Jak Holden Athlete Ambassador
Jak is a road cyclist who took up swimming when injured and now has his sights set on a triathlon. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, although not into cycling directly. I started with mountain biking as a child and discovered the gym when I was 17. Running then came along when I was 23 then road cycling a few months after I turned 24.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
Triathlon is the long term goal for me, but for now cycling is first priority.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Hull 10k was probably my favourite race, although I injured my quad in the first kilometre and limped round in just over an hour.
And your proudest achievement?
Completing my first 10k race.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
York 10K, which was described as a "flat PB smasher" but was the complete opposite! Many seasoned runners struggled with the course elevation and twists and turns.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I hurt my back recently – not even doing exercise! I rested up, used swimming as a low impact alternative, and was fully recovered in less than a month.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Sign up for something local to home and train like mad for it.
What are your goals for 2019 and 2020?
I am aiming to complete my first triathlon next year.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Ironman triathletes. I watch videos of them every day on YouTube.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the quality of Sundried's cycle kit!