From Martin: I come from Czech Republic but I have lived in Chamonix, France for the last 13 years. I have been an endurance athlete since very young age, competing in athletics and cross-country races at college. I was guided by some good coaches back then using the methods from the 80s.
13 years ago, I moved to Chamonix. Initially I wanted to become a guide but because of some injuries I never got there. I started to work on the famous Aiguille du Midi lift at 3800m which helped me to develop a big advantage at high altitudes.
I have looked for endurance challenges in the mountains and developed passion for speed ascents. I managed to run Mont Blanc from Aiguille du Midi via 3 Monts in 2 hours 10 minutes. In 2019 I succeeded to complete my long-term Three Summits Project: Monte Rosa – Mont Blanc – Gran Paradiso in one push (29 hours climbing/running), 100km with almost 10000m climbing.
In December 2019 I set a new fastest known time on Aconcagua 6962m, highest mountain of American continent, in 3 hours 38 minutes and 17 seconds from Plaza de Mulas basecamp.
I compete in Vertical KM races and prepare some fast and light ascents in Karakoram and Nepal next year.
I have a Bachelor degree in Sport Science from Manchester University, UK and I am certified in Ultrarunning Coaching and Sport Nutrition. I plan to expand my knowledge with Master studies in altitude physiology research.
I started coaching 3 years ago. My clients are mountaineers and runners from all over the world. Some already successfully climbed Everest, Denali, Aconcagua and are completing Seven Summits. I coach trail runners preparing for UTMB and other major ultra running races but also road runners planning marathons and other endurance challenges.
I split my time between work, studying and training for projects. Uphill Athlete books and website blogs were a great resource for me when I coached myself for projects and then started to coach athletes. Joining Uphill Athlete as a coach is an amazing opportunity for me to learn more, share interests and exchange knowledge with Steve and the coaching team.