It’s Victor del Corral’s turn to take part in our little video interview! The double winner 2011/2012 of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L explains to us how he lives his confinement at home in the Catalan Pyrenees. He also reminds us of the basic rule to achieve a great race at the end of July at the top of the 21 bends… If we are lucky enough to celebrate the 15th edition.
How is going your confinement? How do you stay motivated?
I go through different states, actually. I’m enjoying my family even if it’s difficult with two young children to be confined for so long. I can train more or less well because I am well equipped except for swimming. I can run, do home trainer and gym sessions. So I work on strength and a little bit on speed. The only problem may be the volume but I think I can get in shape quickly once it gets back to normal. So I’m not too worried, I maintain my level and I even think it will be good for me. But the level of motivation varies from day to day. I remain motivated to train, there is the desire, even if the hometrainer sessions can be boring. But sometimes you wonder if there will be races or not this season. Is it worth the effort if there is no competition? It’s the doubt that makes my motivation waver from time to time, because preparation remains associated with the race, and without it, it doesn’t make sense.
What does the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon mean to you?
For me, this is my first major international victory in a long-distance triathlon, so I have a lot of affection for this event. I have participated several times, and I hope to continue coming for a long time to come. It’s a tough, beautiful race, like few long-distance triathlons and that’s where its character comes from and the bond it creates with the triathletes.
What advice would you give to a beginner about the L Triathlon?
I think it’s always the same one! You have to be careful and manage the effort. Even if swimming is rather easy, even if the first part of the cycling circuit is good and the rest of the circuit goes well, you have to arrive strong at the foot of the Alpe d’Huez to climb the 21 bends. Myself, I consider that it was my mistake last year, where you can win or lose the race. The difference is here. In conclusion, you have to keep your strength, be in control throughout the race to climb the Alpe d’Huez correctly and enjoy the difficult but beautiful run. Otherwise, both the ascent and the running part can become hell!