Matteo Guidicelli, 30, sees triathlon as a passion and lifestyle since it is something that he loves and chooses to do. He started at 11 years old as a Kart racer and his dream then was to become the first Filipino Formula One racer.
Guidicelli went on to become an actor, model, singer, performer and endorser. While racing in Formula One did not become a reality for him, different doors opened that led him to show business and then later in the competitive field of triathlon.
“Triathlon is something that keeps you healthy,” Guidicelli said. “It’s not just about enjoying the sport alone. It’s about the community and the healthy lifestyle that comes with it.”
Six years ago, Guidicelli started participating in triathlons because of his Italian father Gianluca Guidicelli, who has been searching for ways to pursue a healthier and more active lifestyle. It led them to the exciting sport of triathlon through their friend Noy Jopson, who is a triathlon coach.
Matteo was humbled when he learned that there is more to triathlon than he thought. At first, the Filipino-Italian actor thought about why he would rather swim, bike and run when he could just go to the gym.
However, when Matteo went biking with his father, he felt incredibly challenged that he could not keep up. It inspired him to strive and be better at the sport.
Along with the positive and supportive triathlon community, Matteo started training harder and setting some personal goals. He cherishes the entire community along with the friends he meets while doing it and his experiences with them.
“Everybody understands each other,” Matteo shared. “We all wake up early, run and bike.”
Training for a triathlon requires great discipline to develop the stamina and endurance needed to conquer the race. Matteo emphasizes the importance of preparation and hard work when it comes to triathlons.
“If you just expect yourself to win without preparing, it won’t happen,” Matteo said. “Preparation for triathlons is pretty intense but when you get your ground game going, your training and grabbing experience from doing triathlons already, it’ll become easier.”
According to Matteo, he has greatly matured in terms of discipline and understanding his body. He started to watch closely the energy he spends as well as the control and strategy he needs to maintain his body.
Also, Matteo stopped going all-out with no regard for his body’s limits. This transition shows his great appreciation for the grueling sport.
“You need to be passionate about everything you do,” Matteo shared. “You need to pour all the love into it and work hard for it. What are goals without dreams and what are dreams without goals?”
When it comes to Matteo’s diet, he gleefully said that the great thing about triathletes is that they can eat as much as they want because they spend tons of energy in the sport. He is currently training at the Sante Fitness Lab (SFL), a game-changing fitness and sports performance training hub found at the heart of Vermosa in Imus, Cavite, Philippines, which offers innovative and holistic fitness programs for everyday to professional athletes and with services like sports rehabilitation and performance testing.
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