Nic Lydford Athlete Ambassador
Nic was partly inspired into triathlon by a sibling rivalry with his twin. He talks to Sundried about his motivations and life as a triathlete.
Have you always been into sport?
Growing up, I was not that sporty. It wasn't until I was 18 that I started playing five-a-side football. When I was in my twenties, I started going to the gym regularly, though my training wasn't focused. In my thirties, I started running regularly and cycling a bit, but still with no focus. It wasn't until 2016 that I started cycling regularly.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
Many of my friends, including my twin brother, had been doing triathlon for some time. I wanted to get involved but kept making excuses, despite running and cycling regularly and being a confident swimmer. I wanted to be able to beat my brother (friendly sibling rivalry) but he was training for half iron distances and I wasn't ready for that sort of distance. At the end of 2017, I was lucky enough to win six months of triathlon coaching, which meant I was out of excuses! I'm still yet to race with my brother...
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
A half marathon in 2018 as well as Fareham Sprint Triathlon in 2019. My wife and daughters came to watch and support me and it was a real boost to have them there cheering me on.
And your proudest achievement?
Two top ten age group finishes in my first season.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
No disasters yet, but the weather for last year's Southampton Fast Twitch Season Close event, at the end of September, was particularly wet and windy. The bike leg was diverted and shortened due to flooding and there were restrictions on wheel depth.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I have a generally positive outlook on life so nothing keeps me down for long. Plus, I can be pretty stubborn so will see things through, even if sometimes just through sheer bloody-mindedness.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Find a club or someone to train with. I'm happy enough on my own, but it is great having someone to push you a little harder or to stop you making excuses for missing a session.
What are your goals for 2020?
I'm training with more focus and looking for a top five age group finish. I'm also planning to take on an Olympic distance triathlon. Also riding my bike more, as last year I really neglected that.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
My daughters. I push myself hard to set a good example but also to keep fit and healthy.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the fact that Sundried is a UK brand with sustainability and wellness at the heart. The prices are excellent too. I love the cycling gear as it fits well and is very comfortable. Plus it is nice to finally have some matching outfits!