June 29, 2023
Grobler is a household name in the South African ultra running scene. With wins and course records at Mac Mac (100M), Maxi Winelands, SkyRun and Addo there is no denying that he is a force to be reckoned with on the trail running circuit. Not only is Grobler a fierce competitor on the racing scene, he is also a true mountain adventurer and has a passion for doing big mountain expeditions. Together with UD/Altra elite athlete, Gabriel Kriel, they successfully executed the first ever Namib Desert Crossing FKT in 2022. Grobler is also a certified ultra running coach whereby he helps other trail runners reach their goals.
I am a avid fan of the Altra Mont Blancs and do most of my long mountain days and all my races in them. Then I mix it up with Altra Lone Peaks, Timps and Superiors and on the track I use the Altra Escalante. And then the Altra Lone Peak Alpine for the office of course.
- How many kms +-?
Big race training week for 100km to 160km race:
Anything between 130-170km with 6000m - 7000m of elevation gain depending on the vert to km ratio of the race.
- How many days are intervals vs LSD vs strength/gym?
In big load weeks only one intensity session at lactate threshold with another two sessions at the top-end of zone 2.
- How much mobility & stretching do you do?
One dedicated strength session and some 15-20min foam rolling and mobility sessions.
Emergency gel (for the bonk)
Leki Ultratrail FX.One Superlite
I eat basmati rice with some olive oil, avocado and a bit of soy sauce 2 hours before race, then I will have something like a banana or a bar with high carbs (sugar) content 25min before the race.
100miler two weeks, 100km 9 days, 50miler 7days, 42km 7days
Balanced nutrition a week before the race. Training with race nutrition. Try and replicate race conditions in long training runs. Have some cramp pills with you always.
Starting to bring in more intensity / speed