Tom is a young triathlete with big aspirations for the future. He talks to Sundried about his motivations.
Have you always been into sport?
I have been playing all sports as long as I can remember. I played a high level of baseball when I lived in America and since moving back to England, football was my main focus. I have always been a player at a high level of fitness and ran every week but now have focused on running and cycling.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I did my first triathlon at the age of 12 and also though I haven’t done so recently I’m aspiring to do many triathlons and Ironman triathlons in the future as I am only 18.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
I haven’t been able to race seriously yet but have big goals for the future.
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is, with no coaching, building up my fitness in running and cycling to the level I am at now.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
No, thankfully I have not yet!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I am currently suffering from a knee injury and have had many injures in the past; they are demotivating but once I have started my recovery I think forward to that first hard hill workout or long cycle and it really keeps me going.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
My best advice is don’t compare yourself to others around you, work on yourself and have your own goals and work towards them.
What are your goals?
My current short term goals are to run a sub 1:30 half marathon at the Silverstone half in November and run the London marathon next year.
Who inspires you?
I have a few athletes who inspire me such as Nick Bare who owns a supplement company and also Cameron Jeffers a young British cyclist.
Why work with Sundried?
I was looking for high quality yet affordable cycling bib shorts and I was asking other cyclists. I spoke to my uncle Will Salisbury who is also an ambassador who introduced me to the brand and since then I haven’t looked back as I really support Sundried's goals and values.