• 5 Sporting Events In California To Check Out

    5 Sporting Events In California To Check Out Cycling USA Sundried

    While California is stunning all year long, there’s no better time than summer to get outside and get active! These five events all across the state will get your blood flowing in no time.

    San Diego Triathlon Classic

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    NTC Park in Liberty Station San Diego, CA 92106

    You’ve worked. You’ve trained. You’ve sweated. Now watch it all pay off! Choose from the Sprint Course or the more challenging Olympic Course. The swimming will take you into the San Diego Bay, while the cycling course runs through the Point Loma Naval Base and the running portion finishes the afternoon with the beautiful course through NTC Park.

    Never competed in a triathlon before? It’s a great way to get your fitness up and get involved before taking the big jump. Best of all, the proceeds go to support research, education, and support for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. What’s better than helping your body and helping others at the same time?

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    Beachmania

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Bayshore at 5415 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA  90803

    Beaches aren’t just for surfing anymore! Take it easy with a 5k or 10k race on some of Southern California’s most iconic coastline, or opt for a traditional marathon or half-marathon. Instead of following a linear course, runners go back and forth along a section of designated beach area. Stay cool with the ocean breeze, plenty of water fountains, and of course, the beautiful scenic views. All finishers receive a medal.

    Windmill Century

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    1150 W Foster Road Orcutt, CA 93455

    Not only is this great exercise and a fundraiser for a great cause, it’s also a stunning trip through the open roads of Wine Country. Not up for a full century? No worries: metric centuries and quarter centuries are also part of the event. Registration fee includes a commemorative t-shirt, maps, routes markings, rest stops, and barbecue at the route’s end! That’s right…barbecue! Choose from beef, chicken, or vegetable, and enjoy a tasty reward for a job well done.  Net proceeds from the Windmill Century are donated to bike safety initiatives in local elementary schools.

    Pier To Peak Half Marathon

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Billed as “the world’s toughest half marathon,” this run isn’t for the faint of heart due to a course that takes runners to an elevation of 3996 feet. The trail starts at Stearns Wharf and carries on through the city of Santa Barbara all the way into Los Padres National Forest with some truly stunning views of the South Coast along the way. Perfect for experienced runners hungry for something outside the ordinary! All finishers get a finisher's t-shirt and a commemorative coin.

    Diablo Trail Run

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton CA 94517

    Diablo offers something for athletes at all levels: choose from the 4-mile course, the 10-mile course, a half-marathon, a full marathon, and the 50k run, all through Diablo State Park in Clayton, California. The 4-mile course keeps a relatively steady elevation in Mitchell Canyon though the longer courses do get mountainous. Runners will take in the park atmosphere and savour unique views of the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding valleys. Pre-registration includes a t-shirt; finishers will receive a custom medal and 50k finishers will also receive a custom coaster.

    California’s vast and varied landscapes make it a state like no other. What better way to experience it than by getting out and seeing it for yourself? Trust us, it’s good for the body and the soul.

    About the author: JT Lyons grew up riding the canyons of San Diego on his single speed Huffy. Some time in between falling in love with his Huffy and the 200+ triathlons he's competed in, JT created the San Diego Triathlon Classic. Find out more on their website.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Lara Newell Athlete Ambassador

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    Lara grew up in Africa but got into triathlon after moving to the UK. She tells Sundried about doing Ironman races for fun and life as a triathlete.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Growing up in Zimbabwe, Africa, I was fortunate enough to always have sport at my finger tips and I definitely took good advantage of this playing team hockey, tennis, squash and swimming

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    When I moved to the UK, getting access to all these sports became a little bit harder as most required a fair bit of travelling time to and from and with a full time job it was a big commitment. So instead I joined my local gym and through fellow members was introduced to the very social sport of triathlon.

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

    That's a tough one as I have been fortunate enough to race in some absolutely stunning scenery all across the world but I think if it had to come down to one it would have to be Ironman 70.3 in Weymouth. Having had most of my 2017 race season written off due to a fall off of my bike, I entered this race at the end of the season as a bit of 'fun'. I guess sometimes it's better to go into a race with this mindset and put less pressure on yourself as I managed to come 3rd in my age group and secure a place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2018.

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    And your proudest achievement?

