About This Episode

From substance abuser to Ironman devotee Lionel Sanders followed an extraordinary path to becoming an Ironman champion. The 26-year-old played practically every sport possible while growing up, finding early success in running.

But by the time he hit high school, he had run so much he started to hate it. Which is when he discovered the sort of partying that led him down a drug-induced spiral. At his lowest point, he had lost 40 pounds, was having intense hallucinations and attempted suicide. On Nov. 5, 2009, Sanders decided it was time for a change. So he went for a run.

In this interview we talk about:

– The love/hate relationship with sport while growing up.
– His “party” years and what made him turn his life around.
– The journey from substance abuser to elite athlete.
– His win at IM Florida


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