Michael Gaskell Athlete Ambassador
Michael is a triathlete who fits training around his family life. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, pretty much. I played Rugby Union at a decent level and also close to having a trial for Bristol before dislocating both shoulders badly. I then got into cycling and played Ultimate Frisbee for a while too, competing for University, it’s a surprisingly explosive sport!
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
That was mainly down to some friends who were entering a few at the time, I got bored of watching them and wanted to join in.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Abersoch in 2019. The weather was great and we entered as a mixed team. We ended up winning the Olympic distance race.
And your proudest achievement?
Probably when my daughters ask if they can join in too. Hoping to enter some Duathlons with them when things get back to normal.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Not my disaster but entered a race where road works interrupted the ride leg, the ride is my strongest leg so it really impacted on my rhythm. 2 laps stopped just before the traffic light change twice.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I have a little vent and then forget about it. There’s probably always something worse that can happen, unless your frame snaps.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Don’t sit down during T1, I’m not a natural swimmer and was exhausted. Didn’t want to get up again!
What are your goals?
I was hoping to do some Ultra rides this year, but that’s all in limbo at the moment, that said I did manage a 241-mile indoor trainer ride in one day, and also have a 210-mile ride pencilled in for August. Also planning on a few Duathlons if possible.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Mainly my friends. We’re a group of 40+ dads cramming exercise in when we can. Riding, running and swimming with a group of mates tends to keep me going!
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I really like the innovative use of coffee in some of your products, think it’s a great use of waste products. I love the Men’s Eco-Top for that very reason.