• Sarah Tye Athlete Ambassador

    Sundried activewear triathlete ambassador

    Sarah specialises in cold water swimming and has done some of the toughest races out there, including the now defunct Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball. She talks to Sundried about training, racing, and inspiring her daughters. 

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport – mountaineering, caving, kayaking, running, climbing, cycling – so moving into triathlon sport was natural to me.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I was inspired to get into triathlon by my daughters as well as my friend who is a Team GB Age Group triathlete. I wanted to inspire my daughters to do what I have done and to see that anything is possible. Now I want to inspire others to see that they can do it too. If I can do it, anyone can.

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

    It’s always the Cotswold 113 half Ironman in June. The organisers, 113 Events, are lovely and it’s a great race for all levels and age groups.

    And your proudest achievement?

    There have been so many! Training my daughters to swim in cold water and learning to race in open water. Moving to a TT bike and my 5 years of triathlon achievements. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    There have been a lot, but I would have to say missing the bike cut-off for Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball. I cried for 2 days! I was ten minutes over the time allowance but there was 3 miles of climbing on the bike route.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I stay calm and work through them, like I do with my businesses. You have to stay focused on the goal and then put in place activity to sort out what might have gone wrong. Sometimes a challenge isn't right for you and you have to accept that. For example, I tried to complete the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim but it was way out of my league.

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

    I learnt everything the hard way on my own without advice but I think that has made me a better athlete. I made so many mistakes; wrong bike, gears, wetsuit, injury, over training, crashes and more, but I have learnt so much. It’s the journey that counts!

    What are your goals for 2020?

    Complete the Polar Bear Swim, do another Ironman 70.3, complete a long distance swim, and get my girls to 2k in open water and on the road; they are 12 and 13. 

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    All my friends do amazing things and I just look at them and I am in awe!  Swimming in the World Cold Water Championships, my friend Corinne Clarke going to Kona, seeing Sarah Thomas swim the channel 4 times back-to-back, Ross Edgley and Lewis Pugh. 

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

    I love the fact it's sustainable but also technical. It’s a brand trying hard to be the best. I love the barefoot gym shoes because I love wearing less in the gym on my feet and of course the women’s performance tri suit – because that’s me!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Kevin Rosemond Athlete Ambassador

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    Kevin is a French athlete who evolved from being a track runner to a triathlete. He talks to Sundried about training and motivation. 

    Have you always been into sport?

    I've always enjoyed sport. I've run since I was 6 years old and I always wanted to be a professional runner. In high school, I joined the track and field program which was 3 years of hard training with a lot of commitment but was an amazing experience. 

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    After 3 years of problems with my Achilles tendon, I decided to stop training for my favorite distance, the 800m. This distance puts a real strain on the ankle and I could not train properly. It was a difficult decision to make.

    After 24 years of full-time training in track and field I needed something else to move forward. A friend told me about triathlon and the benefit of cycling and swimming when you are a runner. It seemed a logical step for me, so I started to train for my first triathlon and I was instantly hooked.

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

    Alpe d’Huez Triathlon is amazing. The swim is in the crystal clear waters of Lac du Verney, the bike with the legendary Alpe d’Huez climb is pretty hard and is the definition of "shut up, legs" for sure. If you want to compete in France, come to Alpe d’Huez triathlon. I will never forget this race.

    And your proudest achievement?

    That's a difficult question! I represented my country at the World School Athletics Championship in 2005 which was a dream come true. But if I have to choose one, it was completing my first Ironman 70.3. I had to learn how to swim and it was really difficult because I was afraid of the water. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    Yes! In 2018, two weeks after the Paris Marathon, I went to another race which was a 5k. At the time, I had just finished my first marathon and was in good shape.

    For the first part of the race, I stayed with the main group and felt fine. After 3km, I decided to push on and surprise the other competitors with a burst of speed. 150 meters later I was on the ground with a torn Achilles tendon. The season was over for me. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I think setbacks don't exist, just an opportunity to learn how can I do better. Being competitive when you are not professional is really hard so I try to keep perspective and remember why I'm doing this. 

