• David Crawford - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Men's Triathlon Collection

    David is an athlete who specialises in running and cross country. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I started playing football from the age of 5, stopped playing at 30. During that time in school I was also a good 800m runner and cross country runner representing my county at the English schools championship. After school it was all about football. At 30 I took up cycling, last year 2020 I started running again 17 years later. 6 months later I managed to qualify for GB age group And will be competing in the triathlon worlds duathlon in Netherlands this year.

    How did you first get into triathlon.

    My friend John got me involved in triathlon but I’m not a great swimmer so my main focus is Duathlons.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race would be my first Duathlon Race. Par sands Duathlon finishing 6th. I’d only been running for 1 month and it being my first race to place 6th was a great feeling.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    The birth of my beautiful children. Proudest sporting achievement was representing my county and school, but I’m sure that will be smashed when I represent my country on September 4th this year.

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    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Being injured and poor transitions, something I need to work on.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I do briefly get down about it but then I use that setback as motivation to make sure I smash it then next time.

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

    Not so much advice I wish I was given, more like the advice I was given when I was a 15 years old by my P.E headteacher but did not listen.

    What are your goals?

    My goals are to focus, train well to be the best I can be in my chosen sports while enjoying time with my family, friends and fellow athletes. I want to be a top age grouper, if I can progress further and compete against the top guys that would be a great achievement (age may be against me).

    Who inspires you?

    My partner and children. I also have a friends who share the same motivation and targets as me which I find inspiring.

    Why work with Sundried?

    To contribute in promoting and play a part in a company who helps the environment and communities and who have great kit and clothing at great prices. Also to help me as an athlete.

    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
  • Peter Pugh - Athlete Ambassador

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    Peter is an athlete who loves everything about bikes and cycling. He speaks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Since a young age I have always been in to any sports including football, tennis, basketball etc. I always enjoyed the outdoors and would much rather be outside active then indoors bored. And I still love it, I’ll try any new sports as I enjoy 9/10 of them.

    How did you first get into cycling?

    I’ve always been into cycling, had bikes before I could walk but what made me so interested in road cycling was the 2017 Tour de France, I can remember being amazed of the speed they were climbing and then even more impressed with the descents. My first ever road bike was a Merida ride 77 second hand from a shop and that afternoon after buying it I was just caught by the bug. I even enjoyed the pain and the feeling of bonking.

    As well as riding bikes I’ve always been working on my own or customers since I’ve started working for one of my Local Bike shops, Puffing Billy Cycles.

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    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite 'race' isn’t a traditional race as such it was a virtual race on the Zwift platform. It was a stage race for Tour of all. It was 17.5km long on the dreaded course of the Alpe du Zwift. It was my first ever win on virtual racing and also winning out of over 300 people was an achievement for myself. I think that Zwift and other virtual platforms are going to be a big thing in the future.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement would have to be buying my first proper race bike all on my own. At 16 I brought my cube agree DI2. This is an absolute beast on the roads and I can’t wait to break it in on some big races. I think my proudest achievement might change if I complete my vEveresting attempt.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    My worse racing disaster wasn’t actually in road cycling. I did a local cross country race with one of my mates and it couldn’t have gone any worse for me. Overall I don’t think I was prepared for what was to come. We had to complete 6 laps of this course which was probably around 5km in distance but I had done no training beforehand. I quickly learned that I was no mountain biker. I quickly picked up 2 punctures within the first couple of laps and then received a 3rd which made me leave the race due to no more tubes left. That was a couple years ago now so with my improved fitness I would love to take another shot at a cross country race.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think that setbacks are not always bad, when things go wrong I try and use it as a positive. Yes it’s annoying if a race gets cancelled or I injure myself before a race. But it means I train even harder to accomplish my goals. Last year was a major setback for me where nearly a whole years worth of racing got scrapped due to the pandemic of covid-19 but it meant that I could have the year just to train and enjoy being out on my bike. It means that now hopefully I can come back to racing even stronger and faster then I would have been. 

