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Pedro Gomes

Pedro Gomes

Hometown: Lisboa, Portugal

Residence: Alcochete, Portugal

Personal Blog: http://krepelog.blogspot.com/

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522197778

Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/#!/krepster

Career Highlights:

2nd place, IRONMAN Florida - 08:19:26 (Portuguese Record Holder)
6th place, CHALLENGE Barcelona - 08:25:53
5th place, ETU European Long Course Championship
12th place, ITU World Long Course Championship
4-times Elite National Long Course Champion

Personal Bio:

I started triathlon about 10 years ago coming from a “Nintendo” (or couch potato) background. I learnt how to swim and not until I got all strokes figured out, I really tried a triathlon. My first full triathlon (until then I had tried aquathlons and duathlons) was in early 2004 and my first half-ironman was that same year on Timberman.

My improvement over the next couple of years caught the attention of the Olympic coach and I was invited to the National Training Center in late 2007 to be part of the 2012 London Olympic program. Although my goal was always to go the full ironman distance, I postponed that dream and was committed to the Olympic program until 2010. By then both me and the Olympic coach realized that I don’t have what it takes to race ITU competitively and I went straight for my delayed dream. Challenge Barcelona, full Ironman on early October, was my debut at the distance. 8h25m was my time but I felt like I could have gone much faster. Not happy, I signed for Ironman Florida just a month after. 8h19 and 2nd place overall made me happy and I had sealed my breakthrough performance with a still standing portuguese record for THE distance.

5 things we should know about you:

I design websites for a living, could live just out of breakfast cereals, my favorite hobby is going to the movies and I'm really good at post-race party. I love airports and my third life dream is to be a pilot. I think Jerry Seinfeld is the greatest, am addicted to The Office and watch The Biggest Loser when on the trainer.

How did you first get into triathlons?

As for most, for the excitement of trying something new and someone said they were giving out free cookies at the recovery tent.

What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?

My first ever Tri was an indoor one where I got 5th OA. But my first real-deal Tri was Timberman 70.3 back in 2004, where I got 27th OA and 4th AG in 4:33:33.

What is your favorite race?

Triathlon Zarautz (now TriGranPrix) in Spain and was the one that topped that thought but I've raced so many awesome courses that its hard to be fair and say one. The hardest I've done though is without any doubt the ITU World Championship in Immenstadt, 2010.

What is your favorite workout?

100x100's on the pool, 20 min race pace repeats on the bike and something like 1h20 fartlek run with a bunch of 5' on / 2' off repeats.

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

LOVE the Ultra Run Shorts. I've used more than I can remember different types of run shorts over the past years. With the Ultra run shorts I don't have to worry about inner-leg rash, are super comfy to run on and has the best pockets for holding my Mp3 and keys or even gels!

Whenever I have a hard run sessions, I put my Ultra TT shoes. Super light, comfy I like to wear on those keys sessions, the same shoes I will use on race day. Who needs socks..

Then I shower, go home and use my Ultra CompressRx Recovery Tight. No time for ice baths or massages! I'm late for the movies!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Breaking the Ironman Portuguese Record was big. Its something people will remember for the number. But overcoming the fact that I'm not hugely talented, I don't have a sports background, I was "doomed" to spend most of my teen years gaining weight in front of a videogame, I don't output big numbers on the VO2max tests and doing it at one point in this sport where I inspire others, is definitely my proudest accomplishment. Hard work pays off.

What motivates you?

Friends, quotes (really) and the pursuit of happiness in the sport. That happiness is not winning a World Championship or an Ironman. Is living out of the sport and looking back one day and being sure that I was the best athlete I could be. I reached my best, suffered thru every workout so I could live as a champion that day.

What is your pre-race meal?

Rice pudding!

What is your pre-race ritual?

Eating rice pudding has became a ritual.

What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?

Sunglasses. I'm NOT racing without sunglasses, sorry.

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

Improve my cycling, race as much Rev 3 events as I can, travelling around the US. Qualifying to Kona, race the course as hard as I can as a first experience. I'd like to nail a podium on a late season Ironman so I can have something to really motivate me during the winter.

Any other information you would like included on your page:

People call me Krepe (pronouced "crepe") in Portugal since I can remember. I'm known for my eating ability/performances so I think its kinda appropriate to have a food as my nickname.

Events you are racing in this season:

Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman Europe Championship (July 24), Ironman 70.3 Timberman (August 21), Ironman 70.3 Austin (October 23), Ford Ironman Cozumel (November 27)

Rev 3 Cedar Point