• Lottie Watts - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport? 

    Yes I've always been interested in sports since I was a child. At school I played various team sports such as hockey and netball,and I tried lots of different sports to see what I liked - tennis, badminton, climbing, athletics running, cross-country running etc. I got really into the gym during my early 20s too to build strength. I also love to ski and have been doing so since I was about 3! Fitness is a huge part of my life - it is so important for mental and physical health but it is also key to my social life as most of my friends are into fitness related activities and I am inspired and motivated by them every day.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I have not yet taken part in a full triathlon, I have been part of a relay Half Ironman Triathlon with Outlaw at Bowood House this year (2021) where I did the 1.9km swimming segment. I got the 'bug' after this event and booked my first Olympic Triathlon to compete without a team in July 2022, winter training is underway!

    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?

    Running race my favourite has got to be the Sodbury Slog in 2019, it was a 10 mile mud run, with mud baths, and slippery fields, I ran with a group of friends and it was so much fun - my face hurt from laughing so much.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Learning to swim properly as an adult post PTSD. I was unfortunately involved in a serious accident in Vietnam in 2018 when I was swimming in a river near a waterfall, the flood gates of the waterfall up stream were opened and a huge rush of water resulted in someone saving my life and tragically someone with me (our tour guide) losing their life in the water. After this, I suffered from PTSD and I spent a lot of time working on my mental recovery, reintroducing exposure to water and also some triggers that were not water related. In 2020 I learnt to swim properly, I got an outdoor swim coach, and never looked back. I knew after Vietnam that I wanted to become a strong swimmer so I worked really hard to learn front crawl properly. I had learnt as a child but from teenage years to early 20s didn't do any proper swimming (splash in the sea and surfing but not front crawl). I started training once a week outdoors and as my PTSD improved in 2020 I started training 2-3 times a week in a pool and outdoors. I loved it! My swim coach inspired me and I booked my first swim event in August 2021 a SwimRun relay where I did the swim segments, 1,000m split into four. It was hard work and such an adrenaline rush but so good for my mental recovery. This was a warm up, in Sept 2021 I took part in Bowood House Half Ironman Relay and swam 1.9km without stopping in an outdoor lake, my team members then did the bike and the run for the triathlon. I am so proud of this event because I was very calm in the water, I did not panic with the splashing of lots of swimmers, I had good breathing and loved every second of it. I am also really proud of my time (42 mins) as I went from not remembering how to do front crawl and having no stamina in swimming as well as PTSD in 2020 to swimming non-stop for 1.9km in 2021. I put the work in and it paid off!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    In 2019 I took part in a Half Marathon run, at the same time with the same start time there was a 5km, 10km and half marathon race. I am 5ft tall and so in order to listen to the announcement by the event organisers about the race course and which markers to look out for depending on which distance you were competing in, I stood at the front of the crowd so that I could see as I am so short. I did not realise the front of the crowd was also the start line! So when the announcement had finished within seconds the race began and I was at the front with elites! I kept up a good pace with about 5 men for the first 9 miles or so... and then I hit a brick wall. I had to walk for the remaining time as my legs just would not carry me any further. I still managed to do a very good time but it was a bit of a disaster!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have had quite a few setbacks in my fitness journey with injuries and surgeries. The most recent to date is my ACL injury, I tore my ACL in Dec 2019. I spent 12 months building strength back up while suffering with stability issues with my knee so decided to have reconstruction surgery in December 2020. I am currently 11 months post surgery and the recovery is long and tough both mentally and physically. In Jan 21 I had to learn to walk again, I have had to rebuild muscle in my quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes and the journey of this recovery is still continuing. One of the best ways I have found to overcome setbacks is to write down tangible goals and work towards them and also try new things. I keep a workout & fitness diary to track my progress, write workout ideas and keep on track - my ACL recovery journey is the reason why I started my Lots Fitness Journey Instagram, to keep track of my progress, be accountable and talk to people on similar journeys. The other way that I have overcome set backs is to try new things. Pre-injury I was very focused on long distance running, I ran three half marathons in 2019 and I had my sights set on further runs. I could not run after surgery and even now 11 months on I am slowly building back. As a result of this surgery and my background swimming goals I focused a lot more on swimming and cycling than I ever would have done. I got my first road bike and did a Half Ironman relay swim, those two things opened a door for me to look at competing in triathlon. I do not compare myself to what I used to be able to do pre-injury, I just focus on the now and the future.

