• Sharon Taylor - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Not at all. I never really enjoyed sports at school and wasn’t really any good at any of the traditional school sports. Then as an adult, I started running with a group from work to train for a Race For Life 5k and caught the running bug. I started to train for longer distances and really began to notice both the physical and the mental benefits. When I became a Mum, I wanted my children to see exercise as a normal part of life and encouraged them to do whatever sports made them happy.

    How did you first get into triathlon? 

    I’d been a runner for a few years and was looking for a new challenge. I signed up to a sprint distance triathlon on a bit of a whim and then realised that I had a fair bit of work to do to as I couldn’t swim for more than two lengths without stopping and hadn’t ridden a bike since I was 16! My first race was London Triathlon and the atmosphere was amazing. I grinned the whole way round the course and started planning my next event almost as soon as I crossed the finish line.

    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?

    It was actually a local Race for Life. I was training for a marathon at the time and set out at a slightly quicker pace than usual and somehow managed to keep it up. I crossed the finish line first and didn’t quite know what to do with myself when I ran through the ribbon. There was a very cringe-worthy picture of me in the local paper but it was worth it to see the look on my sons’ faces at the end of the race - they were convinced that my success was entirely down to the posters that they’d made for me!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Completing Outlaw X last year was a real highlight. It was only my second race at that distance (70.3) and training had been challenging due to the pandemic so I wasn’t convinced that I would make it to the start line, let alone the finish line. Conditions were tough with the swim being shortened due to the outside air temperature and strong winds on the bike leg. I don’t think that I’ve ever been so pleased to see a finish line but it felt good to overcome such tough conditions to complete the race.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Being organised, I like to get into transition as early as possible to rack my bike and set up. Unfortunately this backfired at a race the other year when I inadvertently left my race number belt in my bag. By the time I realised what I’d done in T1, my bag was at the bottom of a huge pile of bags so I spent a fair bit of time digging through them in order to retrieve my belt. I think that it was probably one of my longest ever transitions!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    If I have a bad training session or race, I allow myself a couple of days maximum to reflect then think about what I could do differently, if anything and focus on what I can improve in the future. If I get injured, I remind myself of the importance of rest and try to look at is an opportunity to recharge my batteries.

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

    Buy an alarm clock as triathlons and early starts go hand in hand!

    What are your goals?

    This year I’m training for two Outlaw Halves and also planning to complete my PT qualification so that I can help others to achieve their health and fitness goals.

    Who inspires you?

    There are some amazing successful triathletes who inspire me; Chrissie Wellington and Lucy Gossage in particular. I’m also hugely inspired by some of the fantastic friends that I’ve made through triathlon; balancing families, jobs and triathlon training isn’t easy but when I watch someone cross the finish line and I know how hard they have worked to get there, I am completely in awe.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried have a great range of products that are not only high quality but also comfortable and sustainably produced. It’s also a privilege to be associated with a brand that is so committed to having a positive impact on the environment and community through its charitable partnerships with Water for Kids and Surfers against Sewage (something that is particularly close to my heart as I live by the coast and see the devastating impact of sewage on our marine wildlife).

    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
  • Matt Wherry - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes I have always been into sport, I played football as a child before I got into Go-Karting but I started road cycling about 15 years ago.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I haven't completed a triathlon as I have a bad knee but I love my cycling and I have completed lots of events.

    If you are interested in getting into cycling, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My biggest achievement to date is London Revolution event in 2018. 185 miles in two days. My aim is complete Lands End to John O'Groats maybe next year and I'd also like to plan Coast to Coast from East to West - Ness Point, Lowerstoft to St Davids, Wales.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I was completing a virtual running challenge and over trained damaging the cartilage in my right knee. Since then I've stuck to the bike.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I am a mental health ambassador and I battle with my own mental health daily. Cycling is a massive help for me.and really helps me focus and practice mindfulness. I raise mental health awareness not only because of my personal battle but as like so many my family has suffered loss due to suicide. I feel very passionately that exercise and for me specifically cycling, helps my mental health and I aim to keep spreading awareness with my video content and upcoming events.

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

    Just keep pedalling. No matter how hard it is remember to keep spinning those pedals. That goes for cycling and in life.

    What are your goals?

    I want to help people. if my work can help someone in need then I am happy. I have plans to complete end to end challenges in the UK which I'm hoping will raise awareness about mental health.

    Who inspires you?

    To be honest my kids are my biggest inspiration and the main reason I have been able to stay strong enough in darker times.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love Sundried's values and their efforts to be a sustainable company. I love their focus on wellbeing which many company's should look at for inspiration. I started using the cycling kit and haven't looked back. I'm looking forward to a long and succesful relationship with Sundried.

    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
  • Louise Ryde -Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes I have always been into sport. Started with football playing at a high level at that time for Liverpool, Everton and Doncaster Belles. I started cycling about 7 years ago and quickly became hooked and have since won numerous races and represented GB in the UCI amater World Championships.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Got into triathlon accidentally really in 2019, entering a short sprint race after starting front crawl lessons. I spluttered through the swim, was in my element in the bike leg and limped/shuffled through the run but I won my age category and was only seconds off the overall third lady. I loved it and soon started working on my run and swim to match my bike which I am really enjoying.

    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?

