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Kilian Jornet, 2015 Hardrock 100 Champion, End-Line Interview – iRunFar

For the second-straight yr, Kilian Jornet dominated the Hardrock 100 course. After setting the course report within the clockwise course final yr, he broke Sébastien Chaigneau’s counterclockwise report by profitable in 23:28:10. On this finish-line interview, Kilian talks about getting misplaced on the course, what he considered going within the counterclockwise course this yr, and taking images whereas he was racing.

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Kilian Jornet, 2015 Hardrock 100 Champion, End-Line Interview Transcript

Interviewer: So we hear you bought misplaced in Oscar’s.

Kilian Jornet: Sure, it was my mistake as a result of I had the GPS, so I don’t know why once I bought misplaced within the snow, I stored going as a substitute of taking the GPS and look the place it was. So it was silly of me.

Interviewer: How a lot time do you assume you misplaced?

Jornet: I don’t know. I don’t know the way lengthy of a time it was.

Interviewer: Did you begin going sooner after you bought misplaced?

Jornet: No, I went the identical tempo. I had an issue with the headlamp. It was very silly of me as a result of I had the observe within the telephone.

Interviewer: Was there any a part of the course that was actually onerous? Did you battle at any level or did all of it go easily?

Jornet: Yeah, positive. The final half to… what’s the title… while you go to U.S. Grant?

Interviewer: Grant-Swamp.

Jornet: Sure, the final half is so free rock after which the snow was unusual as a result of it was gentle and crusty, so while you break it by way of it was for falling simple.

Interviewer: What was your favourite a part of the course?

Jornet: Yesterday it was lovely. We got here to Virginius and it was the sundown. We spent perhaps eight minutes or 10 minutes simply wanting and to eat quite a bit and it was superb. It was with Rickey Gates within the second. It was actually cool.

Interviewer: Rickey went in with you to Telluride. You didn’t want a pacer going out of Telluride?

Jornet: No, we have been speaking yesterday with Rickey if he wished to tempo. He stated sure, and I believe he hadn’t been sleeping a lot for the final days. So, he was sleepy drained I believe.

Interviewer: Did you’re taking any good photos this yr?

Jornet: I took some, yeah. Rickey with the large digicam, so he took higher ones.

Interviewer: Was it colder this yr for you? It rained on you a large number?

Jornet: Yeah, completely. The temperature was nice for operating as a result of while you go right down to Ouray it’s usually actually heat, or final yr it was actually heat and it takes loads of power. Being this chilly, it’s okay. The storms weren’t unhealthy. There was loads of storms however they have been like 20-minute storms or a 30-minute storm after which 40 minutes of solar once more however by no means actually unhealthy.

Interviewer: Did operating in Alaska work to your profit?

Jornet: Not profit for positive as a result of my legs have been most likely a bit drained from that I really feel as a result of it was lengthy. However, yeah, I don’t assume it modified about how I did or not.

Interviewer: How did you examine clockwise versus counterclockwise?

Jornet: Each are lovely, truly, as a result of while you do that aspect, you’re wanting in entrance and also you don’t have eyes in again, so it’s good to do the opposite aspect to see it the opposite approach. Then it’s lovely that the day half modifications. The day half as we speak was the evening half final yr and vice versa. It’s lovely. That is rather more… the uphills are most likely extra runnable and the downhills extra steep and the opposite.

Interviewer: Do you are feeling this course is tougher?

Jornet: I don’t know. I believe “it’s tougher” is determined by how you are feeling. In case you really feel good then it doesn’t matter if it’s onerous; if you happen to really feel unhealthy, it’s worse.

Interviewer: Do you assume you’ll come again to Hardrock or do you assume, You’ve gotten two course data and that is adequate?

Jornet: No, it’s a race to do for years and see individuals which have been doing it for years not for the wins. It’s a race you need to return to due to the ambiance and it’s a pleasant course—it’s rather more of these.

Interviewer: How would you examine this course to a number of the well-known programs in Europe?

Jornet: In comparison with different onerous ones? It’s fairly technical. I believe the altitude is essential, too. You can’t run quick, like many uphills right here it’s essential to stroll however at decrease elevation you may run. This can be a massive factor right here. You all the time really feel the final a part of the summits that you simply don’t have the identical pace than different elements. It’s fascinating, that. Then, it’s actually wild. It’s lovely. We noticed so many animals through the race, and the landscapes are lovely. Then it has some roads however it has loads of half that’s small path or off path which isn’t actually widespread there. I believe prefer it says if the climate… in Europe there are various races if we’ve unhealthy climate they simply cancel or postpone. We’re within the mountains and we have to take care of it, or if you wish to cease, you cease and decide.

Interviewer: What’s the phrase for ‘wild’ in Catalunya?

Jornet: There’s not a lot wild in Catalunya. There are such a lot of individuals and a lot roads. Yeah, it’s… you may say “salvatge.”

Interviewer: Did you see any wildlife up there—animals?

Jornet: Sure, some elk (loads of elk), porcupine, birds… we noticed a lot of snow. [To Rickey Gates:] Are you awake?

Rickey Gates: I simply awakened!

Interviewer: You stated a pair years in the past that this was an enormous purpose of yours. What do these data imply to you?

Jornet: The data imply nothing however to be right here and be a part of the race is the factor that’s vital.

Interviewer: One other massive distinction in Europe, required gear is quite common. There is no such thing as a required gear right here.

Jornet: No, I believe it’s the identical as we are saying with the climate. Right here, as we speak I carried a Goretex jacket, a very thick one, gloves, beanie, and meals and issues that you should want. I believe it’s an issue in Europe, obligatory gear. Individuals don’t know easy methods to use a blanket. How many individuals know easy methods to use an area blanket? Not many know easy methods to use properly. Everybody has one of their backpack, however it’s not helpful. They want a jacket (wind), however it’s raining and never good. I believe the nice factor right here is that it’s essential to take into consideration what to take due to the circumstances, and also you study extra doing this than if you have already got the pack and also you don’t assume why you’re taking one thing or not.

Interviewer: Self-sufficiency.

Jornet: Yeah, I believe it’s about that, being within the mountains.

Interviewer: Do you assume extra individuals from Europe are going to attempt to enter Hardrock?

Jornet: I hope. It’s a tremendous race. The spirit is actually completely different from Europe races. It’s actually pleasurable.

Interviewer: We’re type of lacking the band taking part in, aren’t you?

Interviewer: What would you prefer to say about Hardrock? Is there something particularly that’s shifting you that you simply’d prefer to say?

Jornet: I believe it’s all of the people who find themselves a part of the race as a result of the mountains are lovely, however there are various mountains world wide. The course is nice, however all of the aid-stations’ individuals are superb. It’s actually cool, and that’s what makes the distinction.

Interviewer: Did you might have a shot of Tequila?

Jornet: Really, I simply put the lips in. I used to be a bit drained at this second, however Rickey Gates take each.

Interviewer: Kilian, what are your subsequent two occasions?

Jornet: I arrange a race, too. Final yr I organized it first and we realized how onerous it’s to prepare a race. It’s a lot, rather more drained. Now, I may be drained from the race, however it’s nothing in comparison with these guys.

Dale Garland: I’ll put you on my board of administrators.

Jornet: I’ve one race; I can’t arrange anymore.

Garland: Thanks, everyone, for coming. Congratulations to Kilian.

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