1. Tell us your career in a few words. Have you ever participated in the EDF Alpe d'Huez Triathlon?
I am an Ironman professional triathlete since this year! My results: 9th Ironman 70.3 Vietnam, 10th Ironman 70.3 South Africa, 10th Cannes International Triathlon, 15th Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, 1st Triathlon St Tropez... The EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon was like my first triathlon because I participated in relay in 2008... And 4 years later I really started triathlon. It was certainly a way of giving me a leg up. Last year I have participated to the Short Distance but it is a really a bad memory because I had no strength just one month after the Ironman Nice!
2. You will go to the long or short distance race this year? Do you prepare it specifically? If yes, how?
I will participate to the Long Distance but as a training race. I will arrive very tired at the top of the Alpe d’Huez and I will continue forcing until the end of the race! There is no better that training in altitude and participating in a race of this quality!
3. Do you recommend a specific lifestyle the week before the race? (food, sleep, training…)
Last year I have been tricked by altitude! I think you must run every day before the race between 30min to 50 min to become acclimatized. Concerning food, my favorite dish before a race is rice with soya sauce and grated cheese :)
4. Could you provide advice to manage the race as well as possible? Which gear ratios use for example? Which kind of food?
The force management is personal but you must have a great hydration because the Alpe d’Huez climb is warm…very warm! Concerning the gear ratio I recommend a 36 and it is possible to pass the big chain wheel in the last kilometers… (but only for the experienced triathlete!)
5. Could you provide advice to manage the recovery post-race as well as possible?
Don’t stop sharply your effort! Take a flexible bike ride between 1h to 2h and wear contention socks and make electro stimulation…
6. Do you have a pro’s trick?
A pro’strick?! Of course! A pro’s trick to be proud of you every evening in front of the mirror… Don’t draft! You will regret it when you will cross the finish line without honor! :)