Entrevista | 20/05/2017
Casi un mes después de finalizar el Campeonato del Mundo de Carreras de Aventura 2016 en Australia, donde el equipo neozelandés ha demostrado que tiene la intención de continuar haciendo historia, tenemos el placer de poder hablar con el capitán del equipo Nathan Fa'avae.
Nathan Fa'avae continúa batiendo récords en cada competición que participa y cada año que pasa, y se ha convertido ya en todo una institución en el mundo de las carreras de aventura. Más allá de sus éxitos, continúa siendo una persona cercana y accesible, con quién el fácil contactar, hablar y intercambiar opiniones. Vamos, todo un ejemplo a seguir.
Grácias a su disponibilidad os podemos ofrecer este articulo donde nos comenta sus impresiones del mundial y de las carreras de aventura en general.
- 4 world championship wins in the last 5 years, moreover, with a clear advantage over the other teams, it may sound easy. You and your team are making history, what are the secrets to achieve these results?
I think our teams success can mainly be attributed to experience. Collectively we have done a lot of racing, I suspect more than any other team, and that means we have a lot of experience and knowledge to draw from, not just racing, but also in training for the races. We’ve also had a consistent team, primarily little changes in the members, so it means we can grow as a team, which ultimately means we have removed any weaknesses. Team Seagate now only has strengths, I don’t think there is a discipline or AR skill that we lose time, we can bike, run, kayak, navigate and transition faster than anyone else.
"no hay ninguna disciplina o habilidad que nos haga perder tiempo respeto los otros equipos, podemos ir en bici, correr, hacer kayak y navegar más rápido que cualquier otro equipo"
- In our last interview you talked about "less is more", referring to the lenght of the races. You add too, that the majority of the teams should could finish the races. Do you think this ARWC2016 format is ideal?
I think the 2016 achieved many things, the best thing is the high finishing rate. I believe that is important for the sport, for the athletes but also for sponsors and supporters. People want to see teams finishing, teams want to finish. It’s my belief about 100-hours is a good length for an AR. Any longer and the sport is more about attrition and less about athleticism. 100-hours can be raced at a higher intensity and you can’t afford to make many mistakes. In Brazil ARWC 2015 we took over 160-hours, it’s not a race anymore, it’s more of an expedition. Looking to the future, I think both models work well, if the terrain allows a longer race can be good. That said, I think a 100-hour race in the Pantanal in 2015 would have been awesome.
"los seguidores quieren ver a los equipos finalizar las carreras, y a los equipos también les gustaría acabarlas"
- What is your general opinion about ARWC2016?
Our team enjoyed the ARWC 2016, it was extremely well run. There are always a few things we think can be improved but overall it was a brilliant. The course was a nice mix of stages and every stage had some different to offer. I think it challenged teams in a different way. The nature of the course and length meant the racing stayed closer which makes it exciting. I think a longer course in the Shoalhaven may have got repetitive, as it was we had a great adventure, saw some beautiful areas, raced hard and felt the finish was about right. It’s always been my belief that ARWS races should be 75-100 hours and the ARWC 100-120 hours (winning times)
"cada sección aportaba un valor distinto y supuso un reto diferente para cada equipo"
- Were there any difficult moments during the race for your team? Whichone was the worst?
We didn’t have to many difficulties. After the stage 8 trek we had quite sore feet so we were pleased to bike and paddle after that. On a few occasions the heat was quite uncomfortable but not for long, and in contrast we got cold a few times in the race, in rain or night kayaking, but overall, the race went well for us. The stages were not very long so about the time we started to suffer we reached a TA.
- How does Jo Williams contribute to the team?
Jo did a superb job of joining a team that has established systems and generally speaking, knows how to race and win. It wouldn’t have been easy so she did great. She is an experienced and accomplished athlete in her own right so her contribution was to help push the pace and support the team, plus have faith in how we race and how we wanted to win, our strategy.
- What kind of leadership do you apply in the team? How does your team decide the strategic desicions, like sleep or pace?
In general, my leadership tends to be more before the race than during. Once the race has started anyone can essentially take on the leadership role and people often do. I tend to have the overall view of the team and race and guide things along, facilitate decisions etc. A lot of things happen in our team naturally, they’re not spoken about, for example, we budget on average to sleep 2-hours per night, so the question regarding sleep is not how much will we sleep, but when is a good time to take rest and recovery. Chris as lead navigator sets the pace but occasionally I’ll ask him to slow down a bit, we tend to save our full race speed for when we need it, most of the race we move quick and efficiently.
"generalmente mi liderazgo se produce más antes que durante la carrera"
"trato de tener una visión general del equipo, guiar y facilitar las decisiones"
- In your opinion, what are the 5 most important aspects in a team?
1. a group of people that respect each other and compliment each others abilities
2. committed to the same goal - racing as well as they can, never giving up
3. dedicated to training, because we train independently we trust each other will work hard to be fit for the race
4. keeping it in perspective - it’s important for us to enjoy the racing, to laugh and sing along the route, and take the good with the bad, racing is a luxury in life and we need to be thankful for the life we have.5. doing it for the team, our team is good and digging deep for each other, hurting for each other, we are always helping each other and encouraging each other.
"es importante disfrutar de las carreras, mantener la perspectiva, reír y cantar durante la ruta, aprender de lo bueno y de lo malo. Participar es un lujo de la vida y tenemos que estar agradecidos por lo que tenemos".