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Javier Gómez Noya «There comes a point in your sports career where you have to do what your body asks and what you want»

"I will resume the long distance and what I have left in the race, after Tokyo"

Javier Gómez Noya He is now in New Zealand recovering from the long season, where he has returned to World Series competition.

Although its objective was to focus on the WTS, has participated in all kinds of competitions and distances, getting get on the podium at all distances.

In 2019 it has been third in the WTS Ranking, Has won his first IRONMAN, getting its slot for Kona 2020 and has also achieved the victory at the IM 70.3 Cascais, also obtaining the pass for the World Championship 2020.

In an interview with sports world, Noya commented:

Sí, I have been two more varied years, in which I've done a little of everything. There comes a point in your sports career when you have to do what your body asks of you and what you feel like. Maybe at some point I should have prepared a race in a more specific way, but I wanted to do whatever I wanted, and in the end the results have been good.

It will focus on the Olympic distance until July

Now I am going to dedicate myself to preparing the Olympic distance, without mixing other things, at least until July.

I enjoyed my return to the short distance, especially in the Olympic distance tests, I have felt competitive and able to be in the fight, although at the end of the season I have suffered a couple of falls and I have finished something touched.

In the Olympic Distance World Cup I finished third, the 70.3 did not go as I would have liked, but overall I make a positive balance.

Looking forward to the next season, in which I'm going to focus on the short distance and try to raise a little point for himbequeath the best possible to Tokyo.

Tokyo is the big goal?

Yes, now it's time to disconnect a bit and rest, but the head is already planning how to prepare the training cycles with a clear objective, the Tokyo Games.

Do you have a spine stuck after missing those of Rio due to injury?

It was a huge disappointment to break my elbow a few weeks after the Games, but I don't think about it much.

You can fall again and the same thing can happen to you, you never know. I prefer not to think about it and I look to the future, I look forward to preparing for Tokyo and hope to do my best.

Tokyo seemed far away, next summer it will be 37 years old and now it seems that it has more than enough…

Not enough, but age is very relative, if you take care of yourself and respect your injuries, you can perform well at quite advanced ages, many people have shown, such as Alejandro Valverde or the most extreme case of García Bragado.

The important thing is motivation, this is a sport of resistance, and although with age some speed is lost, we are competing in races of almost two hours. There are 400 smooth meters, but I still find myself in my rhythms And that's the most important.

Who are your main rivals for gold?

The fact of being a one-day test makes the forecast very open, it has already been seen this year that few people have repeated the podium in World Cup races, because the level is very high.

There are many candidates for victory, since it is a one-day race, in which it will also be very hot and we will compete in extreme conditions. Mario Mola y Fernando Alarza They have been showing for years that they are among the best and are favorites, as they are Vincent Luis, Henri Schoeman o Jacob BirtwhistleBut I could name as many as ten or fifteen who could win and I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

Will they need to prepare specifically for the heat?

It must be taken into account, because it will be similar to what we have seen in Doha.

Will have to make concentrations in caloA, similar to those conditions, but without stressing the body too much, because if you spend four months training in heat you end up destroying your body and you eliminate yourself.

Yes you have to do a good acclimatization and to think that the race with those conditions will be harder and slower, we will see who carries those types of conditions better.

Is Olympic gold the great challenge that remains to be met?

It is the goal, this year my goal and that of many other triathletes will be gold.

I want gold, but it doesn't obsess meYou cannot train thinking that it is only worth winning, you must think about getting the best out of yourself. Getting to the race, giving it your all, not making mistakes, which is not easy, and the race puts you in your place.

But you have to go with Positive mentality, thought you can win. I am the first to believe that I can win, because if I don't believe it, then I'm sure I won't win.

And after the Games? Target Ironman again?

Yes, I will resume the long distance and what I have left of the race and I will be able to prepare it specifically.

I already have the place to return to Hawaii, I was there last year, it was my first experience, I learned a lot and that learning will help me to be more effective and get better next time


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