"Winning the World Cup was the most beautiful image of my career"

Iván Raña was the first Spanish triathlete to proclaim himself world champion. Since 2002 in Cancun, when he reached the top, he can boast of having been a pioneer in a sport that has given us many joys: "Achieving it was the most beautiful image of my sports career".

He defines himself as a free man, because he struggles every day not to typecast himself: "I really like sports and I have always struggled to do what I wanted. I have fought to be in the elite and now I keep motivating myself because I like to make small changes so I don't pigeonhole ". At 41, he has confessed at TDP at home that he continues to have the same illusion when he gets up in the morning.

I have always struggled to do what I wanted

The Covid has made the Ironman races stand still: "These months that I have not been able to compete or train I have erased them. It has been a kind of recovery. The first day I went out on my bike I felt very good because my body had regenerated. When we compete again the level will be very high ".

He dreams of racing a Dakar

Passionate about the world of rallying, he does not rule out running a Dakar at some point in his life: "Running rallies helps me to concentrate when I do triathlon, especially in certain moments of tension ". Galician by birth, Raña spends most of his time training in Lanzarote. "There I have found the ideal conditions to train at ease. For me, it's like when I go to the Blume. I have all the facilities," he explains.

Running rallies helps me focus

And, curious, he likes to run barefoot: "Although I have sometimes been called crazy for doing it, it benefits me because on a technical level everything is much finer, since you roll and do not hit the soil ".

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