Sam is a young duathlete who decided to get into multi-sport racing after a friend inspired him. He talks to Sundried about his best and worst races.
Have you always been into sport?
I've always been into sport and have taken part in a pretty wide range including rugby, rowing, and even American football while at university.
What made you decide to enter triathlon?
After graduating from uni I wanted to find a new sport to take on to keep fit. A friend of mine was a keen triathlete and somehow I got onto the idea of trying one out. Despite not taking it particularly seriously, and the first couple of races being real struggles, I became addicted to both racing and training and decided to fully commit to the sport.
What’s been your best race to date?
My best race to date was probably this year's World Duathlon Championships qualifier. Despite pretty awful conditions, it felt like my most complete race and picking up an automatic spot for the World Championships in Canada was pretty special.
And your proudest achievement?
Representing Great Britain at the European Duathlon Championships has definitely been the high point so far, and although the race didn't go to plan, the whole atmosphere and getting to race for GB was an unforgettable experience.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
I raced the London Triathlon in 2015 and it couldn't have gone much worse. Despite a pretty good swim, the heat and poorly planned nutrition soon took its toll and by the time I got to the run I couldn't muster more than a quick walk.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Better planning. Most setbacks, either in races or training, have come from poor preparation. But in some ways, these are the easiest ones to fix once you've identified how you've gone wrong.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Don't try and wing it on race day, particularly when it comes to nutrition. Practice makes perfect and that applies to diet just as much as it does for swimming, cycling, and running. There's no worse feeling than knowing you have the fitness to go harder but not being able to because of a poor choice mid-race.
What are your goals for 2017?
My main goals for the 2017 season are to place top 3 within GB athletes in my age group at the World Duathlon Championships, and then also to hopefully qualify for a spot at the 2018 European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Glasgow.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
When it comes to triathlon it has to be the Brownlee brothers. It's probably a bit cliche, but their ability to push their bodies to the absolute extreme always makes me want to push that bit harder when it's coming to the final few hundred metres.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
Spending so much time running and cycling makes you really appreciate the environment, particularly as someone who spends a lot of training hours within London. I therefore think it's great that protecting the environment alongside promoting the sport I love is a core part of what Sundried aims to achieve. With regards to the kit, I've always been a fan of a long sleeve tri suit and I think Sundried's Pro Tri Suit looks awesome!