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Alek Simpson | Working Ultramarathons with Narcolepsy

Alek Simpson was identified with narcolepsy and cataplexy at 18 years outdated and has continued operating ultramarathons and path races. He’s on a mixture of medicine to maintain him “regular”, by no means will get hungry, has excessive mild sensitivity, and has skilled sleep paralysis…however none of that is altering his love and fervour for the paths and racing.

Alek Simpson

On this interview, I ask Alek in regards to the problems and the way they have an effect on his private and operating life. We speak about the place he grew up, his upcoming races, and we speak about all the pieces from falling porcupines to a brand new route from San Diego to Mexico that I didn’t know existed.  Alek may be very candid about this mysterious dysfunction and hopes to carry some consideration and light-weight to it.

Alek Simpson and Baz
Alek Simpson and Baz Hawley


Alek Simpson, his sister Katie Burns and her husband J.Okay. Lundberg at Dick Collins 100k in 2019.

Gear Overview with Ben Zuehlsdorf

Nathan Pinnacle 4L Hydration Vest ($175 | Affiliate hyperlink.)  And the ladies’s model proper right here.
Ben says: “A vest I truly don’t thoughts carrying. Doesn’t warmth me up or chafe. Could be nice for Hardrock.”


Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 8 ($130)
Ben says: “Wonderful replace to an already nice shoe you may put on on the street or firetrail.”


Hoka ONE ONE Zinal ($160)
Ben says: “Nice go-fast path shoe which you can put on from the doorstep to the path.”

Hoka ONE ONE Zinal Ladies’s mannequin


We additionally spoke about SOAR Working. Right here’s extra on the brand new firm from Europe.


Episode Notes:

Extra on the Baja Divide Path

Extra on Diane VanDeren

Comply with Alek on Twitter.

Intro/Outro music used courtesy of David Rosales.



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