The credentials of Javier Gómez speak for themselves: 5 time ITU World Champion, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Xterra World Champion, 4x ITU European Champion, Olympic medallist, 9 time world ITU number 1 and multiple WTS and Ironman 70.3 wins. Simply put, he is the legend of the sport.
How did you start running? I started running both for fun and as part of my out-of-the-water-training when I was a swimmer. Although before that, I played football, so running has always been part of my life.
Why do you run now? Because I keep enjoying it! I like to discover new places while I'm running and obviously because it is part of triathlon, which is my job.
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? Any of the triathlon World Championships or Olympic Games that I competed in.
What is your pre-race ritual? Just a good warm up, while I mentally concentrate in what I'm just about to do.
What do you think about while running?
You can fix the world during an easy run and all kind of thoughts can cross your mind. However, I try to stay focused on the run, checking the pace, heart rate, my form, my stride...
What is your go to training meal? If I have a hard session, something easy to digest but at the same time something that fills your energy tank up. Like rice, grilled chicken, omelettes.
What song is your go to for the run? I'm a big music guy and it is hard to choose only one song. Depends on my mood, but some good hard rock songs can easily get me going.
Who is your “team”? Basically my coach, my agent and some training mates... The support of my family, girlfriend and friends are important too.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? Music is my passion outside the sport.
Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? Hopefully a good guitar player!
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? No one told me that being a professional triathlete is more than training hard and racing. You are the CEO of your own company and there are many things around the sport you have to deal with, while you keep training and racing your main priority. Media, sponsor commitments, important decisions to take and much more.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? To run faster, train smarter, not longer.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to following your footsteps?
Stay humble, work hard and surround yourself with motivated people who add to your team!
Why On? Simply because I tried them and liked the feeling. I thought they could help me at being more efficient on my run and probably reduce the risk of injury, due to their cloud technology.