Last year Fernando Barroso became the Asturias Champion of Medium Distance Triathlon in the first edition of the Triathlon Festival Ribadesella (Asturias).
This year he will participate again in the Triathlon Festival Ribadesella, and from Triathlon News we wanted to do an interview to get to know you better.
When did you start triathlon and how?
I debuted in triathlon in the year 1996 with 15 years, I come from the swimming world of an Asturian team called CD Manuel Llaneza, at that time Omar González (Noya's ex-coach) was my coach and encouraged me to try, which I I liked and stayed until 2000 year practicing, then by my own decision I stopped practicing sports focusing on studying, forming a family and consolidating a job, it was not until the year 2009 where I resumed this world and where I am still.
What are your most representative titles?
I have several regional sprint distance triathlon titles, but perhaps today the most representative is to be the first regional middle distance champion in the history of Asturian triathlon.
How do you combine family, work and training life?
I have a family with a son of 6 years (Teo) and the truth that the support of my wife and my parents when it comes to training and competing is something that I value a lot, I am a Iron and Steel Master at the Gijonesa Steelworks of Arcelor-Mittal and compagino Workouts with morning-night-late work shifts during the 365 days of the year.
No matter if it is Monday, Wednesday or Sunday, I don't know what it is to work from Monday to Friday and rest on the weekend, so I have to adapt my careers with my days off or make changes with my colleagues, muscular and mentally I am adapted To train at any time of the day, I may swim at the 6: 30 in the morning or go running at 13 hours after working at night, it is something that really does not cost me to do.
Last year you proclaimed yourself Champion of Asturias of MD, tell us What does it feel like to be proclaimed Champion in the first test that grants this title in the History of Asturias?
First of all, thank Mario Reis, Triathlon Festival manager and organizer of the event in Ribadesella for his commitment and dedication to this event, I feel very proud to be able to say that I am the first Asturian Champion of MD, it is something that I think is always remembered .
After a year in which you have managed to be Champion of Asturias MD, winner in the TRIMD of Riaño, in the Triathlon of Laredo, and third in Castro Urdiales and in Canet, how do you face this season? What are your goals at the individual level?
At the individual level for the first part of the season is to run several tests of the No Drafting Series, I will go to Arenales, Valencia (Cto de España MD) and Triathlon Festival Ribadesella, Ribadesella will be a complicated appointment since it is a week after the Cto de España in Valencia and I would like to make a good race there and take off the bad taste that Ecotrimad left me last year.
This 2015 you change club What brings you to this change and what are the goals as a team?
This year I am going back home, I will run with the Civil Academy - CNSO again, I am Asturian and I am excited to be able to run with the team from here, it was all very fast, it was not something I was evaluating but Marcos and Chema presented the project to me and I liked the idea, also I also change my coach putting myself in the hands of Iván Fedz Moro something that unites me more to them, as a team my contribution will be maximum, it is a first division team and the most important thing is to maintain the category with what I will also have to adapt to running team races whether it is duathlon, relay triathlon etc.
Being the first Asturian to reach the finish line in Ribadesella, sets the bar high for the 2015, how do you deal with it?
I face it calmly, I cannot allow myself to be obsessed with winning Ribadesella (Regional) again, I know that in Asturias there are good triathletes that the day they do an MD will do it very well, I will go out to try to win the test but do the job that makes sure that I will have tried.
Tell us a little about this circuit and your experience. Would you recommend it?
Ribadesella is peculiar and different, swimming or it is very good because there is no sea and it is calm or it can be very difficult to be an open beach and to enter waves, the walking race is relatively easy flat and fast for the walk, always and when you have been able to keep something on the bike, because the most spectacular thing about Ribadesella is the cycling sector, they are 1900 meters of unevenness so the goat at home, you are continuously ascending and descending on technical roads and the longest climb is 4 km, they are roads that run inland making changes of valleys and where good cyclists can make a difference, with this I do not say that it is not suitable for everyone, since Ribadesella many people take it as a personal challenge, as Mario says it is hard, very hard , but it satisfies, so I recommend it to all people who like non-draf because there is no wheel here that is worth it.
What makes this test different from other events in which you participated?
It is an MD that goes out of the ordinary, when you hear the middle word, we all think of the goat, coupling and rolling, Ribadesella is different, Ribadesella is regular effort.
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