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

    Every race, every podium, every training session you do, make it count! Do it for yourself, not to beat others, to beat the person you were yesterday.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    My main goal is to earn a place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship but also just to enjoy every race I do. 

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    Anyone who gives the best of themselves. I’m an passionate athlete and I love the dedication.

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

    The kit looks amazing, especially the men's aero skinsuit. The aerodynamic qualities are amazing and it feels really fast! Sundried also has values and cares about ethics and environment which is truly respectable

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Tim Klingert Athlete Ambassador

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    Tim is an American athlete who has some big goals for this year. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I started playing youth sports as soon as I could walk. From soccer to hockey and hiking. I was a sponsored rocker climber for about 10 years and found my way to endurance sports in adulthood.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I started running for general health and “caught the bug” shall we say. I wanted a new challenge and took on triathlon.

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

    I love my local half marathon, The Newburyport Half Marathon, which takes place in New Hampshire, Massachusetts. It’s a great course in late fall with tons of locals lining the streets for 13.1 miles. The energy and noise and excitement make for an excellent course.

    And your proudest achievement?

    My half marathon PR last year was a huge moment for me. It was my last last race of the year and came in at 1 hour 32 minutes. It showed I can definitely reach my 2020 goal of a sub 1:30 half marathon.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    My toughest race was when I decided to race with the flu...not the brightest idea!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Check and adjust, check and adjust, all season long.

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

    Get a coach, trust the process, and love the places you’ll go.

    What are your goals for 2020?

    2020 is a big year fir me. I'm aiming for a sub 1 hour 30 minute half marathon and I will also make my debut in trail and mountain running this summer.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    Anyone who gives 100% to their workouts and races. Those who show up and put the work in to earn the PR regardless of time. The person faster than me who I’m always chasing.

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

    I love the transparency throughout the entire company and knowing Sundried products are responsibly made.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Matt Baldock Athlete Ambassador

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    Matt first entered an Ironman as a dare but soon found he was hooked. He tells Sundried about lessons learnt and life as a triathlete.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I wanted to be a footballer like most other kids, and after some initial promise with my favourite team, West Ham United, it failed to materialise! Luckily, being raised in a London borough we had access to the (then) London Heathrow Youth Games which gave anyone interested an opportunity to try the majority of sport available. This is where my first taste of all things triathlon began – being a fixture in our borough’s all conquering aquathlon team.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    It was a dare. My friend Rich challenged me to complete the famous Ironman UK Bolton in 2015. We were both fitness addicts and regularly trained together but had no cycling background. I took up the challenge and paid the rather high entry fee before Rich admitted he was trying to call my bluff and didn’t sign up himself! The rest was history as I relished the challenge and loved the journey to race day. The atmosphere from both competitors and crowds was so positive and supportive and that is when I really took notice of this new community I’ve grown to love. 

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

    My favourite race was not one that I performed particularly well in, but everything about it from training to race execution was right on plan for once. It was the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Elsinore, Denmark, which was a beautiful location complete with the most spectator-friendly course I’ve seen – a must-do race. Being the 2nd Brit home was a great achievement for me as was my AG 52nd position, but the real joy was hitting my target numbers throughout the race – even after my Garmin crashed on the run and I had to pace by feel. It was also a great excuse to have a short city break afterwards in Copenhagen.

    And your proudest achievement?

    Qualifying for the GB Age Group team for the ETU European Duathlon Championships 2019 is by far my proudest achievement. I was on the verge of pulling out as I hadn’t been able to run for 4 weeks due to a double Achilles injury which meant I had to wear special boots in bed and hadn’t been able to walk for the first 2 weeks of that. I turned up on race day with better bike fitness than normal and simply hoping that my Achilles tendons wouldn’t fail. Luckily, although my run times were way off anything I’d normally post, I did enough to qualify comfortably – although during the race I did feel like I hadn’t.

