• Jessica Wilcox - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have indeed! I grew up with horses primarily, but my dad also swam competitively when he was younger, so it wasn’t long before I got dragged into biathlon, pony club tetrathlon, then modern pentathlon and now triathlon! I went to the Portsmouth Grammar School from year 7 onwards and was a member of the 1st netball, hockey and athletics teams. I really don’t know what I’d do without sport!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I was a GB modern pentathlete for 4 years whilst I was at school. I was fortunate enough to compete in numerous national and world championships both in the UK and abroad, but I soon came to realise that juggling 5 sports, 2 horses, numerous extra-curricular activities, a social life and 4 A-levels just wasn’t possible (duh!) I took a few years away from intense training and competitions and went to focus on my law degree which I studied at The University of the West of England in Bristol. An LPC and a Business Graduate Programme later, and I FINALLY had some more time on my hands. I bagged myself a fabulous job in Private Equity in London (not sure where that came from!), got myself back in to a routine and re-ignited my enthusiasm for tough training and competition.

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Blenheim Palace last year (2020)! This has always been one of those events that I’ve seen on people’s Instagram stories and have been itching to compete at one day. The location is absolutely stunning and it’s a wonderful event for spectators (even with a global pandemic) The run almost killed me (there’s a big ol’ drag towards the end), but I’ve re entered for this year so it can’t have been that bad! This race also got me a place on the AG Sprint team for the European and World Championships this year, so yeah, it was a good one!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    That’s a tough one, but probably getting a podium position at my first international in Portugal in Modern Pentathlon. My triathlon career hasn’t been long enough yet to produce some ‘outstanding’ results, but I’m hoping to bring home some shiny medals this year!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Fortunately enough, I haven’t had any racing ‘disasters’ (*touches wood*) but I did lacerate my ACL skiing a few years ago which put my life, sporting aspirations and equestrian competitions on hold for FAR too long. I regularly get lost in the swim and forget where I’ve put my bike in transition but that’s all part of the fun right?

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Have a plan and have even more patience. I am constantly battling with numerous injuries and niggles: back, shins, knees, ankles, neck (probably even ears at some point), the lot! I often feel that these injuries set me back from my training but with a sensible plan in place that manages these injuries, keeps them at bay but at the same time keeps me race fit, you soon feel that you have everything under control and are heading in the right direction.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Don’t rush! I’m one of those melons that just wants to be good at everything overnight and do it all really fast without any injuries…doesn’t happen! Anything you start out at is a journey and you want to enjoy every step. Take your time and enjoy the ride, but don’t hang around in transition for too long!

    What are your goals?

    I would LOVE a top ten finish at the AG Sprint Worlds and Europeans this year, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself because I’ve never been to this kind of party before so I’m just super excited to see what it’s all about!

    Who inspires you?

    There are so many inspirational sporting role models out there, but to be perfectly honest, my main inspiration has to be my parents. I wouldn’t’ be able to do the amount of sport I have done / am doing without them. They support me in every way possible and come and cheer me on (lemon drizzle in hand) at all my events. I hope that one day I am able to provide my children with all of the amazing sporting opportunities they have provided me. If I HAD to choose one triathlete though, it would be Lucy Charles – Barclay (She’s basically superwoman let’s be honest!)

    Why work with Sundried?

    I mean why wouldn’t you? Ethical, affordable and fashionable, what’s not to love?

    As well as their sustainable fashion, I’m also an avid believer in their EHOH initiative. With working from home more common than ever, I think this is such an important concept that everyone should adopt (working from home or not). I spend roughly 10 hours a day slouched over my computer tapping away at the keyboard, so every 10 minutes of every hour, I get up and get moving, just as Sundried have suggested!

    I hope that in years to come many more companies promote the reduction of waste and help to save the environment from plastic pollution. As the saying goes, ‘plastic will be the main ingredient of all our grandchildren’s recipes,’ so let’s start now and make our planet a safer and greener place for future generations.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Ben Forkin - Athlete Ambassador

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    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    I’ve never really had a fitness goal,  my goal has always to try and progress in the sport that I’m involved with.  This was swimming when I was younger,  roller and ice hockey for the past 20 years and now looking forward to triathlon and endurance swimming.  

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What are your training goals now?

    Moving towards the end of 2020 and looking towards 2021. My goals are to start in sprint and Olympic triathlon and also some endurance type longer distance swimming events.

    Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I don't like bananas, but I’m perfectly happy with things that are banana flavoured.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    When starting in any endurance sport start with training to lengths of time not distance travelled.

