Marnie is a young triathlete who was inspired by her triathlete mum. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have swum since I was 3 and I started properly running when I was 12. I have only taken up cycling and triathlon in the past 2 years.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
My mum competed in them long before I started and I always watched her compete and still do. I also competed in biathles (swim-run) and wanted to try something new.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Bournemouth International Triathlon 2018. The sea was wild and I did my best and fastest cycle, taking 11 minutes off my time from 2017. I also won the U20 category and I was the youngest in the race.
What's your proudest achievement?
Either cycling to Paris to see the end of the Tour de France or being nominated for and winning an award for my achievements with my triathlon club.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
My chain came off 3 times in a race but I managed to put it back on. The toughest race I have done was the Osprey Sprint in 2018 because it was windy, rainy and cold the whole way through.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Remember how far I have come, what I've achieved, and think how I can overcome the problem.
What advice do you wish you were given before competing?
Pain is temporary but disappointment lasts. Also, train in every weather because you don’t know what it will be like on the day.
What are your goals for 2019?
- Spend more time on my TT bike
- Compete in more triathlons after I have done my GCSEs
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite piece from our collection?
I love the Grand Tournalin women's training hoodie because it looks professional and keeps you warm, plus you can wear it knowing you're not harming the environment.
Who do you take inspiration from?
My parents and the members of BustinSkins triathlon club because they all push themselves so hard and help other progress as well.