• Camille King Athlete Ambassador

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    Camille was born into a sporty family in a sporty community. She talks to Sundried about her passion for triathlon.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I was lucky to find my passion for sport at a very young age. I was always keen and excited by any sport. I grew up in a climbing family in the bouldering mecca of Fontainebleau in France and I am forever thankful to my parents for immersing me into the world of climbing and mountaineering. The foundation of love for physical activity, adventure and the outdoors was laid.

    My passion for sport has evolved of course over the years, with phases in my younger years when I focused on gymnastics and dance, in addition to climbing. It’s only in my late 20s that I found passion for running, which later expanded to triathlon. Why focus on one sport when you can train for three at once?

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I always knew deep down I wanted to compete in triathlon. But I just didn’t want to compete in any triathlon, I wanted to race Ironman (long distance triathlon)… I didn’t even own a bike! But I was set on that idea in my mind. I just wasn’t too sure how to approach it. It’s the encouragements and support from friends which got me started.

    And not only did I dream of finishing an Ironman … I had been inspired by reading about and watching the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii. That was my real BIG DREAM. To not just spectate the Ironman World Champs on the TV, but to actually take part as an athlete.

    So I bought a bike and three weeks later, I took part in my first triathlon, a local sprint distance race. With a plan in mind to gain experience to make it to the World Champs!

    I barely knew how to swim in the sea (my very limited swimming experience had been in swimming pools) nor even just clip my cleats on my bike pedals… I didn’t let these small details phase me… I somehow made it around the course in one piece. I have to admit that as I crossed the finish line of my first triathlon (sprint: swim 750m, bike 20km and run 5km), I did wonder how on Earth do people complete a full Ironman (Ironman swim 3.8km, bike 180km and then run a whole marathon (42km))! But the desire was burning strong inside…

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    It won’t come as a surprise that my favourite race to date is the IRONMAN World Championships (Kona). I poured so much energy and sweat to firstly qualify for this event. And then, I poured all my heart and soul in training for it. When I landed in Kona Hawaii a week or so before the race, I still couldn’t believe I was there to actually taking part myself as an athlete! The race lived up to its expectations and it was such a truly exceptional experience. The course, the grueling conditions, the competitive field, my family there to support… I give it 110% and no words can describe all the emotions I was going through when racing! I had the race of a lifetime!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement to date is obtaining a silver medal in my category at the ITU World Championship in 2019. Who would have thought I would ever stand on the podium at a World Championship J? Not me!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Oh yes plenty of racing disasters. For example, I went into hypothermia after a very cold swim followed by a cold and windy bike leg, or I had a puncture which led to a crash off my bike, both of these in half Ironman distance races.

    Also I made plenty of racing mistakes such as not remembering where my bike was racked in T1 or running out of T2 with my bike helmet still on my head.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Never giving up and working hard for what I really want. There are no secrets J In some ways, failures feed successes. If I fail to achieve my goals, it makes me want to achieve them even more, so I then double my efforts.

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

    With hindsight, I was naïve when I started triathlon. I had a background in competing in endurance events in running, so I thought I just had to apply my experience to multisport events. It wasn’t that simple as I basically had to learn two new sports! Had I known how much effort it would really take for me to reach my dreams in triathlon, I might have gotten scared.

    However gathering the courage to just go for it and take part, is one of the best decision I made. My humble advice would be to be BOLD, and just chase your dreams, whatever they are.

    What are your goals?

    My goals are to keep pushing the limits and be the best I can be in all the sports I practice. They are my dreams.

    Who inspires you?

