Late to the world of triathlon, Pedro hit the ground running – literally. Commitment, perseverance and a true love of the sport has led to him being the only Portuguese athlete to date to have won an Ironman. Fearless and relentless, he has his eyes set on Kona yet again this year.
How did you start running? My Dad instigated running into me as a way of “earning” my time in front of the computer.
Why do you run now? Because I’m addicted to the endorphins it releases.
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? Likely Ironman Hawaii, because it’s where the best want to be and excel.
What do you think about while running?
Everything that troubles me – I think about it, stress about it and then relax. Running feels like therapy.
What is your go to training meal? A bowl of unsweetened apple sauce with a scoop of chocolate whey protein and banana slices.
What song is your go to for the run? Either Tiesto or Armind Van Buuren.
Who is your “team”? My wife.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? Photography.
Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? Commercial airline pilot.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete?
That it’s a life of suffering for a few moments of glory. And still worth it.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? Focus on your form, run on your toes, lean your upper body forward.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? It takes years before you start to see any reward.
Why On? Because it was created by runners who know the sport and keep a high standard for manufacturing.