The Steepest Race in Europe Red Bull 400 Planica 2013
My first goal is to get into the finals. The second goal is to get into the top 10. It was extremely hard. My legs are burning so much. She did it this year. Next year everything might be different. I had to sprint at the end. I had to fight and it turned out great! Last time, the race was in September. It's May now and my legs are just not working yet. I had the feeling we were running quite slowly. We started attacking Arslan together and I really wanted to pass him too in the last 50 meters, but there was just nothing left in my legs. As we were approaching the final part, I was concentrating on conserving my strength for the final few meters.
Arslan started to slow down and I felt he could be beaten so I pushed as hard as I could.
Red Bull 400 The hardest 400m Run in Europe
I am fascinated by their courage, the determination and the level of fitness they need to overcome this steep hill. Back when I was still a skijumper and we started building Planica, it was even steeper around 45 degrees on the steepest part. The profile of the hill today is more beautiful and not as hard, but it's definitely not easy to conquer. I can remember doing the measurements, when I had to crawl up the hill and barely held on. These guys will be running up the hill today and I think that's fantastic. I was third last year and then second this year in Kulm. The polish competitor who won in Kulm is also coming. Then there are our guys: Nejc Kuhar, Simon AlicÌŒ and a couple of others. It's going to be a tough fight to get into the first ten. Second place again. It's better than third and worse than first place. I hope I can get the first place one day.
Your legs become heavy and you move with more and more difficulty. You don't know what to expect of your breathing. It's extremely hard. You can just hope to make it to the finish line. If I didn't compete in the relay race as well, I might have been able to get closer or possibly beat Arslan today. I think he wasn't that strong today.