    I am proudest when I inspire others to take up the sport, or at least inspire them to take more interest in their own health and fitness

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

    Funnily enough, Ironman 70.3 Weymouth was set to be a disaster. The morning of bike racking day I was checking my bike over and while checking a bolt in my handlebars I managed to snap the bolt, which left me with an unusable bike as the bolt was actually still stuck inside the bars. With a 'never give up' attitude I managed to eventually find a replacement part and with just minutes to spare racked my bike ready to go

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think setbacks are only there to build us as better stronger people. I have had a few over the years and if you use these with a positive attitude they will never overcome you.

    What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?

    I used to think that the more you train the fitter you will be, however this only leads to fatigue and injury. I have now learnt the importance of having structure to your training as without this it leads to overtraining and injury

    What are your goals for 2018?

    Firstly to keep inspiring those around me. Secondly, I will be competing in both the European and World 70.3 Championships this year and if I could place in the top 10 I would be very pleased.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    My mum was a truly inspirational lady, never letting the challenges in life stop her from doing what it was she enjoyed and always with a massive smile on her face.

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

    Your VALUES - a focus on low carbon production, your ETHICS - transparency, traceability and pride in your manufacturing partnerships and your CHARITY WORK - supporting Water for Kids whose main projects are in a continent which is very close to my heart, Africa.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Eden Elisabeth Backhouse - Athlete Ambassador

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    Eden is a young triathlete who has represented Great Britain. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport from a very young age. I started sailing when I was 5 years old, and moved to triathlon when I was 14.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I already swam and ran for a club and was told to start cycle training with some friends to train for a triathlon. Ever since then I’ve never looked back and carried on racing and training up to the level I’m at now.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    European championships in Russia 2019. I placed 5th in my age group and had the most memorable experience out there with my GB team mates. I had an amazing swim coming out 2nd and holding that position until the run. The crowd was amazing and the country was just beautiful.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    As well as the European championships, I competed in my first senior elite race at Blenheim palace in 2019. It was incredible to just be able to finish the race without being lapped by some incredible world class elite athletes.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Thankfully no!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Injuries have been the worst sets backs I’ve had, the most often being shin splints. Over the years, being at Leeds triathlon centre I’ve had some of the best coaches going, who have helped me understand why the injury has re occurred and I’ve been able to learn how to train to avoid them (smart training). I also worked around the injury by compromising using other sports, which is one of the best things about triathlon.

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

    If you want to make it to the top, you need to start when you're young.

    If you are interested in starting your journey as a Triathlete, 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 goals?

    My goals are:

    1. To compete at the world championships in Bermuda in 2021.

    2. To get a sub 20 5k in a triathlon.

    3. To get into the RAF triathlon team.

    Who inspires you?

    Being at Leeds triathlon centre I am around the majority of the GB Olympic team and world and European senior elite team. Seeing the determination, work drive and effort they put into every session drives me each day to push to be a better athlete.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried support their ambassador’s in a way that no other company do. They produce amazing long lasting kit and I have been referred by many friends to buy their products.

    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
  • George Taplin - Athlete Ambassador

     

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    George is a triathlete and swimmer, who is passionate about reducing waste and protecting our coastlines.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Having two older sisters to try and keep up with, I soon followed their path and started competitive swimming aged 5. I was fortunate to have some success in my swimming career from a young age, achieving 6 age-group national titles and competing at the British Olympic trials in 2016. Aside from swimming I have also been a keen cyclist growing up, enjoying mountain biking in the local woods, and also having to use my bike as my main method of transport. Sport has been a key part of my childhood and I have made many friendships and positive memories no matter what the sport has been.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I completed my first triathlon just before leaving for university, it was a local race and I decided to give it a go. My performance was a long way from perfect. I had one of the slowest transition times and nearly lost a shoe; however I finished the race excited and really loved how the race switches between the three disciplines. In my second year at the University of Sheffield I signed up to the triathlon team and this is where I started to learn lots about triathlon from training with more experienced triathletes. I quickly became fully engaged in the sport.

