• 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
  • 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
  • Sophie Cheesman - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have always been into sport from a very young age! Running, cycling, tennis you name it. 

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I first got into triathlon at Uni in 2013 where I competed in the BUCS Sprint Triathlon. 

    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 has been the Brighton and Hove Triathlon as it is in my home town and you get the beautiful sea vibes and it is a fantastic atmosphere!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement to date is marathon related but competing in both the London and Brighton marathon 2 weeks apart and only 30 seconds difference between the times.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    A racing disaster was more entertaining where by I was involved in the National Aquathlon Championships at Arundel and during the swim my siting was not quite right so I ended up swimming into some weeds and my Garmin got caught.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Overcoming set backs, it is important to keep positive as not only is it tough but if you think about the long term outcome and never ever to give up.

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

    I wish I’d been shown how to effectively change a puncture quickly and exit transition with speed.
     

    What are your goals?

    My goals are to complete my first 70.3 in Sardinia in October and to qualify for the GB Aquathlon.

    Who inspires you?

    Sophie Coldwell inspires me as she is of a similar age and I love how she just gets up and perseveres no matter what. Her training and performances are always so inspiring to watch. 

    Why work with Sundried?

    Sundried is a fantastic brand who specialise in triathlon wear. It is worn by athletes and lasts years as it is exceptional quality. It is also eco friendly which is brilliant and they make you feel very welcome to be a part of their team!

    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
  • Lee Collier - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I'd always been into general sports from a young age but got into running in 2008 when I did my first marathon (for charity) and it's just progressed from there to cycling, triathlons etc.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I did a few taster triathlons just to see what it was like to try and combine all 3 disciplines then made the jump to my first middle distance Ironman in 2013 and then my first full distance Ironman in 2014.

    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?

    Probably my first full distance Ironman in Arizona.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I organised my own cycle event from Canada to Mexico in 2011 for charity and managed to gain great sponsorship from companies such as Next, British Airways, ZipVit and Cycling Active magazine also with celebrity backing from Davina McCall, James Cracknell and Chris Boardman.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Ironman 70.3 Wimbleball I made the mistake of camping / sleeping on a half blown up air bed meaning when I woke in the morning my back had locked up, fair to say the whole race was a real struggle !! 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I look at setbacks as 'character building' and if everything was easy it would be boring !! 

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

    Follow a training plan rather than just going out and trashing yourself every session then wonder why you’re injured !! 

    What are your goals?

    Sub 3hr marathon. 

    Who inspires you?

    All sorts of people from pro athletes to couch to 5k, I think you can learn something from everyone.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I first heard and worked with Sundried in 2014 when you sponsored an event that I was involved with 'Benali's Big Run' where an ex pro footballer ran from every premier league ground to the next. I liked the company and the gear then and have watched how it's developed over the years to a high quality 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
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