Javier Gomez Noya
''Rio is the main goal of this year, I am putting all my efforts into this race.''
7x World Triathlon Champion
Javier Gomez Noya recalls the roots to his love for triathlons and how the struggles in his career made him stronger and keep him pushing forward.
MIZUNO: How did you become a triathlete? What fascinates you about the sport and what does it give back to you?
JGN: I come from the swimming field. When I was a kid I trained and raced with the swim team of my hometown, Ferrol. At that time some triathletes came to swim at the same pool. They knew I was not like the other swimmers because I liked to run and ride for fun sometimes. One day, they encouraged me to go to a triathlon with them when I was 14. From that day I became fascinated with this sport which has given me everything; my friends and my social life are all around triathlons. It is a kind of lifestyle, because at the end, from when I wake up until I go to sleep, I am 100% involved with the triathlon. I am in debt to this sport.
MIZUNO: Many people struggle to find enough motivation to exercise and improve in one discipline. In triathlons, you need to be excellent in three areas: swimming, running and biking. Do you need to train 3x as hard? Where do you find your motivation?
JGN: I think that training for three disciplines is more rewarding than just for one. It is obviously very demanding, but I prefer to do one session of each every day, rather than just be focused on one of them. For me, motivation comes naturally, triathlons are my passion and it has become my job. I feel lucky for it.
MIZUNO: You compete in many different competitions around the globe, don’t you ever get tired/exhausted?
JGN: Yes of course, travelling is one of the key factors you have to face and must manage well, otherwise you take the risk of becoming injured. Flying, airports, and jetlag are also very tiring. They are some other factors of stress that make you busy.
MIZUNO: Your licence to compete internationally has been removed by the Sports Council of Madrid not only once, but twice in the past. How did you bring up the strength and courage to fight this hardship twice?
JGN: At that time I was just a teenager that wanted to do what I liked, I was not thinking of being a world champion, winning races, etc. I enjoyed training as I do now. With that being said, there were some very hard and tough moments for me. The support of my family and my inner circle was very important to overcome the situation. Looking back, all the situations I lived through, made me mentally stronger.
MIZUNO: What comes to your mind when you hear the slogan ‘’Never stop pushing“? What does it mean to you?
JGN: I feel totally identified with this slogan, it is the way I understand this sport, not just in racing, but even more importantly in the daily training. Obviously you cannot go 100% in every workout, but I believe on having a daily routine and making sacrifices; to wake at 6am, no pain no gain.