Francisco is an ultra runner who has a true passion for his sport. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always played sports for as long as I can remember.
How did you first get into triathlon?
Just to try, I had always run and cycled, but I had never swam so I took it as a challenge in a Sprint Triathlon.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
One of my favourite races is the Genal Valley Ultratrail, because of the spectacular environment, because of the organization and because we do it as a team and it is an authentic adventure to share.
What is your proudest achievement?
Finishing the Genal Valley ultra, since it was the first time I had run more than 60km.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
I have never finished better or worse but I have always finished.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I am very disciplined and always keep my cool; I do not get carried away much by feelings or emotion in competition. I always make sure I finish, even if that means walking.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I think it doesn't matter what they tell you; when you are young you want to do everything your way without listening to anyone. But if someone had told me to build up gradually and not go crazy every day, I would've saved myself a lot of injuries.
What are your goals?
The main goal is to pass on my knowledge to as many athletes as possible. But for personal goals, I would love to do several iconic races such as the Mont Blanc Ultra or the Alps 2 Ocean Ultra.
Who inspires you?
There is really no one in particular, but there are many who provide motivation beyond sports, such as Kilian Jornet, Lionel Sanders, Valenti Sanjuan, Mat Fraser, etc. .. and many other unknown athletes who are a true motivation.
Why work with Sundried?
I really like Sundried's philosophy and how they take good care of their workers.