If you name is Javier, you come from Galicia and do Triathlons then last Sunday, 6th April, was a great day.
Javier Gomez won the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in New Zealand with a powerful run. My brother Jav also stormed to qualify for the World Duathalon in the less exotic location of Newcastle. After better preparation, a decent diet and a focused training plan, Jav performed well.
He made it to the podium in 3rd place overall, against some of the best open age athletes in the North East. He was then relegated from this initial position since he incurred a 2 minute penalty for an infringement since he overshot the transition area on his bike - let's make it a bit harder!
However, even with the 2 minute penalty he was still fast enough to get into the top four places for his age group and so gains a coveted GB top.
Now his attention turns to the World Championships, to be held in Galicia this year on 1st June. No doubt we will have lots of family members out there in force to support him.
Jav initially finished 17th overall in the event with a time of 1:17:37, however with a 2 minute penalty added on, his final position was 29th overall.