He is an artillery man in the fifth light Canadian artillery regiment. He’s currently living in the Quebec region. He’s 24 and single. He’s been into sports since he was little. He’s the 2013 Canadian champion of Spartan Race. This is Benjamin Morin Boucher!
Last week I had the chance to interview him. My first impression: for Benjamin, there are no half measures! He’s intense, disciplined, consistent and he always wants to win. You don’t become a champion, you live as one! Portrait of a guy who « focus all the way »!
As stated previously, he lives as a champion. Do you need an example? Benjamin is passionated by his job as a soldier, but when he’s away for exercises during four days, he’s disappointed because he will potentially miss out on training days. Four wasted days? No…He gets up at dawn for a last minute practice before leaving with his army colleagues for a day of intense exercises! When he returns, do you think he rests? Absolutely not…He does take a little « siesta », but then he’s off again for practice and running! He’s addicted to training, he practices 6 days out of 7. This is what Benjamin is like!
For how long have you participated to obstacle course races? How many have you won?
« I gave it a try back in 2012. I loved it so much that I really got into it in 2013. I finished third in the first race at the beginning of the season and I won the following nine races. »
Which one was the hardest race for you this year?
« « Definitely the World Championship race in Vermont. I train intensively along with short distance but I never ran for more than 3H before. I did not have enough food or supplements and I had muscle cramps in my legs after the several crossings in cold water. »
It is also worth mentioning that Benjamin finished with an excellent time of 4H24 (17th out of over 6500 racers)
What do you think are the qualities of a good obstacle course racer?
« Strength, speed, endurance and agility. However, the most important thing is the mind. You have to stay focus, especially since you do not know the obstacles and chances are you will lose it! »
Your training advice?
« Short and long breaks, mountain running and once a week, long distance. You have to work on your upper body strength for the obstacles. CrossFit trainings are also good for obstacle course races. Furthermore, for beginners, I urge you to keep at it. Short term results will be there, but the real change comes after several weeks. You have to take the time to adapt and keep going. Never give up and you will get better, that’s a fact. »
What are your goals for 2014?
« I will be the guy to beat in 2014. I will run every single race in Canada and I will participate to as many races as I can in the United States. I want to win them all and one day, I will be the world champion in Vermont! »
This is Benjamin Morin Boucher, he is our champion!
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