Sports - 02/10/2013

Meet ECCO Ambassador Yves Beauchamp

Yves Beauchamp, Professional Ultra Triathlete
Age: 48
Location: Laval, Québec (CANADA)
Social: @ultrayves / www.ultrayves.ca

For most people, finishing an Ironman is a crowning achievement. For Yves, it felt more like a warm-up. Twenty years ago, after completing his first race of swimming, biking and running a combined 226km (140.6 miles), Yves was hooked. So much so, that he immediately began looking for bigger challenges. Today, Yves is one of only twenty people in the world to complete two Deca-triathlon competitions (38km swim - 1800km cycle - 422km run within fourteen days).

Some of his other accomplishments include world records for:

•    Riding a stationary bicycle nonstop for 77 hours and 22 minutes
•    Being part of a relay team that ran 619.79km in 48 hours
•    Running alternately as a team of two on a treadmill for 12 hours averaging 13.4km/hour

A lover of the good and simple things in life, Yves is a part-time counselor, motivational speaker and coach.

ECCO is proud to officially welcome one of the world’s finest endurance athletes as a member of #TeamBIOM.

When did you begin competing at the Ultra-triathlon distance?
After my first Ironman triathlon in 1994, I was hungry for more. It wasn’t enough of a challenge so I looked for a longer competition. That’s when I discovered the double and triple Ironman distance.

Did you previously compete in triathlon?
No, I started as a runner. But I’m also an avid cyclist. After completing that first Ironman I decided to throw myself into this adventure.

The Ultra-triathlon distance is so long – how many hours each day do you train?
In the 6-8 months leading into a double Ironman, the number of hours depends on my current level of training. On average, I probably train 25 to 30 hours each week. Before the competition, I scale it back and take a rest to be sure my body is in peak condition.

What was your last race – and what do you have lined up for the future?
My last competition was in 2012, I finished 2nd at the World Cup and 1st in my age group (40-49). After one year of recovery, I plan to race in Monaco. It’s 8 days of continuous running – my goal is to average 100km each day.

Where is your favourite place to train?
In my hometown, Laval. I love training outside, but I do a lot of running on the treadmill as well. I coach many spinning classes each week and that is where I am able to get much of my quality training.

If you had to pick, what would be your highlight accomplishment?
It would be completing two Deca-triathlons. It’s an extreme event that must be completed within 14 days. Only 20 athletes in the world have completed two. The first I completed in 11 days, 15 hours; the second in 11 days, 6 hours.

What are your thoughts on Natural Motion and BIOM technology?
I’ve been closely involved with ECCO since 2006. I’ve achieved all of my records and goals while wearing ECCO shoes and have been an ambassador of the brand for seven years. I believe in the technology and adjusted to the Natural Motion shoes very well.  

What is your favourite meal after a long workout?
I like to eat a pizza. I also eat fish and pasta. I don’t think I can pick a favourite!

Any final thoughts?
Yves Beauchamp is an ordinary guy. Go on my website: ultrayves.ca to learn more about me. I started doing sports at a very young age and was lucky to have a father who encouraged me to try all sports – he was always present at my competitions.

I pushed the limit of endurance a little further than the average person. But there is a quote from Georges Bernard Shaw that fits me like a glove:
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

So I, Yves Beauchamp, proclaim myself to be a very unreasonable man. And I hope that my time as an ECCO spokesman will continue to make a difference in the world around me.