- BE SURE OF THE SPORT YOU WANT TO PRACTICE
Lighter but consistent training is much more beneficial for the body than a rare but intense training. "It's better to run 4 times 20 minutes in a week than 1 hour. It is therefore preferable to train with lower intensities in order to be able to repeat the efforts over time.”
- BREAK THE ROUTINE
- USE THE DURATION AND ELEVATION GAIN OF THE RUN RATHER THAN THE MILEAGE
For an Ultra Athlete, it's all about intensity. Mileage is not the unit of measurement used by Mathieu because he trains on different terrains and with different levels of elevation depending on his upcoming competitions. He therefore prefers to use the number of hours covered during the week.
- FIND A BALANCE IN MUSCLE CONDITIONING
There is a balance to be found so that muscle conditioning does not become a burden to my running goal. You have to know where to stop and do reps with weights that are sufficient to "not get injured and resist the run" without having as an objective to build muscle mass.
- BE AWARE THAT PREPARATION IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH ATHLETE
A favorite book? The Runner's Bible from The Running Clinic. According to Mathieu, the real strength of this book is that it cross-references all the information about running but also has "the humility to say that on some we still don't have an answer". "The human body is complex, and we can't say that some things work on everyone.
WHAT DOES HE THINKS OF THE NEW NÄAK ULTRA ENERGY BARS?
"I'm amazed at the quality of the bars. During my first challenge with these new bars I ate 2 per hour for 11 hours. I love the texture. It melts in your mouth. It's like a magic bar! »