Will Jan Frodeno meet his former short-distance rival again over the long haul? Multiple ITU World Champion Javier Gómez will focus on short course racing again in 2017, but is thinking about his Ironman premiere.
October 18, 2016 | PERSONALITY|
"Every time I see Kona, I say to myself: Next year I will also be an Ironman", Javier Gómez explained in an interview with "La Voz de Galicia." The 33-year-old laughed as he said it, but this time it seems Gomez is serious. His full-distance debut will have to wait for a bit, though.
First of all Gómez wants to go back to short distance racing after having to pull out of the Olympics with a broken elbow.
"I don't want to leave the Olympic distance with a broken arm, but in the race," Gómez said. Most of all he wants to finish his short course career as world champion. He's currently planning his 2017 season.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship too complicated?
In 2017 Gómez would like to re-try the double at both the short-distance and Ironman 70.3 world championships, which he did in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 he won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec and finished third in 2015 in Zell am See behind Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle.
However the race was three weeks before the Grand Final in 2015 and, in 2014, one week after. Next year the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be held a week before the final in Rotterdam.
"Doing both races would be so complicated," Gómez points out.
He is, however, thinking about testing himself at a full-distance race later in the season. A short two-month training test to see how he likes the format and how he needs to prepare for it properly. The Ironman races in Arizona and Cozumel are possible options for a debut.
Does that mean we won't see him compete at another Olympics?
"Although I believe that in 2020 I may still be in very good shape in the sprint ... there are currently other things that motivate me," he said.