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- Ironman - 10:04 (Cozumel)
- Half Iron Distance - 4:35 (Barrelman)
- Marathon - 3:36 (Ironman Florida)
- Half Marathon - 1:36 (Barrelman)
Im Cozumel, IM Canada, IM Florida
Nickname(s) and the story behind it/them
Water Dog or Doggy. I joined the Water polo Team when I was at University, having a strong swimming background they compared my swimming skills to the Otters (translated in Spanish to Water Dog). So to shorten it they started calling me "Water Dog". That name carries along with me til this date.
I've been competing in triathlons since 2008. However I took a 3 year break after 2010 cause of an Achilles Tendon pain and to get a mental break from the Sport.
2015 A race
- Long Distance ITU World Championship Sweden
- Ironman Louisville
- Improve my marathon time at Ironman Louisville, currently 3:36 (Ironman Florida)
- Finish Ironman Louisville around 9hrs20min
- Winning my AG at Barrelman Half and getting a spot for the ITU World Championships
- PB's in all my races two years in a row
- Dropping 30mins of my marathon time in less than 1 year, finishing among the top 15 at Ironman Florida
This is tough question to answer. I`m not attached to material things but I will say I love my Specialized Expert Shiv. It`s such a fast bike and works really well with my body type and ride technique. We've been hitting fast time splits and I know I will do even better on 2015.
The one piece of gear I don’t have that I really want is:
Favourite “healthy” food
Honey Salmon and Asparagus. I used this as my comfort food when I don't want to spent too much time in the kitchen. On my long training days I tend to add more carbs in it like Quinoa or Whole Wheat Pasta.
Favourite “unhealthy” food
Every one know I love cookies. Pre race carb loading means free ticket to cookies (well not free but I eat a lot).
I started doing triathlons/duathlons/running because...
A close friend of mine Carlos Garcia talked to me about the sport. He was racing the new Half Ironman distance races and was doing so well at it that I decided to give it a try. He lent me a heavy iron-frame mountain bike to start my training and taught me how to ride on the streets. After a few months of training on that bike I bought my first road bike and registered to do my first ever Olympic Triathlon. I came dead last at that race (the last guy that crossed the finish line). Even after that disappointment I knew that this was the sport I was meant to do. I was hooked with the sport. A few years latter I saw Ironman Kona broadcast and immediately thought I want to be there one day. I took a 3 year break before coming back to triathlon and start racing Half Ironman distance events. Before moving to Canada and after an injury in my right Achilles tendon I took another 3 year break before starting to race again. It's been a long road but I'm happy about it.
So far the best race I have done is 70.3 St Croix. It's the toughest one I've ever done but the bike course is so pretty that I want to go back there again one day. Another thing that I love about that race is the awards ceremony. I sat at the same table with pro Johanna Lawn and her husband Alejandro, who turned out to be from Venezuela, too. That day I also met Mirinda Carfrae, Tim O'donnell and Sister Madonna Buder. They all showed me that this sport is about real people and that the pros also bleed like us.
The race I’ve never done but always wanted to:
Olympics. I never made it to the Olympic team but was really close. That will haunt me for the rest of my life but I have no regrets about it. I retired from competitive swimming before I could ever make it. I think it was a good decision. I wasn't ready back then.
My family has a long history of heart problems, especially the males. I was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia called Lown–Ganong–Levine at age 4 and was recommended to do sports since then. Keep him active, teach him to be healthy. That's why I started swimming and became a competitive swimmer for about 13 years before I transitioned to Water polo.
When not training I like to...
Cook & Read. The love for the kitchen was passed to me by my Grandmother, my Mother and my Aunt. They will tell me stories of how my Grandfather that I never knew loved to cook. So I fell in love with the kitchen. I like cooking healthy and easy to do recipes (most of then under 20min recipes). I'm also a book addict. Like many triathletes I love to read about the sport, how the body adapts to endurance sports and how it works under pressure. I also like to read about nutrition and hence decided to become fish + vegetarian last year.
What motivates me to train
At first I thought it was Kona. But nowadays I'm more relaxed about it. I know that if I work for it it will come. I train just because I love it. I find inspiration in every person that I meet on the road. Either a pro, an amateur athlete or just a person trying to be healthy. Each story gives me positive energy that I find really inspirational.
Most exhilarating triathlon moment
The most exciting race I've done so far is the 2014 Barrelman Triathlon. What started as a rainy and windy day turned out to be the best race of my life. After getting out of the water 2nd in my Age Group and 3rd overall, and having errors on my T1, my strategy was to catch the leading guy on the bike and stick with him as long as I could. Around kilometer 60 I was feeling stronger than him so I made "the pass" and held the lead all the way to the finish line. He wasn't that far back on the run, but my run has improved so much that I was able to keep the lead and finish with a 1:36 half (new PB).
What I’d like to accomplish in triathlon over the next 5 years
I want a spot at Kona. That's the reason I do Ironman distance events. Having been a competitive swimmer and never getting to go to the Olympics.
Languages I speak
Spanish, English, Portuguese and a bit of French.
When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be:
I always thought I would be either a Doctor or a University Teacher. That hasn't been my life, but who knows, there's still time.
Morning person or night owl?
Morning Person. I like to wake up really early in the morning and have all things done before going to the office.
In a fantasy world, this is what every day of my life would look like:
If money wasn't an issue I would definitely be traveling around the world. Hiking, biking, climbing mountains, swimming in all the pools and waters of the world. Racing in different locations. That would be so fun.
The strangest fact that nobody would ever guess about me is:
When I have free time at the pool or just an easy workout I like to pretend I'm swimming with big Grey Whales. I just close my eyes and pretend I can hear them while I'm free diving in the ocean.