Javier Gomez says he'll aim to compete in Kona next October, ending years of speculation on when he'd make his move to the full distance.
January 1, 2018 | NEWS|
Sebastian Kienle, Patrick Lange, Jan Frodeno, Lionel Sanders and the rest of the top Kona contenders will hardly need any help with motivation heading into 2018, but word from Spain might get them all pushing a bit harder on the bike over the upcoming months. Multiple short-distance and reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion Javier Gomez (ESP) says, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper "La voz de Galicia," that he wants to make his Ironman debut in the new year and qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
Although Gomez does not rule out returning to the short distance for the 2020 Olympics, his focus will be on long distance racing for the time being.
"I am able to cope with the pacing and I think I can get the wattage I need, but the best way to win races is to get experience," he says. But the key at this distance in general, and the Hawaiian climate in particular, will be nutrition.
"This is something new for me in this dimension - in my first success over the middle distance, I had only two gels," says Gomez. "It's an exciting new challenge that I face and I do not know what the result will be. I could also play it safe and stay with what I know - but I do not want to have to ask myself at some point how I would have done over the long distance."
The Spaniard most likely won't have to worry about earning enough points to qualify as he'll have a number of points thanks to his 70.3 world title. He will have to at least finish an Ironman to get a spot, though. Gomez says he'll aim to make his Ironman debut sometime in June or the beginning of July, highlighting not only the Ironman races in Nice and Cairns, but also Frankfurt.
"I'm also planning several 70.3 races, including the world championships and maybe [some] Olympic distances," Gomez says.