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Patrick Dunckley Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren
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Patrick is a young triathlete who has big aspirations for the future. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, since I was very young. I started off doing MMA and then moved to cycling and cross country, eventually ending up in triathlon.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

Watching ITU races started my fascination with the sport; the level the athletes were competing at inspired me to get involved.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

It's not a triathlon but it would have to be the Rocket Run at the Milton Keynes Marathon Festival earlier this year where I took 1 minute off my 5k PB.

And your proudest achievement?

That would have to be getting to county level in cross country which was a goal of mine for around 3 years.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

During a sprint triathlon, I ended up getting cramp in both calves with half the bike course and all the run still to do. The pain was made worth it though when I saw there was chocolate at the finish line.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Usually by reflecting back on the problem, finding the cause, and then working in steps to overcome that in my training plan. Also, coming up with alternative sessions and being flexible with training is a big part of overcoming setbacks.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

Don't underestimate the impact of jelly legs after the swim. Trying to put power through the pedals for the first time is a different feeling and it can be fatal to your performance. So do as many brick sessions as you can.

What are your goals for 2020?

My main goal is to complete my first half Ironmam and get a time under 5 hours. I'm also attempting to run a sub 85-minute half marathon.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

My main inspiration has got to be my family; the support they've given me and the time and money they've had to sacrifice is nothing short of inspiring and something I'll forever be grateful for. My other inspirations would be Jan Frodeno and Lucy Charles; seeing what they've accomplished inspires me to push myself.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

One thing I like about Sundried would be the affordability, the fact you can get high quality kit for very reasonable prices is amazing, particularly for me as a teenager.

As for my favourite piece of kit, it's a simple piece but its got to be the race number  belt. Mainly due to the comfort and look, it's hard to find one that fits me right but this one fits perfectly.

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