Archivo de October 2010

Interviews with the elite – Javier Gómez Noya

By Iñigo Mujika , el 26 de October de 2010

Javier Gómez Noya (Photo: International Triathlon Union)

  • Under 23 World Champion (2003)
  • 2 times World Cup Winner (2007, 2008)
  • 2 times World Champion (2008, 2010)
  • 2 times European Champion (2007, 2009)
  • 4th in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
  • Winner of 12 World Cup events
  • Winner of 2 Dextro World Championship Series events

There is only one triathlete in the world who can say “these results are mine”; he comes from Galicia, although he was born in Basel (Switzerland) on March 25, 1983, and his name is Javier Gómez Noya.

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Effects of a new evaporative cooling solution during rowing in a warm environment

By Iñigo Mujika , el 17 de October de 2010

Mujika I, González De Txabarri R, Pyne D.

USP Araba Sport Clinic, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, and with the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Odontology, University of the Basque Country.

Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2010 Sep;5(3):412-6.

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Ironman Hawaii: an unforgiving race

By Iñigo Mujika , el 11 de October de 2010

Eneko Llanos, en el Ironman de Hawaii.

Once again, it was shown that Ironman Hawaii is a race that does not allow the slightest weakness, and in which any mistake, doubt or problem is magnified to the point that World class triathletes disappear in the depths of the final standings. As in the Tour de France or the Grand Slam tennis tournaments, this race brings together the best at the peak of their form. The start line at the Kona Pier gathers all those that count in the world of long distance triathlon. To this highest possible level of participation we must add a demanding course and extreme environmental conditions, as heat and humidity are guaranteed and winds can wreak havoc when they blow.

Under these premises, it is hardly surprising that a number of athletes that supposedly have a shot at victory end up yielding to evidence. Chrissie Wellington, the British triatlete who won the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions knows this race well, and in view of the health issues that affected her for two days before the event and prevented her from being at her best, decided not to start. The male winner of the past two years, Australian Craig Alexander, paid dearly his below average performance on the bike segment, and despite his fantastic 2:41:59 marathon time, he finished the race in 4th position, as he was unable to chase down Chris McCormack, Andreas Raelert and Marino Vanhoenacker, all of whom had an extraordinary race. Eneko Llanos seemed to have winning options in view of his 2nd spot in 2008 and his great 2010 season, but he also failed in the bike segment and had to settle for 7th place, a result that would be the envy of the great majority of triathletes in the world, but that does not satisfy us.

Previous winners in Kona like German triathletes Faris Al Sultan (10th), Norman Stadler (33rd) and Thomas Hellriegel (53rd), or great champions including Cameron Brown (17th) and Terenzo Bozzone (20th) from New Zealand, Rutger Beke (49º) and Bert Jammaer (54º) from Belgium, or Luke Bell (51º) from Australia can also attest that Ironman Hawaii is an unforgiving race.

Assessment of match fitness in team sports through the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test (and II)

By Iñigo Mujika , el 4 de October de 2010

In Part I of this post we made a brief introduction to team sports and described the high intensity intermittent pattern of activity in these sports, which has led to the development and validation of intermittent match-fitness test in various sports. We also described the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test and the main metabolic and practical differences between Level 1 and Level 2. In this Part II, we will deal with the validation and practical application of the YYIRT in football and other sports.

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