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    Not at the moment, this is something that I need to start to look at.

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    This doesn't really apply to me directly.  But what I have found over the years when it comes to training of any sort, is to make sure you enjoy what you do while your training or at least keep in mind that you will enjoy your sessions when you get to the end.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    At the moment this is dictated by my 5 month old daughter. I basically train as and when I can whilst trying to keep some kind of structure to my day/week.

    If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Pizza, without a doubt!

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried seems to be a company with real integrity, a company that has a defined goal and from the outside in, seem to be working within that goal. So many companies in the endurance sport space seem to be capitalising on a recent boom in the sport/s. Sundried seem to be a company that has a real understanding of the industry and a passion for the products that are produced.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    'Try making your body an instrument not an ornament' - Ross Edgley (Great British Swim 2018)  

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Steph Mcnally - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes I’ve swam competitively since I was 4 and played hockey and golf to regional level.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    When I ran out of swimming challenges a friend suggested I try the next level and add 2 more sports in - how hard could it be ...?!

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My only triathlon race to date thanks to Covid has been Ironman 70.3 in Turkey. 20 of my team Precision Race Team made it over and it was a real baptism of fire into the sport but I loved every second.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Swimming the Channel with 3 friends in 2017. It was our 2nd attempt and we swam through the night which was terrifying but made the achievement all the more satisfying. I swam through jelly fish, watched the sunrise from the water and even saw dolphins! (I think, I may have been hallucinating at that point).

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Oh yes! Crashing on the bike in Turkey 25km in was not part of the plan. But I managed to get back on and finish the race with a sprained ankle and few cuts and bruises. Lots of lessons learned that day!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    By surrounding myself with a team who keep me grounded, focused and grateful. As an endurance athlete you learn you’re in it for the long haul and with a bit of time most setbacks can become an advantage.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    There’s a lot of plates to keep spinning in triathlon so don’t stress about progressing all of them at the same time. Everyone has a strength and weakness so just make sure you play to yours.

    What are your goals?

    To podium in my age group in an Ironman event.

    Who inspires you?

    Kat Matthew’s - I love her attitude and honesty, she’s very grounded. My coach Raya Hubbell is so driven and sets a great example for her athletes. And another coach in my team Alice Tourell-North, she’s just a bad ass athlete.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I like Sundried for cutting through the sometimes pretentious nature of triathlon and providing good quality affordable kit. It can feel like a minefield knowing what to buy but I like that Sundried keeps it simple and covers all bases with a classic style.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Nigel Taylor - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Since an early age..growing up next to a rugby field I was always out playing some sort of sport.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I used to swim a lot as a child. I enjoy cycling and running so I thought it looks like a challenge. I participate in sprint Triathlons currently.

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Probably not one race, but a set of league races. I participate in the York and District road race league.a set of 10k races on evening around the York area.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Probably running the Brighton Marathon in 2019. I never thought that I would ever run that far in one go.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Several close calls with cars whilst competing. But broke my leg on a training run.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Positive can do attitude. A good physio and a good set of friends who supply cake and encouragement.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Don't be disappointed if things go wrong in a race. We are always going to have bad days.

    What are your goals?

    20 min parkrun. Sub 45 min 10k in a race. Another marathon and may be a full distance Tri.

    Who inspires you?

    My child and my wife.

    Why work with Sundried?

    In the current world things need to be ecofriendly. People are looking for affordable and good products. The clothes feel great on and look good.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Carl Dedman - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I cycled for pleasure when I was younger. Got back into around 2010 to help with fitness and health. Now addicted.

    How did you first get into cycling?

    I got into cycling initially for health issues. But very quickly became hooked and 9 years later, I still look forward to every chance I get to ride my bike. The health issues have been helped greatly. But my head is in a much better place because of the fitness levels have increased.

    If you are interested in getting into cycling, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Pinarello gran Fondo in treviso Italy just for the amazing feeling of riding in Italy through the mountains with 15000 other people.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Completed a coast to coast 400 mile ride in aid of the Bobby on a bike charity.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Gave time trialling a go for short while my best time came with a very hard last 1-2k only to find I was running on a flat rear.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Try again straight away never dwell on what went wrong learn and go again.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Ride with somebody who takes you just out of your comfort zone to help you improve at all times.

    What are your goals?

    After Covid times just to ride some mass participation sportives first of all.

    Who inspires you?

    People who have a positive outlook on life no matter what they are currently working through.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Love the idea of eco friendly/recycled materials being produced and promoted. Exercise apparel is a massive business and we all need to do our bit for the world we live in.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
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