One point, an intestinal discomfort can ruin years of work in triathlon, as in other sports. Javier Gómez Noya, who has suffered a flatback at key moments in his career, knows it in some days of extreme heat. And he fights it these days as if he were the worst of his rivals, with a stricter eating plan than ever. Just arrived in London to compete on Sunday in the penultimate round of the World Championship, he refines all the details, polishes even more habits that he already rigorously guarded. Because the problem he noticed in Pontevedra stopped him again in Hamburg a few weeks ago. "There I felt discomfort like that again. I want to compete again without problems, and win or congratulate whoever surpasses me after giving everything, "explains Ferrolano, leader of the world ranking and whose form announces good news for the next races.
After different consultations, Gómez Noya has been with new habits for a few weeks, mainly consisting of taking extreme precautions that he already took before. For example, avoid orange juice in the morning, eat four hours before the start of a competition - instead of three - and avoid flatulent vegetables, sauces, heavy meals and dairy, as explained by the triathlete and his team. It also has a greater impact on aspects such as hydration. You cannot drink during meals, and you can drink before and after in many short feeds.
"Flatus sometimes happens to me and no one really knows why. It happens to me with heat, that's true, but not every time I compete in those conditions. I have always been very careful with food. Maybe I should undergo studies to see if I am now intolerant to any food, which perhaps I did not have before or was not detected, ”explains the double world champion, who suffered a flatus at the Olympic Games in Beijing and finished fourth.
“It is difficult to know how the body reacts. This is not a disease either ”, adds the Ferrolano, who does not take drugs to fight gases. «In competition you take the body to the maximum, and other people react vomiting or with other disorders. Perhaps the posture on the bike encourages them to park it and start running the final ten thousand on foot, "adds Gómez Noya.
Better without extreme heat
At the European Championship in Pontevedra and at the World Championship in Hamburg, he was reduced by flato. So he pursues a remedy. Last Sunday, at an international event in Banyoles, he won without gastric discomfort. A good sign. The weather forecast for Sunday in London makes him hopeful. “Highs of 18 or 19 degrees are announced, with a possibility of rains of 30%. Better this way, although the water would make the bike section more slippery ”, added the Ferrolan, who already suffered a fall this year in Sydney before starring in a spectacular comeback and winning the race.
From his circle he also points to a diarrheal episode suffered in May as a possible trigger for the discomfort of recent months, in which he felt more bloated than usual during training sessions and after meals.