Tim Klingert Athlete Ambassador
Tim is an American athlete who has some big goals for this year. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I started playing youth sports as soon as I could walk. From soccer to hockey and hiking. I was a sponsored rocker climber for about 10 years and found my way to endurance sports in adulthood.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I started running for general health and “caught the bug” shall we say. I wanted a new challenge and took on triathlon.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
I love my local half marathon, The Newburyport Half Marathon, which takes place in New Hampshire, Massachusetts. It’s a great course in late fall with tons of locals lining the streets for 13.1 miles. The energy and noise and excitement make for an excellent course.
And your proudest achievement?
My half marathon PR last year was a huge moment for me. It was my last last race of the year and came in at 1 hour 32 minutes. It showed I can definitely reach my 2020 goal of a sub 1:30 half marathon.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
My toughest race was when I decided to race with the flu...not the brightest idea!
How do you overcome setbacks?
Check and adjust, check and adjust, all season long.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Get a coach, trust the process, and love the places you’ll go.
What are your goals for 2020?
2020 is a big year fir me. I'm aiming for a sub 1 hour 30 minute half marathon and I will also make my debut in trail and mountain running this summer.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Anyone who gives 100% to their workouts and races. Those who show up and put the work in to earn the PR regardless of time. The person faster than me who I’m always chasing.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the transparency throughout the entire company and knowing Sundried products are responsibly made.