Spain’s Iván Raña started triathlon in 1994 and worked his way through the ranks before going on to race at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 – when triathlon made its debut at the Games – and finished fifth. Two years later Raña was crowned ITU world champion in Cancun, Mexico. He took a silver medal at the following world championships in 2003 in New Zealand and again in 2004 in Portugal. Raña returned to the Olympics in 2004 in Athens and finished a disappointing 23rd. He returned to form with a fifth place finish at the Games in Beijing in 2008. After not making the Spanish team for the London Games in 2012 Raña decided it was time to race long. He won his debut Ironman in Cozumel, Mexico and Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote in 2012. This year he came second at Ironman Switzerland behind seven-time champion Ronnie Schildknecht and finished sixth on his debut at the Ironman World Championships. When he’s not racing or training Raña loves the high-speed thrills and spills of the motors port, especially rally driving. He owns a Mitsubishi Evo X, a classic Lancia Deltona Integrale and a Sierra Cosworth.
1. Describe your first ever bike?
It was a 17-kilogramme mountain bike. I had to save 50 euros towards it and my grandmother paid the other 50 euros. I got it at Christmas. I used to clean it ever day. I loved it. It was amazing to get my first bike.
2. How did you do in your first race?
My first triathlon was hard. I swam well, biked okay and had to go really slow on the run because I couldn’t run after the bike. I soon started to love this sport.
3. What’s your essential brekkie?
Bread with fruit. Plus I always have a good cup of coffee before I start training.
4. Legs shaved, waxed or hairy?
Shaved. It feels much better and is fast!
5. Train alone or with a group?
Training alone is best for our plan but I like training with a group more.
6. Energy drink, tea or coffee?
Coffee before training and energy drink during races.
7. Where does your bike live?
I have a room for my bike. It’s always near me and is like my girlfriend.
8. Snickers or energy bar?
None during my training but I eat energy bars during competition. I like to enjoy the food. Sometimes energy bars are a little heavy but they work well in a race for me.
9. What do you carry with you when you train?
Water and some fruit.
10. Biggest waste of your time?
Sleeping but it’s imperative to going fast in a race.
11. Craziest place you have slept since becoming a triathlete?
Mexico City or Pekin. It’s crazy how so many people can live together in one space.
12. Pee on the bike, stop or hold it until the run?
On the bike if the rules say it’s allowed, but it’s far more comfortable to do when you’re off it.
13. Three people to have dinner with?
Miguel Indurain and a couple of ladies – ha ha.
14. Worst chafing/sunburn?
I’ve had them.
15. Favourite place to ride?
Near where I live in the mountains on the road to Hana in Maui. Where I live is so quiet and has crazy roads.
16. What theme music would play to a film of your life and why?
Claudia’s Theme from the movie Unforgiven or maybe something more motivational like AC/DC.
17. Pre-race rituals and meal?
I never use anything new. Also I don’t like too many people around me before a race.
18. Funniest person you know?
A friend of mine called Cufa or Alex, my training teammate.
19. What are you reading?
Rally magazine. I love motor sport.
20. What you’ll be doing this month?
Training, rest and swim in the ocean some days. I try to enjoy every day.
Appeared at triathlete-europe.competitor.com on Oct-10th-2013