• Jodie Mountford - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, always! I absolutely love how it feels to push yourself and see you hit your goals.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I swam competitively at a young age, then when I was in my twenties joined a running group and started running competitively - after that we had the lockdown and I bought a Wattbike to train on and noticed on some rides using Zwift I was a really good cyclist - then I just put them all together.

    I signed up to a qualifier event where you can represent GB in the European Championships 2022 - as my FIRST triathlon ... I didn't think I would actually qualify really - but I came 3rd in my age group. After that I qualified for the World Championships in Triathlon and in Duathlon and became a National England Champion 2021 for my age group too. So it's been a big year!

    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 race! It is where it all started and it was an amazing course. Southport Triathlon by Epic Events. It's a flat closed course and I wanted to do it again but the European Champs in Poland is at the same time so I'll be flying to that instead for 2022.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I think becoming a mum of two girls, I had two under two and my youngest was only 18 months when I qualified to represent GB - this is my biggest and proudest achievement. I feel like it's one thing to qualify but to be full time at work and mum of two I feel extremely proud of.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Don't ask that! touch wood... touch wood... NO I haven't.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Mental Attitude! Put positive words in your head, understand what the plan is to get out of the set back and execute on that plan. It won't be a setback - it'll become a learning.

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

    I wish I was told from an earlier age that competing in sports is a profession - I wasn't pushed to pursue sports in my career options.

    What are your goals?

    To finish top 15 in the European Championships and Top 25 in the World Championships.

    Who inspires you?

    Everyone on the race course! All shapes, sizes and abilities inspire me every day. We each have a different path and story and if you are out there on the race course pushing your hardest then that is inspiring!

    Why work with Sundried?

    They seem a great brand to work with - the kit is superb and looks insane. Proud to be working with such a reputable 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
  • Andy Stone - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes - I started off with swimming with Stafford Appex during my school years. I played rugby for Eccleshall, Stafford and Staffordshire county until my twenties when an injury to my knee struck. I then went back to swimming, started mountain biking and did my first marathon.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Having a love for swimming, cycling and running meant that triathlon was a natural progression for me. I signed up for my first triathlon which was Sprint Tri (17 miles) in Litchfield in 2011 and I absolutely loved it. Off the back of that I entered a local 70.3 mile Triathlon UK event... and then another 70.3 the same year. I was hooked.

    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 would be Ironman Wales 2013, a full 140.6 mile Ironman, which is the hilliest Ironman event in the World. It was amazing as the whole town of Tenby come out to cheer the competitors on, the scenery is epic and I loved that the open water swim takes part in the sea in Tenby bay. There was nothing quite like hearing the Welsh singing their national anthem which rings out across the town of Tenby just before the race starts... it was so moving, I was crying in my googles! I was happy with my swim time as I came out of the water one of the first competitors, however I stopped for a full on picnic in T2 which put me right back down the rankings but I finished my first full Ironman!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Becoming sober! I realised I had an addiction to alcohol and was determined to turn my life around. With the help of the AA programme and a lot of self development I have been sober for 6 years now and feel so much healthier for it.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I entered the Welsh marathon, staying in a hotel the night before the race. When I opened my running gear that morning I realised I'd packed two left feet trainers, I'd forgotten my wallet and the only set of shoes I had to run in was my hiking boots. I managed to complete the marathon but my time was way off my usual. I absolutely hit the wall and my feet hurt... alot!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    By using some techniques I've used in my self development becoming sober - patience, acceptance and gratitude. Patience with myself and those around me. Acceptance of the situation and what is in my control and what isn't. Gratitude for all the positive things that are happening in my life and focusing on one thing at a time.

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

    You don't need animal products to be good at sport. A plant based diet provides all the protein and nutrients the body needs as well as many inflammatory benefits which are really important for speeding up recovery in athletes. Also - always double check your kit bag the night before!

    What are your goals?

    A double Guinness world record - the most consecutive 70.3 mile triathlons and the most 70.3 mile triathlons in a year. I'm excited by the prospect of doing something that no one has done before. After that I'm eyeing an Ultraman UK, which is double iron distance (280 miles) over 3 days in Snowdonia.

    Who inspires you?

    Rich Roll, Ross Egerley, James Lawrence and David Goggins to name a few!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the quality and eco-friendly nature of the sports clothing. They are comfortable, affordable and are 100% vegan which is really important to 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
  • Kathryn Hogben - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport and how did you first get into running?

