• 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
  • Mike Williams - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! Right through my childhood I swam competitively for the local swimming team until around the age of 12. From there I spent my time trying out as many other sports as possible, although not to anywhere near the success of my swimming. Swimming came back into my life at university where I represented the team at many of the university championships over 4 years. Since leaving university in 2012 I've spent the majority of my time running and playing 5 a side until recently when I've started open water swimming!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I first got into the world of triathlon and multi-sport during lockdown in 2020. My friend was training for The Lakesman and invited me to start open water swimming with him. I instantly loved it. I had undergone ACL surgery in 2019 so I was already cycling as part of my recovery and beginning to run again. Starting open water swimming made the decision for me and I entered into a virtual sprint triathlon a few months later. As cycling isn't my strongest discipline I began looking at what other events were out there and discovered the world of SwimRun. As another challenge for myself I signed up for the 2021 BRECA Coniston Sprint. 

    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?

    For years it has always been The Great North Run. There are so many inspirational stories to why people are running and the fact the run brings together people from all over the world is amazing. The run is inclusive for everyone and the support you get through the full 13.1 miles is fantastic. That final bend onto the sea front at South Shields is the best sight!…not just because it is nearly over! This year (2021) BRECA Coniston took over the Great North Run. If you have never done a SwimRun you need to!! This is a truly unique event, running/hiking/swimming through the Lake District makes the whole race feel like an adventure and you feel yourself connecting with your surroundings and not forgetting the amazing views from the middle of the lakes and tops of the fells.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Definitely completing the BRECA. The event was a total of 11 miles running and 2 miles of swimming. It was the biggest challenge I have ever set myself and completely out of my comfort zone. About halfway through I honestly felt like I wasn't going to finish and the mental battle was harder than the physical one. I didn't enter the event to race against anyone, it was all about completing it and proving to myself that I can do multi-sport events. When I came to the finish my girlfriend and family were there cheering me on and I was overcome with emotion when I crossed the line.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I don't really know many people who haven't at some point. Mine came when I completed my first half marathon. I made the rookie mistake and took off with the pack at the beginning. I knew I was running too fast but it felt good and at 10 miles I totally crashed and began to struggle to run. I finished the race but had used up every drop of energy I had. I couldn’t even open my banana at the end of the race! I've learnt from that experience now and manage my half marathons a lot better by forcing myself to start slow and build into the miles.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    In 2018 I was at probably the fittest I had been since swimming at university and PBed my half marathon time. I felt amazing after the race and was ready for winter training to come back stronger the following year. 2 weeks later I tore my ACL playing 5 a side and surgery didn't happen until almost 12 months later. I was so annoyed at myself but I had good support around me. To overcome this I just had to change my outlook, reset and create myself new short term goals. Things don't always go to plan and you can't control everything but look at the things you can control. 

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

    Everything takes time. I used to suffer badly from not being good at something right away, I feel like I have failed even though I haven't even given it a chance or put any proper time into it!

    What are your goals?

    2021 was a year of firsts for me taking part in my first mass open water event (Great North Swim) and my first ever SwimRun. Next year is all about building on what I've learnt from these events and maybe trying out some new ones!

    Who inspires you?

    This is really broad for me. I get inspired by my friends and family taking part in events for fun and challenging themselves or other friends who are making a real name for themselves in local sport competitions! From the world of professional triathlon I'd have to say Lucy Charles-Barclay is a massive inspiration, especially how she has come from a swimming background and adapted to triathlon. Her versatility to compete in the Ironman distances and also the short Super League is just phenomenal. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried focusing on a zero waste lifestyle and sustainable clothing is a really attractive feature for me. I live just outside of the Lake District National Park and spend a lot of my time hiking and swimming in the lakes. Protecting these areas of natural beauty is an absolute must, not just in the UK but all over the world.

    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
  • Bex Ezra - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! My roots lie firmly in the equine world, where I compete regularly at Advanced Dressage. However, I just love being active in general. It's my relief and my passion!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Someone I knew qualified for Kona, and a small group of us, from the running club, went out to support. That was it; I wanted a go!

    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 loved Weymouth half Ironman as it was my first (and currently) only half Ironman. It's the closest to my home, which for some reason makes it seem more special, or maybe, relatable. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Being lucky enough to represent Cornwall for both Road and Trail Races. Specifically in France, Trail de Guerledan.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Not yet! There is still time though!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I try to be patient, research and come back when I feel ready, not when someone else says I'm ready.

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

    Lube up! It's no good going into work the next day with red blotches, scabs and whatnot around your neck!

    What are your goals?

    To do a Full Ironman one day.

    Who inspires you?

    Gwen Jorgensen.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the ethos! Ethical production and protecting the environment for the future; exactly how it should be!

    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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