Pasquale is a member of the prolific EVO Tri Club in Windsor and first got into triathlon on recommendation from friends. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
In a way. I practiced several sports when I was younger (mostly tennis, but also skiing, fencing, rowing). Later on, because of my job as a pilot, I started using the gym more for strength training. Triathlon came later, and I won’t trade it with anything else anymore!
How did you first get into triathlon?
I was persuaded by some enthusiastic friends, and I needed something other than just running to keep my weight in check. Very soon, though, I got hooked and I haven’t stopped since.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
Racing an Olympic distance triathlon in southern Italy, in Polignano, a small town along the Adriatic coast near Bari in 2019. Fantastic scenery, beautiful weather, and amazing company: I could not have asked for a better day!
What is your proudest achievement?
The result in the first (and only so far...) half marathon: I had been training for a little over three months and the goal was to finish it, but I could keep a steady pace and I was really proud of it. Obviously, 5:00 min/km is not a winning pace, but for me it has been a great achievement!
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
Fortunately, not yet...
How do you overcome setbacks?
The hardest part is to get back on your feet, and “get out the door” again: my greatest motivation is to set a positive example for my kids, and to show them that good things come to those who work hard to get them!
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I was actually given a very good advice when I started out, one that I would give to anyone else who would want to start training for triathlon: HAVE FUN!
What are your goals?
Right now, I am training for my first full distance, which will be the Outlaw in Nottingham in July 2021, and I am planning my 2021 races accordingly. After that, I will concentrate on beating my PBs!!
Who inspires you?
I must admit I haven’t got a “role model”; there are many athletes whom I follow on social media, but I believe that my training companions are my true inspiration. Triathlon is a very time consuming sport, and yet we all manage to fill our day with our obligations and our training, and still save time for family! The constant support we give each other is the inspiration, the strength and the positivity we all need!
Why work with Sundried?
I very much like your products and the company ethos: “to build something our kids would be proud of”, the care for the environment and the commitment to excellence in delivering outstanding quality products. I also like the fact that employees are encouraged to stay active during working hours, something more people should practice!