Tifosi Sports a call for entries to become an ambassador for some of our brands was met with great enthusiasm and hundreds of applicants. Tifosi was thrilled to announce the final list of 29 ambassadors in April, and now it is our pleasure to introduce you to the guys and girls who represent Tifosi’s brands when they compete in numerous events across the country and abroad.
In this article, as a part of a series about our new ambassadors, we introduce Jacques Lotriet.
What is your favourite sport?
What do you love most about your choice of sport?
I love the idea of competing at three different sports in one race. It is the ultimate challenge, switching between various disciplines in quick succession. You can also be off on the day at one discipline, or run into bad luck, and then make up again in another discipline.
When did you start participating in this sport and what made you get into it?
Having competed in many tough endurance mountain bike races, including 10 stage races, and ultimately the gruelling 36One MTB Challenge (361km, non-stop), I decided to take on the full Ironman. I couldn’t really swim and run, but decided that I would train at these two disciplines to tick off Ironman and go back to only cycling. However, I got hooked on triathlon during my very first race at Slanghoek in October 2016. By June 2017, I had completed all three SA Ironman events. I am now focussed on full Ironman and endurance events, and plan to compete in the Wales Brutal Triathlon (double Ironman distance) in 2021. I like to see how far I can push myself.
What is your favourite piece of Compressport apparel and why do you use it?
I like wearing both the triathlon shorts and calf sleeves. You can swim, bike and run in both. My muscles also last much longer during training and racing, and recover much quicker.
How do you stay motivated – especially during the winter and over holidays?
Luckily I do not need much motivation, I am “addicted” to training and love chasing goals and new challenges. With the good weather in SA, I actually find the cooler winter months the best for long distance and extreme training. December holidays fall in the middle of Ironman training, so I just incorporate my training plan into my holiday, which means there are a lot of very early morning sessions.
What advice would you give someone who has just started their fitness journey?
In the beginning it is going to hurt, you are going to be slow, everyone will pass you. But keep pushing, go further, faster and higher with every session, and eventually most will be chasing you. And never give up – the rewards come in many shapes in sizes and they are worth every drop of sweat.