A Tifosi Sports call for entries to become an ambassador for some of our brands was met with great enthusiasm and hundreds of applicants. Tifosi Sports 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 Miguel Netto.
What is your favourite sport?
Long-distance triathlon and ultra-endurance sports.
What do you love most about your choice of sport?
Triathlon has changed my life for the better in so many ways. The discipline and commitment required from the sport provides structure and relevance to everyday life. I love both the mental and physical challenge that the sport requires. Whilst talent is a big factor in triathlon, a lot of the success in the sport comes from the effort and time you put into each discipline, coupled with pure grit and determination. Digging deep and going to that dark place makes the rewards so much better for me!
When did you start participating in this sport and what made you get into it?
Coming from a long-distance running background, I was always interested and followed triathlon. It was a sport I wanted to try, as it involved a bit more variety and seemed like a great challenge to try. So, in 2011, I made the decision to get into the sport by training for my first full IronMan. I fell in love with the sport and completed IronMan South Africa in 2012. I haven’t looked back since then, and triathlon has become a way of life for me. I just recently completed my 6th full IronMan and I am now looking to qualify for the IronMan World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. This is my dream, and one that I will continue to chase until I fulfil it!
What is your favourite piece of Compressport apparel and why do you use it?
The entire Compressport apparel range is incredible, and I love training, racing and recovering in their apparel. However, the Compressport sock range is incredible: sport-specific socks which really do enhance performance and comfort. I refuse to wear any other socks. I have lost count of how many pairs I have!
How do you stay motivated – especially during the winter and over holidays?
As I mentioned, triathlon is a sport which requires absolute dedication and commitment, but making it your way of living and incorporating it into my everyday life really keeps me going and motivated. Living a healthy life by training hard and eating healthy benefits my work and everyday life, as well as my sporting performance. Obviously, when all this is not enough at times, I ask myself, “how badly do you want it and what does success (Kona) look like?”. I live by the motto “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”!
What advice would you give someone who has just started their fitness journey?
I often tell people that the key to THEIR fitness journey is to focus on their own journey and not compare themselves to other people’s goals and ambitions. It’s important to always remember why you started and where you want to go. A journey will never be smooth sailing, otherwise it would be boring and not challenging, so it is crucial to take each session and goal as it comes. My words of advice in one sentence: Don’t let a good one go to your head, and don’t let a bad one go to your heart!