tah native and UnTapped athlete Trevor Fuchs recently competed in Hawaii for the HURT100, a grueling 100 mile ultra running race outside of Honolulu, Hawaii. And by “competed”, we mean Trevor won! With a winning time of just a hair over 22 hours, he navigated the treacherous course faster than the 125 others to toe the line in this early season classic. Let’s jump into a quick conversation with Trevor.
Given that it’s a January race and you’re coming from a chilly winter in Utah, how did you expect to go in Hawaii? What were the race day conditions like?
The different climates certainly play a factor in performance. Utah is not only cold, but also very dry, so the heat and humidity are a shock to the system. It’s also a challenge to mimic course conditions where I live as the trails are covered in snow. The HURT 100 course is extremely technical, loaded with large roots, slick rocks, and steep climbs and descents. Most of the year, I am able to train on pretty technical terrain so I think the skills carry over…even though I spent a lot of time on the treadmill in the weeks leading up to the race. To adjust to the heat and humidity, I tried to do most of my important workouts indoors and spent a lot of time in the sauna. This year the course was rained on intensely for over two weeks leading up to the race, so the trails were super muddy and wet. In a lot of ways, running in snow here translates well to running in mud.
Experience and race savvy is something you have on your side. Nice job Trevor!
How did your fueling compare in training as to race day, especially given the conditions?
During training, I tend to eat a lot more solid foods like waffles and leftover pancakes chased down with a shot of maple syrup. Because this race is 80 degrees and 80% humidity, it is a challenge for me to consume solid foods. I like to get most of my calories from liquid in these conditions, so MapleAid has been my go-to fuel source. Since this was my third time over there for this race, I’ve really been able to dial in what I consume during the race that works well. I was consuming about 36 oz of drink mix per 6-7 miles in between aid stations and about 250 calories per hour total, including salty snacks and fruits at the aid stations.
You’re a successful vegan athlete with no other nutritional restrictions. How long have you been competing with this diet and how does UnTapped fit in your your nutritional regime?
I have actually been on a plant based diet since before I became a competitive athlete. I think it’s a diet that works well for my body and eliminated a lot of the foods that were causing digestive and inflammatory issues that I had most of my life.
As part of this, I’ve tried to stay away from things like refined sugars. I’ve found that maple syrup works well for me as a replacement in foods, but especially as a carbohydrate source for endurance activities.