Georgie Bendle - Athlete Ambassador
Georgie is a triathlete who is passionate about sustainability and protecting the environment.
Have you always been into sport?
I've always had a passion for sport, being active and the outdoors. Throughout school and University I played hockey and incorporated fitness into this. After leaving University I moved to London and discovered a love for running, both short and long distance. My obsession with cycling started after completing the BHF London to Brighton ride and I've not looked back.
How did you first get into triathlon?
After competing in a number of running races and cycling sportives I thought a good challenge would be to complete a duathlon. From here the logical next step to me was a triathlon. I decided to throw myself in the deep end and sign up for a half ironman. I really enjoy the multi-discipline training and I am super competitive so always looking to push myself that bit further.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
Although I found it really challenging at the time, overtraining and bike mechanicals galore, the satisfaction of completing the Staffordshire Half Ironman was something else! I would definitely do it again – mainly to beat my previous time
What is your proudest achievement?
I would probably have to say either the Half Ironman or Prudential Ride 100. Both required a lot of training in the lead up so I really had to dedicate and push myself to put the miles in. Both events came with their challenges (mechanicals, injuries and illnesses) but I powered on through to complete them!
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
The worst situation I can think of would have been in the Hever Castle Triathlon. For most of the swim you are in the castle moat which, if you were a solo swimmer, would be lovely. However, I ended up surrounded by a pack of rather boisterous male swimmers. It was very much every man for himself and unfortunately, I received the brunt of the flailing arms and overly aggressive leg kicks. Don’t worry I beat them out of transition and on the bike too!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I’ve had quite a few injuries over the past 10-15 years, knee and hips pains being the main culprits. Thankfully I have some good physios to hand and know how to look after myself/when to ease off training. The worst scenario I have faced was after a bike vs car altercation – I was the bike and didn’t win the battle. After a slice was taken from my shin I was very nervous about getting back on the bike so just took my time and eased into it. It’s taken quite a while to build myself and my body back up to pre-accident levels but I think I am finally there. I am a much safer and more cautious cyclist now too!
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I would say there are three main things I wish I had been told (maybe I was told them but chose to ignore them in my naive youth...):
- Don’t over train; I always used to think that I had to just get the miles and time in to become better at all disciplines. I’ve learned that quite often it’s better to have quality workouts than just bashing out ‘the distance’
- Take rest days; and actually rest! Feet up, no exercise and quality food. I’ve learned that these days make training days 100% more effective
- Don’t compare yourself to others; I used to look at how other athletes compared to me, what they ate, how they trained, their finish times etc…What I’ve learned is that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another
What are your goals?
I would like to complete an Ironman to tick it off the bucket list! After that I would like to settle on a triathlon distance and work to improve my timings. My initial thoughts are to focus on either Olympic or Half Ironman distances but who knows!
Who inspires you?
I can’t choose a particular individual, but I am generally inspired by individuals who have had to push through challenging times to get to where they are. I am inspired by hard work and perseverance.
Why work with Sundried?
Coming from a background in Environmental Science, I always look for small ways I can change my behaviours to reduce my impact on the environment. Having kit that is great quality, looks good, and is made from either coffee grounds or recycled plastic is a win win situation in my eyes.The brand offers a great range of kit for all my sporting disciplines and I can’t wait to see how it continues to expand.
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