André Chalmers

Dre classic
Routeburn Classic Category:
Peak Performers Men

Where on the earth do you currently reside?
Queenstown, New Zealand

Current work interest?
I am a Jack of all trades at Print Central in Queenstown. Running long distances can be challenging when you work full-time so you have to make the most of the free days you have.

Who is a hero who inspires, motivates and moves you, be they imagined or real world?
Richie McCaw, down to earth but just keeps doing amazing things kiwis can aspire to. For running check out Killian Jornet he is inspirational.

What’s a quote that you attempt to live by or strive to?
“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself……”  ―  Paramahansa Yogananda

Favourite local training track, grounds, area’s, parks etc?
The massive Queenstown Trail is a staple. Mountain runs such as Ben Lomond, Queenstown Hill or the hills around Arrowtown.

What do you love about trail running?
The amazing places it can take you. The physical benefits of a stronger fitter body.
The meditative state you can get to when running for fun for a long period of time.

What type of running training do you do in the lead up to the Routeburn Classic?
Long distance runs 15-30km. Timed runs such as going for 2 hours no stopping. Fartlek alternating fast / slow as I feel necessary. Quick sprints of short duration. Stair training up and down repetitively.

What advice would you give to a rookie / Routeburn virgin coming into the 2015 from a seasoned veteran of the event?
Make sure you eat and drink right (with food your body is used to) before the event so you are ready to start in good shape.
Save your legs by walking most of the section from the McKenzie Hut to Harris Saddle, you will have much more energy on the downhill.

Any cross training, other sports you dabble in?
Biking is very popular but can be useful for runners as it takes some strain off your feet, if you are too tired to run go for a bike! Love playing field hockey.

How important are the other performance factors in your training. Namely fuel types consumed and periods parked up in recovery mode?
I use gels for long distance but the more you train the less you need. After a period of time running/walking/climbing though any type of energy pickup will be hard on your stomach. I believe in Killian Jornets belief of eating normal food such as Watermelon or Bananas.
I taper before an event – give your body an opportunity to recover for 4 days or so before race day. After you have run a long event or a marathon it is ok to have a week off even your body feels ok.

What is it you love about the Routeburn Classic?
Once you get to certain point the Classic can become an enjoyable event, you then begin to push your speed as it doesn’t take as much out of you as a marathon. The scenery is great if you ever have the chance to look around but the technical track means you have to look down and concentrate all the time, despite this it never gets boring because there are so many enjoyable twists and turns.