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

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 file within the clockwise path final yr, he broke Sébastien Chaigneau’s counterclockwise file 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 path 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 after I acquired 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 monitor within the telephone.

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

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

Interviewer: Grant-Swamp.

Jornet: Sure, the final half is so unfastened rock after which the snow was unusual as a result of it was smooth and crusty, so if you break it by it was for falling straightforward.

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

Jornet: Yesterday it was stunning. 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 had been speaking yesterday with Rickey if he wished to tempo. He mentioned 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 are 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 working as a result of if you go all the way down to Ouray it’s usually actually heat, or final yr it was actually heat and it takes plenty of vitality. Being this chilly, it’s okay. The storms weren’t unhealthy. There was plenty of storms however they had 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 working in Alaska work to your profit?

Jornet: Not profit for certain as a result of my legs had been in all probability 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 stunning, truly, as a result of if you do that facet, you’re wanting in entrance and also you don’t have eyes in again, so it’s good to do the opposite facet to see it the opposite manner. Then it’s stunning that the day half adjustments. The day half at present was the night time half final yr and vice versa. It’s stunning. That is rather more… the uphills are in all probability extra runnable and the downhills extra steep and the opposite.

Interviewer: Do you are feeling this path is tougher?

Jornet: I don’t know. I believe “it’s tougher” is dependent upon how you are feeling. Should you really feel good then it doesn’t matter if it’s laborious; 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 could have two course information and that is ok?

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 few of the well-known programs in Europe?

Jornet: In comparison with different laborious ones? It’s fairly technical. I believe the altitude is essential, too. You can not run quick, like many uphills right here it is advisable to stroll however at decrease elevation you possibly can 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 velocity than different elements. It’s fascinating, that. Then, it’s actually wild. It’s stunning. We noticed so many animals throughout the race, and the landscapes are stunning. Then it has some roads but it surely has plenty 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 now we have unhealthy climate they simply cancel or postpone. We’re within the mountains and we have to cope with 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 possibly can say “salvatge.”

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

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

Rickey Gates: I simply awoke!

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

Jornet: The information 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 isn’t a required gear right here.

Jornet: No, I believe it’s the identical as we are saying with the climate. Right here, at present I carried a Goretex jacket, a very thick one, gloves, beanie, and meals and issues that you could want. I believe it’s an issue in Europe, necessary gear. Folks don’t know use a blanket. How many individuals know use an area blanket? Not many know use nicely. Everybody has one of their backpack, but it surely’s not helpful. They want a jacket (wind), but it surely’s raining and never good. I believe the great factor right here is that it is advisable to take into consideration what to take due to the situations, and also you be taught extra doing this than if you have already got the pack and also you don’t assume why you take 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 an incredible race. The spirit is de facto completely different from Europe races. It’s actually satisfying.

Interviewer: We’re type of lacking the band enjoying, aren’t you?

Interviewer: What would you prefer to say about Hardrock? Is there something particularly that’s transferring 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 stunning, however there are various mountains around the globe. The course is nice, however all of the aid-stations’ persons are superb. It’s actually cool, and that’s what makes the distinction.

Interviewer: Did you will 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 laborious it’s to prepare a race. It’s a lot, rather more drained. Now, I may be drained from the race, but it surely’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, all people, for coming. Congratulations to Kilian.



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