Amber is an Ironman triathlete who has her sights set on the 70.3 World Championships for next year. She talks to Sundried about balancing training with life.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always been active, playing netball growing up. I got into running about 10 years ago, racing anything from 1 mile to marathon distance.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I took up triathlon in 2016 as running was battering my legs, and I got bitten by the triathlon bug!
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Ironman UK 70.3 in 2018 was my first middle distance triathlon. I loved the swim and the bike, the run was tough but finishing was the most amazing feeling. I am looking forward to racing it again this year.
And your proudest achievement?
Getting back to training after having children. It isn't easy balancing parenting and both me and my partner training 8-10 hours a week, but somehow we are making it work!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Dun Loaghaire 70.3 in 2018. It was incredibly tough, my first ever sea swim, a wet windy and very hilly bike and a fab harbour run and I was proud to complete it in one piece!
How do you overcome setbacks?
By spending time with my kids - they help me put things into perspective.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Don't rush things! It takes patience and persistence and there is always another race.
What are your goals for 2020?
I am aiming to better my Ironman 70.3 race time and hopefully to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2021.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Those I train with: my partner, my running club team mates and triathlon friends.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I try to do my bit for the environment and ethical clothing is one of my favourite things about Sundried. And there is no compromise on quality either.
The Piz Fora vest is my current favourite. I have two and bought the first one whilst pregnant with my daughter. The cut worked great around my bump and still fits well now in training post-baby.