Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast

How to complete the Marathon des Sables * Andy Slater

May 4, 2022

The Marathon des Sables is billed as the toughest footrace on earth. If you are crazy enough to take on the Ironman challenge or a 100k ultra run then you may also have thought about entering this race. Trust me when I say that if you do, you will have a life-changing experience. I use the word ‘experience’ for a reason. It's not just about 250km on foot in some of the harshest conditions you can experience. You will also meet amazing people, see places that are way off the tourist map, sleep and eat in conditions you never dreamt of, punish your feet like never before and enter a world where phone signals, noise pollution, and light pollution are non-existent. 

Today's guest, Andy Slater, is a member of my SWAT Inner Circle and has just returned from experiencing the Sahara desert for himself. He completed the race and in this podcast, we will chat about his adventure including:

  • Why he chose this challenge in the first place
  • Resilience gained from having the race postponed 3 times and having to renew his enthusiasm each time
  • How he adapted his triathlon training for the event
  • Choosing kit and nutrition for the event
  • The daily challenges of the race
  • The real reason why people pull out
  • How fit do you have to be to finish

Andy doesn’t really do social media, but here are some other cool links about the event:

Official MdS website
Andy’s video montage with some race photos

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