We’re not sure if Kilian lives in Chamonix, but he certainly trains there. This exceptional 23 year old runner doesn’t have cover some ground! Yesterday he ran for 5 and a half hours and encountered snow on the top of Mont Buet, having already conquered Brevent, before finishing at the top of the valley in Vallorcine. Amazing stuff!! His training log is something to behold.
Looking at his facebook posts I’m assuming he must be earning his living quite nicely from being a Salomon sponsored runner, as his little jaunts (including cycles!) don’t leave much time to work in an office. One such foray was his attempt at gain the world record for ascending Mount Olympus. This is beautifully played out in a series of Seb’s films, one of which he looses his way in.
As you’ll see from the videos Kilian established a record time climbing up and down Mount Olympus in a time of 5:19:45h.
And apparently he alleged “More kilometers means more fun” when he took the wrong route and also reached the summit of Mount Stephanie by mistake, which added on 20 minutes to his time!
The route was 45 kilometers long, with over 2.800 meters upward slope in the first 22,6 km, a total upward slope of 3,508 meters and a total downward slop of 3,228 meters.
Quite interestingly he classifies the UTMB as ‘easy’ in his routes. Yes, well I think that tells you that he isn’t a meer mortal. It should be interesting for follow his progress on the August bank holiday weekend.
He also has a number of other trips planned this year under Kilian’s Quest season 2011. Go Kilian!!