Kilian Jornet has run the Hardrock 100 4 occasions and has received the race 4 occasions. After a five-year absence, Kilian returns to run Hardrock once more in 2022. Within the following interview, Kilian talks about what brings him again to Hardrock, how his coaching and racing have gone this spring, and what variables will probably be most vital in whether or not a quick time will get run at this yr’s Hardrock.
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Kilian Jornet Pre-2022 Hardrock 100 Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Bryon Powell of iRunFar right here with Kilian Jornet earlier than the 2022 Hardrock 100. How are you, Kilian?
Kilian Jornet: Feeling good, sure. Simply arrived, so yeah, excited to be right here. It’s been, I used to be speaking now with Frosty [Anna Frost] and she or he stated it’s been 5 years, and it’s, it doesn’t really feel like that. It feels prefer it was yesterday. However yeah, 5 years.
iRunFar: You’re simply coming again residence, proper? To certainly one of your many.
Jornet: Yeah. Yeah, precisely.
iRunFar: So, what does carry you again? It’s been 5 years. You ran 4 years. You received 4 years. Totally different causes made you are taking a break. Why are you right here once more?
Jornet: Nicely, prefer it’s, I might say the primary time you come right here it’s as a result of the course, it has this mystique of just like the altitude and technicality and like every thing. And that’s what introduced me right here the primary yr, however then I believe it’s extra just like the individuals and the sense of neighborhood that it has. The race, it’s distinctive. It’s not concerning the competitors. It’s not about like they did race, however like every thing, just like the runners, all of the volunteers, and the crewing individuals, and the ambiance, every thing collectively, like, it’s very particular. Prefer it’s, I believe it’s that that makes me need to come again each time. Yeah.
iRunFar: It’s fascinating you talked about that as a result of I believe I’ve talked to you slightly bit about it, but additionally, you had an incredible race at Zegama this yr. You set a course document by 9 minutes. You’ve run the race, you received it 10 occasions, I believe?
iRunFar: So, how was that race for you?
Jornet: It was cool. Prefer it was, prefer it’s one other race that I like it deeply due to the communities. The race is organized 100% by volunteers. And it’s the village. The race is the village. It’s not concerning the race, however to be there and clearly, prefer it’s a race that for, on the competitors facet, it has quite a lot of good athletes. So, to be there and like, yeah, successful 10 occasions like shouldn’t be one thing that I dream about. However when it occurred, such as you’re joyful about it. It means like okay, it’s been like, for 15 years I’ve been capable of be in okay form to be racing and that’s one thing that, yeah, it makes me a bit proud. So, I used to be joyful to try this. Yeah.
iRunFar: And the time. Like you’ve gotten run it that many occasions and also you ran 9 minutes sooner than you’ve ever run. So.
iRunFar: How did that really feel when it comes to your health or the competitors? What made that occur?
Jornet: Yeah, like I used to be in fine condition. Like training-wise, I believe the form was at the least pretty much as good as Sierre-Zinal 2019, one thing like that. In coaching, I had finished my occasions and it was there. However then this time, it was a really dry yr. Zegama … there’s all the time quite a lot of mud, and this yr it was very dry in order that race, good situations to dangerous situations; it might change quarter-hour simply. So, it was very quick for everyone due to the situations.
iRunFar: Okay, that is smart. So, you come out of Zegama in excellent health and then you definately had one other nice coaching block working 150 to 210 kilometers per week, doing a little racing. Was that pretty much as good a coaching block as you’d need coming into Hardrock?
Jornet: Yeah, after Zegama I took an easy week after that. After which like I plan like … the factor this season, it’s as a result of I needed to do Zegama that’s brief, Hardrock that’s lengthy, Sierre-Zinal that’s brief, UTMB that’s lengthy. So, I used to be attempting to determine how to have the ability to prepare for all of them on the similar time. After which after Zegama, one factor I used to be doing is like lengthy weeks on mileage, like 200k per week, however attempting to don’t any lengthy, lengthy runs. Possibly one run per week 40 kilometers however by no means lengthy runs. And do some very high quality classes or some races.
So preserve the mileage for the long-distance races, however preserve the classes brief for like Sierre-Zinal and that, and it’s been good. It’s been excellent till final week, our daughter, Maj, acquired some sort of chilly from kindergarten and I used to be a bit sick for 4 or 5 days. However it was the tapering week, so I’m not very nervous about that. However yeah, now hopefully that’s gone, and coaching was excellent.
iRunFar: So, you could really feel such as you’re coming into Hardrock as robust as you ever have?
