Joe Sagar - Athlete Ambassador
Have you always been into sport?
Ever since I can remember I've always been doing something sporty. Growing up it was always football, cricket, golf etc. Basically anything to keep me occupied and it's just going from there.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I've never actually done a triathlon but it's something I'm looking to do soon. As for my first race, I remember it being 35+ plus minutes of pain. It was a local 10k race and I severely underestimated the distance, I guess it's one way to learn though.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
The Puma great Manchester Half marathon 2017 is my favourite race for a few reasons. It was held only a few weeks after the Manchester bombings and this was the first big event since it happened. The solidarity and spirits from the people of Manchester made the race unbelievably special. From a racing point, I managed to kick away from 2nd place at around the 12 mile marker, and the reception in the home straight was hair raising.
What is your proudest achievement?
I'd say currently, my proudest achievement in racing is running 14:08 for 5k back in April. I didn't have the best prep with Covid lockdowns etc. but my coach got me in great shape and I managed to just about hang on to a low 14 5k.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
Many racing disasters, many bad races, many times sat there thinking what went wrong? A couple of years ago I had a bad patch on cross country races rolling over of my ankles, one in particular I rolled the same ankle twice and ended up on one leg for the closing stages of the race. That wasn't a great race!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I don't mind having setbacks now and again, it makes me hungrier to bounce back, to train harder and come back stronger. Every athlete will have setbacks, but a bad race is in the past and the focus has to change to the next one.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
There's so much I wish I'd done differently, I wish I'd of listened more, and not been so stubborn. With training, don't jump in at the deep end, start the weekly mileage low and slowly build, it lets your body become accustomed to the miles and the impact.
What are your goals?
In the immediate future my focus is on cross country and building the winter miles. Longer term, I just want to keep improving and learning as an athlete.
Who inspires you?
My family generally inspire me, when they come to watch my race that gives me a huge boost and I definitely feel inspired to give all I can for them.
Why work with Sundried?
Sundried are a brand I've always liked and once I got the opportunity to work with them and promote the brand through the running scene I took it with both hands. The gear is a real high quality and durable which is needed when hitting the miles. I'm hoping to race in some of the Sundried gear , and hopefully, that with carry me to more PBs.
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