    I've always been sporty but got into running in my 20s and raced all distances up to marathon. I mainly swam towards the end of both my pregnancies and couldn't wait to start running again once my children had been born. My Instagram page @postnatalrunner shares my recovery journey back to running and racing.

    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 what is your proudest achievement?

    I love the Sheffield Half as it's a great route in my home city and the support is always brilliant. It was my last race before my first pregnancy in 2016 and I aimed to run it again as soon as possible. Six months after having my second baby in 2019 I couldn't run more than a mile without discomfort and it was a long postnatal recovery to rebuild my pelvic floor and core muscles to be strong enough to train properly. I finally raced the Sheffield Half again in 2021 and ran 4 minutes faster than I did pre-kids! That was the point I felt like I'd managed to get back to being able to perform well at something that I love doing and it was amazing to have my children there to support me.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    After I had my second baby I started running again too soon and my core wasn't strong enough so I suffered with pelvic floor heaviness and discomfort. This was a big setback as exercise is a big part of my life and I was keen to restart training. Previously my exercise routine only included running and swimming so it was a steep learning curve for me to learn how to properly rebuild the core muscles then reintroduce running as my strength increased.

    My recommendation to anyone in the same position would be to seek expert advice and to be patient to allow adequate time for postnatal recovery. See a specialist women's health physio if you have any discomfort and work with a qualified postnatal personal trainer to rebuild core strength. This can be frustrating for someone used to pushing themselves intensively in training but long term can lead to additional benefits - I'm now running faster than before I had my children.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given?

    Not to rush back to high impact activity after having a baby. I was so keen to get back I was out running 5ks six weeks after delivery which was too much impact for my pelvic floor and triggered heaviness and dragging which got worse with each run. It's so important for mums to allow adequate recovery time and restore core muscles before jumping back into high impact sport and my recovery was longer as a result of doing too much too soon. I'd recommend getting checked over by a women's health physio and working with a qualified postnatal trainer if you're able to do so.

    This is a great evidence-based article about safely getting back to running after having a baby:

    https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2019/05/20/ready-steadygo-ensuring-postnatal-women-are-run-ready/

    What are your goals?

    I'm passionate about supporting other mums to run and demonstrating that it's possible to get back to running and racing after having kids! I try to raise awareness of how to safely start running postnatally so that other new mums don't make the same mistakes I did. I also volunteer as a Run Angel with This Mum Runs, leading group runs which encourage other mums to be active, meet new friends, have some time for themselves and generally increase their wellbeing.

    Personally, I'm planning to do more trail running this year and have my first trail ultra marathon in August. 

    Who inspires you?

    All the mums who manage to get out the door for a run despite the endless list of jobs, lack of sleep and demands from little ones. As well as improving their own wellbeing they're setting a great example to their sons and daughters of the importance of an active lifestyle.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love Sundried kit as its high quality and affordable, as well as being ethically and sustainably created. One of my most useful pieces of kit this winter has been the Pace Running Jacket as an outer layer on cold dry days or an extra layer underneath my waterproof when it's really grim!

    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
  • Maxine Bowley - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, from a very early age I have always competed in some form of sport - athletics, cross country, rugby, outdoor pursuits, swimming. The list is endless. One of the main reasons I continue to do sport/exercise is to give myself the head space I need. It helps me to reflect and improve my self-esteem and cognitive function (and of course to keep fit). 

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    One of my previous line managers was massively into triathlon. I recall he was training a lot to compete in an Ironman. On occasions he used to drag me to some of his training sessions. I suppose this was where my interest for triathlons started thanks to him.

    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 didn't start racing until I was 33 years old. Having a very busy full-time job and committed to other sports, time was always up against me. My favourite race has to be a work's one. The event was very much inclusive. It didn't matter whether you could swim, cycle or run, every member managed to do a leg of the triathlon. At the end of the event there were smiles all round and a real sense of achievement. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Saving someone from taking their own life. She is now married with two children and has set up her own business.

    Have you ever had any sporting disasters?

    Just before (2 days) a big rugby game I was selected to play in, I sustained an injury that stopped my rugby playing career. Yes I was devastated, but going through rehab I used this opportunity to pursue my chapter in Sports Therapy and coaching & mentoring.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    You can't change what has happened, however you can control your reactions to what has happened. This keeps me focused on what's in front and not behind.

