Fabio Smaniotto Athlete Ambassador
Fabio is an Italian athlete who went on a personal weight loss journey and discovered a love of running and cycling on the way. He talks to Sundried about his journey.
Have you always been into sport?
No, I haven't. I started when I was 19 due to the fact I was obese and I was looking to lose weight and become fitter and healthier.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Stramilano 2017 (a half marathon in Milan, Italy), which was my fastest half marathon. More than 10,000 people take part in this annual running festival and there is great support. I ran it with some friends and I met a lot of great people while running. I felt really good while running it.
And your proudest achievement?
Going on a weight loss journey and losing 30kg (4 and a half stone).
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
I've never had a disaster on race day itself, however I've had to cancel a few events due to getting injured while training.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Resting and thinking that the good feeling of running and cycling will always be there waiting for me, even after a setback.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Do not over-train to be the best. Try to be the best version of yourself by enjoying the training journey.
What are your goals for 2020?
Running a marathon and coming back to running competitions.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Cycling races inspire me a lot.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
Sundried Century Men's Padded Bib Shorts and Sundried Albaron Men's Muscle Fit T-Shirt.