Hello, my name is Rafa Herrero and this is the story that changed my life both in my health and in sports, after meeting Azucena Sánchez.
A little more than a year ago, specifically in July 2011, I was introduced to Azucena at a dinner of friends, I did not know her at all and we began to talk about sports, something that shocked me a little because talking about sports with a woman was not very common in my life, since despite my hobbies that were related to sports I never got to practice them in such a professional way, because my physique limited me to achievements totally unthinkable for me.
I have been a person who has always been overweight since my childhood even practicing sports such as judo, soccer, basketball, athletics, but nothing serious. When I talk about overweight I am referring to 127 kg with a height of 179 cm, I always had knee and back problems. I got to try up to three different endocrines of which the only thing I lost was the money and it was no small thing.
Everything began to change after meeting Azucena and following a personalized training plan, and as I say only training, during July-August and September and following her training to the letter I managed to lose 27 kg and the best of all is what I enjoyed doing sports and eating everything that the endocrine forbade me, and at the same time I was taking a more than good physical condition, after these three months and after meeting my partner who practiced cycling at a high level (of course I was fond of cycling), I proposed to Azucena if I could prepare for the Half Ironman of Valencia that was held in March 2012, and he told me that there was little time (very fair) to prepare as it should but that with work and desire we could try and so it was, we got down to work, little by little I was losing weight and taking more physical condition.
So much so, that in the month of January I participated in a popular 10km race on foot at an average of 5.30' a km without ever having run at that level, I myself was hallucinating with the progress I was making, which maybe for an experienced athlete is not a big deal, but for me it meant a triumph.
Everything continued very quickly and I continued to lose weight and increase my physical condition and in the month of February I participated in my first half marathon 21.5 km and not only did I manage to finish it but I scored from 47' approx. to 5' the km, and what hurt me the most was not having done better time, as I had a puncture in the back of my right leg that slowed me down the final beat.
Meanwhile there was only one month left for the date of the race that was going to be 1.5km of swimming, 90km by road bike and 21.5km of running on foot, the times were coming out with the training that Azucena put me and for me it was an achievement what I was getting since I was prepared to make a great race and be able to finish it, but as this is sport, in a training with the bike I fell and injured my hip with what ended the dream of that race and I put myself in the hands of the best therapist I have ever known Azucena Sánchez Benito and in just 20 days I was again training 100% and such was my obsession to participate in something more serious to participate in the classic cyclist of the 7 peaks that is, 180km by bike and 7 very hard mountain passes, quite an achievement for me.
Many of you will read this and you will surely think "what an achievement", "that's nothing"... etc. but I can assure you that for a person with 127kg of weight and 179cm of height, it is a victory!!, I am currently at 80Kg and 1.80cm of continuous height with my personalized training by Azucena and eating what I want, unfortunately I can not attend your sports massages of muscle discharge because I am outside the country, but what I can tell you is that thanks to Azucena I am another different person, with different objectives!!!