Interview with María Pujol: «Of the triathlon, one lives badly, I live with my mother»

Here we leave you an interview with María Pujol, conducted by uncheck.

María Pujol She is one of those Sevillian athletes who battles in triplicate, and not only for the disciplines of her sport, triathlon, but in her life. She struggles to achieve her sporting goals, to carve out a present and a future in a self-sacrificing and not always grateful discipline, and to find a place in a difficult world in which women do not always have an easy time.

María Pujol is a Sevillian triathlete who pursues a dream, the Olympic Games, but which is already a reality: third in the Under-23 duathlon European Championship, third in the 2007 European Cup in Turkey, third in the 2009 American Cup in Ferrol, 13th in the 2009 Triathlon World Cup in Hungary, 14th in the 2009 Elite European Triathlon Championship in the Netherlands and 26th in the 2009 Final World Championship Series in Australia. Actually, the dream is already quite real.


-María Pujol Pérez.


-29 years.

-Are you still on vacation?

-Not yet, at the beginning of November I have already started the preseason.

-Can I ask you where you spent them?

-Well, I started them in Morocco. I finished the season with a competition there and then I took advantage. Then I was around here. Other years I have traveled, but this year I did not feel like much.

-If an ordinary person takes advantage of their holidays to do sports, an athlete takes advantage of ...

-To read, rest, also do other sports, see friends ... do what you usually cannot do.

-Illustrate us, now it makes preseason, but how long does it not compete?

-Well, now I have changed my coach and it all depends on the schedule that we schedule, but until February or March I don't think we will start. Everything will depend on the calendar that we set ourselves.

-Is it better on wheels, on its feet or swimming?

-I have reached a very homogeneous moment, I have improved a lot in swimming, on the bike. I come from athletics. Swimming is what costs the most, but to be competitive you have to be strong in everything.

- What tires more?

-The swimming generates a lot of anxiety and stress in the beginning, in the end there are 60 triathletes at the same time, there is anxiety, fights, blows in the water ... Then the running race is the most tiring, psychologically and physically.

-You are a triathlete, three sports in one, what would that three in one philosophy apply to?

-To life the same, to everything in general.

-Does a woman as physically strong as you cause much respect among men?

-They look at you, muscularly it is true that you are more defined, you transmit more character, muscularly you seem more aggressive. There are people who do impose it. But hey, when they meet you then all that changes.

-A sport apart from yours?

-Many, tennis, skiing, but my sport is so specific ... and the muscle group so specific, that you can injure yourself, it is better not to risk.

-An athlete apart from you.
-I admire many athletes, but I have no idol. Perhaps Nadal, if he had to say one, out of mentality. But I don't really have any idols.

-What would you use the slogan for, "yes, we can".

-For everything, at any moment of adversity in life, sports, you look downcast and say "yes, we can" and you get ahead. "Yes, I can".

-What is it that 'could never ...'.

-I could never give up.

-Is there much machismo in triathlon?

-There is something, there is still, but other sports, such as mountain biking, there is more machismo, they are more behind in that aspect. The prizes in triathlon luckily are the same, at least. In others they give less to women.

-Boots, bicycle or swimming goggles?

-Boots, and swimming goggles, the bike will lend it to me. I do not have now, I usually give it to the team.

-Are you able to ride a bike without competing?

-Of course I am capable, and I love walking with my bicycle, going to the center by bicycle, for example.

-What would you do to get to London 2012?

-Keep fighting to work like no one else. If it can't be London, there is also Rio de Janeiro. The classification is very complicated. There is a qualifier already, and then two fight for another place, it would have to be better than them until May 2012. In the end they can go one, two or three, but it will be difficult.

-If you could choose, which Olympiad would you have chosen?

-We only take the triathlon from Sydney, but being Olympic is enough, being in the village and living there is a lifetime experience, no matter the country and the city.

- Do you have hobbies?

-No, none. Nor superstitions.

-What was your last 'uncheck'?

-This afternoon, I went to have a snack and drink a chocolate palm.

-Do you follow a very strict diet?

-I usually eat clean, except for a sweet, or some exception. Anyway I burn a lot in training, nothing happens for any exception.

-What would you distance yourself from if you could?

-Of the legal maxim to attend the Games.

-Can you make a living from triathlon?

-I am currently miserable, I live in my mother's house.

-And how do you face tomorrow?

-I am studying a master in sports management. Training, because no one knows, I would like to continue in triathlon, I would like to serve my career for tomorrow.

María Pujol, on two wheels.

-Do you dare to swim in the Guadalquivir?

-I'm used to all kinds of waters. I have swam in many, but any day I start training at the Guadalquivir. I have competed in worse waters.

-What have been the worst conditions?

- Against the current, first you fly and then it costs you a world. With extreme cold I have also competed, coming to have hypothermine in my hands.

-From Sevilla or Betis?

-Betica. Years ago I had the card.

-How would you like a Betis triathlon team?

-It would not be bad, it would be a beautiful experience, for any athlete. If I had it in front of me perhaps I would ask Miguel Guillén.

-Are you more of Mourinho or Guardiola?

-De Guardiola.


-By his philosophy, his way of being. The way of being of Mourinuo does not suit me, that of giving sticks ...

-A city?

-Sevilla, I am very Sevillian and Andalusian, but if I have to say others, Rio de Janeiro, Paris.


-I love.

-A country?

-Brazil, Australia, with those two I'm staying.

-A man other than yours?

-Pedrosa, Marc Márquez. I like motorcycling, my brother ran on motorcycles.

-A woman you admire?

-Well, I can not think of any now.

-A meal and a place to enjoy it.

-I like fried eggs with potatoes in my chalet.

-Is it more of deserted islands or crowded cities?

-Depends on the moment, to relax deserted islands, but there are very interesting cities.

"Anything you want people to know about you?"

- Nothing, that I am a very happy person, very hard-working. Sport is a philosophy for me. I want to fulfill my dream, which is to live from my sport, to be an Olympian.


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