Just how do you prepare to run 100m as fast as you can in ski boots?
Max was straightforward about his preparation: “I’ll be honest and say that other than my normal training for running races and a lot of ski touring, I didn’t put any specific training in.”
“I’d skied and toured in the Backland a lot so I knew the boot, but the only times I had ever run in them before was while running away from lifties when we were night touring!”
Emma was more circumspect prior to the event. “I wasn’t sure how I would get on,” she said. “I knew as a 13-year-old I could run 100 metres in around 14 seconds. I had no idea how much more time putting ski boots on my feet would add!”
“At the time I was doing some speed endurance and strength training in preparation for the Amsterdam Marathon, but I didn’t do any specific training for the 100m attempt,” Emma admitted.