Javier Gómez Noya – a brief review of his achievements as a professional triathlete

Javier Gómez Noya – a brief review of his achievements as a professional triathlete

Javier Gómez Noya (1983) is the winner of four ITU Triathlon World Championships, holds three ITU Triathlon World Cup titles, and won the Silver medal for Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men’s triathlon. He has also won world titles for Ironman 70.3 and XTERRA Triathlon. Gómez took up triathlon at the age of 15 after previously playing football and competing in swimming. However his career suffered a setback in 2000 when a routine medical test by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) revealed an “abnormal heart valve“, leading to a six-year battle between Gómez and the Spanish sporting authorities regarding his right to compete internationally. He initially won this right in November 2003, but he was not selected for the 2004 Summer Olympics and in 2005 the CSD banned him from international and domestic competition until February 2006. In the nine years from 2002 to 2010, Gómez took part in 57 ITU competitions and achieved 54 top ten positions, among which are 23 first place finishes. In 2003 and in 2008, Gómez was ITU Triathlon World Champion (both under-23 and Elite categories respectively in 2003). In 2007 and 2009 he was the Elite European Champion. He finished second in the World Championships in 2007 and was the runner up in 2011 ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in men’s triathlon Gómez was among the pre-race favourites to win. With 300 meters to go in that race, Jan Frodeno was the leader of a group made up of Gómez, Athens 2004 Silver medallist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand, and Sydney 2000 Gold medallist...
The Marathon des Sables, probably the toughest footrace on earth

The Marathon des Sables, probably the toughest footrace on earth

“You can’t feel the sweat dripping down your face because it’s evaporating in the baking heat. Your lungs feel parched. Today’s temperature is over 50 degrees centigrade”  Held in Morocco each year, the Marathon des Sables (MdS) bills itself as the “toughest footrace on Earth.” Participants cover 251 km over the course of six days. During this time, they must traverse the Sahara desert, crossing dunes, mountains, sand, and storms., The MdS is a stage race meaning competitors stop each day and rest. The twist, however, is that they must also carry all of their own supplies—save a small ration of water given out each day—including food, clothing, a sleeping bag, and other items. The first MdS The marathon was the brainchild of French Patrick Bauer who in 1984 traversed the Sahara desert on foot and alone. He covered the 350 km in 12 days without encountering a single oasis or desert community along the way. Two years later in 1986 the first Marathon des Sables was run. 23 runners participated in the race. Over 1.000 runners from all over the world The race is now in its 28th consecutive year and continues to grow in popularity every edition with over 1.000 participants. Places are much sought after, but those who do make it to the start line are richly rewarded. Under the scorching Moroccan sun, life-long friendships are fostered through a shared experience of unforgettable days spent running across saltpans, up desert-mountains, through ruined towns and through the occasional sand storm. A life time experience When you complete the final stage of the Marathon des Sables, you will...
How to Raise Active Kids

How to Raise Active Kids

Keeping kids active and healthy is a hard job for parents; follow these simple tips if you want to turn it a little easier Set a Healthy Example Your kids will model your behavior, so first of all you need to be active and healthy. That includes not only exercise but your diet and daily habits. Exercise as a family Take them with you to exercise as a family as much as possible. Run while they ride their bikes or bike all together, swim, walk, even share your Gym training or Yoga session. When they grow older it will become a part of their routine and a way of life. Do not compete with them Don’t stress your kids with unnecessary goals or objectives. Enjoy spending time with them and dont push them beyond their limits. Remember that this should be a game for them not a competition. Teach them to find Peace in Nature Whether it’s a hike or skiing or cycling through a forest preserve, teach them to value nature and be kind to it. This is one of the most valuable gifts you can do to your children. Joining Teams Instills Life Lessons Help them to learn what it means to be part of a team at a young age. There are so many lessons that they will pick up about the importance of teamwork. It is also the best way to make new friends with a similar life...
Running a Marathon at the North Pole

Running a Marathon at the North Pole

It might sound crazy but there are only few places in the world where marathonians wouldn´t run 42,195km and the North Pole is not one of them. Summary facts about the Noth Pole Marathon: The only certified marathon that is run entirely ‘on’ water, the frozen water of the Arctic Ocean Recognized by Guinness World Records as the northernmost marathon on earth Dubbed the ‘World’s Coolest Marathon’ by Runner’s World magazine in 2004 There have been 12 North Pole Marathons to date Approximately 350 people from 40 nations have successfully completed the event It’s impossible to predict winning times because weather conditions and terrain are variable from one year to the next The men’s record of 3:36:10 was set by Thomas Maguire (IRL) in 2007 The women’s record of 4:52:45 was set by Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER) in 2014 Two guided blind athletes, Mark Pollock and Jamie Cuthbertson, completed the race in 2004 and 2010, respectively In 2007, William Tan – a wheelchair competitor – completed a marathon distance on the aircraft runway Participants are eligible to join the exclusive Marathon Grand Slam Club by finishing a marathon on each of the seven continents and the North Pole Marathon It all started in 2002 The first ever North Pole Marathon was a ‘solo’ run by Richard Donovan. Richard won the First Ever South Pole Marathon ten weeks previously and became the first marathoner at both poles by completing the North Pole Marathon. Following the 2003 North Pole Marathon, the business known as Polar Running Adventures was established by Richard Donovan to operate future marathons at the pole. The 2004 race...
Trail Running Safety Tips

Trail Running Safety Tips

Even experienced trail runners can get into trouble. Every day more and more runners are going off-road by themselves and accidents are likely to increase. These are our 6 simple tips to stay safe while running alone on the trails. 1. Be Smart, be safe Inform somebody about your planned route and schedule so someone can notice if you don’t show up afterwards. Always bring your mobile phone (full battery please) and a whistle.  When trying a new trail, plan your route in advance and bring a map, compass, or GPS. 2. Take your Safesport ID sport bracelet with you In the event of an accident first responders may identify you, contact your family, know any allergies or diseases you might have or medication you are taking. Your emergency information is clearly visible on the bracelet, no need for scanning QR codes or downloading applications. Quick access to this vital information can even save your life in extreme situations. 3. Forget about the Distance Tough terrain and hills can double the time you need to cover a kilometer. So consider how long you want to be out and forget about the distance. Once you consume half of your time turn back to the start point. If you feel tired don´t push your limits, turn back. 4. Fuel up Bring food and water with you, even on short runs. Energy bars and gels are very easy to carry. Stay hydrated with frequent sips even if you are not thirsty.  In case you’re in the woods longer than expected having food and water with you will make a difference and can...
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