With the first day of spring upon us, TrailRunning Canada found out what elite endurance athlete Adam Campbell has been up to this long winter season.
TRC: So what have you been up to this winter?
AC: I’ve been settling into a new routine and learning to embrace winter again. I’ve gone back to working full-time as general counsel at an environmental engineering firm; I also manage the regulatory team there. Since Calgary’s had one of its worst winters in recent memory and I’ve been spoiled by west coast winters for a long time, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to avoid getting frostbite, while exploring the local mountains every chance I get. I believe that the Rockies are the most amazing and stunning mountain playground.
I haven’t had as many opportunities to do ski mountaineering objectives like I’d hoped because the avalanche conditions have been very high around these parts. I did do my first ever ski mountaineering race and am doing my second one, the Canadian Championships at KickingHorseMountain. It’s a sport I love more every year.
TRC: How has your training gone thus far?
AC: Training has gone quite well. I’ve had to get a bit creative with it at times because Calgary is quite a bit flatter than Vancouver. I can get much more specific with my training on the weekends, when I escape to the mountains, but during the week I’ve found myself running on indoor track, on a treadmill at max incline, doing some strength training and lots and lots of slogging through snow. Overall I feel like I’m in a good place for this time of year.
TRC: What are your goal races this year?
AC: My main race goals for the year are the Hardrock 100 miler. It was a real treat to be selected to race it this year. It has without a doubt the best field ever assembled there and by all accounts, it’s one of the most beautiful and challenging mountain runs in the world. I’m giving that race a lot of respect. Gary Robbins and Aaron Heidt have agreed to crew for me, so we’ll have a great Canuck presence down there.
Another race I’m doing is the Rut 50k- It’s the Skyrunner Ultra World Series finale, so it will draw an amazing international field.
I’ll be doing other events including the Squamish 50 and lots of the 5 Peaks events. I also have my eye on a few big FKT attempts in the Rockies.
TRC: What has been the biggest impact to your running since moving east to Calgary?
AC: It’s more that I’m back to working full-time. I’ve had to become a bit more disciplined with my training. I’m training much earlier in the morning and late at night than I’m used to. Also, as I said above, due to a rather harsh winter and slightly different topography, I’ve had to get more creative with my sessions. It’s actually been fun. Being so close to the Rockies has also been a treat.
TRC: What are you most looking forward to this year?
Beyond Hardrock, I can’t wait for summer to explore deeper into the local terrain.
Thanks Adam and good luck this year!