One more time, Eneko Llanos's big goal this season is the Ironman Hawaii. This year will be different, though, for the BH-sponsored triathlete has decided to compete in fewer triathlons than in previous seasons so that he can build more strength before coming to Kona.
In an interview for Noticias de Álava, Eneko said he was in his prime. "At my age, I'm ready to face these distances. I feel motivated and I really want to be there. I'm in good shape, too. I'm making my workouts more intense now and I'm responding well."
Being in good physical condition, the triathlete from Vitoria-Gasteiz has marked fewer events on his racing calendar this year, so that he can get to Hawaii feeling good. "I'd set other goals for myself last year, like the Vitoria-Gasteiz ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships or the IM Lanzarote. This year, I do have other goals as well, but I'll focus mainly on Hawaii," Eneko remarked.
Improving performance on the BH Aero
Eneko believes the key to success in Kona is riding faster than in 2010. "I want to improve my performance on the bike and keep my pace in the run."
Eneko will be content only if he can climb to the highest step of the podium in Hawaii, which he almost did in 2008. "The seventh place last year was good, but since I was second in 2008, I only want to do better. Last year I was left behind by the leading bunch on the bike, just the segment I'm strongest at."
However, riding faster is really difficult, since times have shortened over the past few years. "Cutting down one or two minutes is far from easy. The top ten is decided by minutes and the win, by seconds. The level has risen a lot. Of course, it all depends on how the race unfolds: the pace, the wind, and so on," Llanos explained.
In his sixth time at the Ironman Hawaii, Eneko will fight for victory in the peak of his career. "I think I'm in my prime. I don't know if I've reached my climax or I can still improve. I believe I can, but at my age and with my experience, this can be my best time," he added.