Daisy is a young triathlete who has big dreams of competing professionally. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I have been involved in sport from a young age. Initially as a way to channel my energy! I tried lots of different sports but enjoyed running and mountain biking the most.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I first discovered triathlon at the age of 11, after entering a local triathlon race my dad found as something for me to do. I turned up with my trusty mountain bike and a pair of trainers and really enjoyed it and wanted to do more. Four races later, I won the national championships for my age group of Tristar 2 at the IRCs (Inter regional Championships) representing Team South West.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race to date has to be the British Triathlon Big Weekend last year. I entered the race with no expectations due to returning from a substantial injury and a bad bike crash. I surprised myself by coming in 2nd Youth B, which meant even though I only raced 3 races of the British Super Series I came 2nd overall. However, the result isn't the reason why this race is my favourite, it's because it showed me how much I enjoy the sport and love racing.
And your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is coming 1st in Youth B at the 2019 Performance Assessment Weekend, as I showed how my hard winter's training was worth it.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
When I was around 13/14, I managed to go head-over-heels in T1 trying to get on my bike. Thankfully I managed to get back on my bike and finish the race!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I've had a few setbacks, both small and big. The biggest thing I've learnt is to focus on myself and not what others are doing.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
I wish I had built more recovery into my training programme, as I think this would have helped to improve my performance and avoid some of the injuries I've had.
What are your goals?
My goals are to keep enjoying the sport and continue to move up through the levels, hopefully to a professional level, racing in the World Triathlon Series around the world. I am also very interested in Xterra, which is the off-road version of triathlon, as well as Ironman 70.3 racing.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
I take inspiration from professional athletes, especially Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor-Brown, as I have had the privilege of training with them. They race at the level that I want to reach.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I like Sundried as it's affordable but still high quality and is sustainable, which many other big sportswear brands are not! I'm really looking forward to getting the Sundried Velo jersey and bib shorts and putting them though their paces!