Simon started his sporting career in rugby but made the move to triathlon after getting a few too many concussions! He talks to Sundried about life as a triathlete and how not to do a pool-based tri.
Have you always been into sport?
I’ve always loved sport and played a lot of rugby growing up. Running was never top of my list as I played front row until University, but I slowly made the transition backwards and eventually away from rugby.
What made you enter the world of triathlon?
I was playing rugby, I had a number of concussions that meant I had to knock that on the head, and starting taking my running a bit more seriously, I was introduced to the bike and it all started from there.
What's been your best race to date?
My favourite race has been Clumber Park Duathlon. I was returning from an injury that took a long time to diagnose and manage and I performed much better than expected.
And your proudest achievement?
Being selected to race for GB in my age group.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
My first triathlon was a pool swim. I swam 50% with my goggles on my head, then put them on and couldn’t see a thing, I was splashing around and probably drank half the pool in panic!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I try to maintain perspective. I believe God’s given me gifts to use for Him. when I’m out injured or face setbacks I trust that it is His plan.
What is the best bit of advice you wish you'd received before you started competing?
Listen to your body not numbers! I find it easy to get carried away by numbers on a page, I need to listen to my body more, especially when it comes to resting.
What are your goals for 2018?
To be competitive at the European Championships.
Who do you take inspiration from?
I’ve been inspired to play sport with every ounce of of my ability mainly by an organisation called Christians in Sport, I’m easily inspired by seeing others competing well, but Eric Liddell.
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?
I like the ethical ethos, it’s unusual in sportswear. The mens trisuit is great, sturdy and comfy!