Zachary is an ultra runner who is now venturing into the world of Ironman. He talks to Sundried about rock climbing and other adventures.
Have you always been into sport?
I have been running all my life but recently (in the last two years) started running marathons and competing. I have also been interested in mountain climbing for quite some time and started climbing this year.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I love challenge and pushing myself. Ultra marathon running got me into wanting to do an Ironman and my interest progressed from there.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Every new race is my favourite since it's a new place with new people and those are the experiences I enjoy the most.
And your proudest achievement?
Winning a local 50 mile race.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
I have not had any crazy disasters yet. We will see what happens though!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I always have my "why" in the back of my head. Whenever I am at my lowest point I find the "why" and it pushes me. My "why" is to be the best I can be and do things the majority of people can't and to know that can inspire others to push their own limits.
What advice do you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Start enjoying races and take in the moment from the very start.
What are your goals for 2019?
Doing my first Ironman in September 2019. I am incredibly excited.
I am also running my first 100 mile ultra marathon on December 1st 2018.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
I am inspired by athletes who, against all odds, are still competing and growing from the experience.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love that the Sundried gear is able to withstand the elements and be a trusted partner on the course. I never have to worry about the gear breaking down on me.