Ian Dodds Athlete Ambassador
Ian is relatively new to the world of triathlon but is hoping to complete his first 70.3 race this year. He talks to Sundried about life as a triathlete.
Have you always been into sport?
I've only recently found myself getting into sport - particularly endurance events. I've been snowboarding for about 17 years but for the longest time this was the only sport I'd say I was 'into' - other than occasionally going to the gym or having brief spells of going out for a run a few times a week.
This all changed about 2 years ago when I came across a local running club that met down the road from my house - it was welcoming, accessible and most importantly, fun! It's all just escalated from there really - I nervously entered a 10k a few months after joining them and am looking at doing my first ultra in 2019.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
It seemed like a good idea at the time?! My sister and her husband have done a few and I was discussing the possibility of doing one with some friends from my club; then all of a sudden I'd signed up to 3! I really enjoy all 3 disciplines; so it feels like a natural fit.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Probably the Hever Castle Olympic last year - I enjoyed every minute of that and had gone in with the attitude of making sure I had a fun time, rather than stressing over how quickly I could finish.
The Vienna half marathon, also last year, was the first time I felt really strong throughout the whole race and the atmosphere was just incredible.
And your proudest achievement?
Looking halfway acceptable in lycra.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
I put loads of pressure on myself to hit arbitrary goals during my first sprint tri (The Oysterman in Whitstable) so ended up being annoyed at myself for not meeting these and so didn't really have as good of a time as I should have done.
I've also had a few nightmares of fueling wrong, drinking coffee before a race or there just not being a convenient toilet stop.. GI issues ahoy!
How do you overcome setbacks?
Trying to learn from them - then at least something good will come of it.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Don't worry about the time, just have fun.
What are your goals for 2018?
Completing my first 70.3
Who do you take your inspiration from?
My club members and training buddies are amazing - they've driven me on and encouraged me from my first session.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I like how it's responsibly and ethically sourced and manufactured. It looks good, wears well and puts money back in to its athletes and charities.