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

    As I have not yet done a full triathlon I do not have any advice yet but for outdoor swimming my biggest advice would be WEAR EAR PLUGS! They are so important to protect your ears and I see so many swimmers without them. Google swimmers/surfers ear and you will be convinced to wear them.

    What are your goals?

    I have lots of goals from big targets to small. For example: To compete in my first Olympic Triathlon in 2022; to do five pull ups in the gym; to run a sub 2 hour half marathon (at this rate with my ACL to run a half marathon again at all would be huge); to do an Ironman Relay swim 3.9km; to ski again as I tore my ACL skiing; to go on a hike where part of the route is over a lake so I would need to pack my stuff into a dry bag, swim across and carry on hiking (very niche but would love to do it); to swim a sub 30 min 1,500m; to try all types of triathlon - super sprint, sprint, Olympic and maybe one day half Ironman; to cycle 100km ...the list goes on!

    Who inspires you?

    My outdoor swim coach who taught me to swim and all people who have had ACL reconstruction surgery, put in the hard work and recovered to be even stronger and even more determined than before injury. My friends also inspire me - I have some many close friends who are on all sorts of fitness journeys from losing weight in the gym, running ultra marathons, working towards Ironmans, etc, they inspire me so much!

    Why work with Sundried

    With current affairs such as COP26, now it's more important than ever for everyone to actively make sustainable choices in their every day lives - fitness is a huge part of my life (the other part is running a business) so the choice to wear activewear that is sustainable is simple and a no brainer to me. I was first introduced to Sundried when I received some leggings as a gift, they are super comfy, great workout clothes but also most importantly sustainable. My reason to work with Sundried is for a few reasons - before I had received leggings as a gift I had not heard of the company so if I can truly and honesty promote the products to expose more people to hearing about the brand and purchase sustainable activewear, the better for our planet. Secondly, since knowing about Sundried, they are an extremely inclusive and supportive company - they do not just promote their products with beautiful models wearing the brand, they promote the products through every day people doing real fitness and I think that is quite rare but also very inspiring so I would love to be a part of that network.

    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
  • Kyle Bateman - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport? 

    From an early age I was always sporty. From play football from the early morning until it got dark to as a Junior representing my country in Rowing I loved just playing sport every minute I could.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    My Duathlon career is one of losing touch and then finding the love for it again. Between at ages of 10-12 I was a really keen Triathlete being one of the Top Junior Triathletes in Berkshire in 1990-1992. I then rowed until the age of 22 before not getting back into competitive sport until after the birth of my daughter in 2012. After seeing the Olympic cycling I took up road cycling until during Covid lockdown I though I would get back into multi sport and took up Duathlon again at the ripe old age of 42. Is it a come back? Who knows??

    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?

    Has to be my one and only race since 1992. The Dorney Duathlon! I came 2nd in my Age Group.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Has to be taking the Start line at the 2017 UCI Grand Fondo World Championship in Albi, France and pulling on that GB vest!

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I have had a few crashes and been crashed into when I was feeling really strong, ending my race.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    It's simple, I just keep going and looking forwards to my next goal. I never look back at defeat or setbacks. Even if I'm not feeling the motivation to get on the bike, I just get on and pedal. After a while it all goes away.

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

    Even if you feel that you’ve given everything, at the end, there's always a bit more.

    What are your goals?

    In 2023 I want to represent GB in AG Duathlon Worlds and in the same year ride for GB in the AG Cycling Worlds both road and TT.

    Who inspires you?

    • My kids Ellis and Darcey
    • Bradley Wiggins
    • The Brownlee brothers

    Why work with Sundried

    I like Sundried's ethic in supporting Amateur athletes and their range and quality of kit. 

    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
  • Ed Brennan - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport? 

    Yes, I remember winning my first road race at the age of 11. It was my village's fun run. From then I was always doing some sort of sport until I joined the military, then it opened a whole new world, from running, mountaineering canoeing, anything.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I started cycling after an injury in the military and I completed a duathlon. I then decided I wanted to give a triathlon a go, just one. I was a really poor swimmer at the time, so I bought a DVD and taught myself front crawl. My first race was in Norfolk where I came out of the water last, but what an exhilarating experience.

    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?

