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Drew Johnson Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

Triathlete running Challenge Mallorca triathlon

Drew only got into triathlon a few months ago and has already completed a middle distance race. He talks to Sundried about training and motivation.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes and no. I played rugby from 6 years old but stopped when I was about 14. For 18 years I didn’t really do much sport and then in April 2019 I started training for triathlon.

How did you first get into triathlon?

After going through a rough time in life with a divorce and child custody battle, my mental health suffered massively and when I started running I found my fix and wanted to push myself physically but more importantly mentally.

What’s been your best race to date?

Six months after I started training, I did my first middle distance triathlon – Challenge Mallorca. I finished in 6:44 which was not the time I wanted but I suffered on the run and was happy to finish.

And your proudest achievement?

Apart from my daughter, finishing my first ever triathlon under the time I set myself and finishing a middle distance within 6 months of starting.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

I wouldn’t call it a disaster but while my bike was in transport to Mallorca the brackets for my TT bars snapped so I was without them and then half an hour into the ride my chain dropped. I lost a little time due to that. The heat in Mallorca was tough and hit me on the run.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Dig deep and push through. I’ve realised by doing triathlon how mentally strong I can be when I want to be. "Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done." 

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

Enjoy it and don’t take it too seriously.

What are your goals for 2020?

I am aiming to complete Ironman Wales in 2020.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

My daughter. She is the reason I get up every day and do what I do. To make her proud.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

I love the quality and style of the kit.

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