Conal McBride Ironman Triathlete
Have you always been into sport?
Definitely. I come from a cross country and road racing background and I've been competing since school days. I studied to be a PE teacher at St Mary's University in Twickenham and soon found my way into triathlon after graduation.
What made you decide to enter triathlon?
I've always had the idea of moving to triathlon, specifically Ironman, and included swim training in my schedule all my life. When Ironman first brought the 70.3 event to Ireland in 2011 I entered and have been hooked since.
What’s been your best race to date?
I've yet to have a day at Ironman I'm happy with. Hoping 2017 will be the year.
And your proudest achievement?
Proudest achievement is finishing my first Ironman in Copenhagen. You never really know if you can do it. Getting to the finish line for the first time is special.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
I was having a very good day at the Scottish national middle distance championships last year, 2016. I got shut down at 18k on the run with G.I. distress and ended my day there in an ambulance. That was tough.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I always look forward and focus on the future. I think you learn more for the tougher days.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Focus on the processes not the outcomes. And when all else fails, drink coke. It's saved my day many times.
What are your goals for 2017?
The main goal for 2017 is to have a complaint-free day at Ironman Maastricht/Limburg on August 6th.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
I'm always inspired by the elite age groupers who work full time and train like professionals.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I really like the ethical ethos of Sundried. I'm looking forward to racing in the Sundried men's pro trisuit.