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From racing disasters to great achievements, Ian talks to us about life as a Team GB Age-Group triathlete.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, even as a child I was competitive, playing football for many years as a goal keeper. I then moved into running in 2011.

 What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I moved to triathlon in 2012 to add some variety to my training.

 What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

My favourite race so far is the Outlaw Holkham Half. We were blessed with hot weather, the race venue was beautiful, and the event was meticulously well organised.

And your proudest achievement?

Competing in the 2017 European Triathlon Sprint Championships in Austria, and more recently qualifying for the 2019 ITU World Sprint Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

My biggest racing disaster so far was in one of my first races when I crashed my bike at the dismount line due to my shoe coming off the pedal when I removed my foot ready for dismount. Nevertheless, I finished the race, albeit covered in road rash and a torn trisuit!

How do you overcome setbacks?

I carry on and never give up.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

Set your own realistic goals and try not to feel pressurised by others

What are your goals for 2019?

Competing in the ITU World Triathlon Sprint Championships in Lausanne, and the Royal Windsor Triathlon.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

I take my inspiration from Tim Don, an elite triathlete who has been competing for many years and has recently fought back from extreme injury to race at Kona.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

The ethical ethos of Sundried and its devotion to charities, plus the environmentally friendly use of recyclable material.