You already know this, but tower running events are nothing easy. Have you been following a specific preparation ?
Of course, preparing a tower run is not the same as preparing a triathlon or a trail. Besides endurance, you have to work on explosive strength and try to deal with an intense effort on a short period of time. For my own, preparation has been slightly different this year because I’m recovering from an injury so I have not been able to fully practice since July. I started running again at the beginning of January. In the meantime, I have been working out a lot with my father as my coach.
Many dream about the Eiffel Tower Vertical. According to you, what makes this race special ?
It’s a mythical race. 1,700 steps, 9 minutes of super intense effort. But what makes this race really special is that it’s an outdoors race, so there are other factors to take into consideration, like vertigo.
Vertigo is indeed one of the difficulties but it’s not the only one. What are the mistakes to avoid in order to run a proper race ?
Be careful not to start too fast or your muscles are going to be in lactic too early. Manage your effort to have energy during the entire race.
Also, you need to manage your breath correctly to avoid hyperventilating too quickly.
Besides vertigo, the face that you are constantly turning in the same direction can make you feel dizzy or even nauseous sometimes. Anticipate theses sensations to deal with them whenever they start.
Weather conditions are also of importance. Last year, wind, rain and low temperatures complicated the ascent. You need to adapt your energy consumption to these factors.
Last difficulty, the fact that you need to deliver a super intensive effort in the evening; to deal with this, it’s important that you take it easy up until the race.
Is the equipment you bring different from the regular races you run ?
My equipment is the same for every race. New Balance from head to toes. For the shoes, I went for an ultra-light and dynamic pair, the Zante. I will also be using an additional piece of equipment, but I’m not disclosing it here.
To wrap this up, what would be the 5 tips you would give for this race ?
Manage your breath
Be humble in front of the Iron Lady
Respect the distance
Do not think
And only barf at the top!! (laughters)
We wish you the best for the race Pierrick! We hope his precious advice will be useful for you.
The New Balance Team