David was first talked into completing a full Ironman despite not owning a bike or being able to swim. He talks to Sundried about his love for triathlon.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I've always been active. As I grew up in the countryside, I was always playing football and running. Then, after university, I became more serious about running and progressed from track to road running to multi sport races.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
In 2014, after competing on track and road for a few years, I met a couple of persuasive blokes who convinced me I should join them in training for an Ironman despite the small facts that I didn't own a bike and could hardly swim. From then on I was hooked and despite their obvious character flaws the two of them remain close friends and training buddies.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
I will always remember my first race in the GB kit so that stands out. However, I don't tend to look back too often so my favourite race is the one that has just happened which was the Half Iron Duathlon in Marlow. I felt I nailed each leg and managed to get my first win as a vet.
And your proudest achievement?
Qualifying and competing for the Great Britain age group team was an amazing feeling. My kids are not easily impressed by my achievements so I knew I had done well as even they were excited.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
I spent a good few years trying to get a sub-3 hour marathon and one year finished just a few seconds over which at the time was very disappointing. However, it did make it all the more sweeter when I did achieve it.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I always remain focused on the end goal and try to remember that the process of getting there is usually bumpy but that I will still get there in the end.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
To start saving! I try not to think of the money I have spent trying to increase speed and watts.
What are your goals for 2019 and 2020?
I'm looking to step up to Powerman distance for the duathlon and again qualify for the World Duathlon Champs in 2020. Also, I've got an ultra marathon at the end of the year which I'm really looking forward to.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Apart from the obvious ones such as the Brownlee brothers, Mo Farah and Kilian Jornet, what I find most inspiring is meeting other age groupers who have families and jobs yet perform to a really high level. I do also like athletes who have switched disciplines as I can relate to that so people like Alex Yee, Rebecca Romero and Roglic Primoz inspire me.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I like that Sundried prove that technical clothing can be affordable, effective and ethical; there is a lot of kit out there to choose from but not many brands can tick all those boxes. The Sundried race kit is excellent but the most used bit of kit I have are the bib shorts. They are great as they are so comfortable, wash/dry really quickly and match my bike/kit colour scheme which of course is vitally important!