Jamie Pugh Athlete Ambassador
Jamie is a young triathlete who competes along with his dad. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes I have always been into sport, playing a lot of sports when I was a child and then focusing on triathlon as I got older.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I did my first triathlon because my dad got into them and I thought I’d give one a go.
What's been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race was the World Age Group Duathlon Championships as it was an international race (held in Spain), was draft legal, and had a great atmosphere.
What's your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was coming 9th in the elite field at the British Duathlon Championships.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
I’ve definitely had a few racing disasters. For one race, I forgot my cycling shoes and only realised an hour after we left home. Luckily, a friend had a pair I could borrow at the race. Another was forgetting to put my timing chip on my ankle and leaving it in the car, which was locked and I couldn’t find my dad who had the keys. After sprinting to registration and back again to pick up a spare chip I made it to the start.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I overcome setbacks by looking at what happened and seeing if I could have done anything differently to change the outcome. Also, to stay motivated I remember old races and reflect on them.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
There isn’t anything that immediately comes to mind in terms of advice for when I first started out.
What are your goals?
My goals are to represent my University at BUCS and to race the national triathlon series.
Who inspires you?
Lots of people inspire me but the first to come to mind are Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
Why work with Sundried?
I wanted to work with Sundried as I strongly agree with their brand and values.