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Laura Gray Athlete Ambassador

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Laura is a triathlete who has raced for the GB Age Group team. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

I’ve been into sport since I was four years old and I have my parents to thank for that. Making sure swimming was a part of my childhood meant I went on to be a club swimmer until I was 16 years old. Sport has always been such a big part of my life and it has shaped who I am.

How did you first get into triathlon?

After swimming for so many years I soon realised I would never make it as a pro swimmer, always finishing just outside the top of the medals. In high school I took part in the cross country league, the only one from my school and made it to English Schools off the back of very little training. This lead me to join my local running team. I then decided to give cycling a go and my dad would take me to Manchester velodrome every Friday. I soon found my passion and this went on to me giving triathlon a go. The rest is history!

What has been your favourite race to date and why?

The 2019 World Triathlon Championships in Switzerland has to be up there for many reasons. My first ever international race, meeting the GB team, following the elite racing and without a doubt the atmosphere of the whole trip was something I will remember forever.

What is your proudest achievement?

Finishing 15th at my first international race at the World’s.

Have you ever had any racing disasters?

I haven’t had any huge racing disasters that I can recall and I’m sure I would remember them. Last year at the Sandman AAH event I did swim completely the wrong way in the swim and ended up adding a few extra 100 metres onto my swim! I did also once try to do the flying dismount and misjudge it and ended up sliding about 20m through transition- some very sore and bloody knees later!

How do you overcome setbacks?

This is something that has taken me a while to grasp and learn. Throughout training and racing there are lots of them, illness, injury etc. However I’ve learnt that these things are often out of our control, they are part of the journey as an athlete. I’ve learnt that focusing on the long term goal helps to keep me motivated and positive during difficult times.

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Be consistent all the time, there are going to be some really tough days but those days are what make you stronger.

What are your goals?

2021 goal= finish my first ever half Ironman. Long term goal is to see how far I can go on my journey as an endurance athlete with the aim of being pro.

Who inspires you?

I guess I have a lot of ladies who inspire me to be better and stronger. I mean Chrissie Wellington is pretty inspiring isn’t she! However I am in awe of Lucy- Charles Barclay for her achievements at such a young age and how quickly she has progressed in this sport. I think she is going to do great things in this sport!

Why work with Sundried?

As I spend most of my days training it is important I wear clothing that is going to last me and therefore for me is a huge investment. Sundried understands how important it is for this clothing to be stylish, comfortable and technical. The most exciting part is that it is made from sustainable raw materials and recyclable products, which more than ever in this current climate is so important.

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