We enter the life of Gorka Bizkarra
A little less than 3 months before the first edition of Triathlon Madrid KM 0, we interviewed Gorka Bizkarra, TAFAD and triathlete, as well as a superior triathlon coach with knowledge of dietetics and nutrition.
From TRIATLONNOTICIAS.COM We wanted to choose at random between the list of registered an athlete and "going into his life" ....
How is it and what leads a triathlete to make the decision to face a challenge as exciting as Triathlon Madrid KM0?
We interviewed Gorka Bizkarra, on the occasion of his presence at Triatlon Madrid KM0, a unique experience on September 27.
TN: Gorka, how and when do you know triathlon?
Gorka: I met the triathlon in Zarautz. It was the year 2008 and that triathlon hooked me for life hehe. I will never forget that day.
TN: Since when do you practice it?
Gorka: Since 2008, he was watching the Zarautz triathlon and debuting the next day in a sprint triathlon in Donostia
TN: Coach too?
Gorka: I've been a coach for 3 years. In 2011 I took the first level, and this year I finished taking out the top level 3.
TN: This year is your eighth season and you have already competed at Ironman distance. What tests?
Yes, I participated in 3 Ironmanes. In 2012 in Callella, 2013 in Wales (where 7th of my age group is left and only 3 qualifying places for Hawaii!) And in 2014 the Nice Ironman, where I burst on foot.
This year 2, Embrunman and KM0 are waiting for me, neither more nor less 😉
About TRIATLON Madrid KM0…
TN: How did the idea of competing in Triatlon Madrid KM0 come about? Do you remember when was the first time you heard about this sporting event?
Gorka: I heard for the first time in the month of February and I thought, "Why am I targeting the Embrunman if I don't?"
A few months passed and in one of these I saw that in TRIATLONNOTICIAS.COM I got some discounts on registration to participate in KM0, and I didn't think for two seconds and I hit the key (he laughs) I got into a good challenge !! !
TN: Do you know the circuits and routes?
Gorka: Well, if I tell you the truth, not much, although swimming if I know it, since I have participated in the Ecotrimad for several years and I like the place where it takes place.
The bike, the ports I have not climbed, but it has to be spectacular because of what I see in the profiles, in addition to going through the entire Community of Madrid, an unbeatable way to know the Madrid mountains and all the localities through which it runs.
About the race on foot, I do not know the route but I am sure that I will enjoy discovering corners of this city at the same time as doing a triathlon.
TN: What makes this test special?
I think the hardness is what makes it special, I like the routes that have climbs, that is not flat, that is not boring, and I think that it also makes it special to run through the streets of Madrid! Something unthinkable for many, but knowing the Staff that is behind working day by day in the organization, I am sure it will be a success.
You are a coach and you train a whole “2 in 1”! Tell us!
TN: You live triathlon every day, if at the same time you "train yourself" Are you preparing a group and / or triathlete?
Gorka: Yes! Currently I have the training of several triathletes and I am one of the coaches of the swimming club Tabira (Durango)
TN: How many weeks / months does the training require to face with success guarantees a test of this caliber (distance and unevenness)
Gorka: These tests require a lot of training, you have to have a good base to prepare this test.
Nowadays "the Ironman is in fashion", but be careful, you have to have a lot of respect. It is best to start by running sprint triathlon, then try Olympic (2-3 years) and then make the leap to the Middle Ironman. When you see that you finish these races well, it is when you can make the leap to the Ironman, but be patient and enjoy every step….
TN: We "take advantage" of your knowledge and we are going to ask you for 5 tips that you would give to athletes to face the test.
– Do not eat your head with the clock. Go regulating all the time.
- Hydrate well, eat well.
- Enjoy the event, and especially the day to day training.
- Look at the developments on the bike, they are hard ports, and put the right ones.
- Arrive rested and eager.
TN: And about nutrition? Could you give us some advice? Are you preparing a triathlete? Should we have guidelines from several months before or is it enough to have clear guidelines on nutrition a few days and / or weeks before the test?
Yes, I have the nutrition of a triathlete.
As in nutrition training, consistency and healthy habits are also important. In the absence of a few months, if you can afford a few whims, but when the day approaches, you should try to eat as clean and healthy as possible.
TN: What would the diet be like the week before the competition, the day before, in the test and after the competition?
Gorka: The week before the competition, you have to keep eating more or less the same as in the previous weeks.
3 days before I usually begin to refill the deposits. Eating carbohydrates and avoiding fats. As the volume training has dropped a lot, you don't have to spend a lot of eating either.
The day before, I always eat a pizza, it is not the best, but I do well. The important thing is to load with carbohydrates.
On the day of the test, I usually have white rice for breakfast. In the test I join Barritas in the bike and gels sector in the foot race sector. Important to carry two drums, one with water and one with salts.
After the competition I do not usually deprive myself of anything, the wear and tear has been terrible, that if I have a good stomach, I can eat whatever I want
Thank you very much Gorka for your commitment to this sport and be so close. We wish you good luck and we are waiting for you next September 27 at the starting line! We will be there!
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