LifeSport Mexico Athlete Daniel Gomez: Faster and Stronger Than Ever
By LifeSport Mexico Coach Inaki de la Parra
Daniel Gomez de la Vega first approached LifeSport Coaching at the end of 2013 with the clear objective of becoming the best Mexican athlete in paratriathlon. Despite having suffered the loss of mobility in both his legs from a motocross accident a few years back, he has maintained a strong athletic mindset and a determined spirit.
Daniel began his journey at the start of the 2014 season with a sprint triathlon in Yucatan, Mexico followed by a great performance in the Monterrey 70.3. His 2015 season has also taken off to a great start with a first place finish in Merida! With results like these Daniel is well on his way to achieving his goal of representing Mexico in the ITU World Championships. His ultimate goal however, is to qualify for Ironman Hawaii World Championships and the Summer Paralympic Games.
Training a paratriathlete varies slightly from your traditional triathlete. Aspects such as strength and core training, therapy, and recovery are key workouts during the entirety of the season. Asides from that, volume and training loads for each sport remains essentially the same as with any other triathlete training for similar events.
Challenges that can come from working with paratriathletes are additional preparation time needed for pool training and advanced planning for outdoor rides. Getting in and out of the pool requires extra time for these athletes and needs to be accounted for especially when conducting double or triple swim sessions within the same day. Finding an appropriate place to ride can also take advanced planning and preparations. Constant planning and determination are key components when training paratriathletes.
As a coach I am constantly inspired and challenged by Daniel. I am so proud and honoured to be able to support his dreams with professional coaching and sport science.
Let�s keep it rolling Dan!