The next of our World Champs Athletes to feature in our The North Face/Pace Athletic interviews is Matty Abel. Matty is a talented runner, intuitive coach and founder of the ever growing Sydney based running group DBA runners. Stepping things up this year Matty has joined Team Salomon and placed 2nd in the Buffalo Stampede 26er. Building on this Matty competed in his first European race of the season at MT Blanc Cross race (Chamonix France) recently and finished a respectable 13th in a quality field. Matty will be racing the Marathon at the World Championships in Spain and here are his thoughts.
Skyrunning ANZ: What (special thing) have you done over the last few months to get ready for the world champs.
Matty Abel: For me its been consistence with my training week in week out, whilst focusing on the basics and doing them extremely well. I have found a nice amount of volume and intensity that works perfectly for me.
Skyrunning ANZ: Representing the country, what does it mean to you?
Matty Abel: This is a dream come true for me and something I have been working on over the past few years. It hasn’t come easy, a lot of hours training with many set backs. I am excited to represent Australia and put a mark on the map in Skyrunning for generations to come. Through this I hope I can show others that hard work with a little bit of discipline can pay off.
Skyrunning ANZ: If you could give one tip a new runner looking to one day be standing in your shoes what would it be.
Matty Abel: Be patient! This has been a long time coming for me, a lot of training and a lot of set backs. Start small, build your confidence then move onto bigger challenges but do not rush it.
Skyrunning ANZ: When times get tough in training and racing what is your “secret” to keep pushing or go faster.
Matty Abel: I am extremely competitive, so when times get tough in training I think about my competitors either training hard or passing me on a hill rep. This makes me dig deeper every time.
Skyrunning ANZ: If you could run any trail or race in the world which would it be and why?
Matty Abel: Europe has been my main focus for so many years and with Mont Blanc 23km just around the corner, I would have to say any trail in Chamonix. I can’t wait to experience the European running culture.
Matty’s usual week in the lead up to the world championships. Interesting to note the focus on strength and conditioning.
Monday – Speed Session
Tuesday – Strength and conditioning (Morning) – Aerobic Run (Afternoon)
Wednesday – Long Trail Run
Thursday – Strength and conditioning (Morning) – Aerobic Run (Afternoon)
Friday – Long Run or hill reps
Saturday – Tempo Run
Sunday – Day off – Massage