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”I try and see pain as a positive. It’s a choice I’ve made. You just have to accept it. You can’t fight it. You just have to be willing and open to it, as crazy as that sounds”. Just one nugget from the mind of @ryansandes, my guest for episode 045 and an ultra runner and endurance athlete who made his name on events such as the 4 Deserts Series, in which competitors race 255 miles over seven days in separate races across the Sahara, Gobi, Atacama and Last Desert in Antarctica.
He followed this by clocking wins in prestigious endurance events such as the Western States 100, and undertaking a succession of phenomenal endurance running feats that culminated in a Fastest Known Time (FKT in the parlance) attempt on a version of the Great Himalayan Trail with compatriot @ryno_griesel . That effort saw them race 1500km across the length of Nepal km in a time of 25 days, 4 hours and 24 minutes, battling frostbite, starvation, injury and harrowing mental challenges along the way.
I was keen to find out the details of these feats, of course. But what I really wanted to explore was Ryan’s intimate knowledge of the relationship between physical pain and mental fortitude, and how athletes like Ryan deal with the inevitable pain and hardships such feats engender.
Ryan was as keen to talk about this as I was, and the result is a classic chat in the best @welooksideways tradition, in which we delve into the specifics of an extraordinary way of life, and find out the reality of what it takes to operate at this exalted level.
Massive thanks to Ryan for coming on the show and sharing his story so openly. –



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Episode 045! I got ultra runner Ryan Sandes on the show – we talked about his recent Great Himalayan Trail run (1500 odd km in 25 days), coping with pain and suffering and tried to answer one of life’s ultimate posers – does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body? Yep – top chat with a really interesting and open character – thanks for coming on the show Ryan!

Tonight at 7pm GMT – All Conditions Media are hosting a live debate on the issue of single use plastic featuring friend of the pod Hugo Tagholm of Surfers Against Sewage, ocean advocate Emily Penn, marine photographer Tim Nunn Photography and environmental journalist Lucy Siegle.
Details below, tune in and get involved!

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Wahey! This is little Nico, already getting set for a sideways life. Big thanks to dad and friend of the pod Daniel Scott for sending that one through.
Speaking of merch….
So I have teamed up with the forthcoming @blackdeerfest to give away a couple of tickets to their inaugural festival this June 23-25.
Bought any @welooksideways merch? Send me a picture to be entered into the comp and have the chance to win a 2 x adult camping tickets for @blackdeerfesr, sweet!
Looking to support the podcast, score some merch AND snag tickets to this festival? You know what to do ☝️




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