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Jason is an Ironman triathlete with nerves of steel thanks to his days in the army. He talks to Sundried about racing in Ironman events.

Have you always been into sport?

I have always been into sports but I put that down to being in the army. 

How did you first get into triathlon?

The reason I got into triathlon was due to doing a sponsored bike ride to raise money for a friend that had cancer. I then was driving my wife shopping one day and saw a sign on a bridge with a triathlon being advertised and I entered and it went from there. 

What's been your best race to date?

My favourite race to date has to be racing at the 70.3 World Championships in South Africa due to the atmosphere and where it was being held. 

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

My biggest racing disaster was 70.3 Austria 2015. It was my very first half Ironman and I was hit from behind by another competitor on his bike. I broke 4 ribs and was badly bruised. But being in the army at the time I got up and continued. I got onto the run and collapsed 4k in and was taken to hospital.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I pick myself up, dust myself off, look at why something went wrong with my coach and then work to put it right. Nobody is perfect in my eyes. 

What's the best piece of advice you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Firstly, the amount of hours that you would need to put in to get to where I am today. Secondly, triathlon is like a jigsaw puzzle that never gets completed as the goals are consistently moving.

What are your goals for 2019?

My goals for 2019 are qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships in 2020 which will be in Australia or New Zealand. Also to beat my current PBs.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from my coach due to the fact he has achieved so much and won so many events and qualified for all sorts. 

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

I currently have the Grande Casse running jacket and think it’s superb. The feel of the material is fantastic and the protection it gives the body from the elements is second to none.