//Interview with SWISSMAN athlete Gabriel Hopf

Interview with SWISSMAN athlete Gabriel Hopf


Dear Athletes

In two weeks, the 5th SWISSMAN is already going to be history. Now it’s time to get a little rest. Professional triathlete Gabriel Hopf tells us how his last two weeks look like.

1) The SWISSMAN is in 2 weeks, how does this affect your training?

Slowly but surely the focus shifts in the direction of recovery. I will reduce the amount of training and, for example, make sure to sleep enough. I also make sure to have balanced diet, but I do not follow a specific nutritional plan.

However, I have no great secrets in the preparation. For a few months now, I have been paying more attention to my physical condition and I have never been sick or injured. My training data are also publicly available on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/3749446

2) Are there any special trainings you will absolve?

On Friday I did the passes Susten-Furka-Grimsel. This is approximately the amount of climbing of the Swissman bike course. Next to endurance pace, I did competition pace, so more quickly.

Next Tuesday, I will also visit the last part of the track from Grindelwald to the Kleine Scheidegg in a comfortable endurance pace. In the past ten days I have already been running the sections Brienz-Bönigen & Wilderswil-Grindelwald.

3) Which discipline is most important to train now?

Difficult to say. There is no more time to correct a lot in cycling and running, so in my opinion, there is no point in completing long and hard units. I will certainly do some swim training, for example in the lake and, if possible, even once in the morning, so that I can simulate the SWISSMAN swim start.

4) Are there other special preparations you do?

I will prepare the support of my team as best as possible. This means putting together clothes, food, etc. In addition, my team needs to know my needs and it is a big advantage if I can count on the support of my girlfriend, family and colleagues! Here, too, the weather plays a decisive role and it is a big difference whether it rains on the passes, will be five or 15 degrees warm.

5) How does your “night before” look like?

I will surely go to sleep earlier. However, the preceding days and nights are important for my sleep. In the night before a competition, the tension is usually higher and therefore the sleep quality suffers. I will have breakfast around three to three and a half hours before the start of the swim and after, I will lie down again for a short time to relax – it will be a long day.

By | 2017-06-13T20:35:48+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Athletes|0 Comments

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