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Jackie is an Ironman triathlete who was inspired by an older woman she saw taking on Ironman Canada. She talks to Sundried about life as a triathlete.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, when I was younger I was a swimmer and did the usual physical education at school. When I joined the Royal Navy I found other sports: netball, volleyball, and hockey to name but a few. I also continued to swim at a higher level.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

During my 30s I had a break from sport, I still exercised but not to the same extent. When I turned 40 I was looking for a new challenge and saw a local event which just happened to be a triathlon. I entered and from there I was hooked.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

Probably Ironman UK two years ago. Apart from the amazing support from the locals, it was seeing my mum when I crossed the finish line, she's my number one supporter.

And your proudest achievement?

I have two, the first was when I had my passing out parade when I was in the Royal Navy; I achieved a lifelong dream and seeing my parents and sister there to witness it was amazing.

The second was crossing the finish line at Ironman UK, it was a hard 7 months training but worth it.

Have you had any racing disasters/toughest race yet?

I have been very lucky (so far) no disasters, no punctures, no mechanicals.

Probably my toughest race was Ironman 70.3 UK… at the time it was classed as one of the toughest 70.3 Ironman courses in Europe…  I guess the 52 hills on the bike course gave it its reputation!

How do you overcome setbacks?

Probably like most people, self-pity for a couple of days, then pick myself up, and re-evaluate, learn some lessons and move on to become better and stronger. Every day is a school day.

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

The importance of nutrition. Thankfully in my longer distance triathlons my nutrition has always been on point. However, on my first long cycle event I hit the wall, though not literally I might add!

What are your goals for 2019 and 2020?

No more middle or long distance triathlons until 2021, where I plan to do Ironman Wales.

But in 2020 I'm planning on doing shorter distance events to shake my training up, more cycling events. I will probably be tempted to do a middle distance triathlon… I always love a challenge.

I am also a local Technical Official for British Triathlon, so I plan on officiating at more events and becoming a Regional Technical Official.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

My inspiration for getting into long distance triathlon came from an unknown 62 year old woman from Canada. During the highlights of an Ironman event she was getting interviewed whilst on the run, and I thought how amazing she was and if she can do it at 62 then so can I, anything is possible.

My inspiration in life comes from my mum and dad.

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

What I like about sundried is the fact you have quality products at an affordable price. Triathlon is an expensive sport and what athletes need are good quality, affordable products like those from Sundried. I also love the ethos of Sundried, using recycled bottles to make the products.

So far my favourite piece of kit is the short sleeved training cycling top…. Wow...the quality is awesome and is a great fit.