For the second-straight yr, Kilian Jornet dominated the Hardrock 100 course. After setting the course document within the clockwise course final yr, he broke Sébastien Chaigneau’s counterclockwise document 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 pictures 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 received 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 suppose you misplaced?
Jornet: I don’t know. I don’t know the way lengthy of a time it was.
Interviewer: Did you begin going quicker 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 cellphone.
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 identify… if you go to U.S. Grant?
Jornet: Sure, the final half is so unfastened rock after which the snow was unusual as a result of it was gentle and crusty, so if you break it by means of it was for falling simple.
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 trying and to eat so much and it was wonderful. 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 needed to tempo. He stated sure, and I feel he hadn’t been sleeping a lot for the final days. So, he was sleepy drained I feel.
Interviewer: Did you’re taking any good photos this yr?
Jornet: I took some, yeah. Rickey with the massive digital camera, so he took higher ones.
Interviewer: Was it colder this yr for you? It rained on you numerous?
Jornet: Yeah, completely. The temperature was nice for operating as a result of if you go right down to Ouray it’s usually actually heat, or final yr it was actually heat and it takes numerous vitality. Being this chilly, it’s okay. The storms weren’t unhealthy. There was numerous 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 certain 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 suppose it modified about how I did or not.
Interviewer: How did you evaluate clockwise versus counterclockwise?
Jornet: Each are stunning, really, as a result of if you do that facet, you’re trying 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 method. Then it’s stunning that the day half adjustments. The day half as we speak was the evening half final yr and vice versa. It’s stunning. 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 feel “it’s tougher” is dependent upon how you are feeling. For those who really feel good then it doesn’t matter if it’s laborious; when you really feel unhealthy, it’s worse.
Interviewer: Do you suppose you’ll come again to Hardrock or do you suppose, You’ve gotten two course information and that is adequate?
Jornet: No, it’s a race to do for years and see folks which were doing it for years not for the wins. It’s a race you wish to return to due to the ambiance and it’s a pleasant course—it’s rather more of these.
Interviewer: How would you evaluate this course to a few of the well-known programs in Europe?
Jornet: In comparison with different laborious ones? It’s fairly technical. I feel the altitude is essential, too. You can not run quick, like many uphills right here it is advisable stroll however at decrease elevation you’ll be able to run. It is a massive factor right here. You at all times really feel the final a part of the summits that you just 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 through the race, and the landscapes are stunning. Then it has some roads but it surely has numerous half that’s small path or off path which isn’t actually frequent there. I feel prefer it says if the climate… in Europe there are a lot of races if now we have 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 folks and a lot roads. Yeah, it’s… you’ll be able to say “salvatge.”
Interviewer: Did you see any wildlife up there—animals?
Jornet: Sure, some elk (numerous elk), porcupine, birds… we noticed numerous snow. [To Rickey Gates:] Are you awake?
Rickey Gates: I simply awoke!
Interviewer: You stated a pair years in the past that this was an enormous aim 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 essential.
Interviewer: One other massive distinction in Europe, required gear is quite common. There isn’t a required gear right here.
Jornet: No, I feel 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 feel it’s an issue in Europe, obligatory gear. Individuals don’t know the right way to use a blanket. How many individuals know the right way to use an area blanket? Not many know the right way to use effectively. 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 feel the nice factor right here is that it is advisable 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 suppose why you take one thing or not.
Jornet: Yeah, I feel it’s about that, being within the mountains.
Interviewer: Do you suppose extra folks from Europe are going to attempt to enter Hardrock?
Jornet: I hope. It’s an incredible race. The spirit is admittedly totally different from Europe races. It’s actually pleasant.
Interviewer: We’re form of lacking the band taking part in, aren’t you?
Interviewer: What would you wish to say about Hardrock? Is there something particularly that’s transferring you that you just’d wish to say?
Jornet: I feel 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 a lot of mountains all over the world. The course is nice, however all of the aid-stations’ persons are wonderful. 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 could 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.