We interviewed the Catalan triathlete Miquel Blanchart, who will be back this year at the IRONMAN Lanzarote in search of his Slot to compete in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.
Miquel, Skechers trialte, last year was third in the IRONMAN Barcelona and he starred in one of the best comebacks in the race on foot in the IRONMAN Lanzarote, where he got a brand of 2: 45: 35, one of the best of the hard test.
Do you want to know your seasonal goals, how are you and some tips to face the Ironman Lanzarote?
We asked him in this interview about his fitness, his options, his goals for the season and that he gave us advice for all those who participate for the first time in this test, one of the hardest in the world.
Your first objective of the year is the IM Lanzarote, which you are preparing thoroughly. How do you see yourself for the test? Do you see yourself with options to be up?
The 4 day of May I will participate in the Half Infinitri of Peñíscola and it will serve me a bit as a preamble for the Lanzarote Ironman. So I can see how I prepared it and try to take the rhythms on the Infinitri that I would have to take in Lanzarote even a little higher to try.
For Lanzarote I really look good, although the same thing always happens. It is as if I lived in another world, because you are training, the feeling is that you are doing your homework, the sensations you are training hard, the sensations are that the rhythms are good and that the thing looks good. Then you get to day D at hour H and you see that there are people who are from another planet no, and you understand how they can be so strong especially in the cycling segment. But well that's the grace of the competition and the live.
I see myself with options to be up. I always say that yes I arrive with a quarter of an hour regarding the first to the T2, the options are good and I have options to be in top positions at the end of the test. But we'll see because Lanzarote is magical and everything can happen.
IRONMAN Vitoria enters into your plans?
After Lanzarote, Vitoria enters my plans, is a test that has been done several times but not in IRONMAN format.
I love Vitoria, it's a city that is dedicated to athletes and I think I'll be on the safe starting line.
If you get the Slot for Kona, will you go?
If I get Slot for Kona, I'll definitely go . For me it's the most important race, it's a race that I think I'm very good at my conditions and it's a dream
I've been to a state once, and the first time is the one that you have the most excitement and the time you enjoy it a little more.
But good as every human being we always want a little more, and I want to be again. I'm sure I'll go, I'll want to be there again and so on until the end of the days of Miquel Blanchart as triathlete (laughs)
In your opinion, how do you see the change of classification for Kona? Does it benefit or harm you?
Regarding the change of classification for Kona, I think it's the same, I even think it's more fair now, because if you do a good result these classified, instead you could have a good result and not get the slot and that was not so fair.
If it is true that before, because it gives you a little more the window is that you were between the points and that more or less could be there and classified.
The most important factor in ranking for Hawaii is that you do not wear out that much. For the mere fact that you are or are not in Kona. If you see a starlist there is already a level where there are three boys or three girls who are sure to win you and have no place because you have it very clear and do not compete, before you would have to do it.
Will you try to be in the Nice 70.3 IM Championship?
Trying to be the IRONMAN 70.3 championship in Nice? No. I already see that in the 70.3 format I am not competitive. There are people who climb the short distance that really imposes a dizzying pace in this type of tests. It is also not a test that motivates me much
Would you give us some advice for the people who are facing IM Lanzarote for the first time? He is one of the toughest in the world and I am sure that people appreciate your experience in the test and as a coach
The advice that I would give to the people who go to the Lanzarote IM is above all that enjoy the test.
Lanzarote is a test that really test your preparation, that is, you have to do the test your rhythm without looking at others, without engaging in any skirmish, without anything or at your own pace, at your ball and make the test as uniform as possible, without having any downs or anything. Think about eating every thirty forty minutes to drink every twenty to thirty minutes and wait to get off the bike.
You have to think that the bike is always half an hour or forty minutes more than in another test. Another important thing is to get off to the marathon and run at the rates set from start to finish
I already tell you it's a test that It is the total essence of IRONMAN and I think it is the best test for one for a person who wants to face this IRONMAN modality