Name: Ryno Griesel
Occupation: Chartered Accountant(SA)
Date of birth: 4 October 1979
Hometown: Centurion, South Africa
Latest achievements: 4th in Addo 100 Miler Feb 2016, record holder of the men’s 220km Drakensberg Grand Traverse with Ryan Sandes (41h49min – 2014) and mixed DGT record holder with Linda Doke (63h33min – 2015)
Twitter handle: @Ryno_Griesel
Sponsors: Salomon, Suunto, Fury Ford Fourways, SPOT Africa, Powertraveller, Cebe Eyewear, Hatfield Cycles, Llama Bar, Petzl
Karoo Running (KR) - Firstly, thank you for taking the time out to share a bit of yourself with us, we really appreciate it
RG - Only a pleasure – thank you for the opportunity!
KR - What is it that you love about trail running?
RG - I love the simplicity and real-ness of it. You don’t need much; everybody can do it pretty much anywhere. On the other side, the raw-ness of no mechanical interference means it’s you against and you and a bit of nature. There is nowhere to hide; you get out what you put in.
KR - How did you become a trail runner?
RG - I’ve never been a real proper runner. I come from a mountaineering back-ground and always had to balance time between play and studies/ work. I figured if I jogged from one climbing route to the other I can fit more climbs into a day J
KR - What is your favorite trail?
RG - I have many “favourite” trails in the Drakensberg that I train/ play on. From a racing point of view I love the Merrell 100km Hobbit and the Salomon 100km Skyrun routes.
KR - What are you recommendations for trail running beginners?
RG - Have FUN! & Consistency – it’s better to run 20 minutes every day than one long run over a weekend!
KR - What is your favorite trail running gear? (ex: Shoes, Hydration pack, headlamp,socks)
RG - I have a few basic items I never leave home without. My Salomon Sense Pro shoes, Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical, Cebe Sunnies, Petzl Myo Headlamp, a few Llama bars to snack on and my SPOT Gen3 GPS tracker.
KR - What is an average day of trail running for you?
RG - Ideally I just “get lost” in the mountains, going “out there” to have fun and explore. No real plan or time frame. I don’t really focus on the training part too much. When I am in the city I always try to play with the terrain, making the most of stairs, benches etc. to keep to the FUN factor.
KR - What is your longest distance you have done in a trail?
RG - The recent Addo 100miler is my longest trail run per definition so far. I do compete on the international Rogaine (24 navigation running in pairs) circuit where we often cover a bit more in one go. Some of our mountain running projects like the DGT also includes over 200km non-stop.
KR - How much do you eat when you are training?
RG - Ha – a lot, I am a slow diesel engine, but needs to keep fuelling to keep plotting. My food stash is normally double the size of any running buddy’s.
KR - What do you take with you on your long runs? (ex: gels,fruits, snacks, salt tabs)
RG - On shorter runs I alter my two flavours of Llama Bars. I do find that on longer outings that Hot Cross Buns help to “fill” my stomach. I do not really eat salty goodies on a run as I find it makes me thirsty. After a long run, salty gherkins in vinegar are my favourite recovery snack.
KR- Do you have a favourite running app? If so, which one and why?
RG - I use the MovesCount app from Suunto that allows me to take pics on the run that will be incorporated automatically into my Suunto Movie at the relevant GPS positions for sharing afterwards.
KR- Have you ever been to the Karoo?
RG - I have been, but way too long ago – I would love to go back soon!
KR - When you hear the word "Karoo", what is the first thing that come to mind, other than wide open ard space?
RG - Windmills J!
KR - Thank you very much for sharing your time, experience and knowledge with us, we truly appreciate it, and hope to see you on some Karoo trails soon.
Thank you – I will come windmill hunting soon!
Photo Credit - Alexis Berm, Grand Trail