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Sabrina Stanley | Surviving a Powerful First Half to Win at Grand Raid


No American has even stood on the rostrum at Grand Raid Reunion Island (and Diagonale des Fous.) The notoriously troublesome hundred miler within the India Ocean has seen greats like Andrea Huser, Nathalie Mauclair, Nuria Picas, Kilian Jornet, and Francois d’Haene work for wins, however People have had a tricky time performing nicely.

Sabrina Stanley, Crew Chief Daf, and Sabrina Stanley. Pic by Avery Collins.

Then there’s Sabrina Stanley. After we had her on the present final 12 months she talked about not being proud of second place…she wished the win each single time. In a current interview with Chase Parnell, she spoke about her plans for Grand Raid:

“I didn’t journey (actually) half method all over the world to complete in every other place however first. An American has by no means received this race. I plan on being the primary.”

And a fast look at Sabrina’s final 12 months of racing offers her some credence, proper? She’s the present Hardrock Champion (her win in 2018 nonetheless stands since there was no race in 2019), she received HURT in January, Merciless Jewel in Might, and a handful of different races…all wins apart from one.

On this interview, we hear about how she selected this race, what her coaching regarded like main as much as it, and the way she overcame an insanely robust first half (stage diving?!? vomiting? stranded crew? Sh*tty pants?!? misplaced gear!) to battle onerous for the win.

This can be a story of coaching and preparation, however extra importantly endurance.

Sabrina Stanley Episode Notes

Right here’s our first interview with Sabrina.

She talked about Lee Conner as an inspiration for a few of her coaching. Right here’s that interview.

Right here’s my model of HOKA restoration sandals.

Comply with Sabrina on Instagram right here.

Intro music: David Rosales.
Outro music: AJ LeGrand.

Picture used with permission from Oliver Pesaresi.



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