Michelle Ryan Athlete Ambassador
Michelle is a triathlete who is looking to do her first full Ironman. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I was fairly sporty at school playing football, basketball and swimming, but I dropped out of it all when I went to university. I later discovered snowboarding and climbing and have been doing both for the last 20 years. I didn't start running until after I turned 30!
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
My brother had done a few triathlons and I had recently retired from playing Sunday League ladies football and wanted a new challenge. I used to swim and ride bikes as a child so I thought, "why not?"
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
North West Triathlon by UK Triathlon. It was my first event and I absolutely loved it. I was hooked!
And your proudest achievement?
Winning the Outstanding Achievement Award this year at my triathlon club for my middle distance events.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
The toughest race was The Gauntlet (middle distance) at Cholmondeley Castle. I was off the pace from the very start and really struggled with every leg. I could so easily have stopped but I dug deep and finished; it was my first half iron distance event.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I'm quite strong-minded (some say stubborn) so I don't like things beating me and I go again. I'm surrounded by positive people and my family are always supporting me which helps!
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
I think to enjoy the journey and keep it fun.
What are your goals for 2020?
Ironman UK. It will be my first full distance triathlon
Who do you take your inspiration from?
My family. They are stronger than anybody and have taught me many life lessons.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
Like Sundried, I have a small family business. I live to see other small businesses doing well and try hard to support them. I love the idea of both the Eco Core and Eco Charge range. I'm really looking forward to training in the kit.