Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I have been involved in sport since I was about 7 years old, I started with football and soon took up tennis, golf and swimming. I have always been active and enjoy being outdoors. I have also tried my hand at gymnastics, trampolining and athletics with school teams and local clubs. Unfortunately at a young age I tended to get good at a sport and then move onto the next one.
How did you first get into triathlon?
It started following my first marathon in 2013. I did no training for it but had a good level of fitness to pull me through. After that I started looking into endurance sports and ultra-events. This was when I decided I wanted to complete an Ironman. I brought a cheap second hand TT bike and started training. Fortunately I started a new job within a gym shortly after and a number of colleagues also competed in triathlon and had done a number of full distance triathlon events.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race was Portsmouth Triathlon 2019. I entered as part of a team and took the 10km run leg. The weather was perfect and we came 2nd. We also entered a second team from work so the support and atmosphere was awesome.
What is your proudest achievement?
Hopefully this will soon be completing Ironman UK 2021. Aside from this it will be passing a physically and mentally tough military course (P-Company). Completing something that not everyone can and that took me to a point of wanting to quit was a proud moment. That feeling of pushing though the psychological barriers is something I want to experience and overcome again.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
Yes. My first sprint triathlon I came out of T1 off the wet grass, mounted the bike and went flat out for about 50m to the first sharp left hand turn. Came flying off the bike cutting myself down my whole left side and ripping my brand new tri-suit. Fortunately I could continue the event but it was an uncomfortable hour to follow.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I believe that taking time to reflect and then plan for the next stage helps keep me focused and on track. I have been fortunate not to have had any injuries to set me back but in the past 18 months I have had events cancelled or postponed and so I have adjusted my training programme to suit.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Get a HR monitor and train within your zones. I have seen a huge improvement in my performance since following the 80/20 rule. When I started running seriously in 2014 I would go as fast as I could for as long as I could every time, and it work for the first few months then I started getting knee pain and wasn’t getting any quicker. I was stuck and my times were not getting any fast. I then discovered the 80/20 rule and training zones when I started endurance training and know apply it to everything from 5km to 50km.
What are your goals?
After completing a full distance triathlon I would like to complete a few 70.3 and in time become a competitive age group athlete.
Who inspires you?
I have been following Nick Bare since I started by triathlon adventure and his work ethic and dedication are amazing.
Why work with Sundried?
I have been using Sundried products for a while and love the quality and affordability. I am really looking forward to showcasing and supporting the company and everything it stands for.
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