    Challenge Roth, the crowds and spectators are amazing, and the event is out of this world. I have been fortunate enough to do it twice.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Apart from my children's birth, passing the prestigious P company and becoming a Para at the age of 17. It is a very gruelling, physical, 3 weeks.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Slowness at Hever Castle Gauntlet another racer accidentally ripped my DI2 battery off. I had no gears and decided to ride it in what it was stuck in. Needless to say it was a DNF.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I just go with it, I used to get frustrated and annoyed, but you must take what comes and adapt and use it to your advantage. Lockdown is a very good example, it was my first year back racing after spinal surgery then COVID hit, I changed my lifestyle, I gave up alcohol, became more positive and trained as much as I could (pools were closed, bonus for me). Even though I am a key worker I utilized it to my advantage and had 2 amazing middle distance events back, I used the extra year as a good as I could.

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

    It's not all about surviving the swimming. Enjoy your training as much as the event. Soak it all up it's a wonderful sport to be part of.

    What are your goals?

    Next year I am doing some self-organized charity events as well as an Ironman UK.

    They are a 91 km run, Ironman UK, and 3 back-to-back half Ironman on consecutive days. I just want to get out there train have fun and show others what is possible with a well-balanced healthy lifestyle.

    Who inspires you?

    Anything and everything I suppose. 'People', you just need to look around and see people achieving the impossible. I love seeing people try to do stuff outside of their comfort zone, whether it's a mile or 100 miles it doesn't matter, the world is ours to take just go and taste it. Don't get stuck in a rut (I have been there and it's not nice), just say to hell with it I am going to give it a go.

    Why work with Sundried

    It has everything I am looking for. Great quality at an amazing price, the ethics the company is founded on is very important, using responsible sourcing for materials, UK based company and the apparel works. It's just everything I look for in a company. The first item I bought was a set of Century Bib Shorts and I was amazed at the quality, fit, just everything.

    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
  • Millie Breese - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always loved sport from a young age, it started with running and then progressed to triathlon but I love any sport.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I got into triathlon as my older brother joined the local tri club (Alnwick tri club) which I later joined when I was old enough and then my love for triathlon grew from there. I have now progressed to the England next generation squad.

    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 super league Jersey triathlon where I came 3rd. It was really good as we raced on the same course on the same day as all the professional triathletes. It was also a different format which meant we did two super short triathlons, one after the other. 

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement is winning one of the national triathlon super series event and coming 2nd at the British championships, which were both at Mallory park racing circuit. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    The only racing disasters I have had are not being able to find my bike in transition and having to spend loads of time looking for it. 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    If I have a setback I just try and refocus and think about what I did wrong that I can improve and practice for next time so I don't make the same mistake, I use the setback to help me improve.

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

    The only advice you need is just to have fun and enjoy it.

    What are your goals?

    My goals for next few years are to qualify for Europeans either youth or junior, but in the future I would love to reach the Olympics.

    Who inspires you?

    All the professional triathletes inspire me but I think Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth inspire me the most. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    I want to work with Sundried so I can be part of a group of people who all love sport and want to help grow their sport and help promote a really good brand who have good quality sustainable sport clothing.

    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
  • Rebecca Walker - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I started running at a very young age and was in all of the sports teams at school (Cross Country, Athletics, Hockey and Rugby). I was lucky to represent Bristol in the Mini London Marathon twice at about 12 years old and I played in the National Women’s Rugby Sevens. Fortunately when I joined the RAF, sport was a huge part of my life.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I started Triathlon when I was in the RAF because they used to run 'Try a Tri' which was great fun because it was during work time and you were able to get out and just try it in a fun environment against the other stations.

    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 run a lot and London Marathon 2017 will always be my favourite because I was selected to represent the RAF, I achieved a marathon PB and I also achieved my RAF colours for representative sport. My mum who is my biggest supporter came to watch and I remember high-fiving Darren Campbell on Embankment when he was commentating.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Being selected to represent the RAF in distance running at London Marathon as one of 5 females.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    My derailleur snapped in an RAF triathlon and I came off which wasn't ideal because I was in the middle of nowhere on the bike course and had to carry my bike back to the start.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I used to really dwell on bad races and feel quite down, but now I remind myself of all of my achievements (5 Ultra Marathons and 8 Marathons) and set goals to focus on.

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

    Enjoy it and don't put so much pressure on yourself. When you relax you actually perform better!

    What are your goals?

    I would love to keep improving my running times and one day I would love to qualify for GB age group in Triathlon. IronMan is also on the cards one day!

    Who inspires you?

    Flora Duffy inspires me. I met her when she was 18 and I was working in Kelly College where she went to school. I have followed her journey and watching her win Gold at the Olympics was so incredible.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the brand, it is stylish and affordable. It also features the most advanced technology on the planet, which has been created ethically and sustainably.

    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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