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Nacho Villarruel Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

triathlon finish line winner athlete

Nacho is a long distance triathlete who aspires to become a well-known pro athlete. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

Since I was little I have been very attracted to sports in general. I started when I was 5 years old. All my family comes from cycling. For example, my father took me to velodrome competitions when I was younger because he was a cyclist.

How did you first get into triathlon?

I started doing triathlon at the age of 13, simply because I had a surname linked to cycling.

What has been your favourite race to date and why?

My favorite race is Ironman 70.3 in Pucon, Chile, which takes place in January. It was my first Ironman brand race that I did and it's my favourite because of the warmth of the people during the race.

What is your proudest achievement?

I couldn't choose just one as I have many proud achievements. I finished among the top 20 pro athletes at Ironman Barcelona in 2019.

Have you ever had any racing disasters?

My biggest disaster was abandoning a 70.3 distance triathlon for health reasons.

How do you overcome setbacks?

With great dedication; looking at the problems, the causes and how to solve them.

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

No one in particular gave me all the necessary advice. I maybe wish I'd started doing triathlon sooner.

What are your goals?

Being able to become someone in the world of long distance triathlon.

Who inspires you?

All my family - both the one I had from birth and the one that I am forming now - plus my friends and colleagues.

Why work with Sundried?

For the quality of the clothing and the ethical values that the brand has, such as helping the planet by making its clothes with recycled materials.

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