Analysis of the Olympic season of Gómez Noya

If part of the magic of sport lies in breaking down mythical barriers, one of the insurmountable barriers in triathlon is set at 29 minutes in the ten thousand final on foot after the effort of 1.500 meters swimming and 40 kilometers on the bicycle. And Javier Gómez Noya, one of the best specialists of all time, has set himself this still virgin challenge as the best way to qualify for the Olympic medal on August 7 of next year at the 2012 London Games. Hyde Park, so flat in the bike and race sectors, will require a time very close to that to win ”, explains its coach, Omar González.

Both of them are passing the zero kilometer to the podium these days, starting the machine after a few weeks of vacation, attending to commitments before crushing each other in endless sessions.

The podium at Hyde Park as a food for motivation, top speed as the way to achieve it. Double World and European champion, winner of 15 World Cup events, Gómez Noya only lacks the Olympic medal in his impressive record. So the season that now begins will not be just any one. It will impose sacrifices to prevail the challenge of the Olympic Games.

The fifth date of the year

From the outset, the Ferrol has started training a couple of weeks earlier than usual. "We want to be very calm," explains his coach. “We will give up a lot of tests. Other years, in August he was already in his eighth or ninth triathlon. We believe that Javi usually reaches his peak of form in his fifth competition, and that will be the one in London.

Gómez Noya's initial plan includes the European Championship in Eilat (Israel) on April 21, and World Championship events in May in Madrid, in June in Kitzbuhel and in July in Hamburg, just fifteen days before the Olympic battle in Hyde Park. On the London circuit it was already exhibited in 2010, when its infernal rhythm cost him a faint to his great rival, the English Alistair Brownlee, who stumbled across the finish line.

Plate of 53 teeth in Hyde Park

But the pulse of the Galician triathlete with his British rival, superior in 2011, demands a constant improvement that goes through gaining speed. «Javi already climbs well by bicycle, but in London there are no slopes. There he will not remove the large 53-tooth chainring at any time, and will play with cogs between 13 and 15. He will go up to 50 per hour at the Games, with an average of 45, higher than usual. So it will lower the volume of work to train more like a treadmill or time trialist. You will have sessions at high rates to go faster. In winter, there will not be exits of more than 100 kilometers, nor so many ports, but it will move higher developments. As a figure, it will complete less than 10.000 kilometers, instead of the 15.000 other years, “explains Omar González.

The barrier of the 29 minutes

“In any case, it is not normal for a getaway to take place at the Games. Where the medals will be decided is in the final 10.000 on foot, on a route to fly. Maybe you have to run under 29 minutes, 17 seconds less than the best time in the history of triathlon, his own 29.17 in Hamburg 2010 ", recalls the coach of Gómez Noya, who will design this season" more technical hours of race, a lot of work on slopes to build strength, and then transfer it to the track.

In this case, that of the pedestrian race, Gómez Noya "will increase volume and intensity, and will pass the 3.500 kilometers per year of preparation instead of the 3.000 just in 2011."


Gómez Noya's resignations to win the Games medal include the first World Cup tests he used to attend. He's not going to Sydney or San Diego. «Intercontinental trips that involve time changes, in the end, are a big setback. If we want the medal, we cannot go to all the races », explains González. In this way, he will also avoid a direct confrontation with Alistair Brownlee, his great rival, who will compete in San Diego. “If we beat him, we may motivate him even more, and if he surpasses us, he still creates some kind of doubts. We are going to delay it to the months leading up to the Games, where it will be inevitable ”, adds the coach of the two-time world champion. Because the British, also a double champion, has been almost the only one capable of surpassing the Ferrol at his best.


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