Robert is passionate about triathlon and works hard to achieve his goals. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always loved sport and been very sporty. Growing up, I played almost every sport I could, but my favourite was football. I played semi-professionally in my early adult life.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I started cycling as an alternative to football but missed running so thought I would try triathlon to mix it up.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race has to be my very first sprint triathlon. I had no idea if I was even able to complete it, but I did and I loved it. I have done the same race several times since, beating my previous time on each new race.
And your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was taking the step up to Olympic distance triathlon and completing it.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I analyse all my races and any setbacks drive me onto achieve better the next time. I plan and train harder than before and visualise success.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Take recovery days seriously and stick to them. Recovery is so important.
What are your goals for 2020?
Stepping up to Ironman 70.3 distance and continue training for a full Ironman in 2021.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
I take my inspiration from all the amateur triathletes I follow on Instagram that are achieving their goals around busy lives.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I like the ethical side to the company and the principals it runs by. I spend many hours in cycling bib shorts so these are my favourite items.