We spoke with Miquel Blanchart, Catalan triathlete sponsored by Skecher Miquel is one of the best runners in IRONMAN on the national and international scene and will try to return to the IRONMAN World Championship this year
Tell us about your experience with Skechers, they are comfortable, light, quality-price, etc.
I'm going to tell you a bit about my experience with Skechers, the truth is that it's a pretty classic shoe, it's a shoe that really fits the 95% percent of the runners
It is geared towards people who like athletics, it's a shoe that has the necessary characteristics that every athlete who wants to make a career needs or want train a little seriously or want to get their best brands. The Skechers fit very well.
As for the models, you have the range Gorun Ride 7 . They are the ones that I use to train, they are shoes that tolerate many kilometers. They are light to be a training shoe and the truth is that they go great.
Could you tell us a workout that you like to improve the speed of the race?
I really like the one in intervals , I think it's a training that works a lot, with the aim of look for the average speed of the race.
The intervals they would go from 200 series to 400 series.Always on track track. As for asphalt, it is risky since it really loads a lot. What we are looking for here is to improve a little the reaction of the ankle, even to harden a little what is the musculature so as to transmit a little the elastic energy that we accumulate stride after stride and thus maintain a bit the cruising speed
The intervals could range from a progression of a single block of 8 or 10 series of 200 30 40 series 400 blocks 4, 5, 10 or even 12.
The objective is to look for the best possible average, aecuperation cortita between series almost of 1-1, that is if I do 200 more or less in 35 '' you can recover a few 40 seconds
If I do 300 series in 52-55 seconds to recover 45 '' -1 minute and if I do 400 series between 1: 10-15 recover one minute, 1: 10-15.
Between blocks recover with a slightly longer pause or even make an active recovery.
And about IRONMAN What is your favorite training?
It's not that I have a preferred training because what I do is really hard.
You're always more restless the days before, so I do a training very similar to the race . It would be a good cycling and with a transition from an hour and a half to two hours or even a little more, looking for rhythms very close to those of the day of the race or even faster.
Which model of Schekers do you remember most fondly and why? Since when is it with the brand?
The one that I liked a lot are the Speed 5, I have only had one pair of shoes and now I have retired.
Now I'm doing the highest quality trainings with the Speed 4 . They are the ones that I have always loved, from the design to its composition. Is a super lightweight shoe, a very planita and that has a good cushioning. It allows you to run very fast and I love the truth is that it is the best for me.
I use Schekers from 2017 and I've done my best times in the race on foot with them. And I hope this year to repeat (laughs)
The North and South race of Madrid Have you ever run it? On which side do you bet? Could you give us some advice for the race
The race north south of Madrid I have never done it but I bet on the north side, because the people from the north are always a little more tanned (laughs) and good and as I live more to the north than in the south, I bet on them 😉
It's a race on asphalt, an urban race and as I always say "you almost do not have to look at the clock and give everything to the finish line."
Some tips for people facing the dreaded IROMMAN marathon How do they have to plan the race?
Well, I believe that the marathon is the race on foot that you would have to fear less.
For me the fundamental thing is do not go hungry during the bike, nor go hungry during the running race, Nor have belly pains, not have gastrointestinal problems. This can be solved with a good nutritional planning, having a good nutritionist and having a good supplementation is essential and you have to take it to the "little side".
Ironman rhythms are residual rhythms and will not be the ones that you have been carrying on a daily basis, as evidently due to the accumulated fatigue in the cycling segment the rhythms will be a bit distorted in the marathon.
You will have to settle for run with the raised rhythms plus ten fifteen seconds per kilometer.
Especially thinking about eating well, thinking about drinking well, cooling well and not having these types of mishaps that are the ones that can be avoided.