Adam Jackson Triathlete Bike Cycling Aero Bars

Adam is a long course triathlete and has completed Ironman races all over the world. He talks to Sundried about life in the sport.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, from a young age I played a lot of football and always ran and biked to keep fit for it, any sport out there I wanted to try it; one was never enough.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I got to the age of 21 and I was getting too many injuries from playing football at a good level. One of my friends was doing a sprint triathlon so I decided to enter and from then never looked back.

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

my favourite race to date is Ironman Italy; it was the first ever Ironman long distance race in Italy and that made it extra special to be a part of and the atmosphere was awesome.

And your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement was racing in the triathlon World Championships in Chicago for the GB Age Group team. I dedicated so much to qualify for this race so all the hard work and effort made the race extra special as I felt I had earned the right to be there.

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

I have been very lucky and had no major disasters (touch wood). In Ironman Italy, my legs lost their mojo on the bike and therefore I found it hard to pedal but I put that down to the fact I had completed an Iron distance race (Outlaw Nottingham) only 9 weeks before.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I see setbacks as hurdles; they make me work even harder to get over them.

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

Take one step back and two steps forward, you don’t have to train hard every day to improve. And get a good coach!

What are your goals for 2018?

My goals are to break 10 hours in the full distance Ironman race and to qualify at middle distance (half Ironman).

Who do you take your inspiration from?

This is a hard question as I just love what I do - racing triathlon and personal training - so in a way everyone is an inspiration as I’m always learning new things every day from the  different people I meet and the new experiences I have.

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

I like the fact that Sundried work alongside and help out charities and my favourite bit of kit is all of it as its feels good to train and race in.