Jornet: Yeah, I believe so. However then like, it’s 100 miles. Prefer it’s not about solely the health that you’ve. It’s the altitude that I haven’t finished a lot this yr, identical to yesterday. And it’s additionally like many issues can occur. Like you may have a small ache wherever and that over 100 miles can simply develop. So it’s quite a lot of issues that occur and yeah, it’s quite a lot of very robust opponents.
iRunFar: So, I needed to ask you concerning the acclimatization. You’ve finished plenty of issues at very excessive elevation. However you probably did arrive on Tuesday evening earlier than a Friday race. Have been you going by way of a protocol at residence, or how did you put together or not?
Jornet: Oh, properly, like I did some nights at excessive altitude. However yeah, only a few like. I needed to remain residence so long as doable to spend time with the ladies and that, and it’s simply such a enjoyable time now for that. However then, yeah, it’s an altitude that it’s average, I might say. And usually I by no means really feel dangerous as much as 4,000 meters, like 14,000 [feet] or that. So, I hope it retains like that. Like usually has been working till now. So, I used to be pondering possibly it might work once more like that. Yeah. I’ll see like, I’ve no clue. We’ll see.
iRunFar: One unconventional factor and also you’ve finished it many occasions earlier than is on Monday you went out and ran for 7.5 hours, +3,000m.
Jornet: It was not likely working. Prefer it was very straightforward, like jogging and scrambling and being within the mountains. Like we acquired like, I believe throughout all of the summer season, we acquired like 5 days with solar. So, it’s been raining, raining, raining. So then you definately preserve like, you don’t go actually to the mountains. Such as you run down. And it was like, “Oh, it’s sunny.” And I had been sick all week so I didn’t prepare a lot. And it was like, I needed to do an extended day, like a 35k or one thing like that. That’s what I did. However then it was like, “Oh, it’s good. So, let’s go to the mountains.”
iRunFar: Yeah, so it was slightly indulgence. It wasn’t a plan. It was simply to have enjoyable.
Jornet: Yeah, to have enjoyable like why, why we try this, prefer it’s as a result of we like to be within the mountains. Yeah.
iRunFar: However do you assume you recuperate?
Jornet: Yeah, that was like this, it was a really, very straightforward coaching session. As a result of it was identical to shifting, like climbing and identical to I met a bunch of pals within the highway so, within the seven hours was possibly one hour identical to cease chatting with, with totally different pals.
iRunFar: It’s not fairly a hike, however it’s very doable.
Jornet: Yeah, yeah, it was like, yeah, very, very straightforward coaching session like in comparison with …
iRunFar: You weren’t pushing.
Jornet: By no means, no.
iRunFar: Good. Nicely talking of pushing, this yr’s race is as robust a entrance of the sector as there’s ever been. There’s François [D’Haene], Dakota [Jones], Dani Jung. How do you assume that dynamic will probably be? Not when it comes to beating one another, however what is feasible with that many truly robust males working?
Jornet: I don’t know like in fact I believe it will likely be quick. Principally as a result of like yeah, in a race like that you just need to hold with different individuals. And naturally, if these individuals are going sooner, you go sooner generally. However yeah, then it depends upon situations, how scorching it’s through the day. If it’s, it appears to be like like there will probably be some storms additionally. So, I believe that can decide extra our time than the health. Yeah.
iRunFar: I can’t bear in mind, was the final 100 you ran at UTMB? No, you ran 100 miles this spring.
Jornet: I ran 100 miles in like February.
iRunFar: Sure, however the massive one may need been UTMB in 2017?
Jornet: Yeah, as a result of I have a tendency, I get injured so, yeah, so I believe it was then.
iRunFar: And this François man, he beat you there.
Jornet: Yeah, yeah. We had actually good competitors. And like François is so good at 100 miles, like he’s all the time nailed down and he prepares very properly. And he’s identical to, he mastered the space. So, it’s all the time a pleasure to race with him.
iRunFar: You’re excited for that?
iRunFar: Nicely, we’re excited to look at that and in addition to with you and Dakota and Dani and everybody.
Jornet: Yeah. Dakota is superior, like having an incredible season. Daniel Jung, he’s an incredible athlete, and plenty of others. That’s yeah, the race may be very powerful right here so every thing can occur.
iRunFar: Superior. Nicely, better of luck and benefit from the course.
Jornet: Sure, thanks.