Ricky Jones Athlete Ambassador
Ricky came from a high level swimming background and uses this to his advantage in triathlon. He talks to Sundried about racing highs and lows.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, from a young age I was introduced to swimming to help my asthma issues. After a few years I started to become competitive and found success early. I managed to become a national medalist and trained under coaches such as Terry Davies (Sharon Davies' father). After missing out on the British Team tryouts for 2016 by 0.5 seconds, I decided to focus on school and work. I then spent several years doing many different forms of martial arts and became a CrossFit level 1 trainer. I even enjoy the odd skiing slope session too!
How did you first get into triathlon?
I found myself a bit bored with the usual gym routine and injuries associated with martial arts, so I started running and mountain biking to offset so much strain on my body and in turn increase my fitness. Whilst doing this I found myself missing swimming as it was such a big part of my life before. Then I found open water swimming close to where I live. After researching the sports, I thought, "why not do triathlon? It makes perfect sense."
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
Blenheim Palace Triathlon for sure, I'm not a good sprinter but the palace is beautiful, it's a local race for me and is for a good cause: Blood Cancer Charity.
What is your proudest achievement?
My swimming career I would say, being one of the fastest swimmers at individual medley in the country at that time was a great sense of achievement and the result of a lot of hard work.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
During the London Duathlon years ago when I was young, I failed to read the rules and got shouted at a lot trying to mount my bike in the transition area. The race was enjoyable and beautiful but I made lots of mistakes.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Stepping back, assessing why, then retrying with a different approach until I overcome the issue.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
One thing at a time! There's a lot of overwhelming information and things to buy or do in triathlon. Just do one at a time.
What are your goals?
To complete Ironman Wales in a competitive time. It's meant to be one of the hardest Ironman triathlons in the way of elevation and course and I would like to complete it in an impressive time.
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by all Olympic athletes as I know the level of work it takes to get to where they are. More specifically Ross Edgley is one of my biggest inspirations, I have read all his books and take from his teachings. I used to swim in the same circuit as Lucy Charles and it's inspiring to see what she has achieved, so impressive!
Why work with Sundried?
I have used Sundried for a long time, I try to use brands, products and foods that are local, sustainable and eco friendly and Sundried fits into this perfectly. We only get one planet.