    I have many races that I have been successful in, including an eighth place at the UCI Worlds in Varese a couple of years ago but my favourite race was the Miguel Indurain where I was first woman in 2018. I had known that it was THE Miguel Indurain six time Tour de France winner’s race in his home town and that he was going to be there to hand out the podium winners. I remember dreaming of standing there receiving my winners medal from him but didn’t really believe it could be me. I was wrong and when my name was called as first It was unbelievable!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Can’t decide between overall fastest time at Cambridge qualifiers in 2017 where I was pleased with winning my age group then was told I had actually finished faster than all female age groups. I had worked so so hard to stay in the group after falling back on some short hills, but I was really proud of how I had refused to give up and claw my way back. Of course finishing eighth in the 2018 Worlds is high on my list but I always have that aching feeling that I was only seconds off a podium place!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Not too many disasters but I had quite a traumatic race in my first UCI Worlds in Albi France 2017 when I was doing really well in the race and was struck by the worst cramp I had ever had in my quads!! I literally fell off the bike to relieve it, but I got back on to finish top 20. I was of course really disappointed but learned ALOT about hydration after that.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Setbacks are hard and I have mentioned the Worlds in Albi France, however this time last year I had to stop training to have an operation to remove a mole on my back, it was a worrying time and together with the COVID lockdown it really affected me and like many others I suffered some anxiety and motivation was difficult. I am happy to say that I was able to overcome my anxiety and motivate myself through sport and it was, and still is, my training that helps me through difficult times. I think that I saw training, and improving my running as something THAT I HAD control over and it kept me focused. So, control what you can control, this has enabled me to carry on training and stay motivated in these recent difficult times.

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

    Advice I wish I had been given..... I think, “don’t over do it, more is not always better. “

    What are your goals?

    My main goal now is to become a better triathlete and to do this I have to work on my weaknesses which are running and swimming. If I can do this I can do well in the Ironman World Championships in Utah this year. Eventually I want to complete a full Ironman in a good time.

    Who inspires you?

    This is such a difficult question to pin it down to one, or even two people. People who achieve things through adversity inspire me, my friends inspire me. I often watch footage of Ironman events, Kona for example, and it gives me goose pimples when I see those late 17 hour finishers get the words of Mike Riley over the tannoy as they cross the line. This inspires me to hear Louise Ryde, you ARE an Ironman sometime in the future.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried stood out for me initially as I really liked the look of the product. Being a cyclist I LOVE my cycling gear. There is so much out there in terms of sports gear that is sooo expensive and I was pleased to find that Sundried kit is sensibly priced and outstanding value for the quality of product you get. I LOVE my new Tri kit I ordered.

    Then when reading the information about the brand I learned about the importance it gives to eco systems and it really tipped my consciousness. Now I have tried out my first product, the Pro Tri Suit I am over the moon with the quality and can honestly say I am pleased and proud to be an ambassador. I am looking at my next order right now. 

    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
  • Phil Lucker - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, football (soccer), rugby, hockey, athletics, cycling, canoeing all as a junior. As a senior football, running and cycling.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I am a runner so not into triathlon but adore both running and cycling and I have competed in a number of duathlons road and off-road.

    If you are interested in getting into running, 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?

    The Sodbury Slog - a 9 mile off-road running race. I am a road runner normally but entered this for something different, I ended up coming home in 3rd place.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    As an athlete: Getting a Silver medal in the British Masters Athletic Federation Road Mile in 2012.

    As a coach: An athlete that I coached achieving silver medal in her age group in the England Athletics Cross Country Championships. She was later ranked 4th in Britain in her age group over Cross Country by Athletics Weekly.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I was racing in a 10 mile off-road race, sitting in 3rd place. 2 miles to go I took a wrong turn ran a extra 3/4 mile and came home in 7th.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    It depends on the set back! Mainly stay relaxed and look forward.

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

    To take up running earlier than I did.

    What are your goals?

    To continue my development as a coach and try to find time for my own training.

    Who inspires you?

    All athletes, it is too easy to stay rooted to your seat.

    Why work with Sundried?

    There are so many companies offering clothing (away from the big brands) most of which are mass produced and provide no consideration for the planet as it is now or in the future. Sundried are providing a great product!

    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
  • Lewys Thomas -Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    From a young age I’ve always been playing sport! From football, golf, tennis, rugby, cricket, the list goes on! I love the competition and the team atmosphere as well as generally keeping fit and having fun. I came very late to cycling, when just before university I decided to go out for a ride with my dad and he dropped me on every hill, so from then on, I was hooked and motivated to get better and better!

    If you are interested in getting into cycling, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

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

    I wish somebody had told me never to worry about what anyone else thinks and purely enjoy riding a bike. People become anxious about what they’re wearing, what bike they own, what their average speed is on strava etc. I would say concentrate on what makes you happy and why you started riding in the first place, which for me is being outdoors, exploring new places and experiencing all things cycling!

    What are your goals?

    My goals for this season are to earn enough points to move up racing categories here in the U.K as well as compete in WTRL events on Zwift for Loughborough Students Cycling Club. COVID permitting, I’d love to gain racing experience and see how far I can climb up the categories and put the winter training hours to good use!

    Who inspires you?

    My biggest inspirations are my parents. My mum is currently training for an Ironman and because the event was postponed last year, she has been training religiously for nearly 2 years now! Nothing will get in the way of completing a training session, and that level of dedication and commitment is something I strive for every day. My dad is a paramedic and works long, hard hours. Despite this, he is always available to support me with whatever I’m doing, whether that be bike maintenance or simply joining me on a long ride, he never says no!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am really passionate about the environment and reducing the impact of global warming. This aligns with the work Sundried is doing to reduce waste and help reduce plastic pollution by offering activewear collections made from 100% recycled materials. I want to raise awareness of this and make people think about the choices they are making when purchasing sport clothing – considering not only the price tag and the brand of the product, but how the materials are sourced and how the process chain contributes to a zero waste, sustainable lifestyle.

    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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