July 19, 2017

Eider sales team tackles the Pierra Menta

Eider sales team tackles the Pierra Menta.

After the mythical winter version of the Pierra Menta – one of the world’s most famous ski-mountaineering races – the resort of Arêches-Beaufort is gearing up to host the summer trail-running edition for the third year on the trot. Teams of two racers must show the rope-party spirit if they hope to manage the whole 70km course (7,000m of elevation gain) in three days.

We took time out between training sessions to interview two of our Eider colleagues, who have challenged themselves to complete the race.

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Eider

Hi Céline and Estelle, please introduce yourselves!

Céline

My name’s Céline Bonnardon and I’m an Eider sales rep for the Savoie and Haute Savoie area.

Estelle

I’m Estelle Peretto, I’m an executive PA for the commercial director and sales force. And for the past two seasons, I’ve also been an Eider brand ambassador.

 

 

“ Il s’agit d’un défi, une façon de repousser ses limites ”
 

 

Eider

What prompted you to enter this Pierra Menta?

C.B

Céline: I was attracted by the beauty of the scenery and the very mountainous course. It’s a challenge, and a way of stretching my limits.

E.P

The Pierra Menta is definitely the best race I’ve ever taken part in – and I’m not just saying that because it’s set in my home mountains. It’s technically very demanding and very exposed – you need to be really surefooted, like a chamois! The landscapes are just breathtaking, with plenty of arête sections. When you reach the top, you really feel part of the world around us.

 

 

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There’s also the whole idea of sharing the race with my colleague Céline. Trail runs are often really solitary experiences, but the Pierra Menta gives you the chance to run as a pair, live the race together… and suffer together. In a mountain setting, that creates a very strong bond, and I think that’s what I’m really looking for in this race. I’d define it in two words : enjoying and sharing.

 

 

“ Je définirais donc cette course en deux mots : plaisir et partage. ”
 

 

Eider

Why did you decide to team up?

C.B

We get on really well, and we have the same mindset – new discoveries and enjoying ourselves, above all. And if we can add sporting performance to the mix – then great!

E.P

And we also often work together. Running together is a heck of a challenge, which will help us get to know each other better, and ultimately improve the work we do together. Running together means suffering together, encouraging each other, crying, driving each other on, wanting to give up, and then finally pushing through to the end. There’ll be some intense emotions, and it’ll bring us closer together – to be stronger and to share a fantastic experience.

 

 

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© Vincent Kronental Photography - Photossports 
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© Vincent Kronental Photography - Photossports 
 

 

Eider

What type of trail runner are you?

E.P

We’ve got different profiles. Céline did the 400 meter hurdles and the heptathlon until she was 22. So she’s got a sprinter’s background, even though she’s since done lots of outdoor endurance activities – like adventure running.

C.B

Estelle has more of an Alpine background. She was born in Arêches-Beaufort and has been scrambling up and down mountains since forever. So she knows the race terrain pretty well, which is bound to help us. She’s also got more stamina than me and she’s younger, which will help her recover – that’s an important factor in a multi-stage race. So Estelle will manage our effort and I’ll provide the speed. We reckon we’re totally complementary!

 

 

 

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lasy dog. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime. Photo: Stef Candé
 

 

 

 

 

Eider

What’s your training program been?

C.B

With 30 days to go, we both ran the Maxi Race in Annecy. Estelle did a long distance, 2 x 42km, while I preferred to race a shorter distance more suited to my “explosive” profile – a 4 x 15 km relay. Since then, we’ve run together as often as we can, to settle on what pace we need to keep. We try to go running at lunchtime at least twice a week, between sales appointments. The aim of these hour-long runs is to do some short-distance slope work. We supplement these runs with evening sessions twice a week, where we do lots of elevation – training ourselves to walk quickly on steep climbs, and running down steep-sided slopes. For these evening sessions, our favorite playground is the Parmelan near Annecy, just a short hop from the office.

 

 

“ Notre terrain de jeu favori est le Parmelan, à deux pas du bureau, près d’Annecy. ”
 

 

Nous peaufinons notre préparation avec de belles randonnées le week-end. Nous incluons également des séances de fractionné en montée, quand cela est possible et que la motivation est au rendez-vous (même si nous n’apprécions pas forcément…) La dernière semaine, on réduit le nombre de sorties. Ce qui sera le plus important sera d'arriver reposé avant le jour J: de bonnes nuits de sommeil et des séances de yoga sont au programme !

 

 

Eider

Avez-vous une alimentation particulière pour préparer cette course ?

C.B

Estelle est végétarienne, et globalement nous aimons toutes les deux la nourriture saine. Nous n’allons pas adapter radicalement notre alimentation. Nous veillerons seulement à manger un peu plus de sucres lents la dernière semaine pour partir avec plus de réserve.

E.P

Je ne pense pas qu’il y ait besoin d’avoir une alimentation particulière, il faut juste savoir écouter son corps, ce dont nous avons réellement besoin. C’est sûr que comme nous sommes des amoureuses de la montagne, nous sommes plus à même de consommer des produits sains, locaux qui sont d’après nous, bien meilleurs pour notre corps que des produits de grandes surfaces. Manger de tout, varié et de saison sans tomber dans les extrêmes me parait être un bon menu d’avant-course.

 

 

Eider

Quels produits avez-vous choisi pour cette Pierra Menta ?

C.B

Les tee-shirt et débardeur Sparkle: ils sont particulièrement légers et respirant, tout ce qui va nous falloir pour gravir les 7000m de D+. Les produits de la gamme Move sont également spécifiquement étudiés pour le trail running et seront donc forcément de la partie.

E.P

Je vais d’ailleurs apporter ma jupe Move : en plus d'être féminin, elle est très confortable avec son sous-short en maille très respirant. La veste Move est ultra légère et se compresse parfaitement au fond du sac de course et pourra nous apporter une bonne protection sur les sommets escarpés. Le collant Move 3/4 sera en option, en cas de mauvais temps.

 

 

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© Vincent Kronental Photography - Photossports 
 

 

The Pierra Menta is definitely the best race I’ve ever taken part in – and I’m not just saying that because it’s set in my home mountains. It’s technically very demanding and very exposed – you need to be really surefooted, like a chamois! The landscapes are just breathtaking, with plenty of arête sections. When you reach the top, you really feel part of the world around us. 

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