Rui is a Portuguese athlete who competes in off-road triathlons. He tells Sundried about his performance at the Xterra World Championships and his goals for the future.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes. When I was a child I always played football and other sports. At nine years old, I started doing swimming competitions. When I was 18 years old, I did my first sprint triathlon, and I'm still doing them today.
What made you decide to enter triathlon?
I always try to find new goals to stay motivated and to improve myself. After many years of swimming, I was feeling the need for a different and bigger challenge
What’s been your best race to date?
I've had many great races, but the most notable was when I finished second in my age group at the World Championship Tricross in 2011.
And your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was completing my first full distance Ironman in Frankfurt in 2014. It was a long and hard day but it was a great feeling at the finish line.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
During an off-road duathlon in my home town, I crashed and broke my bike frame, so I had to finish the race with bare feet and a bike in two pieces!
My toughest race was XTERRA France this year. It was a very cold, rainy and muddy day!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I always focus on my goal, the priority is do my best and cross the finish line and don't give up.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Don't stop when you're tired. Stop when you're done!
What are your goals for 2017?
I've already completed my first goal of 2017 which was to compete at the European tour XTERRA, I finished in fifth place. My next goal is world championship XTERRA in October 2017.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from all those who support me.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I care deeply about the environment so it was great to find Sundried, a brand that shares my ethos. Plus, the clothes are made in my home country of Portugal! I love the designs and the training clothes are perfect for before or after a race when you need to be comfortable.