Alligator Preserves Episode 30: Wesley Sandoval, Leadman Record-Breaker

Wesley Sandoval

Wesley Sandoval broke the record for the Leadman Race in 2016. Find out why he signed up for this epic ultra-endurance high-altitude race series and how he convinced himself to go for the record.

Also find out what it’s like to compete with a brother! Wesley’s race experience has truly been a family affair.

Listen here:

Wesley Sandoval crossing the finish line
Wesley (center) and brother Marvin (right)
It’s a Sandoval family affair!

Show Notes with Links:

  • Why does Wesley race?
  • Leadville Race Series
  • Pros and Cons of living in Leadville and training
  • First attempt at LT100 Run was 2012 after pacing brother Marvin in 2011
  • Past athletic experience (not much running!)
  • Is there sibling rivalry with brother?
  • 2013 first Leadman, DNF because of shin splints mile 60
  • How a racing coach helps and shout-out to Cameron Chambers
  • 2014 “double BIG buckled,” PRed in 2015, 2016 made personal commitment to keep going, and broke the Leadman record!
  • Goals for this year
  • Pacers: shout-outs to Jamie and Amy Peters and Pat Kade (sp?)
  • Most memorable race was the run in 2016 in which he beat two-time Olympic athlete Michael Aish
  • Shout-out to son Tyrell and whole family
  • Aid Station procedures
  • Running through the night and hallucinations
  • What he does when he’s not racing (four children!)
  • Vertical runners Shout-out for shoe sponsor
  • Wesley’s tips to new racers for running and biking
  • Shout-out to sponsor Cycles of Life Bicycles
  • GU energy
  • Be prepared for extreme weather conditions and flat tires (Have enough CO2 canisters)
  • How racing has changed his life

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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