• Daniel Edwards Athlete Ambassador

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    Daniel is still new to the sport of triathlon but has quickly found his passion. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    As a child, I was pretty active through school and club activities but after finishing my education and starting my working life it subsided a bit. It has only been in the past 5 or so years that I have really got back into it - firstly through running and then getting into triathlon over the past 2 years.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    In 2017, I trained for and took part in both the Cardiff 10k and Cardiff Half Marathon. At the time of signing up for these events, I thought having something to focus on would give me some motivation to train. I found the training tough, not physically but mentally and I found myself getting bored of the same routes and the same type of training.

    Needless to say, I completed both but wanted a different type of challenge and thought a triathlon would help me vary my training. I spent the whole of 2018 training and getting to grips with the different disciplines; I hadn't swum or ridden a bike in years! I joined a triathlon club to help and started racing in 2019 and haven't looked back since.

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

    My favorite race to date has been the Swansea Triathlon. The event is superbly run and is extremely well supported. It's all held on closed roads and the swim is in Swansea Marina so is very well protected from the elements.

    And your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement to date is going sub 25 minutes on a 5k. This was my target since starting out running and I spent months using Parkrun on a Saturday morning to get my time down. Sub 25 is still slow for the elites but a target is a target and is one I have hit. Next up is sub 24!

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

    I haven't had any disasters yet, being relatively new to triathlon, but my toughest triathlon has to be Mumbles in late September 2019. The weather was awful. It was wet and very windy and the sea swim in Swansea Bay was close to being cancelled. I am not a confident swimmer by any means and I found that swim extremely tough. It was one stroke forward, two strokes back and I thought it would never end! Once I was on the bike and settled into that I was happy...but I wasn't very talkative as I was stumbling out of the water.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I firmly believe everything happens for a reason. If something happens that sets me back, I just keep my head down and carry on. It'll come good in time.

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

    Never go into an event feeling over-confident. There will always be something that challenges you or something that doesn't go to plan.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    I want to be on the start line of a 70.3 in 2020.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    My mum is my inspiration. She started running to help with her mental health and has suffered over the years with some persistent injuries but has never given up even if it has meant running with gritted teeth and awful pain in order to finish.

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

    Sundried is a company that provides not only quality products but products that are affordable. Triathlon is not a cheap sport by any means so being affordable is a massive bonus. I really like the Sundried cycling range. It looks smart, slick and durable.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Mark Haigh Athlete Ambassador

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    Mark is a triathlete who is aiming for Team GB Age Group qualification. He talks to Sundried about life as a triathlete. 

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, from a young age. I was mainly involved in team sports, playing anything I could find time to play. I played county football and cricket from a young age and I also just enjoyed being outside and active and would try my hand at any sport.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I was watching the Brownlee brothers in the 2012 Olympics and it inspired me to get out there and try it.

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

    My favourite race to date has to be Ironman UK, this was my second ever triathlon and it was a great feeling crossing the finish line!

    And your proudest achievement?

    Completing my first Ironman triathlon (which was only my second ever triathlon) in 10 hours 34 minutes.

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

    My toughest race to date was a duathlon that was early in the year and very cold! Trying to control the bike with cold hands and putting shoes on was hard going as well as keeping myself motivated to get through and keep going.

    Another tough race was the Immortal Half at Farmoor. The swim didn’t go well after receiving an elbow to the face at the start of the race. I had to swim virtually the whole race with a cracked google which was leaking water. I gritted my teeth and had to try to master the skill of emptying one goggle at speed.

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

    Consistency is key. It doesn’t always have to be a hard workout but try to keep it consistent across a few months and you will start to see big progress.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    Team GB Age Group qualification.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    All the other triathletes out there that are training hard and pushing me to compete against them.

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

    I love the eco ranges as the environment and the future are big passions of mine. I'm really looking forward to using the warm winter training clothing this year during training.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Anna Mears Junior Athlete Ambassador

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    Anna is a young triathlete who is already showing great promise. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I've been into sport from a young age, initially being a horse rider. I then moved on to triathlon in which I found my passion.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I decided to enter the world of triathlon when my mum raced at an ETU championships and I instantly got inspired.

    What's been your favourite race to date?

    My favourite race to date was Cardiff Sprint Distance Triathlon as I qualified for the World Championships in Edmonton. It was mainly an adults race which is why it's one of my proudest achievements.

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

    Yes, when I got disqualified from a race. I had a really good race but things do go wrong in races and at the end I knew something had gone wrong. You just have to learn from mistakes and carry on.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    The way I always overcome setbacks is by turning them into a positive.

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

    The advice I wish I was given is that once you start you will never want to stop, triathlon takes over your life so you have to love it.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    My goals for 2020 are racing well at the World Championships and qualifying for another championship race.

    Who do you take inspiration from?

    I take my inspiration from Jessica Learmonth. I love watching her race as she is an amazing athlete and I really look up to her.

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

    My favourite part of Sundried is the eco-friendly material they use and that they dry very quickly which makes them perfect for everyday use. My favourite bit of kit has to be the performance trisuit as I love the design.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Alistair Fletcher Athlete Ambassador

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    Alistair is a young triathlete who has been into the sport his whole life. He talks to Sundried about his racing hopes and dreams. 

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I learnt to ride a bike aged 3 and did my first triathlon aged 9. I have always enjoyed sport, but before I prioritised triathlon I was scouted and selected to play football for Cardiff City academy for a few years and have also played rugby representing the South-West region.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I have always enjoyed swimming, cycling and running and ever since I did my first triathlon, I have fallen in love with the sport. I love the slightly strange aspect of completing 3 sports straight after each other and I enjoy the transitions as well.

