• Rich Ham - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport from young age and decided to get into running in my late teens as a confidence booster and just for general fitness. I soon got the bug which gave me the motivation to keep pushing myself and setting myself goals.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    After running for a number of years, I wanted to explore and see where I could go next. I often saw triathlon posts on social media and thought to myself could I do this? How far can I go? I entered my first sprint triathlon and seriously enjoyed it, much like the running I wanted to see how far I could go and still to this day carry on pushing harder.

    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 to date was Ironman Marbella 70.3 in Spain. Everything about this event was just fantastic, a flat swim with an scenic and very challenging bike course, followed by a run along the coastline.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Gaining all world athlete status through the Ironman 70.3 races I have completed so far.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Amsterdam marathon for me was a hard one, I planned and hoped to go sub 3 hours but in fact I ended up hitting the wall at half way and almost walking the rest of the race.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Analyse what went wrong, learn from your lessons and set new goals.

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

    If I had to give one bit of advice for Triathlon and especially racing triathlon, it would be to make sure you practice, practice, practice transition and do plenty of brick sessions. These are key to ensure you know how your body will react under the pressures and strains of racing.

    What are your goals?

    My current goal will be to train and complete a full Ironman in 2022.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love Sundried, Sundried for me provides quality products at very reasonable cost whether you are a beginner starting out or a seasoned athlete, the quality and features are everything we need. The whole ethos, the look, the designs and presentation are setting the standards in the triathlon industry.

    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
  • Ali Trauttmansdorff - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes but never this intensely! I always played team sports and participated in general fitness and yoga, but only really reached this level when I was 39!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    A friend literally jumped over the fence a few weeks after I had had my second child and suggested she could help me to get back into shape by joining her for a local triathlon. To be honest, I actually did not understand what she was talking about but said yes! My first race was tough and I didn't know what I was doing, but I really enjoyed it. The result was awful though. I realised what I needed to do and the next race, I beat her. That was the beginning of the journey and that I realised I had a good running capacity in particular.

    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 was my first ITU age group appearance in Chicago. Not because of my performance, but because I had qualified and was there against all odds. A few months earlier I had a hip operation for impingement and managed to work through physio and get myself fit enough to compete. I was totally new to international racing, but it felt a real privilege to be there. I also met a lot of friends for life during that trip!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Being able to race cross country with my daughter. I love seeing her develop and getting the odd cheer from her when I race, even though I imagine it must be hugely embarrassing seeing your mother covered in mud!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Not many fortunately. I have had some hard swims I have had to battle through and I have only had one DNF when a spoke came out of my wheel - game over!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Setbacks are part of being an athlete. You need to come up with a strategy by listening and learning and sticking to it. Discipline and belief are key.

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

    That you can achieve more than you first think. Opportunities unfold on the journey.

    What are your goals?

    To win an international medal and give back to the sport by coaching juniors.

    Who inspires you?

    Many of my fellow athletes - everyone has a story to tell that inspires.

    Why work with Sundried?

    It is great to support a local sustainable brand. I find that they are very reasonably priced and perform really well.

    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
  • Catherine Brown - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Hmm, I love keeping fit, but wasn't naturally gifted at any particular sport, so it wasn't until my early 40s that I started challenging myself.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I’ve been around triathlete friends who suggested it, but I didn't think it was for me as I couldn’t front crawl. When my partner suggested I enter the same 70.3 as he was I thought he was mad… After some convincing I signed up, found a training plan online and, to my surprise completed it much quicker than I expected to. It's the best feeling crossing the finish line, and the whole experience is addictive!

    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?

    The first triathlon (70.3) was the best, I didn’t know if I'd manage it, I was full of nerves for a week before. I listened to all the advice given, soaked up the support and atmosphere like a sponge and loved every (well not every!) minute of it. The elements were in our favour, the scenery was fantastic, the crowd and volunteers were amazing, and the day ran like clockwork.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Learning to front crawl 8 weeks before the first race. I had one group lesson for a morning with a fantastic coach, and practised like mad! I used to look in awe at the swimmers going up and down the lake without stopping. If I'd like to achieve one thing, it’s to encourage people to take the plunge and get a lesson - you'll be surprised how quickly you can conquer the discipline that puts many people off!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I had a run in with a rock on my skis many years ago. Snapped a few knee ligaments which had to be reconstructed. The consultant told me that I'd never be running marathons, he was right, but thankfully it copes with a triathlon…

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I wish I had the magic answer, take it a day at a time and listen to the advice given by people who have had a similar experience.

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

    I wish I knew how good the sense of achievement would feel at the end of a race, I might have done it sooner!

    What are your goals?

    This year I'm going to join a tri club and focus on improving in each area in the hope of achieving a sub 6hr30 70.3.

