Chris is a duathlete who loves the challenge of competing. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have been into sport from an early age. I was rarely seen without a ball at my feet.
What made you decide to enter the world of duathlon?
I entered the world of duathlon because I wanted the buzz of racing and also wanted a challenge.
What's been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race to date has to be the European Age Group Championships in Romania last year. The set-up, weather and all-round experience were amazing!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Pretty much every major race I've competed in so far I've had a bad stitch or cramp in both calves and always end up crawling around the second run, but I'm hoping to get on top of this in the future with better preparation.
My toughest race was a world championship qualification race last year where the stitch was the worst I've ever had and I lost 15 places on the second run.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I overcome setbacks by staying positive and looking at the bigger picture. I have recently come back from a severe ankle sprain which set me back massively but I stayed patient and worked on other aspects like core training.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
I wish I'd been given more advice on how training other aspects such as core and strength training can help performance.
What are your goals for 2020?
My goals for 2020 are to enjoy the European Championships then train hard for a 2021 place and also set some PBs in cycle time trialling and 10k run.
Who do you take inspiration from?
I take inspiration from other athletes local to me like elite duathlete Ben Price and multiple World and European Age Group champion Alex Doherty.
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the look of the Sundried kit; I think it looks very professional and it's great quality!