In the last post we shared the first part of the interview that Mizuno carried out with triathlon pro Javier Gómez Noya. As promised, here is the second part of the exchange: MIZUNO: When you say “Rio de Janeiro” most people think of Copacabana and Carnival. What do you think of? NOYA: I also think of Copacabana because that is where the triathlon will take place, but I don’t think of Carnival… haha. Rio is my biggest challenge this year; I’m investing all my energy into this competition. In any case, I’ve been hearing the word “Rio” too often lately. Everyone constantly reminds me about it and wishes me luck in preparing for the race. I’m realising now that the Olympic Games are completely different from other competitions. Everyone knows about the Olympics, even people who aren’t sporty. MIZUNO: How are you preparing for Rio? Is it very different to 2012? NOYA: Yeah, I’ll probably take part in fewer races before these Olympics than I did in 2012. Rio obviously has a very different track to London, the cycling track is a continuous incline and there are the warm, humid weather conditions of Rio in August to take into account – it’s going to be a completely different race. I think the running track will not be over as quickly as the London one because the cycling track before it is very challenging. I will have to have solid training in all three disciplines if I want to have a shot at winning. MIZUNO: Do you have a particular training routine you follow before important competitions like the one in Rio? NOYA: The preparation before the race is always the same: I swim, cycle and run a bit before the start. My last meal is 4 hours before the start of the race. MIZUNO: Imagine you are stood at the starting line in Rio. What is going through your mind? NOYA: I will probably be very focused on the start signal for the swimming part so I can concentrate on getting to the first buoy as quickly as possible. In a triathlon you can lose the race at the first buoy if your position isn’t ideal and your rivals are very fast. The race can be over at that moment because if you’re not in the winning group you have no chance of winning a medal. MIZUNO: You have already won every important international triathlon title there is – except for Gold at the Olympics. Is that your ultimate goal? What comes next after Rio? NOYA: No, that isn’t my ultimate goal but it’s the most important one at the moment. What happens after Rio is something I don’t know yet – I’ll have to think about whether my focus should stay on Olympic distance or whether I should move towards long-distance. To be honest, I don’t know and I’m not thinking about all that yet. MIZUNO: What springs to mind when you hear “Never stop pushing”? What does it mean to you? NOYA: I can completely identify with the slogan as it’s my belief when it comes to this sport. It doesn’t just apply to competitions but, more importantly, to everyday training. Of course, you can’t give your 100% during every workout but I find it important to have a daily routine and to make sacrifices – such as waking up at 6am every morning. No pain, no gain.