Anna Griffiths - Athlete Ambassador
Have you always been into sport?
I was into sport as a child, mainly doing windsurfing and gymnastics. In my mid 20's I discovered cycling and it's taken off from there. I now trained most days and absolutely love it.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I did my first triathlon for charity, I wanted to raise money for the British Heart Foundation as my grandad had passed away the year before. I will always remember that first year, I did Castle Howard and London triathlon. London was Olympic distance and it was the first time I managed to swim 1500m freestyle.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race was actually a swim run in Norway it was amazing. In swim-run you run in your wetsuit and swim in your shoes, it's done as a team. We covered 35km of running and about 6km of swimming across the fjords. I would definitely recommend it if anyone wanted to try something a bit different.
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was swimming Windermere (I like to do slightly different events), it's 11 miles took me 6h37 and I could not stand up at the end but it was such an amazing thing to do. I'll be doing Ullswater swim in a few things which I'm really looking forward to.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
No big disasters (so far) I put my shoes on the wrong pedals at the Age group Europeans in Glasgow a few years ago but luckily realised before the start, race nerves!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I'm going to focus on one main set-back- time and life stress- a lot of us are juggling work, family life and training and sometimes that can be challenging. I have learnt to be kind to myself, I know where my focus is training wise and if I have to miss a session sometimes that's okay.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Start with a sprint, I went straight in at Olympic distance that was not easy!!
What are your goals?
My goals at the moment are on ultra running, I would like to be competitive so focusing on that- some big races this year which I'm really looking forward to.
Who inspires you?
So many people inspire me, there are a lot of pro athletes juggling their sporting career, family life/jobs I think that's amazing.
Why work with Sundried?
Sustainability is very important to me and Sundried are really up there on that front.
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