Eneko Llanos, crossing the finish line at Ironman Texas

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.

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  1. Ed Rechnitzer

    Hi Inigo,

    Pleasure meeting you at the Petro Canada Sports Leadership conference in Toronto. Thank you again for your excellent and most informative presentations (as well as your insights during our breakfast conversations).

    Just returned last night from Ironman Arizona. Congratulations on Eneko’s spectacular sub-8hr win! I was cheering him on for you. Unfortunately our paths never crossed before or after the race.

    Looking forward to meeting you again soon.


    Ed Rechnitzer
    Calgary, Canada

    November 22, 2011
  2. Iñigo Mujika

    Thank you Ed, I wish I could have been there too! It was nice meeting you and thanks for cheering for him.

    Keep on learning and training!

    November 22, 2011