Michel Duran
Michel Duran
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From the age of four, through doors opened initially by my mother who was a physical education teacher, I was involved in sports—first as a pole-vault athlete at the national championship level, then as a coach of the national backcountry ski team and finally, as a technical marketing agent for high performance sports equipment.

Sport has basically been the back bone of my life, after high school I followed my mother's foot steps and did kinesiology at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Dijon, France, with a specialty in athletes training and a Master of Science in sport physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Etienne, France.

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In 1997, I moved my young family to Vancouver, Canada and changed career, focusing my energy on cinema and theatre as an actor and producer.

I decided to start training for an Ironman back in 2014 after I spent almost a year in New York, 10 days every month on a very tight budget, to try to put together an Off Broadway show. It didn’t work, it was time to go back to my roots – sports. I was sure that at least training would made me feel achieving tangible results. Finishing the 2015 Whistler Ironman was the cherry on the cake.

In 2016, I finished the Ironman Vineman in the Sonoma County achieving my PB, but still experiencing excruciating pain during the run. My ego being fulfilled after two Ironman done, I decided it was time to understand the process of training these specific endurance races and became a certified Ironman Coach in 2017. I needed basically to become a better runner and 2018 was used to dig into the world of long distance runners – except the painful experience to hit the wall at the 30K of the 2018 BMO Vancouver marathon, things are shaping up pretty good so far.

In 2019, I'm turning 55 and will be in the 55 to 59 age group. My goals are to run a marathon in 3h30 and to arrive in the first 5 of my age group at the Whistler Ironman with the goal to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Balance between, hard training session, recovery, physical and mental preparation is absolutely fascinating and can be applied to anyone.

At the end day, wellness is key.

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