Paul Charlesworth Athlete Ambassador
Paul juggles a busy life as a paediatric surgeon with 4 kids with training for Ironman triathlon. He talks to Sundried about his journey.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes. I was a squad swimmer as a child. I sailed as a teen and was part of the University of London sailing team. I played water polo throughout medical school. When I met my wife I got into running. At 35 I started cycling and it was a life changer.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I did my first triathlon at 12. A swim leg for a team completing the 1 km swim in 12 mins! I delved into it again in my late 20s doing some short course racing. It wasn’t until I was 34 that I rediscovered triathlon and then Ironman!
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
I loved racing the Cotswold 113 this year. I’d set myself a goal of going under 5 hours. The year was crazy for so many people... but to execute the perfect race plan made this an incredible experience!
What is your proudest achievement?
In sport, being part of the team GB youth sailing squad, in life managing to have 4 children, work as a paediatric surgeon and have time for racing Ironman. In triathlon, overtaking some of the female pros during the swim at Ironman Barcelona.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
I forgot my cycling computer and managed to get a 12 min T1 as I went back for my bag.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Don’t expect life or triathlon to be easy. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to take time and effort, redefine what your life balance is and what makes you happy. Remember the great moments when you felt amazing, surround yourself with like-minded people.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Use a power meter to pace your bike leg.
What are your goals?
- Qualify for Kona
- Be a role model for my children
- Remain positive
Who inspires you?
My family, my patients, my friends.
Why work with Sundried?
We only live once, if there is a way to find a renewable source of high performance clothing.... I’m in!