Matt Jolly - Athlete Ambassador
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I have always loved sports. I was the kid at school that actually enjoyed cross county running.
How did you first get into triathlon?
A poster for a race was sent to the swimming pool I was lifeguarding at and some colleagues encouraged me to try it.
If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
My first marathon: Sydney 2010. Good weather and well prepared, I secretly wanted to get under 3 hours and as I came around the final corner in front of the Opera House the clock ticked over 3. I was gutted. Then as I checked my watch I realised I had started in the second wave so had achieved 2:58:59
What is your proudest achievement?
Finishing 70.3 Mallorca in 2016. There was the end of a storm passing so windy & very wet. I was stung by jellyfish during the swim so completed the race with a swollen arm and got very cold on the bike leg.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
I have been caught out by water temperature in a couple of triathlons and really struggled to control my bike as I was shivering so much. (I don’t have much natural insulation!) I had to pull out of one after 10 miles of cycling as I just couldn’t warm up.
How do you overcome setbacks?
With a positive mindset! I have had two big injuries building up towards big events and I still completed both. The injuries actually took the pressure off that I put on myself to perform so I could relax and enjoy the events much more.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Enjoy It! I often like to push myself and am so focused on competing that I forget to enjoy the experience.
What are your goals?
To keep pushing my limits. I used to think a marathon was a ridiculous idea but I have now run 6 and 3 double marathons.
Who inspires you?
Watching elite level athletes in any sport as they make it look so easy! Also seeing my children grow as I want to be a positive role model for them
Why work with Sundried?
I am passionate about nature and our planet, so partnering with a company who create ethically and sustainably sourced items is such a positive step for me.
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