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 ".