Archivo de May 2011

Great win by Eneko Llanos at Ironman Texas

By Iñigo Mujika , el 27 de May de 2011

Eneko Llanos, crossing the finish line at Ironman Texas (Photo: Ironman Texas)

Last Saturday Eneko Llanos achieved one of the most important victories of his career, as he finished in front of a group of great professional triathletes at Ironman Texas. Ten weeks after the disappointing DNF at Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (read “Almost everything right… is not good enough!”) , Eneko proved that it was nothing but an accident, and that his fitnees and competivity still place him among the best.

The importance of the win is twofold, as this is the race that affords most points in the new point system to qualify for Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Thus, Eneko adds a prestigious win to his record, and climbs up to the second position in the Kona point ranking, which allows us to prepare for that race with plenty of time, calmly, and with the tranquility of knowing there is no need to race until October with the pressure of having to attain the desired Kona spot.

As for the Texas race, the best I can do is let Eneko himself tell you about how it went.

Elite athlete… and vegetarian?

By Iñigo Mujika , el 16 de May de 2011

Fruits and vegetables at a market in Paris (Photo: Inigo Mujika)

The two male triathletes that I coach, Hektor Llanos (website in Basque and Spanish) and Eneko Llanos are vegetarians, and have been so well before we started working together back in 2002. They don’t preach nor try to convince anybody that theirs is the right way of eating, but they are adamant about their choice. They are often asked about this when interviewed in the media or during informal conversations, as there is a widespread perception that being an elite athlete and choosing to follow a vegetarian diet may not be compatible. Is this the case?

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Swim training camps

By Iñigo Mujika , el 2 de May de 2011

Swimmers and coaches during a training session. (Photo: Iñigo Mujika)

I just got back from a swim training camp at Tenerife Top Training. When I was there, I mentioned to my good friend Paco Angulo, co-author and Athletic Club Bilbao professional football team’s medical doctor, that I was out of inspiration on topics for the blog. Years ago he was a swimmer himself, and suggested that I should simply write about what goes on during a training camp with an elite swimming team. Although this may not be anything new for those of you working directly with this type of athletes, I thought it would be an interesting topic for the readers not directly involved with elite sports. So thank you for the idea, Paco!

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