Archivo de July 2010

Eneko Llanos´ four fantastic months

By Iñigo Mujika , el 26 de July de 2010

Triathlete Eneko Llanos (photo contributed by Finisher Triatlon)

Eneko Llanos has just finished the first competitive cycle of the season with another excellent result, finishing third in the prestigious Roth Ironman, Germany, with a sensational time of 8 hours, 2 minutes and 33 seconds. Eneko has been on the podium all season so far, although this time it was not possible to reach the highest step, which was occupied by Rasmus Henning from Denmark. The second spot was taken by German triathlete Sebastian Kienle.

This great race in Roth brings one of Eneko’s most successful cycles of his sports career to an end: he won the Abu Dhabi Triathlon four months ago; he then achieved the third position in the Wildflower Half Ironman, California, one of the most important in the World; he continued on with a victory at Ironman Lanzarote, second in his career; three weeks later he achieved his eigth win in Zarautz, then won the Long Distance European Championships in Vitoria-Gasteiz on June 26th, and closed the cycle with the podium finish in Roth. Eneko will now take a break for a few days, before starting his preparation for Ironman Hawaii and Xterra Maui, both taking place next October in the named Pacific Islands.

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Interviews with the elite: Craig Mottram

By Iñigo Mujika , el 21 de July de 2010

Craig Mottram and Victorian Institute of Sport triathlon coach Jonathan Hall (photo: Iñigo Mujika).

He was born in Frankston, Victoria, Australia, on 18 June 1980. He is one of the World’s fastest distance runners, and he is among us, training in Vitoria-Gasteiz along with a group of Australian triathletes in a three-month training camp organised by USP Araba Sport Clinic.

Craig Mottram, known amongst some African runners as the Big Mzungu (Big White Man), won the bronze medal in the 5,000 m at World Championships in Helsinki in 2005, and the silver medal in the same distance at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

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Ainhoa Murua remains among the World´s best

By Iñigo Mujika , el 20 de July de 2010

Ainhoa Murua (photo contributed by Finisher Triatlón)

Ainhoa Murua finished ninth last Sunday in the Dextro Energy-Triathlon World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. This is Ainhoa’s best placing in the World Championship Series, on the day of her 32nd birthday.

The winner of the event was Swedish athlete Lisa Norden, who beat in the final sprint Emma Moffatt from Australia, new leader of the overall standings with three more races to go (London, Kitzbühel and the Grand Final in Budapest). Ainhoa, who was fourth at the European Championships in Athlone (Ireland) two weeks ago, equals the result she achieved at the beginning of June in the World Championships race of Madrid.

The athlete from Zarautz that I coach at USP Araba Sport Clinic places herself 15th in the World Championships overall ranking and aspires to finish in the competition’s Top-10 in mid-September.

Genetics, environment and sport, in the eyes of Richard Dawkins

By Iñigo Mujika , el 14 de July de 2010

“Genetic and environmental changes can produce identical outcomes. If you wanted to rear a human child to win a body-building contest and you had a few centuries to spare, you could start by genetic manipulation, engineering exactly the same freak gene as characterizes Belgian Blue cattle and Black Exotic pigs. Indeed, there are some humans known to have deletions of the myostatin gene, and they tend to be abnormally well muscled. If you started with a mutant child and made it pump iron as well (presumably the cattle and pigs could not be cajoled into this), you could probably end with something more grotesque than Mr Universe.

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Video presentation on nutrition for team sports

By Iñigo Mujika , el 6 de July de 2010

Six World experts and 100 sport nutrition practitioners gathered at the Robinson Club, Cala Serena, Mallorca in December 2009. Over two days they presented and discussed the latest findings in the broad field of sport nutrition and figured out ways to turn the theory into practical application.

This video is a summary of my own presentation, “giving you an insight into the thinking and the benefit of advice from the leaders in the field”, as indicated in the official DVD from the conference.