    I’m inspired by my children (I’m very fortunate to have three little ones). The fill me with inspiration on a daily basis. Watching them embrace every single day with so much energy and enthusiasm, watching them grow and develop at their own pace, watching them tackle their own goals … They are an endless source of motivation. And when they come to support at events, there is nothing I want more than to make them proud and inspire them to chase their own dreams.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The values of Sundried, especially the sustainability and ethics of the brand, are a great fit with how I lead my life. I’m really excited to work with the brand!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Olivier Salmon Athlete Ambassador

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    Olivier is a competitive athlete who has achieved some top finishes during his racing career. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes. Despite having asthma in childhood, I’ve always been into sports. But I’ve never been able to make up my mind. I’ve played tennis, fencing, volleyball, done some rowing and lately moved to triathlon.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    One of my colleague was always talking about triathlon. I once said I would try. So she kept sending me invitation to race events. I’ve declined all of them as it was during the weekends and I was still playing volleyball in the national league. Until one that was weekday. I couldn’t turn it down. I remember waking up at 5am to go swimming in a pool and run outside in St Albans. I fell so go after and had a lovely day at work.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    I loved my first 70.3 distance in Chantilly. The scenery was stunning, The weather was perfect. And I overtook my best friend on the run (he was coming back from injury).

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I think it was finishing 3rd overall in the Conquer The Chilterns triathlon sprint plus distance. And 1st overall. It’s only a local event, but winning from time to time makes you feel special.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    The only disaster I can remember of was a triathlon in Montpellier, France. I’ve forgotten to put my chip timing tag one.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I’m pretty strong mentally. I don’t take life too seriously. So I would say setbacks are pretty rare for me. You can learn from everything, good and bad. You learn from your mistakes, and achievements, and move forward.

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

    Do not put socks on in a sprint triathlon. And it’s ok to get wet on your bike. That would have saved me minutes in my transitions!

    What are your goals?

    The ultimate goal would be to compete in a full Ironman. I do believe I have the capacity to finish one. However I’m competitive and want to finish it in a decent time.

    Who inspires you?

    The people you find in weird documentaries on Amazon Prime Video: people cycling from Cape to Cape, doing LEJOG, people running in le marathon des sables, ultra runners, the 50.50.50 cowboy ironman. I love the Brownlee brothers, but I’m not sure if they are a source of inspiration or not.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the collection. And I love Sundried's ethic and brand values.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Nacho Villarruel Athlete Ambassador

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    Nacho is a long distance triathlete who aspires to become a well-known pro athlete. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Since I was little I have been very attracted to sports in general. I started when I was 5 years old. All my family comes from cycling. For example, my father took me to velodrome competitions when I was younger because he was a cyclist.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I started doing triathlon at the age of 13, simply because I had a surname linked to cycling.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favorite race is Ironman 70.3 in Pucon, Chile, which takes place in January. It was my first Ironman brand race that I did and it's my favourite because of the warmth of the people during the race.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I couldn't choose just one as I have many proud achievements. I finished among the top 20 pro athletes at Ironman Barcelona in 2019.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    My biggest disaster was abandoning a 70.3 distance triathlon for health reasons.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    With great dedication; looking at the problems, the causes and how to solve them.

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

    No one in particular gave me all the necessary advice. I maybe wish I'd started doing triathlon sooner.

    What are your goals?

    Being able to become someone in the world of long distance triathlon.

    Who inspires you?

    All my family - both the one I had from birth and the one that I am forming now - plus my friends and colleagues.

    Why work with Sundried?

    For the quality of the clothing and the ethical values that the brand has, such as helping the planet by making its clothes with recycled materials.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Daniel Schofield Athlete Ambassador

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    Daniel is an athlete who has done some epic events and achieved some amazing things. He talks to Sundried about life as an athlete.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport although for a while I never stuck to anything specific, I started with football like a lot of kids then played tennis for a while before getting a knee injury and then after a few years absence without doing anything I tried mountain biking before moving over to road bikes and endurance events in 2012 and haven't looked back since.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    The irony is that I'm not a fan of running, although I think it's a shared common interest with many people. However, I enjoy cycling and swimming. I got into a triathlon courtesy of a friend who roped me into it, although saying that I have only done 2 so far in about 7 years.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    I think it's got to be Revolve24, which is a 24 hour endurance race around Brands Hatch motor circuit. I have done many events but I think that certainly takes the cherry on the cake so far.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I think my proudest achievement has to be linked with my favourite race! My first solo attempt at the 24 hour endurance race I managed to clock up 210 miles in 24 hours. While it's not the biggest distance it's definitely something I like bragging about to friends...until I do it again and hopefully do a higher distance.

