• James Bale Athlete Ambassador

    James Bale Triathlete Running

    James has always been into sport, with his dad and granddad spurring him on from a young age. He tells Sundried about some of his toughest challenges to date and his aspiration to complete the toughest races on earth.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes - always loved running and swimming from a young age. 

    What made you decide to enter triathlon?

    In 1999 my dad mentioned to me that there was a new triathlon club starting near where we lived in Devon and I liked the sound of it. So I went along and the rest is history. 

    What’s been your best race to date?

    My best race in terms of results was Bristol Triathlon (Olympic distance) 2014. I hope to better this in June. 

    And your proudest achievement?

    Completing Ironman Lanzarote in 2015. This is known as the hardest Ironman in the world - my plan from here on is to find the hardest events and complete some of the most gruelling races the world has to offer. 

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

    Dislocating my shoulder in the swim portion of Ironman 70.3 UK on Exmoor in 2013 - managed to get it back in and finish the race but it hurt.....a lot. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    The setbacks for me have mainly revolved around health - I had to have a new shoulder in March 2016 and I'm slowly getting used to training with the new joint. Swimming was tough and riding on the drops. Just have to maintain focus and keep going - it will come back but I try not to put too much pressure on myself. 

    What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?

    Consistency is key. When you go long, go slow. When you do intervals make them count. 

    What are your goals for 2017?

    • Bodmin Tri
    • Bristol Olympic Tri
    • LEJOG - 8 days
    • Ilfracombe Sprint Tri
    • Brecon Ultra Marathon 

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    My dad and my granddad. Plus a little bit of Greg Lemond.

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

    I have liked Sundried for some time, I'm really into the ethical stance the company takes it resonates with me and my lifestyle. I think my favourite bit of kit at the moment is the Pro Cycling Top. It looks awesome. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Seamus Sheard Athlete Ambassador

    Seamus Sheard Cycling Sundried Ambassador

    Seamus Sheard is a young athlete who hasn't always been into sport. He tells Sundried how we went from not even being able to swim, to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in 2016.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I was always sporty as a child, however not exactly skilled or the best but I gave it all a go. I especially enjoyed cycling because of the freedom it gave me. At secondary school I took up indoor rowing and that was where I started to look to challenge myself both physically and mentally. Not long after I took up cross-country running and haven't looked back.

    What made you decide to enter triathlon?

    I saw a local duathlon advertised in the national trust handbook and decided to enter. It involved a 5km run, a 20 km bike, and a 2.5km run. It was perfect for my non swimming self. I loved it and started to look for other events. This meant triathlon and the scary bit… swimming. Having never learnt to swim properly this was my biggest obstacle but I managed to complete my 400m pool swim in a little over 12 minutes. 3 years on and I am now swimming sub 5.30 per 400m, nothing amazing but a significant improvement. 

    And your proudest achievement?

    Representing Great Britain at the world triathlon champs in Mexico or becoming British duathlon champion for under 20s age group.

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

    I haven't had any racing disasters as such (touch wood). However my toughest race was at the world championships in Mexico where the heat and humidity really got to me on the run and started playing mind games in my head. It was a real battle to get to the finish line. 

    Seamus Sheard Running Triathlete Sundried

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Although it's rather cliché, I really go by the saying "control the controllables." Most setbacks are out of our control anyway so take a step back, breathe, and re-assess the situation and your goals with a fresh mind before planning your new path to overcome any setbacks

    What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?

    Swimming isn't that bad! And just go for it because you never know how it's going to pan out. As a child I hated running and never once did I think I'd be representing GB age group triathlon team. But I gave it a go and fell in love with it. Now I can't imagine not running.

    What are your goals for 2017?

    This year I am hoping to qualify for the world triathlon championships in Rotterdam where I am looking for a top 10 age group finish. I am also competing in the Always Aim High series where I hope to win my age group.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    I got a lot of my inspiration from Chrissie Wellington after reading her autobiography, "Life Without Limits".  I think the late Mike Hall is also inspirational for how far he pushed himself and the limits of endurance racing.

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

    I really like how Sundried care about not only sustainability of the environment but also its people too, while ensuring their clothing is of the highest quality.  My favourite bit of kit is the pro tri-suit as it is really comfy to wear, especially during long races, without restricting movement. Also the fact that it is designed with UV-protection is great, being fair skinned and ginger!

     

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Training Update From Triathlete Sophia Green

    Sophia Green Sundried Ambassador Running Triathlete

    Over the past few months, I have been training consistently and getting through every session despite the awful weather and the early 5 am starts. To make training easier I attended a training camp in Portugal. The camp was great as the weather made training much more enjoyable. I was able to get out on my race bike on the smooth roads which was great as it had been way too long. Not being at school allowed me to purely focus on training; I loved being in a camp environment because I could really focus on the session. Instead of being rushed pre-session and post-session I was able to concentrate on the specifics like stretching and mobility, that is what really makes the difference.

    Alongside the training, there were also trials going on throughout the week. The trials were to decide who would get the reserve spot for the Commonwealth Games in the mixed relay. All my hard work over winter had been worth it as I managed to secure myself the reserve spot to Australia. I am super excited that I am getting the opportunity to represent Scotland and can’t wait to experience such an opportunity.

    Over the next few weeks I will continue to keep up the consistent training. During these weeks I will start to do more race-specific sessions as the season is slowly creeping in once again.

    What will change within my training as race season approaches?

    - More group swimming/working on positioning.

    - Work more on front-end speed in the swim so that I am able to position myself better at the start of a race.

    - Get out on the road more (providing the weather is reasonable) to work on bike skills, specifically dead turns.

    - Increase running volume and do more tempo work.

    - More brick sessions. 

    Sophia Green Sundried women's running leggings gym vest

    After I get back from Australia I have trials for the British Super Series races and my final exams for school will not be far around the corner after that. The next few months will be very busy but I will give it my best and I can’t wait to see what they bring!

    Training has of course been made easier with my Sundried clothing as I am able to train in comfort and look good at the same time. Currently, my favourite piece of clothing is the Sundried Les Rouies gym vest as I can wear this casually and for sport! It's lightweight so for training it is perfect, especially when in the gym as it can get very hot, the material is fast drying so there is no worry about leaving the gym looking a mess!

    When I was in Portugal I actually got the opportunity to wear shorts! The Sundried Les Rouies Women’s gym shorts were perfect and I highly recommend them. I got through some of my toughest run sessions in them and they never failed to perform. They are super stretchy which is exactly what you need for running! Leading to recovery was perfect as there was no need for me to get changed. This was because of the inner shorts and again because they are such stretchy, flexible shorts.

    I look forward to letting you all know how my 2018 season goes!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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