Mireia Miró: An Exclusive Interview to Advendure! Κύριο

Από 20 Μαρ 2013

Mireia Miró was born in 1988 in Barcelona, and she took her first steps on the mountains as a child in Pallars Sobirà in the Pyrenees, a place where her family used to visit for holidays. She practiced swimming for 9 years, and martial arts (Hapkido, Taekwondo), before getting to know the world of mountaineering sports. She started ski Mountaineering in 2005 and her first race was the Cronoescalada in Cerler (2006). At the same year, she became member of the Spanish national team (Equipo PNTD Esquí de Montaña) and "high level athlete" of the Spanish Government high sports council.

 

Mireia is a high-level athlete both in Ski Mountaineering and Sky Running, with several awards in both sports during her career. She won her first Ski Mountaineering international races in 2008, but her first really glorious moment was her winning at the Junior World Championships in Switzerland in 2008 (vertical race and individual). Her first great moment in Sky Running was the 2nd place at Skyrunner World Series in 2009.

 

2012 was an excellent year for Mireia, with great achievements both in Ski Mountaineering (2nd at European Championship single, 2nd at European Championship Vertical race, 2nd at European Championship team, together with Gemma Arró Ribot, 2nd at European Championship relay, together with Marta Riba Carlos and Gemma Arró Ribot, 2nd at World Championship Vertical, combined ranking and 1st at Patrouille de la Maya, together with Laëtitia Roux and Séverine Pont-Combe) and Sky Running (1st at Becca di Nona in Italy, 3rd  at Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado,  3rd at Dolomites Skyrace, 2nd at  Vertical Dolomites Skyrace, 3rd at Vertical Skygames, 2nd at Campeonato de España Vertical in Sierra Nevada).  

 

Mireia is a runner of the Salomon International team!2013 has also started very well for Mireia, with several places at the podium during the Ski Mountaineering season (1st at Lagorai-Cima D'Asta, 1st at Sellaronda with Francesca Martinelli and with women’s record time – 3:53:59, 2nd at Skialp3, World Cup, 2nd at Vertical World Championships, 4th  individual at World Championships, 4th  at World Championships teams and relays with Marta Riba and Marta Garcia, winner of the  Open Altitoy-Grande Course with Laetitia Roux, and Campiona d' Espanya individual).

 

She currently lives in the Alps, she is a member of the Salomon International team (mountain running) and she has a degree as a teacher of adapted sports.

 

Advendure had an exclusive interview with Mireia, focusing on her balance between the two sports that she competes, her training and racing philosophy, her future plans and of course her knowledge about the Greek racing scene.

 

[Advendure]: Mountain Running and Ski Mountaineering are very different sports, but they have one common element; they are both endurance sports. Tell us a few things about their differences and other similarities they may have, and also how do you manage to compete in such a high level in both sports.

[Mireia Miró]: I mostly prepare well for the winter season. In summer I take it easy, but normally I’m in a good shape because I have still the winter training and because both sports are complementary.

I think that the hardest point when you finish the Ski Mountaineering and you start running is the impact. It takes me several weeks to get used to run again. Mountain running for me it’s a way to keep motivation to train in summer for the winter season!

 

[Advendure]: You live in Font-Romeu, a place which is ideal for an athlete competing in Mountain Running and Ski Mountaineering, due to the proximity of trails and the amount of snow during the winter. I’m wondering if you’re using any conventional training methods, like track-intervals, tempo runs etc., or you prefer to just run or skiing in a daily basis? Do you believe that such methods are necessary for competing in high-level or the daily runs on the trails can do the job? What is your training philosophy?

Mireia was 1st at Lagorai Cima d'Asta (March 2013)![Mireia Miró]: It depends on the moment of the year. Winter races normally are shorter and you need to be fast, so I train with intervals to prepare them, but summer races are different they are longer and it’s not as an intense effort as in winter . Body and mind sometimes needs to rest, it’s important to listen to them!! So I recommend listening to your mind and doing what you want most. There are some people that doesn’t like interval trainings, in that case it’s better to don’t do them ... the most important is to have fun!