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

    I have raced at Dorney Lakes a few times and that is still one of my favourite race venues as it is a fast, flat course in a lovely location. I also really enjoy racing at Bedford Autodrome where I have raced the British Duathlon Championships a few times, including racing in a torrential downpour The course is around a race track so the surface is immaculate and the course is flat and very fast.

    And your proudest achievement?

    One of my proudest achievements has been racing at the European Age Group Duathlon Championships in Romania and achieving 4th place. Next year, I have qualified to race at both the World and European Age Group Duathlon Champs where I aspire to podium. I am also proud because back in the summer of 2018, I raised over £700 for Gloucestershire Young Carers charity when I completed an individual 100-mile century ride.

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

    One of my proudest achievements came in one of my toughest races. The European Age Group Duathlon Champs were held in Romania and I did not cope with the heat at all well. I suffered from dehydration and nausea throughout pretty much the whole bike leg and then suffered stomach cramps during the final run. I have also done a few races which have been very tough due to weather, such as snow.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have had a few setbacks in my career so far, most of them mental setbacks but also about 2 years ago, I tore a ligament which put me out of sport for about 6 weeks. With mental setbacks, usually after I’ve had a bad race, I try to reflect on the race to see why my performance was bad and then I can work on that area to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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

    I wish I was told not to be too harsh on myself as I think I sometimes criticise myself too much. I also wish I was given the opportunity to join a triathlon club as where I live, I have only been able to join one recently. I would advise anyone starting out in triathlon to join a club.

    What are your goals for 2019 and 2020?

    In 2020, I am targeting the British Super-Series which is the National Junior Triathlon Series. I am working very hard at the moment to make sure my swim is good enough for next season. I am also aiming to podium at the World and European Age Group Duathlon Champs as well as achieving my GCSEs.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    Alistair Brownlee, Chris Froome and Tim Don. I am also inspired by Claire Danson who is European Triathlon Champion for her age group but has recently had a truly horrific and tragic accident which has left her paralysed and with a number of other terrible injuries including two punctured lungs. Instead of giving up on her triathlon dreams, she is now aiming for the Paralympic Games and I believe she is an inspiration to everyone!

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

    I love the quality of the kit and especially the silicone grips on the bib shorts. My favourite piece of kit so far has to be Sundried cycling bib shorts, they’re just so comfortable.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Tim Ginn Athlete Ambassador

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    Tim grew up in a sporty household and now enjoys living a sporty lifestyle with his family. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, for as long as I can remember. My parents always played sport so there was always lots of kit, bats, rackets, and balls lying around the house and garden for my brother and I to play with.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    Having played high level hockey and tennis for a number of years, I was ready for a new challenge; there was a big hole in my sporting life. A friend signed me up to my first triathlon (Norwich – a cracker of an event) which I completed in my surfing wetsuit, my dad’s tatty old commuting bike and using a cat litter tray for my transition kit. I loved it!

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

    Sandman (Anglesey, Wales). A stunning swim with the Snowdonia skyline one way and sand dunes and pine forest on the other. A beautiful ride around the island finishing with a truly beautiful trail run through the pine forest (save something for the last 750m on the sand!).

    And your proudest achievement?

    Apart from my family, it was getting to the start line of London Marathon 2019 in great shape. It was a particularly busy time for us but through a flexible and creative approach to my training I was ready. For me, the journey is as (if not more) important than the destination. The day itself was about execution and enjoyment. It was a magic day out and I finished in 2.58!

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

    I did the Classic Quarter trail race in June 2019 and totally overlooked one of the most important parts of any athlete's preparation – food!

    I was so excited on the morning of the race, that as I sat around chatting with all the other runners I totally forgot to have any proper breakfast. They were all tucking into massive bowls of porridge, inhaling bananas and scoffing peanut butter bagels. I had a coffee and a slice of malt loaf. I have never felt so hungry during a race and obviously crashed in some style. The last two miles weren’t pretty.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I always try to stay in the moment and focus on being the best I can be on that given day. It’s important to have a flexible approach to goals and see setbacks as a learning opportunity. There are so many variables in our busy lives with a huge amount out of our control. Be prepared to shift goals down when things have conspired against you – but remember to raise your goals when you’re in one of those magic moments.

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

    Train hard and race happy. Always try to enjoy everything about race day. Just by getting to the start line, you’ve put in so many hours and demonstrated a huge commitment. You’ve already succeeded.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    2020 is a year for Heather (my partner). Time for me to support her target races, chase her around various race courses with our 4 and 2 year old and provide a constant supply of snacks and encouragement. I do want to go sub-36 minutes for a 10k and complete a multi-terrain triathlon though.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    Most of my inspiration comes from the people I see in the street, at the gym, on the road, trails - just getting on with it. Working hard, being active, working towards their goals with a smile on their face. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in their day, how little sleep they’ve had, how difficult or easy their day currently is – they're just out there being the best they can be in that moment.

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

    I like everything about Sundried. They have strong values, clearly care about their staff and customers and all their kit is great – well designed, hard wearing, comfy and performs really well. Key for me is that they make every effort to ensure the products have as little impact on the planet as possible – if only more companies had this approach!

    My favourite bit of kit is the Plaret Training T-shirt. It’s what I wear for the vast majority of my training – simple, well designed, comfy and hard wearing. It’s always there for me during the hard training hours and helps me get race ready.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren