June 29, 2023
Gabriel is best known for his phenomenal performances on the South African 100miler scene. With two wins at Addo (100M) and podiums at George MUT (100M), UTCT (100M) & Maxi Winelands (50M) it is clear he likes to run far and fast! His grit and determination to be the best in the business is an inspiration. When Gabriel isn't training for races he is planning his next big mountain expedition with his friend and coaching partner, Grobler Basson. Together they successfully set the first ever Namib Desert Crossing FKT in 2022. Gabriel is also a certified ultra running coach helping others to reach their miler goals.
Altra Mont Blanc and Altra Olympus 5
- How many kms +-?
My big weeks before a miler:
- How many days are intervals vs LSD vs strength/gym?
Light strength work x2, 1x hill reps at top of aerobic threshold, 1x flat aerobic threshold run, the rest of the runs are all on trails, simulating the race, plenty of vert aim for 6000m elevation gain for the week.
Would try to hold that load for 2-3 weeks before recovery.
- How much mobility & stretching do you do?
Not much, on bigger weeks like this, there is zero free time, you running twice a day, with full time job, family and we coach other athletes too, the only focus is training and sleeping as much as possible, optimising everything to be as effiecient as possible, to fit in training and recovery.
Leki Ultratrail FX.One Superlite
Rice or oats 2 hours before the race
For a miler 2 weeks.
Salt tablets and making sure I drink enough fluids and preparing my legs for the terrain (e.g. doing enough vert in training to condition legs for race day).
Now that my big race for this half of the year is done, I will focus on speed over the next few weeks then build up to high volumes as we get closer to the end of year races.