• Matt Jolly - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I have always loved sports. I was the kid at school that actually enjoyed cross county running.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    A poster for a race was sent to the swimming pool I was lifeguarding at and some colleagues encouraged me to try it.

    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 first marathon: Sydney 2010. Good weather and well prepared, I secretly wanted to get under 3 hours and as I came around the final corner in front of the Opera House the clock ticked over 3. I was gutted. Then as I checked my watch I realised I had started in the second wave so had achieved 2:58:59

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Finishing 70.3 Mallorca in 2016. There was the end of a storm passing so windy & very wet. I was stung by jellyfish during the swim so completed the race with a swollen arm and got very cold on the bike leg.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I have been caught out by water temperature in a couple of triathlons and really struggled to control my bike as I was shivering so much. (I don’t have much natural insulation!) I had to pull out of one after 10 miles of cycling as I just couldn’t warm up.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    With a positive mindset! I have had two big injuries building up towards big events and I still completed both. The injuries actually took the pressure off that I put on myself to perform so I could relax and enjoy the events much more.

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

    Enjoy It! I often like to push myself and am so focused on competing that I forget to enjoy the experience.

    What are your goals?

    To keep pushing my limits. I used to think a marathon was a ridiculous idea but I have now run 6 and 3 double marathons.

    Who inspires you?

    Watching elite level athletes in any sport as they make it look so easy! Also seeing my children grow as I want to be a positive role model for them

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am passionate about nature and our planet, so partnering with a company who create ethically and sustainably sourced items is such a positive step for me.

    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
  • Michael Wilson - Athlete Ambassador

    Shop Sundried's Triathlon Collection

    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport from a young age. As I grew up I participated in lots of sporting activities but it wasn't until I joined the military that I got into endurance type events. In the beginning I did a half marathon for the sole purpose of raising money for a charity my wife worked for at the time. That was in 2011 and from then on I've tried to do at least one main event a year.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I came into triathlon events just through wanting to train more. I joined a team where the training and support was good and ended up saying yes mainly to duathlons at the start as my swimming isn't good! My last tri event was run, bike and paddle in a kayak so I still avoid swimming!

    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 to be the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. Throughout training my partner and myself paddled well together but come race day everything that could go wrong went wrong. We even walked the last part of the race with the full kit as we missed the tide time at Teddington lock which ended up being over a marathon distance. It's my favourite race because of the determination my partner and I showed to get to the end.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Other than my son, my proudest achievement at the moment is probably the race mentioned above.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Again I refer back to The Devizes to Westminster race for race disasters! We got stuck in a weir, my partner passed out and we capsized and obviously the walk at the end amongst many other small disasters has to be the worst but best to overcome.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    The best way to overcome setbacks in my opinion is to be prepared in the first place. And train your mind to be strong as well as your body.

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

    The advice I wish I was given more of when setting out would have been about nutrition and diet. It's such a big part of training and events and I'm still always learning about the best foods to eat and when to eat them.

    What are your goals?

    My goals this year are to get a better time on the Scotland Coast to Coast in September.

    Who inspires you?

    I can't really say any one individual inspires me. I always try to just be a better version of myself. People with disabilities and older people that do amazing things always remind me of how fortunate I am.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I wanted to work with Sundried as their kit seems to be hard wearing and I really like the ethics they have. The fact that they have a growing range of clothes that is made from recycled materials is amazing and definitely the kind of clothes I want to be wearing.
    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
  • Samantha Amend - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes from school I loved PE and ran mainly 800m/1500m, Hurdles and Long jump and competed for the school. It wasn't until I left college I wanted to run a marathon, at the time not getting into the ballot selection it was some years later after my first child in 2002.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Not a triathlete, Run for GB in 50, 100k and 24hr.

    If you are interested in getting into running, 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?

    Track 100 Miler where I broke a 31 year standing record on April 24th 2021 - Winning Team Gold in Doha 50k in 2016 for GB.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Getting selected for GB in 2016 was like a dream come true. Having never had the opportunity to train full time due to having both children/ full-time work. This has since lead onto further opportunities in the 100k and 24hr selection.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Too many to mention, I see them as opportunities to learn from and refine. I try not to spend to much negative energy on disappointment and stress and pressure are the main things to conquer.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Reflection, also realise that its important to look at what happened and to have a positive mindset.

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

    Structured training and need for tempos/interval etc so more a routine. Also having spent years getting away with no stretching post run have suffered in later years with my range of movement and flexibility.

    What are your goals?

    British records for various ultra distances, to push myself to run some credible distances/times and also 2022 to improve my marathon time.

    Who inspires you?

    Many ultra runners who achieve great distances both male and female and recent challenges runners have done with FKT ( Fastest Known Times) during Covid to stay focused. Also as someone who help with British Masters love to see older athletes achieving phenomenal times in events and always believed like with football sporting careers finished by mid 30's.

    Why work with Sundried?

    As a vegan and someone that tries very hard to look for everyday products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly this suit my ethos. The fact Sundried seek athletes passionate about the environment and sport which sums me up perfectly.

    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
  • Ben Sedgwick - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always cycled but was never very good at school sports, however swimming was the one that I could do well. I let that slip when I was at University and got back into cycling in my early 30's as a healthy way of commuting to work. The London to Brighton bike ride became a challenge and then various local cycling events once I had bought my first road bike through the cycle to work scheme.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    The first Brighton and Hove triathlon took place in 2016 and as the start/finish line was just down the road from home my wife and I decided to enter. I had to re learn front crawl while at the same time teaching my wife front crawl and then both of us had to move to confident open water swimming. It was a challenge for us both but something that we will never forget.

    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 have always enjoyed the Brighton and Hove Triathlon, I think mainly because everything around the event is so easy. I can walk 7 mins down to transition with my kit bag, I know the course and have practised the swim many times in the English Channel and its a nice flat and fast bike and run course. Plus, the journey home is a short cycle back if laden down with kit!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    This was definitely the Ironman 70.3 at Weymouth. Prior to the event I had trained for my first Half Marathon and on the day after completing it I started 30 weeks training for the 70.3. I stuck with it and changed a lot of normal routines to get the training done. It was really hard work fitting it all in around a very busy summer work schedule but at the end of the race I was so happy with my time and also really pleased to have finished!

    Have you had any racing disasters?

    My first Olympic distance Triathlon was at London 2017. We all got pulled from the water due to a freak thunderstorm half way round, the temperature dropped and I was frozen on the bike, I got a puncture and could barely change my tyre, however I needed to warm up so much I ran a super fast personal best 10k. I've only just managed to beat that PB this year.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I'm quite a positive person and so I believe there is always a way around any problem no matter how big or small it is. If its a bad ride, run or swim then I put it behind me and think it will only be better the next time.

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

    Brick sessions - do more of them. I've heard it a lot since starting and I could still do more but going from bike to run in a race I always think 'I wish I'd practised this more'.

    What are your goals?

    My main goal is to keep fit and healthy. I have some races coming up that were postponed from 2020 - One of which was a 3.9k swim around Hever Castle Lake which I was aiming to do in 1 hour, however with the recent lack of swimming at the start of this year I'm a bit out of practice so the plan is to just do my best!

    Who Inspires you?

    Anyone with the right sort of enthusiasm.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I'm really pleased to be able to work with a company that prides itself on sustainability and ethics producing clothing that is built to last. I also really like Sundried's work value of every hour on the hour building exercise into the working day, something a lot more of us could do with!

    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
  • Lindsay Buck - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! I've loved all sports since I was young. At school I played netball, basketball, badminton, and particularly loved athletics in the summer. This continued through college and uni. Then I started running once I left uni, and loved that too!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I have an identical twin sister who is on the Age Group GB triathlon team this year. She persuaded me to try a super sprint triathlon in 2019 - the year we turned 40. She’s way better than me, but it’s the one thing we do together, so it's really special to take part together. I love it!

    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 think my favourite race has got to be the second London Marathon I did in 2017. I took a whole hour off my previous time in 2011!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement I think is the Hampton Court Palace half marathon in 2019. My son was 11 months old at the time and woke at least 20 times the night before the race. I barely slept at all. It would have been so easy not to go, but I did it, and I was so proud!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Yes! I’ve only ever done 2 triathlons so far, and the swimming leg on both of them was horrific!! The first time was a 400m and I’d only swum in open water once before the event. It turns out that a pool and a lake are VASTLY different!! I was panicky, the water was almost black, and I found it hard to breathe. Then the swim leg of the second triathlon I did was terrible too. I thought I had prepared well, as I'd been open water swimming every week for at least 8 weeks prior but it was freezing. I panicked again and the cold water completely took my breath away. I have never been so pleased to get out of a lake as on that day!!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    This is a big one, as I'm a complete perfectionist!! Fortunately I recognise that about myself, and I try not to be too hard on myself. I think just getting straight back in to whatever it was, and keeping on practising, is the best way. After my 2nd disastrous open water swim in the Hever triathlon, I was so disappointed in how the swim went, but I was determined not to give up and not to let the water get the better of me. I went to my local lake every week that I could after that, to get used to the cold. I was the first customer back when it opened in March 2021 and the water was 7.5 degrees!

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

    Swim in cold water as much as possible!! It’s the only way to get used to it.

    What are your goals?

    I'm doing the Henley Mile swim this July, and then the Serpentine 2 mile swim in September. One day I'd like to try a half Ironman.

    Who inspires you?

    My sister Katie, as she's an awesome triathlete! Also anyone who finds the strength to keep going - even in the face of adversity.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the huge range of Sundried clothes for each sport. They're beautiful to look at, super comfortable, ethical, and affordable. The whole package!

    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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