Although the adage is “Don’t try anything new on race day,” I trialled Hammer Perpetuem for my first 24 hr race in June 2010. I had carefully read the science behind it and it made much more sense to me than fuels high in fat and/or simple sugars for such a long event
It was also much more preferable to me to use only one fuel, as I would then know my exact caloric intake (along with protein, sodium, and the like). This prevented the guesswork that would have been necessary during the race if I was eating a mixture of foods
Perpetuem was the only fuel I consumed for the entire event (along with Endurolytes at scheduled intervals). Although I watched many racers get sick around me all night, I ran without issue, setting a new Canadian W40 record.
Sport: Ultra running
Sporting Accomplishment: 5 Australian age group records from 50 miles through 24hr; 4 Canadian age group records from 6hr through 24hr, plus the Canadian open 24 Hour record of 216.343km. Team Canada Bronze medal World Trail championships 2011. First place Coast to Kosci Ultra (2012) and Kep Ultra (2012).
How did you get into your sport: In 2006 I met some trail runners in western Canada, fell in love with the sport and people, and worked very hard just to try to stay with the group for 15km on trail!
Hardest thing about your sport: For me, it’s trying to balance running with other commitments in order to get the training (including recovery and repair sessions) in that are key to staying healthy.
What does your regular training week consists of: Depends on the season/timing, but often there’s a midweek 1.5hr hilly trail run and a 3-5hr long weekend trail run. In total the mileage for the week might be between 80-150km plus elevation. Massage and sports chiro often weekly, plus strength training at least once a week. Yoga when I can fit it in, for “enforced stretching.”
How do you keep motivated: Good running mates, exploring new trails, setting new goals.
Goals (Future Plans and Career expectations): I still don’t think I’ve run my best 24hr distance yet. I’d also like to try to better some of my previous times, such as my 100k time, as I feel fitter and stronger now. But there are only so many races I feel I can do and still allow recovery time. I’d like to challenge myself with more longer races similar to Coast to Kosci – such as the Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 miler. Regardless of my own best times and distances, it’s key to me to help mentor others in the sport and improve the sport nationally and internationally for all.
Best piece of advice you have been given: Listen to everyone, follow no one (Dean Karnazes)