The Physical Performance Show: Ryan Sandes – Trail Running Champion, 2017 Western States 100mile Champion

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In episode 166 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Ryan Sandes – Trail Running Champion, 2017 Western States 100mile Champion in this Featured Performer Episode.

Ryan Sandes won the coveted 100m Western States Endurance Run in 2017. This was 5 years after Ryan incidentally made his debut in that event in 2012 where he finished runner up, prior to that the 2012 Western States Endurance Run debut.  Ryan has taken out the coveted titles of the Leadville Trail 100miler in 2011, had taken victory in the Sahara Desert Race in 2008, the Gobi March in 2008, he came second in 2009 Racing The Planet Namibia Dessert Challenge and was the Winner of the Jungle Ultra Marathon held in Brazil in which he set a new course record. In 2010 Ryan became the first competitor to have won all four of the coveted Desert Trail Races, each a 6-7 day 250km self-supported foot race. In addition to this in 2008 Ryan and trail running partner Ryno Griesel set a new fastest known time across the great Himalaya trail covering an astonishing 1504km in 24 days, 4 hours and 24 minutes. In 2016 Ryan launched his autobiography TrailBlazer which has become a worldwide success. People are not only inspired by Ryan’s athletic ability but also his humble and down to earth approach to life. Ryan is a Father and a dedicated family man and on the time of recording was on the doorstep of 2019 Western States Endurance 100m campaign.

During this episode Ryan shares the highs, lows and learnings in his trail running, where his interest in trail running started, how staying positive has helped him, becoming a Dad, competing in the Western States Endurance Run and so much more.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Ways on how Ryan is maximising his performance
  • His early years
  • When he started his running career
  • How he adjusted to being a Trail Runner
  • Trail Running Community Growth
  • Where his sporting genes come from
  • Doing the Work
  • How being relax and staying positive has helped him
  • Being a dad – how it has changed his psychology
  • Thoughts of getting back in Western States Endurance Run
  • Typical weekly structure for Ryan
  • Darkest Days of his career
  • How people can participate in the Thirteen Mountain Peaks

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Quotes:

“Focus on the positive and let me get out of this.” – Mantra
“Sleep” – Best Recovery Tip
“Animal and focused like.” – Being in the Zone
“Staying relaxed, keep things simple and see what works for you.” – Best Advice
“Get out for a trail run, be present and enjoy it.” – Physical Challenge
“Good strength work and mobility work.”
“Consistency is so important especially when you’re having longevity in your career.”
“Everyone is an individual and you need to find what works for you.”
“Stay relax and try to keep on your feet.”
“You can have a set structure for Ultra Race.”
“Try to stay positive, that is crucial.”

To follow Ryan

Instagram:  @ryansandes
Twitter:  @ryansandes
Facebook:  @Ryan.Nicholas.Sandes
Website: Ryan Sandes
Book: Trail Blazer: My Life as an Ultra-distance Runner

 

Timeline:

0:00 Start 01:47 Introduction to Ryan Sandes
06:20 Ways on how Ryan is maximising his performance
09:15 His early years
14:00 When he started his running career
15:25 How he adjusted to being a Trail Runner
18:07 Trail Running Community Growth
19:50 Where his sporting genes come from 22:10 Doing the Work
25:15 How being relax and staying positive has helped him
28:30 Being a dad – how it has changed his psychology
31:50 Thoughts of getting back in Western States Endurance Run
35:05 Typical weekly structure for Ryan
40:14 Darkest Days of his career
45:54 Performance Round
50:25 Best Advice
52:03 Physical Challenge
53:00 How people can participate in the Thirteen Mountain Peaks
55:40 Current projects
1:02:53 Finish

People Mentioned:

Professor Tim Noakes – South African Scientist
Ryno Griesel – Mountaineer and Trail Runner
Bruce Fordyce – Ultramarathon Runner
Killian Jornet Burgada – Athlete
Timothy Olson – American Ultra Runner

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