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

    I think the best advice I wish I'd be given from day one was get a good quality pair of bib-shorts with good padding because riding for 50km with a sore ass feels like you have been riding for ages. When I got my first good pair of shorts Which was actually the Sundried Peloton Men’s Training Bib-shorts. I felt automatically the difference and I can now ride my long distance rides without a sore ass annoying me.

    What are your goals?

    My main goal is to complete vEveresting which I will be attempting on Sunday the 14th February on Zwift. I want to take the under 18 record as well . My other goal is to get some race wins (obviously everyone wants them) but also to just enjoy training and have fun doing what I love.

    Who inspires you?

    Cycling wise I think that my biggest inspiration is Tom Pidcock. I think what he has achieved in his career is amazing. He has been dominating the cycling field since junior level. On a personal level it would have to be my mum she has always helped me with cycling and is always my 'support car' when something goes wrong.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried is one of the first sets of quality kit I got for my training when I first started. It’s good quality and is at a good price. Not only is the cycling kit amazing so is the casual wear. I personally love the Sundried pursuits jumper it’s really comfy and is nice to wear around before and after races.

    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
  • Pixie Lale-Klasicki - Athlete Ambassador

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    Pixie is a swimmer and trained osteopath. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, as an only child my parents wanted to keep me entertained so I was always busy with multiple sports. However swimming eventually claimed all my time and that is where I stayed

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I have never competed in a triathlon, I would love to be capable of a half iron man but there is no way I could run (I would rather swim the run distance and run the swim distance). As for how I got into swimming; I started lessons at the age of 8 and had a wonderful teacher. Just when I was getting my 800m badge he left and took up coaching at a local club. In order to remain with him I joined the club and progressed into lengths through that club. Since then, I have been at 7 other clubs (mixture of amateur and elite). And for weightlifting; I have always supplemented my swimming with land based strength work but in summer 2019 I became really interested in it. Since then, through training 5 times a week in the gym I have busted through the plateu I hit when I was 17 (I am now 25).

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    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    I think 50m breaststroke at English Summer Nationals in 2015. I went into the event ranked 23rd of 24. In the heats I PB’ed and qualified for the final in 9th. In the final I had an outside lane (not someone really considered to land on the podium) but I fought for it and came out ranked 3rd overall with a 1.5 second personal best (which is significant drop for a 50m swim).

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Qualifying for the Tokyo 2020(1) Olympic Trials for swimming in 3 events or qualifying for national competitions every year since 2010 (aged 14).

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Aside from only being disqualified 3 times since the age of 10, I would say swimming a 400IM (100m of each stroke consecutively) when I was very unfit and just struggled to the end in a disastrously disappointing time.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I'm not too sure. I have had set backs but I always just get back to training and put the bad race behind me. I will however pick one thing that went wrong in the race that I could improve upon or change.

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

    Train how you race. I was given this advice from the age of 14 but I never really understood it. I think bringing a positive/determined head to training is key, remembering why you are getting up at 4:40am to train and why you go back there at 4:40pm to train for another 2hrs. Don’t lose sight of your goals and do something every day (in or out of the training environment) that is going to help you reach that goal.

    What are your goals?

    Go to the olympics one way or another - this could be as an athlete or as a member of the medical team.Failing that, competing at an international competition (masters or open) is the next natural progression for myself. Iwould also like to dive deeper into crossfit/functional fitness competitions

    Who inspires you?

    Katinka Hosszu, who is a Hungarian swimmer. The amount of grit and determination she brings to each race is something I would love to convey to my audience.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Because Sundried is a sustainable, affordable brand that provides all levels of warmth with comfort.

    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
  • Hayley Lucas - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I am pretty new to triathlon. I participated in my first multi-sport event in 2018 when I swam and ran in the Tooting Bec Aquathlon. The 1000m swim felt like a monumental hurdle for me at the time, since I hadn't swam since I was a kid and had never swam competitively at all. I loved it and after running my first marathon in September 2018, which took up all my training concentration that summer, I signed up for my first triathlon in 2019.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I joined a local triathlon club to help train for my first sprint tri and caught the bug. I was lucky to meet several super talented athletes who were more than happy to give me tips and tricks which helped me improve quickly. Before I had even done my first triathlon I signed up to a Middle Distance (half ironman), because it sounded like an awesome challenge.

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    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My first middle distance triathlon in 2019, the Hever Castle Gauntlet, is hands-down my favourite race to date. The swim is in the castle lagia, which was really special, and the bike and run courses are nice and hilly. I cried when I crossed the finish line because I had trained so hard to complete something I previously thought would be impossible for me. I went from no triathlon experience to completing a half ironman distance race in one season. There is nothing like that feeling when you finish something you thought would be insurmountable when you first started on the journey.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest sporting achievement is completing the Reading Half marathon in 2014. As a kid, I wasn't really sporty even though I played football and tennis at school. When I was 13 I discovered rowing and did reasonably well on our school's rowing team, qualifying for our first boat when a few girls got injured. But I was never really considered an athlete growing up. At university I went to the gym almost every day and ran regularly, but I never signed up for any races and never joined a sports team. At the end of my second degree I had a bit of a bad breakup and decided to set myself a goal to focus on - the Reading Half Marathon. I had never run more than 6 miles before and had never run faster than a 10 minute mile (6 min km), so it seemed completely crazy at the time. I crossed the finish line in under 2 hours completely smashing any expectations I had of myself and started to wonder what else I was capable of doing. But it took a few years before I really started to explore that question properly.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I've been really lucky not to have any big disasters racing so far. During the Hever Gauntlet, about half of the course was off-road / trail. I wore my road shoes because they were the only running trainers and they kept getting stuck in the deep mud and coming off. I had to go back to get my trainer more than once!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Whenever I've had a set back (either a niggle or personal set back), I try to put it in perspective and focus on the things that are within my control and let go of those things that aren't. I also try to set little goals each day to improve on the setback so it feels like a series of little hills to climb rather than a mountain.

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

    Learn some basic bike maintenance (how to fix a puncture, how do the basics work). Also, joining a swim club or attending swim sessions at your local triathlon club will massively improve your swimming especially if you're a beginner. Swimming is all about technique at the beginning and a coach can really help you with this.

    What are your goals?

    To complete an Ironman (hopefully this year if we're allowed to race) and to race Lobsterman Tri in Maine, a place where I used to go on holiday when I was little.

    Who inspires you?

    I'm massively inspired by Serena Williams. She manages to have a family, a business and a hugely successful tennis career all while being herself. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am so excited to work with Sundried and have been a big supporter of the brand since I started triathlon. It's an accessible, affordable brand that is high quality and has a real understanding for their footprint on the environment. The eco-friendly materials and ranges are really ground-breaking and hopefully will set a new standard for sustainability of athletic wear going forward.

    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
  • Katherine Spencer - Athlete Ambassador

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    Katherine is a runner who started competeing in triathlons after having her two sons. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Sport has always been a huge part of my life. I used to play semi-professional football until I had my 2 boys and then changed to triathlon and running.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I had always been good at running and cross-country and always loved cycling and swimming, so when I had my first child I entered the world as it was easier to fit the training in individually rather than trying to get to team sessions.

    If you are interested in starting your journey into the world of triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

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

    My favourite race has got to be Birmingham Triathlon at Sutton Park. I came 3rd but it was a more off road run and was just a fantastic event. It was the first triathlon that my husband brought both my children to.

    And your proudest achievement?

    That my boys get to see me compete and push myself to the limit.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Hever Castle triathlon was a disaster as I got too cold before the race and had a panic attack in the water. It took me 400m to remember how to do front crawl.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2017. It threatened to stop me from doing any form of competitive exercise. It made me realise that I just had to stay calm and know that everything changes and something positive can come from every experience.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

    You can do so much more than you realise. Have confidence in all you do.

    What are your goals for 2021?

    1. Acheieve sub 3.15 in the Manchester Marathon.
    2. Compete in the London Triathlon.
    3. Compete in the longest ever assault race.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    Dame Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliff, Brownlee Brothers, Crissie Wellington.

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

    I love the design and feel of the Sundried clothing. The ethical and team feel is fantastic. I could live in the leggings and wear them for training and teaching Pilates and Yoga.

    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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