If part of the magic of sport lies in breaking down mythical barriers, one of the impassable in triathlon is set for 29 minutes in the final ten thousand 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 that still-virgin challenge as the best way to qualify for the Olympic medal on August 7 next year at the London 2012 Games. «The circuit of Hyde Park, so flat in the bike and racing sectors, is going to require a time very close to that to win », explains his coach, Omar González.
These days they are over kilometer zero towards the podium, starting the machine after a few weeks of vacation, attending to commitments before crushing themselves in endless sessions.
The Hyde Park podium as motivation food, 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 any one. It will impose sacrifices to prioritize the challenge of the Olympic Games.
The fifth appointment of the year
Initially, the Ferrolano has started training a couple of weeks earlier than usual. "We want to go very calmly," explains his coach. "We will give up many tests. Other years, in August he was already on 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 ».
Gomez Noya's initial plan includes the Eilat (Israel) European Championship 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 hellish rhythm cost a great faint to its great rival, the Englishman 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, requires constant improvement that comes from gaining speed. «Javi already climbs well by bicycle, but in London there are no hills. There he will not remove the large 53-tooth chainring at any time, and will play with pinions between 13 and 15. He will go to 50 per hour in the Games, with an average of 45, higher than usual. So it will lower the workload to train more as a wheeler or time trial. You will have sessions at high rates to go faster. In winter, there will be no departures of more than 100 kilometers, or as many ports, but will move higher developments. As data, it will complete less than 10.000 kilometers, instead of the 15.000 other years ", details Omar González.
The barrier of the 29 minutes
“In any case, it's not normal for a getaway to take place at the Games. Where the medals will be decided is in the 10.000 final on foot, on a track to fly. Maybe you have to run under 29 minutes, 17 seconds less than the best time in the history of triathlon, your 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 increase 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 go from 3.500 annual kilometers of preparation instead of the 3.000 fair in 2011".
Gomez Noya's resignations to win the Games medal include the first World Cup events he used to attend. He will not go 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 any direct confrontation with Alistair Brownlee, his great rival, who will compete in San Diego. “If we beat him, maybe we will motivate him even more, and if he beats us, he still creates some kind of doubt. We will delay it to the months leading up to the Games, where it will be inevitable, ”adds the two-time world champion coach. Because the British, also double champion, has been almost the only one capable of beating Ferrolano at his best.