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

    You have a tongue in your head - use it!! Never be afraid to ask questions and learn from others, but you must make your own path - you are an individual at the end of the day. Invest in yourself.

    What are your goals?

    My ultimate goal is to complete a half Ironman by the age of 45. 

    Who inspires you?

    Anyone who is coming back from a setback. A great role model for this is Mark Ormrod - a Royal Marine who got blown up in Afghanistan and lost three limbs. He continues to raise money for charity by completing really arduous events.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I read this on the website which got me attracted to this brand:

    "How can you be a fitness and well-being brand when you are not promoting a healthy lifestyle and sustainable production? At Sundried, we do it differently."

    Reading on, their culture, beliefs and ethics resonated massively with me. The brand take a lot of time investing in making a better product for the sports person in mind to help with making that person a better version of themselves. Whether that is an athlete performance or their well-being. With this brand everything is considered - cost, work-life balance for employees, ethical conscience, waste, reduced carbon footprint and much more. There is no stone left unturned with Sundried.

    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
  • Dale Quenault - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    No, growing up I wasn't really into sport apart from compulsory P.E. classes! It wasn't until I was around the age of 19 that I took up Thai Boxing and Judo. At the age of 21 I started training to join the British Armed Forces and needed a reasonable fitness for this, so this led me to start going to the gym a few times a week, as well as running. This really ignited my spark for sport and exercise and it has continued from there.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    In 2016, after watching my local Olympic Distance Triathlon I was inspired, but I'd never learnt to swim as a child so that was obstacle number one! So, my goal was to learn to swim by the end of 2016; before this point the best I could do was a doggy paddle! So, after some lessons with friends and many hours in the pool, I learnt to do a basic front crawl by the end of 2016. 2017 was my first year in triathlon where I completed in a sprint, Olympic and a 70.3 distance race. Quite the baptism of fire into the sport!

    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 two favourites really; my first was Marbella 2018. I had been off sick from training and work for a matter of months and was going to pull out of the race but my brother (who started triathlon at the same time as me) was also competing in the race at the time. He said to me, wipe all your expectations away, all that stress and don’t put any pressure on yourself to get a specific result, just go and compete and have some fun! So, I did and it was one of my most enjoyable races, lots of high fives and laughs all the way round.

    My other was Super League Triathlon Jersey 2018 and 2021. Love the SBRSBR (Swim, Bike, Run x2) format, something different and makes you think a lot more about the importance of transitions!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Learning to swim as an adult when most people come out with the "I'm too old" attitude. You're never too old to learn something new. It may take longer, but you'll get there. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    A few minor crashes at IRONMAN events but nothing bad. In 2018, at Super League Triathlon on the first bike leg of a SBRSBR format, I got a puncture. At that point I had to decide, do I give up and DNF or do I run and hope for the best. So, I ran the rest of the 7km bike leg with my bike, bare foot as I kept my bike shoes attached to my bike. It killed my calves, but I finished the race. Still no DNFs to my name to date but I know that day will no doubt happen one day.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I used to go over setbacks/race mistakes again and again, thinking about what I could've done better to avoid what had happened. Now instead of overthinking, I spend some time processing what has happened, write down what I have learnt from it and then move on. Setbacks happen to everyone and what makes you a better athlete is how you react and learn from them but not dwelling on it.

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

    "You need to go slower to get faster!" and "Pacing is everything".

    I believe that works for all disciplines. At first it feels counter intuitive; how can going slow make you faster I would think. Trust in the system, we are not reinventing the wheel here and to get things right they can take time. Getting a coach was the best thing I ever did and most importantly you need to believe in your coach and trust them 100%. I think coaches are like shoes. They might be your size and they will work but some just fit better than others. It’s good to change and find what suits you.

    What are your goals?

    Keep enjoying my sport and training for as long as possible. 

    Qualify for the 70.3 World Championship.

    Who inspires you?

    Jan Frodeno. Because it's Jan Frodeno!

    Why work with Sundried?

    As well as creating high-performance sportswear, Sundried is a brand that cares about its environment with the products it produces, and I think we can all respect a brand that does that.

    When training is a big part of your life, it's important to find good clothing that not only performs well but looks great too. We spend hours everyday training, recovering and planning our next session that we should have trust in what we wear so we can get the best from every session. Sundried is a brand that will do that for you, plus every time you say it you think about sunny warm weather!

    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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