    I am looking for a top 5/10 in a race but so far I haven't had the luck of materialising my performance and training into this, I think if I get a podium in a race I would retire!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    It's part of racing isn't it? One of my clip on aero bars was not tightened properly during an event and I had no multi tool on me! So I had to ride until the transition with one bar normal and one pointing at the front wheel...I'm jinxing it now but I have been fortunate enough to not be involved in crashes during races but I tend to have them while training more often than not!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Not very well! I'm known for rushing back in from injury or crashes to quick and then holding others potentially back because of it. Back in 2017 during the Time Trial season i was disqualified from a local event for not turning off at the designated finish area, I didn't take it well at the time and did not compete for the rest of the season which looking back at was a big mistake as I was growing stronger race after race.

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

    Take it easy and pace yourself! you can still do well gradually ramping up your efforts instead of going at 100% from the start of an event. Although it's pretty certain that at the time if I gave myself that advice i would not have listened and still done it, but that is all part of learning and adapting.

    What are your goals?

    2020 was a complete write off for me as all my planned events got canceled so I have signed up for the Tour of Cambridgeshire UCI Gran Fondo Time trial in Peterborough (UK) next year and making that one of my main goals for next year! I do hope to get a few duathlons in later next year also and maybe an Endurance race if they happen, but I will have to narrow it down. I don't want to overload making up for the lost time!

    Who inspires you?

    So many people for different reasons! Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour in 2012 was one of the main reasons for picking up a road bike! I also look up to Mark Beaumont and Chris Hall when it comes to the endurance side of things.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I have been using Sundried clothing for a while and it is definitely one of my favourite brands especially when it comes to comfort over distances on the bike, i have done many long rides and never had an issue so I'm glad to be able to work with them and continue to spread the word!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Pasquale Lamberti Athlete Ambassador

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    Pasquale is a member of the prolific EVO Tri Club in Windsor and first got into triathlon on recommendation from friends. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    In a way. I practiced several sports when I was younger (mostly tennis, but also skiing, fencing, rowing). Later on, because of my job as a pilot, I started using the gym more for strength training. Triathlon came later, and I won’t trade it with anything else anymore!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I was persuaded by some enthusiastic friends, and I needed something other than just running to keep my weight in check. Very soon, though, I got hooked and I haven’t stopped since.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Racing an Olympic distance triathlon in southern Italy, in Polignano, a small town along the Adriatic coast near Bari in 2019. Fantastic scenery, beautiful weather, and amazing company: I could not have asked for a better day!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    The result in the first (and only so far...) half marathon: I had been training for a little over three months and the goal was to finish it, but I could keep a steady pace and I was really proud of it. Obviously, 5:00 min/km is not a winning pace, but for me it has been a great achievement!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Fortunately, not yet...

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    The hardest part is to get back on your feet, and “get out the door” again: my greatest motivation is to set a positive example for my kids, and to show them that good things come to those who work hard to get them!

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

    I was actually given a very good advice when I started out, one that I would give to anyone else who would want to start training for triathlon: HAVE FUN!

    What are your goals?

    Right now, I am training for my first full distance, which will be the Outlaw in Nottingham in July 2021, and I am planning my 2021 races accordingly. After that, I will concentrate on beating my PBs!!

    Who inspires you?

    I must admit I haven’t got a “role model”; there are many athletes whom I follow on social media, but I believe that my training companions are my true inspiration. Triathlon is a very time consuming sport, and yet we all manage to fill our day with our obligations and our training, and still save time for family! The constant support we give each other is the inspiration, the strength and the positivity we all need!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I very much like your products and the company ethos: “to build something our kids would be proud of”, the care for the environment and the commitment to excellence in delivering outstanding quality products. I also like the fact that employees are encouraged to stay active during working hours, something more people should practice!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren