Ricky Burcher Athlete Ambassador
Ricky is a long distance athlete who has his sights set on a sub 12-hour Ironman. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always been into sport, I mainly played football when I was younger before finding triathlon.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I initially bought a bike to commute and avoid the toll charge en route. That then led to triathlon.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
Ocean Lava Olympic Distance Tri in Lanzarote, beautiful setting for it and my first mass start sea swim.
What is your proudest achievement?
Completing an Olympic distance triathlon in 2 hours 30 minutes - bang on plan!
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
I have crashed during a duathlon which was nasty. Otherwise minor things like helmet strap coming undone and not lacing my trainers up before the start!
How do you overcome setbacks?
Remain focused and talk to experienced people around me.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Buy a pull buoy and protection for your neck when wearing a wetsuit. Fuel, fuel, fuel!
What are your goals?
To complete an Ironman in under 12 hours.
Who inspires you?
My training partner Andy, a Paralympic gold medallist in triathlon. My dad was a decent marathon runner as well.
Why work with Sundried?
I believe in Sundried's ethos as a brand and am proud to be associated with them and share in the journey.