After reaching some success at local and national level during his college years, Guilherme decided to turn pro, train full time and move to Boulder, Colorado in the USA seeking to train with the best and a better training structure. He decided to go longer and focus in long course, trusting the endurance and abilities he develop for several years as a right wing playing soccer. His main focus from now on is Ironman and ITU Long Course racing representing Italy and his sponsors.
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
First Triathlon: A sprint triathlon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite distance: Ironman
Career highlight: Making the Italian National Team for ITU Worlds in 2010 and European Champs in 2011 and qualifying for my pro card in the USA
Race wheels: Ares6 Carbon Clincher
Nickname: G (Easy way for my English-native speaker’s mates to call me!)
Favorite race: Ironman 70.3 St.Croix & Ironman Coeur D’Alene
Favorite place to train: Boulder, Colorado swimming at Rally Sport pool, riding up the Rocky Mountains on Peak to Peak and running track at Fairview High School with the Boulder Track Club! Simply amazing!
What I dread about race day: Waiting for one of those “inside the water” starts when it’s cold and chilly! Not much body fat on this tiny 125 pounds guy to keep me warm! Brrrrrrr
What I always wanted to be when I grew up: Happy! No matter what that was and is always my first choice!
If I was a cartoon character I would be: The Road Runner! I wish I could be as fast as he is!
If I could have lunch with anyone it would be: Better keep it secret, my wife is a bit jealous and she fights Muay Thay!
My hero is: Michael Jordan, Silvio Santos (Brazilian TV personality and host) and my parents (best inspiration I’ll ever have)
Favorite food: Sea Food & Sushi
Strangest thing I've ever eaten: Something I’ve eaten one time racing in countryside China tasting some local food. It was so weird I can’t even say how they called it!
Funniest incident in my life: During a training camp in Australia last winter, a local friend gave the phone after receiving one of those telemarketing annoying calls and asked me to start replying the guy in Portuguese. He had no idea about what was going on and she was laughing a lot and so was I. I guess it was her “revenge” for those inconvenient advertisement calls!
Five things I would need to survive, if left alone on a deserted island: A giant bowl full of Açaí berry (Brazilian typical fruit), some kind of gadget I could still chat on line with my friends, a camera so I could take some pictures of that paradisiacal island & send to my envy friends, my goggles (I need to keep improving my swim!!!) and a return ticket (I wouldn’t want to be there forever!).
Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happiness & The Blind Side
Additional thoughts or notes: Do what you really love, so you can love what you do! Sounds like a “cliché” but Life is too short to spend time and energy doing things you don’t believe or enjoy! Be true to your feelings, believe always in yourself, stick to your plan and go for it!