OCR legend turned Trail Running champ
Jonathan( Jon) Albon is not a household name and more, in hurry roundabouts, there are very few who haven’t heard of him. This time viewed him crowned World Trail Champion to add to his exploits in recent years that have included Skyrunning World Champion, Spartan Race world champion and Obstacle Course Racing world champion.
Living in the Norwegian town of Bergen, Albon, who is a dryrobe ambassador, first caught the attention of the international race community in 2015 when, as an unknown obstacle course racer, he prevailed Kilian Jornet’s Tromso Skyrace with a cause of 17 minutes ahead of Luis Alberto Hernando, then the current Skyrunner ultra world champion.
We caught up with him to be informed about what realizes him tick.
MR: IF you led a flat artery marathon, what do you think you could move?
JA: If I properly training of it- and considering I ranged 2.26 at the notoriously-hilly Bergen Marathon- I would hope for sub 2.20. But it’s a difficult question to answer if you’ve never actually done it. The thought of doing more’ conventional’ hastens doesn’t sound that much fun. It would represent I would be specifying my fitness so much that it wouldn’t be healthy any more either. I would rather be more of an all-round athlete.
MR: Is fun a key part of your motivation behind your race?
JA: I meditate enjoyable is the over-riding element. Of course, I like to be competitive and I need to do scoots to earn sponsorship. But eventually if it’s not enjoyable, I won’t be doing it for a long time. It is therefore necessary to fun for me to continue to do what I’m doing.
MR: People have written that you’re the’ best smuggler no one has ever heard of’. It’s an interesting deed: what are your thoughts?
JA: It could be because I moved to Norway or it could be because I choose to do contests that are more overshadow. But you need to be contesting in the Olympics with TV coverage or be really good on social media, which is not something I experience that much. It’s helped me, to be honest, to be under the radar as I’ve not had to change my approach to exercise.
MR: You won the World Trail entitle this year: was that a bombshell?
JA: I knew I was in good shape before the race, but I dallied my posters close to my dresser. I’d come fourth the year before, but that was a quite different type of race. This year’s course suited me a lot more. I wanted to get to the race and do everything I could to be ready. I’ve get in to this habit of starting gradually and picking it up and taking beings at the end. It’s a great tactic and you enjoy the scoot more but you rarely triumph large-hearted hastens doing that. So I decided to go out at the breast and pass hard-bitten and hope to have a mystical epoch- and that is exactly what happened.
MR: Did you do anything precisely to prepare 😛 TAGEND
JA: I’m always changing my training and finding better things that I could be doing. I did change quite a few things this year that I’m sure have helped. I cut back on ‘useless’ running quite a bit and chiefly did excellence sessions. My easy grooming during the winter is all skiing regardles and I’ve likewise done a lot of steep cycling. This has helped a great deal because I felt that I didn’t have this’ load’ in my figure which obliged me tired. I also went to recce the course a week early that I’ve never done before.
MR: Do you seek recommendations from other contestants or do you focus on what’s right for you?
JA: I very much focus on what’s right for me- what is good for me and what isn’t. But obviously I know a lot of contestants and I talk to a lot of athletes and predict books about develop. So I guess it’s a bit of both. This year, I have done all my easy training at a much lower heart rate- 120 instead of 140- and I still feel that I’m getting a good cornerstone education.
MR: Talking about heart rate, do you find that you can keep your heart rate a high level in all your punishment?
JA: With sports like orienteering and skiing, you can keep your heart rate high because you’re using your totality torso. But with cycling, it’s much harder- unless I’m in a darknes passage without sunrises and there are vehicles transferring me!
MR: How much is working actually part of your schooling?
JA: In January I didn’t run at all, it was all time skiing. In February, I begins with 5km a week and merely upped it from there. Up until I ranged the Transvulcania, I’d only run a maximum of a 55 km week. After that I continued pushing it up so that I could flow 100 km weeks, but I don’t genuinely extended much more than that. During the winter, I’m skiing between 12,000 -1 5,000 m of advance a few weeks and in the yearsummer I’m operate around 4,000 m ascent a week and the same again on a bike.
MR: The varied nature of your prepare required to make you more pliable to traumata?
JA: You could develop hard as a athlete with only extending and perhaps restrain that going for a duet of years. But after that, you seem to get what I’d describe as a’ swelling’ in your body and you only feel nasty. It’s not until you take three months off that you realise that other humen don’t feel like that: it’s simply you who feels rubbish all the time. Now I’ve stopped running in the winter I feel like my vocation isn’t just going to be for the next five years- I could be running for the next 25 times!
MR: Is there anything in the racing calendar you haven’t done that you want to?
JA: There are still big race that would be fun to experience, like Sierre-Zinal or UTMB. I’m not the sort of person who has big-hearted objectives and aims. My key advice to anyone is that what it is you do, you have to enjoy it: if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t want to make love. It should be part of your lifestyle.
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