senior year cross country season. After another injury plagued year of running, Colin decided to continue racing triathlons.   Colin helped start the University of Dayton Tri Club where he served as President. He then moved on to Florida State for his Masters in Sports Nutrition and he finished 7th overall at the 2012 Collegiate National Championships.

Colin has his best season in 2013 finishing 1st overall at the Best of the US Championships and USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. 2014 has continued to be another good year with some great individual results.

Colin met Aaron back in 2008 at the HyVee Triathlon and stayed in touch over the years. After triathlon was named a potential Paralympic sport for the 2016 Rio Games, When Aaron was on a guide search, Colin reached out to Aaron and after some talking and a trip out to Seattle to train together for a few days in order to learn the ins and outs of guiding and tandem riding, Colin was ready for his 1st race guiding, the 2013 ITU World Championships in London.

Colin has found great joy in guiding Aaron and has been able to guide him at the 2014 Dallas ITU PATCO race and recently at the ITU Magog race in Canada. Colin looks forward to guiding Aaron at the 2014 ITU World Championships in Edmonton in just over a month and hopes to continue to have the chance to guide Aaron in his quest for an Olympic gold medal. 

Colin is originally from the Chicago area (Naperville, IL) and currently lives in Cincinnati, OH. He is a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, and Triathlon Coach.

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Sponsors


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Support USABA

The United States Association for Blind Athletes(USABA) is an established 501 C3 non- profit focused on providing opportunities to blind/VI individuals, including those blinded in combat, with opportunities to get involved in athletics. USABA has greatly impacted my life and I hope others can be enabled through USABA as well.  Support USABA by DONATING HERE