    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 favourite triathlon was the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Standard Distance Triathlon in 2019 at Southport. Not only did it host the English Standard Distance championships, but there was also over 230 students racing – this created an electric atmosphere with great team support. I felt strong on the swim and managed to exit the water in first position, however this was short lived as I was soon passed on the bike leg by stronger cyclists and TT bikes. Sheffield University had 20 students racing which created a strong team atmosphere, and added great value to the overall event.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    On the final weekend of July (2020) I set out to swim all the lakes in the Lake District to raise money for the clean drinking water charity Just A Drop. The swim covered 13 lakes, 3 days and 71km. I have previously only done one ultra-distance swim before so I was heading into unknown territory in my swimming ability. However with thanks to a strong support team providing plenty of snacks from the kayak, I finished the final few kilometres as the sun set on Derwent water on the 3rd day. The swim tested my psychological and physiological limits, however I managed to keep going and exceeded what I thought I was capable of. I am a strong believer that people have the capacity to exceed their perceptions of what is possible, and must believe in their own ability. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    When I was starting out in triathlon, during the bike leg of a race I had to bunny hop over a pothole, as I landed my seat fell out on to the pavement. The race was a super sprint so I finished the final few kilometres without a seat and had to stay out the saddle. My legs were knackered starting the run, a mistake not to be made again!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    After a setback I try to take a step back and keep things in perspective. Whilst there is a lot of pressure placed on race day to execute the race immaculately, our bodies aren’t hardwired and performance will fluctuate depending on a whole host of lifestyle and training factors. The key is to learn from the setback and move forward onto your next goal wiser.

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

    I would encourage anyone who is enjoying sport to try and find a local club and commit to the training programme the best they can. It is very easy to get overwhelmed by study and work and to miss out on a training session. Nevertheless I have found that during busy times in my life triathlon has been a solution for me, giving me an hour of exercise with my close friends and a release from anything else going on in your life. It can help engage you in supportive community of people that are active, and bring out some of the great social benefits of sport.

    What are your goals?

    I am hoping to podium at the European Age-group Standard championships (2021), and to qualify for the Elite Aquathlon championships (2021).

    Who inspires you?

    My Dad has had a big influence on my sport growing up. In 2009 he swum from Europe to Africa across the Straight of Gibraltar, and in 2012 he completed a charity 1000km long triathlon for Help for Heroes. I believe this has motivated me to get involved in sport and learn about my physical limits.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am particularly excited to work with Sundried due to their investment into sustainability and zero waste. They have two clothing ranges designed from recycled materials including coffee grounds and plastic bottles. I believe this is a step that many clothing companies should adopt moving forwards, helping reduce and utilize our waste materials. Sundried are also supporting Surfers Against Sewage, a charity working on reducing coastal pollution around the UK. This is particularly motivating for me as the UK has many beaches that deserve protection, not least for future swimmers and surfers, but mostly to keep our coastal ecosystem intact and prevent further habitat degradation.

    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
  • Adam Miller - Athlete Ambassador

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    Adam is a British triathlete living, training and competing in Melbourne Australia. 

    Have you always been into sport?

    I first got into high performance sport at University where I was part of the University Rowing team. It was during these years I fell in love with training and pushing my body to its limits. I also learnt the importance of discipline and trusting the training process, which pays dividends in triathlon training.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    After graduating University I wanted a change in sport. I really enjoyed cycling and had a good level of running fitness. It was just a case of learning how to swim! I’ve always thrived off being told I cannot do something. When friends said I’d never be able to complete a long distance triathlon due to my inability to swim, I entered a local 70.3 to prove them wrong! I joined a local triathlon club whereI learnt how to swim open water, before tackling my first 70.3.

    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?

    Geelong 2020 has been my favourite race to date. This was my second 70.3 event, and this time I went into the race with a plan and knowing what to expect. It was fantastic to see the training pay off and beat my first 70.3 time by 45 minutes.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest sporting achievement has been my ability to learn to swim. It is very personal and demonstrates the things you can accomplish when you put you mind to it. On starting triathlon I couldn’t swim a length of the pool. Now, in the space of 18 months, I am swimming confidently and fast in the open water with the top age groupers.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    No disasters, but I did knock my toe on a mental railing in T1 and break my nail off. I only realised this in the run when my trainer had turned red with blood.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have a fantastic Coach in Sean Foster, and the key is to trust the program.

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

    Times/ Watts/ Splits of the pros and top Age Groupers may seem impossible, but with time and dedication anything is achievable and your body is capable of a lot more than you think.

    What are your goals?

    I hope to obtain a Team GB professional long distance licence.

    Who inspires you?

    My team mates. Age groupers are super inspiring, balance work, family and training. The dedication and work ethic is admirable.

    Why work with Sundried?

    It is important I wear something that responds and reflects the performance I seek to achieve.The technology integrated, whilst not comprising comfort, is a clear no brainer when it comes to high performance racing. Further, production in a sustainable manner is critical and an ethical matter I care deeply about when considering products.

    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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