 

[Advendure]: You’re specializing in Sky-Running. What about ultra-trail races? They seem to attract more and more athletes every year, probably because the challenge and emotions are very high. Do you consider to run and ultra-race in the future?

[Mireia Miró]: Ultras are a big challenge for mind and body. At the moment I’m not planning to run any ultra, they don’t attire me too much and I think that if you want to do an Ultra your motivation has to be 200% !

 

[Advendure]: Mental management is very critical, both in the hours before the race and of course during the race. How do you mentally prepare yourself for an important race and how do you handle the difficult “low” parts during the race? Do you believe that an athlete can train mental “capabilities” like her/his physical condition?

[Mireia Miró]: Of course mental aspect can be worked. Every person is different and everyone will have to work it different, but for me what it works really well is trying to imagine me during the race, trying to thing what can happens me in each moment ( if I’ll be thirsty, if I’ll be tired, ..)

 

[Advendure]: Have you ever abandoned a race, not from an injury but because you felt that it’s too hard to continue?

[Mireia Miró]: No, I have abandoned a race for an injury or because I broke material (in ski mountaineering).  When you abandon a race because your head says that is too hard to continue is that you haven’t planned it well or that you are not feeling comfortable in what you are doing.

 

 [Advendure]: Do you like to see Ski Mountaineering and/or Mountain Running at the Olympic Games? Do you think it’s possible?

[Mireia Miró]: I would like to see Ski Mountaineering at the Olympic Games if being in the Olympics doesn’t mean to renounce at our identity. From Mountain running I like the freedom and all the pirate and wide spirit that it has so for me it’s ok like now. I wouldn’t like to have Mountain Running in the Olympics.

 

[Advendure]: What was your biggest achievement so far at both sports you’re competing? Your biggest disappointment?

[Mireia Miró]: I’ve had so many achievements and so many good moments that I cannot choose only one. I have a very and a lot of good memories in Mountain running and ski Mountaineering. My biggest disappointment it was a knee injury that I had one year and a half ago.

 

[Advendure]: 2012 was a great year for you Mireia, both in Sky Running and Ski Mountaineering. Tell us a few things about your plans for 2013, after your March plans for SellaRonta Sky Marathon and Pierra Menta.

[Mireia Miró]: Regarding winter I will compete until the end of April, doing the Grande Course circuit races: Pierra Menta, Adamello and Mezzalama and some other races. For my first time I’ll try a team’s mountain triathlon the 21st of April in Otzi Alpin and for summer I’m not still sure in which races I’ll take part.

 

[Advendure]: You have a degree as a teacher of adapted sports, but right now you have a full time job as a professional athlete focused at high-level competition. How do you see yourself in a long-term? Let’s say after 10 years …

Mireia competing for the Spanish National team at the World Championship in Pelvoux![Mireia Miró]: I like travelling and knowing new people and places but I want to settle in a place and have a family, maybe working as a teacher of adapted sports, or maybe not. There are many jobs that I would like to do, but I would like to have time to continue going to the mountain and continue practising hose sports, even if it’s in a different level. We will see what future is waiting for me!

 

[Advendure]: Killian - a very close friend of yours - set an impressive speed record at the “Mountain of the Gods” (Olympus) in Greece back in 2011. Do you have any knowledge regarding mountain running in Greece? I read at your web-site that “There are dozens of dishes I’d like to taste, dozens of places I could visit and dozens of parallel lives I could be leading” … is Greece one of those places, a special dish perhaps?

[Mireia Miró]: I’ve been twice in Greece and both times I wasn’t there for racing, so I don’t really know the power of the mountains and mountain running in Greece. I’ve heard that there are very beautiful traverses, and it’s definitely a place that I want to return and discover.

 


Dimitris Troupis

Photo ©: Martina Valmassoi, ISMF Press Office, www.droz-photo.com

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