    Who inspires you?

    People I meet at the events, I'm amazed by what some people with major setbacks are achieving.

    Why work with Sundried?

    We all need to make changes to benefit the environment, so I really like the sustainable ethos combined with the quality.

    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
  • David Nebiyu Vioque - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I actually moved around a lot when I was growing up and ended up living in 12 different countries. The one constant through all this change was sport and I always tried different sports in new places. I loved how passion for football or climbing for example was the same whether you were in Kuwait or the US. Sport ended up being a big grounding part of my life, especially through all the cultural shocks!

    How did you first get into swimming?

    Being half Spanish, we would always go back to Mallorca in the summers and I was fortunate to live by the beach. I found it very easy to practice open sea swimming since I was young and ended up really loving being in the water. Eventually I decided to make it pursuit and joined swim teams everywhere we travelled to as a family. I found my times improving a lot every year and in Kenya, I made the Commonwealth qualifying times for freestyle.

    If you are interested in getting into Swimming, 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 qualifying finals for 50m Freestyle at the Aga Khan Invitationals in Nairobi. I was recovering from a sprained knee and managed to make the qualifying time for my favourite stroke without using my left leg. I don't expect to be able to repeat that but I think the breathing exercises and pressure in the moment pushed me through.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Fully returning to sport after having undergone 6 knee surgeries (3 ACL reconstructions on both knees). In fact, I am now close to beating my pre-surgery times (running, swimming and climbing) through dedicated practice and the help of a great team of physios.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Yes, hit my hand against a pool lane divider during a 100m backstroke race at a swim meet and didn't realize I was bleeding heavily until the very end!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Meditation has been key for me. I create space between myself and the setback and try to learn from it.

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

    Try again.

    What are your goals?

    Pushing myself to explore my limits on multiple fronts. I'd love to test myself on a triathlon and potentially see whether my swim times could qualify for some of the more challenging open water races out there (El Cruce in Mexico would be a dream!)

    Who inspires you?

    Anyone who has challenged adversity to pursue their dreams. By virtue of moving around so much, I've grown to love meeting new people and I feel like I'm constantly inspired on a day to day basis.

    Why work with Sundried?

    When I got back into running after my 6th surgery I was gifted a Sundried running shirt by my friend. The quality was incredible and I've been using the same shirt for about 3 years now. It felt great to run in and that got me to get their swim trunks, which are also amazing. I associate Sundried with my return to sport so I'm definitely partial to the brand.

    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
  • Katie Wright - Personal Trainer and Athlete Ambassador

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

    This years top races have been -

    • Henley Thames marathon
    • 3.8km Arun Swim
    • 5km Adur Swim
    • Bewl Water 5km Swim
    • National Aquathlon Championships
    • London Landmarks Half Marathon
    • Arundel Sprint Triathlon
    • Brighton marathon 10km
    • Goodwood 10km

    Next -

    • Great South Run
    • World Aquathlon Championships

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

    I was a runner and a swimmer as a junior representing the county at both in sprint distances on the track and in the pool. I transferred to longer distances after having children. I now compete in both multi events and single discipline events in open water swimming and road and trail. I’m a British Triathlon Age Grouper in Aquathlon and recently won the National Championships for my age group - 35-39. I'm a level 3 Personal Trainer, mother of two and married to a MAMIL (middle aged man in Lycra). 

    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?

    Currently working towards the World Aquathlon Championships so my aim is to be as fast as possible over 1km in the water and 5km on the land. Speedy transitions are also very important.

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

    Even if you think it will be quicker in transition never ever be tempted to compete in an Aquathlon wearing just a pool swim suit.

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

    I'm plant based so don’t eat any animal products. But I probably eat most things you do. I don’t follow a specific diet or restrict myself but I also generally prefer things that are considered healthy options. 

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

    Always have a goal and something you are working towards. I always book my next event before completing the one I'm working towards so I don’t ever feel complacent and question why I’m doing a session. Keep it fun.

    Talk us through your training regime.

    I do 3/4 runs a week (long run, Tempo, off road with hills, and intervals). I also do 3/4 swim sessions a week (long steady, 2 intervals with drills, and something in open water).

    How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

    I read a lot of articles by other athletes and trainers and I'm never afraid to ask advice from peers, in fact I always feel very grateful to receive tips and advice.

    What are your top 3 trainer tips?

    Have a goal, make sure you listen to your body and rest when you need to, your plan needs to suit your lifestyle.

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

    Too hard I love food - at the moment I'm obsessed with tofu pad Thai with loads of spring onions (I mean like a whole bunch just for me) I think it's fusion.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I like the brand ethos and the fact that the environment and sustainability are important.

    Favourite fitness quote?

    It's never too late.

    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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