• Jason Harvey - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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    Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up. Sell yourself, this is your page :)

    The last few years I have been taking part in Duathlon - of which I am now lucky enough to represent my age group for Team GB. My first international event was the European Duathlon Championships last March 2020 in Spain - unfortunately immediately following this coronavirus hit and so I have only done one race since. I am currently training to improve my fitness for next year where I have already qualified for the European and World Championships - fingers crossed they go ahead!!

    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    I have always had an interest in fitness and have been a Personal Trainer for 12 years - through this time I have tried a few different sports but always enjoyed cycling and running the most. In 2018 I took part in my first Duathlon race to try it out and fell in love with the sport.

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

    What are your training goals now?

    Currently I am working a lot on my cycling and running technique (as I have the time to do so before international competition) to reduce injury risk going forwards. My main goals being the World and European Championships next year where I hope to place in the top 3 of my age group.

    Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I am currently learning to fly - working towards my Pilots licence.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Take part in sport/exercise activities because YOU enjoy them - not because other people do.

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    I do follow a set nutrition plan - my daily target is 2500 - 2700 calories. This caters for my body fat target and activity level ensuring I have enough energy in the tank for the big sessions. I try to eat 5 times per day - 3 main meals and two snacks. Diet wise I keep a good balance of Carbs and Protein, Fats I try and keep relatively low. My favourite snack is a bagel with peanut butter and chopped up banana!

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    Keeping clients motivated is all about goals - no different to myself. Setting goals and working towards them keeps motivation high.

    Make sure your goals are achievable and not too far away - you can always set a new goal once you have achieved your first!

    Talk us through your training regime.

    Currently I train 6 days per week - my regime consists of 2 strength sessions, 3 bike sessions and 3 run sessions. The sessions vary in goal and purpose depending on the weekly plan and how my body feels.

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Reading! The most valuable tool to us all, and I don't mean insta feeds...I mean books! Learning how the body works and where everything is is the best place to start if you want to improve your knowledge - once you get to grips with this the exercises become easy to develop.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Set achievable goals.
    2. Do what you enjoy.
    3. Health and Fitness is a lifestyle not a diet.

    If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Flapjacks! Although I'm not sure I'd manage many before they came back up!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the Sundried gear! I already recommend it to my clients as I wear it myself - it's affordable, well made and well designed. 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    The body achieves what the mind believes.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Chloe Wheeler - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    My fitness journey started when I was about 16 and I went for a run with my older sister who was into triathlon. I could barely run 10 minutes without having to walk, so I set myself the challenge of running my block in one go, and from then on you couldn’t stop me. It been up and down struggling with an eating disorder as I believed skinnier meant faster, but skinnier just meant more injuries. I purely ran for about 4 years, however now I have started training in duathlon.

    If you are interested in getting into running, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.

    What are your training goals now?

    My goals right now are to do some age group qualifiers in duathlon and start doing some races abroad which will be really cool! I just want to see how good I can get! Another goal I have is to break my 5k PB which hopefully with a good balance of bike, run, and strength training that will come in its own time too. 

    Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I used to be all things horses, I used to compete most weekends and I loved it! 

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Everyone gets injuries, give them the proper time they need to heal, and you will not re-injure yourself 

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    I am a vegetarian, I eat a healthy balanced diet, and just eat when I’m hungry and make sure I re-fuel properly before, during & after hard training sessions.

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    To keep people motivated I make sure its always fun, and that they feel they are in control, when motivation is lacking, I ask them what is their reason for starting, what is their why? My top tip would be to think of where you started to where you are now, be it mentally or physically. 

    Talk us through your training regime.

    It varies a bit but as a general…

    • Monday = rest day
    • Tuesday = Club training
    • Wednesday = Bike & gym 
    • Thursday = Run 
    • Friday= run & bike 
    • Saturday= Hard bike & gym 
    • Sunday= Long run

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    Constantly researching, discussions in my clubs group chat, studying for my Level 3 personal training course also helps!

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Listen to your body
    2. Run your easy runs *actually* easy
    3. Don’t skip the strength work or stretching 

    If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Carrots and Hummus <3 

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the how you try to be sustainable in clothing where you can, its GREAT quality at a reasonable price unlike many other sporting brands out there. 

    Favourite fitness quote:

    "The body achieves what the mind believes"

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Chris Mills Athlete Ambassador

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    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!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Claire Warburton Athlete Ambassador

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    Claire is a duathlete who has her sights set on the Team GB Age Group team. She talks to Sundried about training and motivation.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I've always been really active. I've been into running and subsequently cycling as an adult.

    What made you decide to enter the world of duathlon?

    I did a lot of running, culminating in a marathon in 2011. I wasn't ever the most natural and it was and still is the hardest thing I've completed. After the London marathon, I didn't run for ages and off the back of the 2012 Olympics I unexpectedly got a place in the first Ride London sportive.

    I fell in love with cycling and did the Ride London three years in a row. After my daughter was born, it took me a while to get back into fitness and what really got me back to it again was a super sprint duathlon. I hated and loved the experience all at once and this motivated me to get fit and try longer races. 

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

    My favourite race to date has to be the Great North Run. I'm loving racing duathlons but due to them predominantly being in the winter, the weather is nearly always torrential. I'm hoping the Marlow Fugitive middle distance duathlon will be an exception to that rule as it's in July this year!

    And your proudest achievement?

    Getting back to fitness after having my daughter. I don't think there are enough female role models out there encouraging mums. More often than not, mums are spread so thin between looking after their children and going back to work that exercise is not on the radar. I now set my alarm for 4:30am at least 4 times a week to get out and train. Whilst this is ridiculously early, it allows for 'me time' and I believe it makes me a better wife and mother!

