• David Jones - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Running Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    Something I wish had taken up earlier in life. Played football, but that stopped once hit University. Began martial arts at Uni and still a major part of my life. Began running in mid 20s and worked way up to marathon, then ultra-marathons came calling. In Northern Ireland there only were a few select ones to do. Moved to triathlon in 2018 after learning to swim. I run a business, and feel that sport provides a discipline and attitude that I can apply to work, and it also helps deal with the long hours, and the inevitable stresses of life.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Standing at the start line of Haria Extreme ultra marathon in Lanzarote in 2017, seen an M-Dot tattoo for the first time. No idea what it was. 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?

    Celtman 2021. Lifelong memories and friends. I prefer the extreme, remote events, and having a support crew made it all the more special. Getting through 202km on a TT bike over the Scottish Highlands will be hard to beat. Although, if I could remove the midges and ticks (and winds)...

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Probably attaining my blackbelt in Ju-Jitsu in 2011, although finishing my first triathlon given my complete inability to swim until 2018 is worth a shout.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Eating a banana (why, I do not know) on lap 3 of a 3 lap 39 mile ultra-marathon, in control and looking good. Five minutes later, in a bush, with the full banana coming back up. Still got a good result, just not what it should have been. Or Hardman Killarney full distance in 2020 when my electronic gearing (I won't name the brand) took on a life of its own the day before (a long story) and I was stuck on the big ring on a bloody TT bike around the 1800m of ascent or so of the Ring of Kerry - and could only use the 9 'hardest' gears due to the repair job that had to be done. My legs did not feel like my legs after that.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Expect something will go wrong so if it does, you are ready for it, or at least ready to try and deal with it.

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

    As above, just expect something will go wrong, don't panic, and move on. It is all part of a journey. I am fortunate to be able to do this, so enjoy it when you can.

    What are your goals?

    Improve, everyday.

    Who inspires you?

    No athlete in particular, but the people I see and meet when doing events. Also, one of my support for Celtman, and hopefully a life-long friend, Nial, has taught me more in the short time I have known him than I would have learned in years doing this.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The company's ethos, and their approach to quality sportswear. I look forward to putting the clothing to the test when I very much hope in August 2022, I finally get to start Norseman in Norway which as a result of Covid, has been delayed twice already.

    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
  • Cara Gatiss - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Cycling Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I have always been into sport! Ever since I was a baby I would never sit still! My parents firstly put me into dance classes but also I have been cycling and running ever since I can remember and have always enjoyed it.

    How did you first get into cycling?

    I have enjoyed cycling from a very young age. As a family we use to go on these lovely long family bike rides but as I got older, I developed a greater love for the sport when I bought my first proper racing bike. After many years later, I still love going out for rides whatever the weather and with or without friends.

    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 is your proudest achievement?

    Probably being able to continue with all the injuries I've had. But, one of my proudest achievements was running 2,268km in the summer 2020 for 'Race For Life' cancer trust for my dear friend and reaching my donation goal.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I overcome setbacks by praying as I am a Christian so I believe God is in charge and has a reason for my setbacks and I've got to trust him with that. I also overcome setbacks by resting. Not everyday is going to be perfect.

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

    Not everyday is going to be perfect. It's fine to have a day or two off if you dont feel 100%. We are all human and aren't able to train and push ourselves to the max every day or session.

    What are your goals?

    One goal of mine is to race a triathlon. During COVID I developed a love for triathlon. However I haven't quite managed to race in one yet due to COVID. Another goal of mine is to cycle the famous Lands end to John O'groats route. I also am planning on raising money for the Macmillian trust by running and cycling the circumference of the UK (around 17,820km) honour of my grandad.

    Who inspires you?

    Many people have inspired me. From my dance coaches to my family and friends who have pushed me through the last few years and helped me get to where I am today! I couldn't have done it without any of them!

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried is an amazing and eco-friendly sportswear brand. Their kit is sustainable and comfy. I love all their kit and all of it is at a great price too! Highly recommend. Sundried ticks all the boxes! 

    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
  • Stephanie Rakhshani - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I love sport before I got into triathlons I have always been into running (I ran a half marathon and a couple 10k’s) I used to play netball and I also have a horse so ride my horse 3 times a week.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Exactly 2 years ago in July I said I was going to train and enter our local triathlon. I first rode a road bike in July 2019 and entered my first ever triathlon in August 2019.

    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 the be the Bude Triathlon back in June this year (2021). Competing on home ground was insane, the support on the sidelines was crazy and I just loved every minute of it.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Hitting a PB on my 5k run at the Torquay Triathlon this July (2021) I’ve been having terrible knee problems but my coach recommended a new pair of trainers and it’s fixed my knee resulting in a PB for 5k during a triathlon race, super chuffed.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Not that I can think of!?!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    So my knee has been causing me problems from March - June this year I’ve been having to avoid running but just kept my swimming and cycling up. Now I have a new pair of trainers I’m back in the game.

