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Cristian is an Italian athlete who enjoys participating in distances from sprint through to half Ironman. He talks to Sundried about training and racing. 

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, I practised sport when I was child.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I decided to enter into the world of triathlon 3 years ago for a challenge and I soon fell in love with the sport.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

I don't have a favourite race because I can compete well from sprint distance to Ironman 70.3.

And your proudest achievement?

My biggest success was definitely my first Ironman 70.3 in Pula, Croatia. It was exciting and very tough. I still carry the emotions I felt in that race to give me strength.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

Setbacks have happened; last year I didn't finish two races because of bike crashes. I never gave up and trained hard every day to come back stronger than before.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I use my determination and I use hard work in training to convince myself that I can do much more than I have done up to now.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

A suggestion before competing would be to feel comfortable and enjoy the whole race carefree.

What are your goals for 2019?

My goals for 2019 are: participation in a half marathon, Italian aquathlon championships, Italian master swimming championships, Italian triathlon sprint championships.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

I don't have a source of inspiration in particular, I find motivation in all the athletes I follow on social media because I see myself a lot in them.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

My favourite Sundried clothing is definitely the men's cycle collection as it is so comfortable and perfect for my training.