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Ryan Coombes Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren
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Ryan got injured playing rugby and discovered triathlon during recovery. He talks to Sundried about life as a triathlete. 

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, from young age I have played rugby and football to academy level. I pretty much had no life outside playing football and rugby. I live and breathe sport. I took up triathlon 5 years ago and have started training as my main priority since the start of 2019.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I had a concussion and triathlon was my way of getting over it. I love the challenge of doing three events instead of just one. There is an endless amount of opportunities you get in triathlon being the places you can train in the world and the amount of amazing people with very different backgrounds.

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

Ironman Wales - Biggest achievement and very hard day but crowds were just amazing and kept me going every step of the way. It was a very hard day and I loved every second of it.

And your proudest achievement?

Finishing IM Wales and qualifying for GB Age Group.

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

The Wimbleball Triple Crown weekend is the hardest event I've ever done. On the Saturday morning it's a 10k run followed by an Olympic distance triathlon that evening. Then Sunday morning it's a middle distance triathlon. If anyone has raced in Wimbleball you will understand how hard this was. On the Sunday, I hit the wall after getting off the bike during the middle distance triathlon. It was a very long half marathon after that.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I keep trying, re-plan my approach, and give it another go. I always try to keep a smile on my face.

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

Trust the process of your training and keep to a plan. Don’t over train.

What are your goals for 2020?

  • Getting the best time and the highest position I can at the European Championships in Estonia.
  • To PB in all of my events.
  • To enjoy the season and come out the other side stronger and better.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

My father.

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

All of the designs of the clothes are excellent. I love how the brand is very environmentally friendly and that they make kit from recycled products. They make a big difference to the cause and it is needed.

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