Lee Collier - Athlete Ambassador
Have you always been into sport?
I'd always been into general sports from a young age but got into running in 2008 when I did my first marathon (for charity) and it's just progressed from there to cycling, triathlons etc.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I did a few taster triathlons just to see what it was like to try and combine all 3 disciplines then made the jump to my first middle distance Ironman in 2013 and then my first full distance Ironman in 2014.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
Probably my first full distance Ironman in Arizona.
What is your proudest achievement?
I organised my own cycle event from Canada to Mexico in 2011 for charity and managed to gain great sponsorship from companies such as Next, British Airways, ZipVit and Cycling Active magazine also with celebrity backing from Davina McCall, James Cracknell and Chris Boardman.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball I made the mistake of camping / sleeping on a half blown up air bed meaning when I woke in the morning my back had locked up, fair to say the whole race was a real struggle !!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I look at setbacks as 'character building' and if everything was easy it would be boring !!
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Follow a training plan rather than just going out and trashing yourself every session then wonder why you’re injured !!
What are your goals?
Sub 3hr marathon.
Who inspires you?
All sorts of people from pro athletes to couch to 5k, I think you can learn something from everyone.
Why work with Sundried?
I first heard and worked with Sundried in 2014 when you sponsored an event that I was involved with 'Benali's Big Run' where an ex pro footballer ran from every premier league ground to the next. I liked the company and the gear then and have watched how it's developed over the years to a high quality brand.
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