I started with triathlon at age 10
Now I'm 21. Here in Mexico we have a lot of races for young kids - that’s really good! However, not many are very competitive – but I was serious on it from the start! For me, there’s nothing funny going on in the races. The very first race, I was in it to win it. But we have a very big community – and the past five years, it has been growing in the whole country.
I love the bike
It’s my favorite discipline to train. But my best competitively is the run.
I have two big races this year
The 70.3 Worlds in September, and of course, XTERRA Worlds in October. There’s a few people mixing it up between normal tri and XTERRA, but as far as I know, no one really has dedicated themselves to doing both like I have. I would say I have had more success XTERRA racing, because in long distance triathlon I need more time for muscle maturity. It's all a process. I believe with really hard work I can succeed in both as I have done in XTERRA – and that means to be the world champion.
I’m a go-by-feel kind of guy
But I definitely use all the technology – I pay tons of attention to heart rate and wattage on the bike. I use the Spartan and I loved my Ambit – I have always loved the Suunto brand, and the way the brand keeps you motivated to do different things and explore, and I’m really happy about that. It’s a good tool to go out and find some adventures.
I do a 30-hour week of training
I’ll go the mountains in Mexico City – about five sessions of swimming. The bike is pretty difficult – so I do a lot of indoor and mountain bike, about 15 hours, and about nine or ten hours of running, approximately five hours of swimming, and then of course some functional gym stuff.
Living in Mexico City is a plus and minus
It’s at 2000m, so I think sometimes that the altitude gives me a training advantage. But I have to do some mixed training, because that way I can do much more volume. Often I’ll go to sea level at San Diego or to Cozumel for more training.
I always talk with my dad before the race
We talk about the strategy and make the plan. I’m nervous, but it’s a good feeling. I’m mostly a relaxed guy – except on the race course.
And so is my age
At the moment my age is an advantage sometimes – I’m one of the youngest pros, always – and I’ve got a lot of energy. But that also means a lack of muscular maturity. When you’re totally mature with your muscles, you’ll be stronger - simple as that. I still have another six or seven years until muscular maturity, so i’m hoping to be performing at my best then. I think the bike takes the longest to get better at. But everything is going well.