We pick up on our great chat with South African endurance nut Johan Joubert, on this episode of 32Gi Sports Nutrition. Not only does he love to ride a bike, but in true endurance athlete fashion he also loves to run! No only around the park, but Ultra-Marathons! But first here is some not to be missed cycle racing nutritional advice…
David Katz: What are some of your tricks that you use in and around racing?
Johan Joubert: I think it’s got to start a week before. If I’ve got an important event coming up or leading up, it’s not just nutrition; it’s hydration that forms a big part. I’m not a big drinker, I’ll have the odd beer or a glass or red wine here and there, but leading up to an event I’ll stay away from alcohol, and make sure that my hydration is right. Drink enough water; I don’t drink fizzy cooldrink, Coke and obviously drinking the right water. We drink AquaVita water, but that’s a different subject altogether.
Sticking to a winning nutritional formula
Obviously sticking to my normal diet, I think also the evening before, I enjoy sweet potato with maybe a bit of mince as opposed to pasta and mince. I stick to that formula, so there’s no surprises to your body that will ultimately affect your performance the next day.
Obviously the morning, depending on how early you’ve got to get up and how far the race, I obviously start my morning with hydration boost water and a coffee and a light meal.
On the race itself or in the race itself I enjoy the 32Gi products, the Endure, the Chews and stuff like the G-Shots. The Chews are even great for running. That’s basically that, keep it simple, don’t over-carb in the race as well.
From two wheels to two legs
DK: That’s some great advice but you also touched on something great for the running. You don’t just cycle, you don’t just road and mountain bike, you’ve also done some pretty hefty running because you’ve run the Comrades Marathon.
JJ: Yes, I did my third one this year. I did 2014/2015, back-to-back and I said I was done then. My sister reeled me in to motivate her because she wanted to do her first one. In the back of my mind, to run my third and possibly run a better time and something special too.
My dad, he did 10 and he passed his permanent number onto me, which was very special running with his number. On the day things didn’t gel as well and I didn’t run the time I wanted to. I really enjoyed it but I still try and run twice a week.
Running is great cross-training for cyclists
I think the running is good for the legs and the lungs and I try and build in some recovery runs and high intensity. I think it really helps for the cycling.
DK: It does indeed, any cross-training, running/cycling, they can mend well together.
DK: Johan, thank you so much for your time. I think that’s some great advice, nutritional advice. I love the fact that you do a bit of everything and you’re that stereotypical, crazy South African endurance athlete aren’t you?
JJ: I love it! I must say if it wasn’t for the support of your family, I’m very grateful every time I put on my running shoes and get on the bike, that I’m able to do it. I just want to make special mention to Team LifeCycle, Annelise, you had the passion of starting this team two years ago, she’s just so passionate about the sport and about the team.
Our main sponsor, Gert Nel Incorporated, obviously 32Gi, Mark Wolff, we had at our running club just before Comrades, he’s got so much knowledge. AquaVita water, Smoove lube from Ruan, Ftech kit, Rudy Project and Versus socks.
DK: Fantastic, thanks again and what an inspirational athlete he is. Some great advice and great to see support going into sport in South Africa, especially niche sports that don’t get the support that some of the bigger sports have got. From myself, Mr Active, David Katz, it’s been a pleasure, we’ll catch up again soon on 32Gi Sports Nutrition.