The photo is from 2008, the year when I was second in the Hawaii Ironman. I had saved the Spiuk Kronos helmet that I wore that day during this time for remembrance of that great moment. Now there is the opportunity to give this Spiuk Kronos a better use, during the benefit gala for Tri W.W.W., to be held next February 18 at Sands Beach here in Lanzarote, we will raffle this cherished memory. You may already know the price of it in store, but the sentimental price is enormous so I sincerely hope that you support this initiative and buy some tickets for this raffle that is open to anyone who wants to participate and help Tri W.W.W. from wherever you are.
The procedure is simple, each raffle ticket is 5 ‚ā¨, you can buy as many tickets as you want. Simply make a deposit (in multiples of 5) on behalf of the association TRi WWW - account: La Caja de Canarias CC # N ¬į 2052 8077 11 3310143008 - account holder: TRi WWW Assn # IBAN ES54 2052 8077 11 3310143008. Then send a copy of the Money transfer receipt to the following email address:
Along with your contact information: Name, email adress and phone number. The last day to purchase the tickets is February 16.
We really hope that you participate, the more money we raise more resources will be provided to athletes of Tri W.W.W. to practice their favorite sport. Thank you!
On Monday I was in Spiuk renewing the sponsorship contract with the brand that has been supporting me for the last years. It is a great pleasure to stay together with home brands that develop the highest quality products and give such a great support to our sport. I am very happy to continue with Spiuk. I also had the opportunity to discuss new products that are to come and to take a look at new designs, there is especially one with which I am very excited and I am working actively, soon you will have more details, I'm already anxious... we also comment on the new designs of my clothes for 2011, we will have them ready soon, I think they'll look great.
Back to Lanzarote on Tuesday, a week in the cold of Vitoria-Gasteiz makes me appreciate even more the conditions of the island, here we can also feel the winter with more rain, wind and lower temperatures than usual but it is still a great pleasure to continue training and spending the winter at Club La Santa. We will still be here for another month, and we want to take advantage to the fullest. These days have allowed me to return to the training routine that was interrupted a bit last week with the Spanish Winter Triathlon Championship, I must say that I found very good that little break ... and now I'm back into the rhythm of workouts and good feelings.
I close the week with a relaxing day, I even had the chance to surf a little, long time since I got to catch waves and I appreciated it since I came out from the ocean recharged and ready for a tough week ahead.
Best regards and good training to everybody!!
My bike, the lava, the volcanoes, the wind and myself... I love it!!
Atypical week. I packed on Tuesday and went back from Lanzarote to Siberia-Gasteiz. The bad weather coincided with my departure from the island, heavy rains and winds caused damages in many parts of the island, my support and encouragement to all the people affected from here. I arrived in Vitoria-Gasteiz with a fairly tight agenda for these few days that I was going to spend in the cold.
The first appointment was with my coach I√Īigo Mujika in USP Araba Sports Clinic for a maximal effort test on the cycle ergometer. I must admit I'm not a big fan of these tests but are very useful to see the fitness, compare it with previous years and adjust the new training paces. The result was good, more peak power and lower heartrate and less lactate than last year at race pace. On the bike we are on track.
Giving everything. Photo: Paulino (DNA)
In the afternoon awards ceremony of the Association of Sports Federations of the Basque Country. Good atmosphere and a nice time I had there, and above all very happy and grateful for this Basque Sportman of 2010 award.
And on Friday after days of doubt and uncertainty about whether there was snow or not, whether there would be winter triathlon championship or not, I left to Reinosa to compete in the Spanish Winter Triathlon Championships. I had always been eager to participate in this classic that is the Triathlon of Reinosa, 25 editions, which are said soon (congratulations on that silver anniversary!!), pioneer race in the White Triathlon. Traditional format (on road) good for me and a ski circuit somewhat shorter than usual because of the lack of snow, wich was even better for me since I was getting to the starting line with zero miles on the skis the day of the race. After many years of snow format we finally competed in an event that was best suited to my conditions, with a segment of run and bike with more weight in the global computing of the race.
Last slope in the fog and snow. Photo: Manu Basaran
Out from the horn I took first place and in the 10 kilometer run through the streets of Reinosa I opened a small gap that I increased on the bike, first in the 12 kilometers of flat roads and then in the 15 kilometer climb up to "El Chivo" area above the ski station of Bra√Īa Vieja. In the transition from bike to cross country skiing I had serious problems, the snow under my boots would not let me attach the bindings and I was about to lose my temper, almost two minutes of despair until I finally could start skiing. The advantage over second placed Jon Erguin was large, more than four minutes, but I didn¬īt know at that moment and I had a hard time while I was fighting with the snow and the ice.
Not too bad style!! Photo: Manu Basaran
On the skis I felt better than expected with the lack of training, I stood on the skis without falling (not easy for the state of the track and the snow ...) and crossed the finish line as the new Spanish Winter Triathlon Champion, a title that I was pursuing for many years and now I've finally made it. I have to defend it in 2012!!
On the podium with Jon Erguin (2nd) and Sergio Gimeno (3rd). Photo: Manu Basaran
And before returning to Lanzarote next week, today in our store 3BAT in Zarautz, we have news that you can soon enjoy, new services for the triathlete that I am sure they are going to please you, but for now do not miss the discounts, there are very good bargains!!
Yesterday I was awarded as the best Basque sportsman of the year 2010. It's a great honor for me to receive this award and I want to share it with all the people who supports and follows me, because without you it wouldn¬īt be possible for me to do what I do. Thank you everybody!!
Third week of 2011, and almost three weeks here at Club La Santa in Lanzarote. I think this is the week I am starting to get in shape. Little by little I have been catching good feelings during the early stages of the season, finding myself getting a little better first on the bike, then in the water, on the run and finally in the last seven days I think it has been the first time I've had a good feeling at all. This hasn¬īt been a week of high volume or intensity (that will come later ...) but of constant training days at a good pace that are making me stronger.
Next week is a bit special, I return to Vitoria-Gasteiz for the Spanish Winter Triathlon Championships in Reinosa (no snow at the ski resorts at this moment though...), sign some sponsorship agreements for 2011 and I also believe that I√Īigo has a surprise for me in the form of a lab test on the bike at USP Araba Sports Clinic. This week is going to be a bit different than the latter, but I will continue being constant and getting stronger little by little.
The winter is toughinVitoria-Gasteizand asusualatthis timeof the year wemigrateto the warm and dryweather.Ourdestinycouldn¬īt be other thanClubLaSantainLanzarote.We cameheretoopenthe giftsat Rut's home for "Reyes Magos", wichwere great!butthebestgiftI amhaving isthe fantasticclimatethatthe islandis offering usand the goodcompany I am having to doeven bettertheseason firstslongworkouts.Theinitialplan is tostayatClub LaSantauntil March,though by lateJanuary IreturntoVitoriawith the intentionof goingto theSpanishWinterTriathlon Championships inReinosa,I hope it snowsa bitthere...toimmediatelyreturntoLanzaroteandcontinue to preparethefirst big raceof the season:AbuDhabiInternationalTriathlon,on March 12th.At the momentthings are goingwell,picking upthepaceoftraining, and havinggood feelings.
Nothing better to end up the year than running. Finished 10th in the Vitoria-Gasteiz San Silvestre run, enjoying a lot the atmosphere of the race and the city, all the center of the city is closed for the runners and it is great to run in the streets. Now time to celebrate, say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011. All the best for everybody, have fun and a happy new year!!