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    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    Fortunately, I haven’t had any complete disasters although there have been a few hairy moments. From this season I had two in particular. The first was during the Etape Du Dales sportive where the front derailleur on my road bike sheared off, leaving me stuck in the big ring trying to take on 10,000 feet of climbing. Needless to say I had to call the support crew and pull out. The second was in the Thorpe Park Triathlon where my wetsuit was a little tight for the swim. Not a problem during it but the moment I exited the water I started feeling very light-headed and ended up falling onto the poor bloke next to me in transition who was trying to take his bike out. Luckily he was good humoured after we appeared like two seals at feeding time. Somehow I didn’t suffer a DQ (phew!) and managed to carry on.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    With difficulty! It is of course important to have an understanding support network around you from both sporting and non-sporting perspectives for balance, but the reality is any competitive person struggles with setbacks – particularly if they get in the way of training. We are all obsessive characters which is a curse at times like these. The only thing that has kept me sane during this period is focusing and obsessing over something else – be it work or another hobby. The mind must be kept occupied to avoid anything overcoming you. You’ll heal in time and certain things have a knack of sorting themselves out.

    What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?

    Get a bike fit. This is the single most important thing for any race involving a bike.

    What are your goals for 2019?

    My target is to be in the top 5 Brits at the European Champs, and my stretch target is to medal. Everything from having a good winter of training to conditions on the day would need to be perfect but why not – belief is the absence of self-doubt.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    There are three key people who inspire me in life.

    Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack – possibly the best triathlete to ever live, certainly the most versatile – and who continued to perform at an incredible level even after being shunned by his own Olympic association. Perhaps the best athlete never to compete at an Olympic games?

    Virginia Woolf – in my opinion the greatest writer in history, with an inimitable stream-of-consciousness style and someone who was not afraid to share her truth or court controversy. Her influence on feminist movements is underplayed, and her influence on postmodernism certainly deserves more credit. I recommend reading ‘The Waves’ for a true challenge.

    Nick Vujicic – you cannot fail to find perspective, inspiration and education from Nick, born with tetra-amelia syndrome (absence of all four limbs), yet preaches a life without limits ideology that is infectious and self-empowering. All after attempting suicide aged 10. Many lessons to learn from this gentleman.

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

    Sundried understands athletes. They understand our need for performance, our need to look our best and our need to promote ethical, humanitarian values whilst living our lives. As athletes we are privileged to be able to compete when others can’t, and this responsibility requires alignment to core values as we influence those around us. Sundried perfectly fills this remit.

    As for my favourite piece of kit, it has to be the Albaron Men’s Muscle Fit T-Shirt. Stylish and the seamless design is essential for comfort. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Jessica Tew Athlete Ambassador

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    Jessica started out as a dancer but found the sport of triathlon to be too exciting to miss. She talks to Sundried about Ironman racing and motivation as an athlete.

    Have you always been into sport?

    I grew up as a dancer (ballet, modern, jazz and tap). I then re-found my love for sport a few years later after some weight loss and discovered triathlon.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I loved the idea of triathlon as I couldn’t get bored with 3 different disciplines to train for, also I wanted to race a dentist I was working with at the time!

    What’s been your best race to date?

    Weymouth 70.3. It was one of the hardest swims and cycles ever (the commentator was calling it ‘wet and wild Weymouth’) but I walked away with an 11 minute personal best.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?

    Yes, Weymouth 70.3 2017 was my worst race to date. I had picked up numerous self-fixed mechanicals on the bike and got caught up in a crash which unfortunately left me with a DNF. It broke my heart but made me hungry to get back out there and smash it as I had done in 2016.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have the most amazing people around me, family, friends, coach and PT they all have the best support a girl could wish for.

    What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?

    Listen to your body! You need to appreciate and enjoy rest days.

    What are your goals for 2019?

    My goal for 2019 is to complete two 70.3 races.

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

    The Ruinette women's capri leggings in blue are my favourite. They fit amazingly well and don’t fall down or ride up while I'm training.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren