• Adam Keogh - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Triathlon Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    No. It was only since 2012 when I thought that I ought to start doing some form of exercise. I ended up buying a hybrid bike on the cycle to work scheme and then started to cycle commute most days.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    After I started cycling a friend of mine roped me into taking part in a relay triathlon. I really enjoyed it and thought that triathlon looked like fun, so I bought some trainers and started to run alongside the cycling. One thing led to another and here we are!

    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 love the Wimbeball 70.3 on Exmoor. I have done it a couple of times. The hills and scenery are amazing. But, I have to go with Penzance triathlon, mainly because I came first in my age group on the day. Plus, the swim in Jubilee Pool is amazing.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I have had some good results in the Cornish triathlon season. I am really pleased with the outcome of some of those events.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Yes, Falmouth triathlon in 2018. The swim was really choppy and I ended up pulling out after the first loop. Clearly a lack of open water swimming experience.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Try and try again. It's all part of the learning process.

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

    It's all for fun! Not every event and session has to be a race. We all do this for fun as well.

    What are your goals?

    To be the best that I can be. There is always someone faster out there, so as long as I am happy with my results that's all that matters.

    Who inspires you?

    The Brownlee Brothers. Also anyone who has overcome personal issues to push themselves to where they are today.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I like the idea of working with a well known brand to support and help them grow.

    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
  • Amy Pay - Athlete Ambassador and Personal Trainer

    Shop Sundried's Cycling Collection

    Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up. 

    I love a challenge and am always looking for the next adventure so over the years I have taken part in various events. My most competitive was in Duathlon for the GB Age group team, but I also compete regularly in triathlon (anything from sprints to Half Iron), OCR races and all sorts of running events. At the moment, my focus is cycling - I've always felt I've got more to give on the bike so I've just started working with a coach and am hoping to try my hand in the TT (Time Trial) world soon.

    Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?

    I played sport as a child but it wasn't until after my children were born (now 6 and 8) that I started running and sport became a big part of my life. Always looking for a challenge, within a few years this evolved into triathlon. I got into this in a big way very quickly and within a couple of years had qualified for the GB team. In my work as an osteopath I had always had an interest in sports injuries but thanks to my new hobby, I started treating more and more sports people and soon found that if I could look after their injuries as well as train them, it was a winning combo. This was when I trained as a PT so I could offer my clients the whole package.

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

    What are your training goals now?

    I love to be competitive and continue improving my performance but I will very openly admit that I have taken myself far too seriously in the past and it took the fun out of my training. My goal now is still to push myself, find new challenges and adventures but at the same time to really enjoy the whole process, less focus on winning and taking part because I love it and I'm learning from it. Not because I need to beat someone. For me this is a much healthier and sustainable way to approach training.

    Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:

    I broke my back in 3 places in a horse riding accident a number of years ago and spent a long time in a spinal brace and then recovering. Exercise was a massive part of my recovery, physically and mentally. I'm a real advocate now, especially in my day job as an osteopath, for not letting injury hold you back and putting the hard work in to get you back to where you want to be.

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

    Strength and rest! For me, two key things that are so often overlooked. I would have avoided half of my injuries over the years had I started off with some strength work to compliment my running and cycling - not only that, but it's so great on so many other levels (I LOVE my gym sessions!) it's now a non-negotiable part of training for myself and all my clients. I tend to find a lot of us also don't get enough rest, or don't want to rest - thinking it'll slow our progress. This is so wrong, we need to rest and it ultimately makes us stronger and healthier.

    Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?

    Food is the one area where I have to be extra disciplined - I'm a very lazy chef and would often choose to eat nothing or grab a snack rather than make something for myself. Not good! The key to this for me is being organised, prepping meals in advance and having a very good hubby who cooks a lot of the time! I try to stick to 3 solid, balanced meals a day with snacks in between depending on what my training is that day. I really recommend apps like 'My Fitness Pal' to track your food intake.

    What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?

    My USP as a trainer is that I'm an osteopath too, so I have a really deep, medical understanding of the body and how it works. A lot of my clients come to me with injuries or problems that they believe, or have been told by others, will stop them from reaching their goals. Using all of my skill sets and experience, we get them going and soon achieving things they never thought they could. Along this journey, it's really important to regularly stop and reflect on where you have come from. So many of us, me included, are guilty of not celebrating our wins but just always focusing on the next thing. Reflection, and recognizing how far you have come, is such a powerful way to stay motivated.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    At the moment my focus is on cycling so I'm currently working with a coach and cycling 5 to 6 days a week. The sessions range from long rides out on the roads to shorter turbo interval sessions. To compliment this, I add in 1 or 2 strength and conditioning sessions each week as well some yoga and stretching sessions. If I have time, I also try to still do the odd run or two - it feels strange to me not to run at all coming from a running background!

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I'm always reading, enrolling on courses, talking to other professionals and so on. I think when you are lucky enough that your hobby and profession merge into one, your passion for knowledge and to keep improving is natural and authentic.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    1. Know your WHY - why are you doing this? Whether it's health reasons, a personal challenge or something more specific, it really helps with focus and motivation to have a clear image of 'why' in mind.
    2. Have fun with it - the majority of us are not professional athletes, even as serious amateurs, fitness is still our hobby. It should be an adventure, a learning curve and an enjoyable process.
    3. Take a well rounded approach - for example: if you're a runner, don't just run. I really believe you will do far better if you look at the whole picture including strength work, cross training, nutrition, recovery and rest and so on.

    If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Sausage, mash and baked beans!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I'm so excited to be working with Sundried. I have bought Sundried products in the past and have loved the quality, comfort and durability of everything. My favourite, randomly, so far are my arm warmers! I also think the ethos of the company is brilliant and it's great to be able to support this. I spend my life outside training in nature's playground, the outdoors is such a big part of my life and doing what we can to help look after it for generations to come is important to me.

    Favourite fitness quote:

    I have so many! Lots of them are about strong women in sport but I've chosen one here for everyone:

    'Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming'.

    This sums it all up for me.

    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
  • James Powell - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Cycling Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always enjoyed sport from a young age. With an interest in football and athletics. When I was younger I rode bikes for fun, but I always preferred other team sports like football and cricket. Once I left school, I found I was no longer doing much physical activity. So I took up running to keep fit and regularly I would be out trying to beat my 10k PB’s

    How did you first get into Cycling?

    I got into cycling almost by accident actually. In 2008 I got a knee injury which stopped me from being able to run without experiencing pain. I needed to find another way to keep fit. My Physio advised me to try riding a bike as it would be gentler on my knees. So I went out and bought myself a bike. It was an old mountain bike, but it got me back outside keeping fit and having fun. 

    I started taking part in charity rides riding further and further. I was definitely hooked. In 2010 I signed up for the Prudential Surrey 100 to ride for Beating Bowel Cancer charity. I knew I was not going to be able to ride 100 miles on my old MTB so I purchased my first road bike. I have since rode the Surrey 100 another 2 times along with lots of other charity rides and sportives. I joined my local cycling team in 2015 and with them I take part in Time trials and Hill climbs.

    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 has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Not really a race, but my first Surrey 100 back in 2010 has to be my favourite. It may have taken me 7 hours to do, but it was this ride that showed me what I could achieve if I put my mind to it. It was also the ride that got me fully into road cycling.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Completing the 2018 Surrey 100 in 5 hours 2 minutes. This was my third attempt at this ride and I had set myself a target of 5.5 hours

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Fuelling... back in the early days I was out on a long/ hilly training ride. I only had water in my bottles. No electrolytes or nutrition. About 3 hours in, I completely hit the wall. I was cramping and felt really bad. This ended up being the worst day I have ever had on the bike. Definitely learnt from this one.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    The important thing is to learn from any setbacks. I find it is best to take a step back, reevaluate and persevere. I find this way most setbacks can be overcome.. 

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

    Include Yoga in your daily routine. I have found especially as you get older, it is easier to get little niggly injuries. Which can take longer and longer to overcome. With practicing Yoga everyday I have found I am able to keep my body more supple and ready for action. The benefits and gains I have achieved from my Yoga practice are phenomenal. I just wish I started a lot earlier.

    What are your goals?

    Short term I would like to finish on the podium in one of my local 10 mile time trials. Longer term I would like to take part in the La Marmotte cycling Gran Fondo.

    Who inspires you?

    Other than my Grandfather, who was a great inspiration to me. My Favourite athletes are Jens Voigt and Peter Sagan, But I think I get the most inspiration from the older athletes still competing at the top like Alejandro Valverde and Marianne Vos.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I really like Sundried’s ethics and their desire to make long lasting, high quality clothing. Whilst looking after the planet by using sustainable materials that are fully traceable.

    I find it awesome that Sundried can stick to these standards and still make really comfortable and good looking clothing.

    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 Jolly - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Running Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I have always loved sports. I was the kid at school that actually enjoyed cross county running.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    A poster for a race was sent to the swimming pool I was lifeguarding at and some colleagues encouraged me to try it.

    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?

    My first marathon: Sydney 2010. Good weather and well prepared, I secretly wanted to get under 3 hours and as I came around the final corner in front of the Opera House the clock ticked over 3. I was gutted. Then as I checked my watch I realised I had started in the second wave so had achieved 2:58:59

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Finishing 70.3 Mallorca in 2016. There was the end of a storm passing so windy & very wet. I was stung by jellyfish during the swim so completed the race with a swollen arm and got very cold on the bike leg.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I have been caught out by water temperature in a couple of triathlons and really struggled to control my bike as I was shivering so much. (I don’t have much natural insulation!) I had to pull out of one after 10 miles of cycling as I just couldn’t warm up.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    With a positive mindset! I have had two big injuries building up towards big events and I still completed both. The injuries actually took the pressure off that I put on myself to perform so I could relax and enjoy the events much more.

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

    Enjoy It! I often like to push myself and am so focused on competing that I forget to enjoy the experience.

    What are your goals?

    To keep pushing my limits. I used to think a marathon was a ridiculous idea but I have now run 6 and 3 double marathons.

    Who inspires you?

    Watching elite level athletes in any sport as they make it look so easy! Also seeing my children grow as I want to be a positive role model for them

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am passionate about nature and our planet, so partnering with a company who create ethically and sustainably sourced items is such a positive step for me.

    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
  • Michael Wilson - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Triathlon Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport from a young age. As I grew up I participated in lots of sporting activities but it wasn't until I joined the military that I got into endurance type events. In the beginning I did a half marathon for the sole purpose of raising money for a charity my wife worked for at the time. That was in 2011 and from then on I've tried to do at least one main event a year.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I came into triathlon events just through wanting to train more. I joined a team where the training and support was good and ended up saying yes mainly to duathlons at the start as my swimming isn't good! My last tri event was run, bike and paddle in a kayak so I still avoid swimming!

    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?

    My favourite race has to be the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. Throughout training my partner and myself paddled well together but come race day everything that could go wrong went wrong. We even walked the last part of the race with the full kit as we missed the tide time at Teddington lock which ended up being over a marathon distance. It's my favourite race because of the determination my partner and I showed to get to the end.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Other than my son, my proudest achievement at the moment is probably the race mentioned above.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Again I refer back to The Devizes to Westminster race for race disasters! We got stuck in a weir, my partner passed out and we capsized and obviously the walk at the end amongst many other small disasters has to be the worst but best to overcome.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    The best way to overcome setbacks in my opinion is to be prepared in the first place. And train your mind to be strong as well as your body.

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

    The advice I wish I was given more of when setting out would have been about nutrition and diet. It's such a big part of training and events and I'm still always learning about the best foods to eat and when to eat them.

    What are your goals?

    My goals this year are to get a better time on the Scotland Coast to Coast in September.

    Who inspires you?

    I can't really say any one individual inspires me. I always try to just be a better version of myself. People with disabilities and older people that do amazing things always remind me of how fortunate I am.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I wanted to work with Sundried as their kit seems to be hard wearing and I really like the ethics they have. The fact that they have a growing range of clothes that is made from recycled materials is amazing and definitely the kind of clothes I want to be wearing.

    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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