Tom is a triathlete who is only just finding his stride and has big hopes for the future. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Sport has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, from wanting to participate and compete in every sport possible at school to pursuing my swimming and competing at national level.
How did you first get into triathlon?
The world of triathlon had long been on my bucket list and with my swimming background I felt the challenge of three disciplines was achievable. London Triathlon 2019 will stand out in my mind for a long time as the finish line was only just the start line for me and triathlon.
What is your proudest achievement?
I’m most proud of completing the London Classics series at the Swim Serpentine 2019. London Marathon 2017 I was hit with injury leading up to the race, I was so determined to run every stride for all those people who had supported me and I wanted to be able to say “I ran the London Marathon”.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Overcoming setbacks in sport is part of the journey; I will book in with my physio and set short term goals to keep myself focused and on track towards my long-term goals.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
The advice I wish I had been given before I started competing would be how to get a wetsuit off quickly!
What are your goals for 2020?
My goals for 2020 are to run my first sub 40-minute 10k and qualify to represent Team GB for my age group in triathlon.
Who do you take inspiration from?
My main source of inspiration comes from those close to me who see my potential and believe in me the most. I’m a big fan of all athletes and take inspiration from their achievements.
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?
I really like that Sundried was founded by a father looking to inspire his children for the future and that Sundried support the environment by making products from recycled plastic bottles. My favourite bit of kit so far are my arm warmers that keep me warm while I run and allow my body to breath by just wearing a t-shirt.