running half marathon

Joe was inspired to try a triathlon by his friend who is a GB Age Grouper. He talks to Sundried about racing highs and lows.

Have you always been into sport?

I have tried almost every sport from being at the nationals for track cycling as a junior to playing golf and now running. I enjoy trying new sports whenever I can.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I like to try new things and having a good friend who is an age group triathlete made me want to give it a go. I have to admit I should have swum a lot more and purchased a better wetsuit before my first event. I was in first place for all of 5 seconds before the cold got to me!

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

Not quite a race but it has to be the Manchester 10k, purely as I run this with my dad every year. Each year he says it will be his last, then I buy him entry for Christmas or his birthday. There is nothing like starting a run with my dad.

And your proudest achievement?

Running Manchester marathon. It was a tough week for my family and to have my wife, family and friends there to watch and support me is something I will never forget.

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

I've had a few! During a 90-mile bike race, I was in a group but had a puncture which meant I lost them. It took me a while to repair the puncture and then after I had cycled 100m round the corner there was a repair van!

During my first triathlon, other than wearing an unsuitably thin wetsuit, I forgot to put my number on in transition and had to run back. Then my chain slipped off my bike, so all in all it could have been a better day.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I have had knee problems all my life which stopped my cycling and running for a while. I have had a meniscus tear in my right knee 3 times with 2 operations, all I can say is let it heal correctly and work on the joint. Even though I still have pain, it feels stronger than ever.

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

I don't race competitively, so the main thing is to enjoy what I do. If you are still looking for the right sport, try the next one. Every new challenge keeps you going and active. But most of all I would say work and mobility, this may be the boring side of sport, but it's the most important.

What are your goals for 2020?

To run a Metric Marathon (26.2km/16.3 miles), as this is around the point that I blew up on my marathon. I would like to see if I can complete it comfortably.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

My wife, she is stronger than she knows, she is the one who gets me through those dark places during an event.

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

I like that Sundried are a UK-based brand who are thinking about how to reduce their carbon footprint as well as the best products for the user. Some brands can only do one at a time. My favourite bit of kit at the moment is the skipping rope, mainly as with CrossFit some of the workouts include double unders. Although I am yet to master it, I have found that I am closer with this skipping rope than with others.