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

    Hands down Bedford Autodrome duathlon in 2019. To say it was raining would be an understatement. That coupled with the fact it was the first race on my TT bike made for a very painful last 5km run.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Setbacks are what help us learn and grow. I unfortunately suffered with post-natal depression and anxiety after having my daughter. I could have let that define me and stop me from getting back to feeling like myself again, but I took my time and (eventually) gave myself a break. It's still an ongoing struggle with anxiety at times but I'm definitely a better person for going through it.

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

    Just get out and do your best. Whatever the outcome, you can't be unhappy if you have tried your hardest.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    To get through the Fugitive Middle Distance Duathlon in July. I have a couple of standard duathlons in the diary and my long term goal is to make it onto the Team GB Age Group team. I may try a triathlon this year as well

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    This is a very difficult question to answer as there is not one person. I admire a lot of people for varying different qualities. I most admire people who come through adversity to gain success.

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

    Sundried kit is great. I still can't get over how it is made with recycled coffee amongst other things!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Jessica Williams Athlete Ambassador

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    Jessica is a duathlete who has competed at world level. She talks to Sundried about training and motivation.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I got into sport off the back of weight loss from the age of 15. By 17, I was competing for my county in running and I won a southern counties cross country medal.

    How did you first get into duathlon?

    From the age of 18-27, I suffered an on/off battle with bulimia, anorexia and laxative abuse, which I speak openly about and use my social media platform to help others and to raise awareness. I got my first road bike aged 18 and I truly took to cycling aged 20.  It was my brother who actually had the idea I should try duathlon as I did both sports.

    In 2016, I qualified to represent Team GB in Age Group Duathlon. That year, I became British champion and World silver age group medal holder. Unfortunately, I suffered an injury at the end of 2016 which saw me take 2017 out of GB competition but I returned to competitive duathlon in early 2018 when I became British champion once more as well as World bronze medal holder and silver European medal holder.

    At the end of 2018, I began my studies to become a personal trainer and took a step back from competing to give myself time to build my own business. This coincided with a knee injury and being out of running for most of 2019 anyway!

    In the interim, I’ve also qualified twice for Team GB to compete in the world Gran Fondo cycling by qualifying at the Tour of Cambridge.

    I returned to running in November 2019 and was determined I would make a return to competing January 2020 and I did. Between January 1st and 12th, I competed in 4 running races and at one qualified to represent my county (Cambridgeshire) at the inter-counties cross country in March.

    What's been your best race to date?

    My best performance to date was my first World Championships for duathlon. I competed over standard distance (10k run/40k bike/5k run), and ran 37.27 for the first 10k run. That was really quite good, but at the time I got so caught up in pushing forward I forgot to stop and appreciate the journey!

    And your proudest achievement?

    My proudest moment was winning bronze and silver at world level and having my parents watching. Even though it was not my strongest race to date, I had just come back from suffering a virus similar to glandular fever that had seen me not train for 3 weeks. It was my dad who said I was stubborn and determined like him so he knew there was no point in telling me I wouldn’t get to that start line! At the end of the race, he put his arm round me and said how proud he was of me, that meant everything!

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

    My toughest race was probably my first duathlon back from injury in February 2018. I qualified for Team GB but I don’t know how as my fingers froze in the cold and I couldn’t get my helmet off in transition, then my irritable bowl flared up which left me dashing for the loo on the second run!

    I finished and thought “wow, if I can qualify after all that happening, we are in for a good year” and sure I was. I won 1 British title, 1 silver European medal and 1 Bronze world medal in less than 8 months after that.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    I plan to make a return to duathlon, wanting to come back from injury more determined than ever to bring home that gold medal.

    I have several big running competitions on the cards between now and March and then in June I have the Chrono Time Trial at the Tour of Cambridge which is the qualifier for the amateur Gran Fondo World Championships.

    I will also aim to do a GB qualifying race for duathlon this year so as to aim to qualify to compete for GB in the world/ European championships next year in 2021.

    Who do you take inspiration from?

    My biggest inspiration is my dad. He’s competed as an athlete for Team GB in running and he has completed a 2.27 London marathon at a time when his health was not at its best. He represented GB as a veteran runner and has competed at a particularly high standard over the years.

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

    I’ve had sponsors before and I’ve had ambassador roles, but I have to believe in a product. If I don’t like it or believe in its principles. I would never advertise it.

    Sundried is high quality and durable and it’s so comfortable to wear. It’s a brand that not only looks good but feels good to train in too. It’s hard to find a brand that covers all aspects with running, cycling and duathlon.

    As to inspiring others, it’s what I do, I use my social media platform to help others see that we are all capable of achieving great things if only we can open our mind up to believing this is the case. I live to inspire others and I’ve always said if sharing my journey of how I overcame my eating disorder as well as my success in sport and rehab from injury can help one person, I would shout about it from the roof top if needs be.

    We never have any idea who’s watching our journey and story and who takes strength from that so we need to be kind, always. For anyone struggling to get motivated, it all starts and ends with you! Don’t make your goal so far ahead you get disillusioned or stray off course, short, medium and long term goals are what it’s all about. Take strength and courage from others around you to build a self belief and self worry that help you carry yourself on your tough days.

    “You won’t always be motivated, so on these days you must be disciplined.”

    My favourite bit of Sundried kit is Sundried Piz Ela sports bra. It's so comfortable and sits well when running which is key as well as looking great.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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