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

    I’m really lucky that I have a lot of support and advice from fellow triathletes. So I would say to anyone new to the triathlon sport no one is perfect at every discipline, people always have one weakness, so I think it brings everyone onto a level playing field and I cannot believe how friendly and welcoming the triathlon world is.

    What are your goals?

    To compete in a 70.3 (half Ironman) one day.

    Who inspires you?

    Lucy Charles Barclay shes a triathlon queen.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I ordered a pair of the Sundried cycling shorts and jersey and I love the quality / fit etc. I can’t wait to order some more of the Sundried clothing now.

    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
  • Abby Carchio - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Active Life Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! From a very young age I was always playing some sort of sport. Alongside football I played baseball, basketball and Tae Kwon Do. I think I fell in love with competition and sports was a healthy way to channel that competitive drive. 

    How did you first get into football?

    When I was young, my parents kind of threw me into a bunch of recreational sports and from the moment I stepped on the pitch I knew football was the sport for me. My siblings also played football so our family was always around the game. 

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

    What has been your favourite competition to date and why?

    I have quite a few games that I thoroughly enjoyed, but my all time favourite game would have to be the one that won my university team the championship. We were playing against our biggest conference rival and it was senior night. We had a huge crowd and we were playing under the lights, so the atmosphere was great. I was a senior captain at the time and was feeling the pressure as the clock was ticking down. We ended up getting a Penalty Kick called in our favour with thirty seconds left to play in overtime and I was the one who had to step up to the spot. Luckily, I put it past the keeper and we ended up winning the title. I think that game was just an amazing way to end my collegiate career and one I will never forget.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I think the achievement I am most proud of is when my university team won our conference championship. Our program had not won a title in 25 years and the whole team poured everything into that season. To see our squad achieve that goal knowing every single member of the team contributed is something that I am really proud of.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have had a few setbacks throughout my career as most of us do. Injury is probably the biggest hurdle I have had to deal with and it really does take a mental toll. In order to overcome injury type setbacks I looked to my close family and friends for support. We also hear this all the time, but it really is important to try and extract some sort of lesson from our setbacks. I try to live by this quote from Tobin Heath that says, “Setbacks are just setups for comebacks.” I think by focusing on my return to play, I was able to push through those injuries and come back stronger. 

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

    I think one piece of advice that I wish I had received earlier on in my career has to do with this idea of never ending ascension to greatness. I was always caught up with the idea of winning this award and that award and believed that one day I would finally achieve the optimal award and that would be it. Where, in reality, we can always do better, always achieve more. So my football journey is not so much about achieving materialistic trophies, it is about constantly improving every single day. I guess this can be summed up into- it is not purely about the destination, but truly about the journey.

    What are your goals?

    My short term goal is to just become the best footballer that I can possibly be. My long term goals have a lot to do with improving the women’s game in general. There is a lot of work to be done in terms of ensuring visibility, equality, and equity within the game and my goal is to rectify this inequality. 

    Who inspires you?

    My family and trainer from home are the people that inspire me to pursue greatness. I try to make them proud everyday. My football inspiration would have to be Tobin Heath. Her play inspires me to be an entertaining footballer.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am thrilled to work with Sundried because it is an organization that blends two things I am genuinely passionate about- sport and sustainability. My company, Trainsolo Soccer, was looking for a clothing supplier that ethically produced quality sports apparel and Sundried did just that!

    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
  • André Madureira - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Cycling Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I've been in sport for over 20 years, I started Mountain Biking in 1998.

    How did you first get into cycling?

    My father was always connected to sports, more specifically to athletics running. one day as a child, he took me to a local Mountain Bike race, from that moment on I was connected to the world of cycling.

    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?

    In 2017, I had the opportunity to participate and represent my country in the World Championship (Granfondo World Series) in Albi, France. It was undoubtedly an interesting experience.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Having some victories in some minor races, I consider my greatest achievement, the luck and opportunity I have to do what I love so much.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I've had some disasters, some hospital visits, but luckily never anything too serious.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    With as much calm as possible, positive thinking, concentration and willpower to overcome them.

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

    That someone had told me forever to believe in my abilities, even when everyone else might doubt them.

    What are your goals?

    My big goal is to be national cycling champion in my age group.

    Who inspires you?

    My family, my father's experience as an ex athlete.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Because I trust that they have the same values that I am guided by, their quality of clothing and accessories.

    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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