Sundried ambassador cycling athlete triathlon

Alex was inspired into the world of triathlon after a chance meeting with an Ironman athlete and a motivating conversation. He talks to Sundried about conquering his first Ironman and life as a triathlete. 

Have you always been into sport?

I have always been involved in sports, playing football from a young age up until last year.

How did you first get into triathlon?

In June last year I met somebody at my wife’s work awards evening. I’d never heard about Ironman triathlon before and spent an hour listening to this guy telling me about Ironman and how he had completed a number of them. I was shocked at the distances he was telling me about, thinking it sounds crazy however I knew instantly that I wanted to do one. My wife called me crazy but I bought my first road bike the following month and entered Ironman UK two months later having only ridden my new bike a couple of times. 

What’s been your best race to date?

My favourite race and also proudest achievement to date was completing Ironman UK in Bolton on 14th July 2019. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done however also most rewarding. It was a pretty emotional moment coming down the finish chute with all my family and friends cheering me on. Having only bought my first bike just over 6 months ago I was absolutely chuffed to finish in 12 hours 28 seconds! (A very frustrating 28 seconds). 

How do you overcome setbacks?

Since completing Ironman UK, I have had a couple of niggles meaning I’ve not been able to train as much as I’d have liked, however I don’t class these as setbacks. I treated this as the perfect opportunity to spend more time with family, and not worrying about eating that vanilla slice or double pepperoni pizza! You have to re-charge your batteries and more importantly your mind every now and then – after all, we all started this game with the intention of having fun!

What are your goals for 2020?

My 2020 goals are to chase a GB Age Group slot for World or European Olympic distance triathlon. I have got a coach on board and am now excited to give it my all and see what the outcome is!

Who do you take inspiration from?

I can’t say I have any one individual that is my inspiration, I just strongly believe that if you want something enough then you can always achieve it. You have to want to reach your goals for yourself, not for anybody else or any other reason. The early mornings or winter sessions will soon catch you out if you’re not in it for the right reasons. 

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

My favourite Sundried products so far are the bib shorts and bib leggings, the quality and fit are unbelievable and super comfy too! It also matches my bike which is a bonus!

I am looking forward to buying the Sundried tri suit to race in over winter! The company appealed to me as they offer awesome products at a respectable and affordable price, as we all know triathlon can be an expensive sport however your kit for me is up there with the best and priced amazingly!