• Sharn Bowley - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I have always been very active and took part in most sports at school. I played football to a decent standard and I was a county standard hurdler at school. Working in London limited what I could do for a while, I did play squash for a few years but it was not until I started working locally and started cycling to work that I got into triathlon about 6 years ago.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I am fortunate enough to cycle about 16k each way to work, this really helped with my fitness and losing a bit of weight. A friend suggested I take part in a local triathlon; I needed a challenge so I joined a local club and the rest is history. I was told I would get hooked, and I am. It is not just the racing element I enjoy but also the training and seeing gradual improvements over time.

    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 completed the Outlaw full distance triathlon this year and it has been my favourite, and hardest, race to date. It was family friendly, a fantastic atmosphere, brilliant support and a wonderful experience, not sure if I would do it again though! I was lucky enough to have my family watch me, they also manned a feed station on the run so they were able to pass me my refreshments!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Completing the Outlaw! When I first got into triathlon I wanted to do an Ironman/Full distance tri, to be honest I never thought I would be able to do one, but I have. It is a commitment training for a full distance triathlon and I was lucky to have a very supportive wife and family, the training was not too intrusive but if you want to participate in such a race you need to fully commit. I felt I did myself justice on the day and it is by far my proudest achievement in Triathlon.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Yes! In my second year of competing I tried something I did not practice in my race. I had tied my tri shoes to my bike with elastic bands thinking I could just do it, I proceeded to make a pigs ear of it and fell off. My race only got better when 3 miles into the bike I got a puncture and had to walk back to transition. I wanted to complete the run and injured my calf in the process!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Just put it down to experience, learn from it and try and be positive. It would be easy to dwell on the setbacks but sometimes these things happen. Saying that, I did see a couple of people not able to complete the Outlaw due to mechanical issues with their bikes (It was a real fear for me going into the race) and that would have been heart breaking after all the training they would have put in.

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

    Listen to your body, do not push yourself in case you make a niggle a longer-term problem. It's very easy to think it will be okay when in fact pushing on can make things a lot worse. Also, you don't have to have all the latest gadgets and gizmos. Triathlon can be an expensive sport but focus on your training and technique and that will more than make up for any lack of high tech gear or equipment.

    What are your goals?

    After completing the Outlaw my aim is to do sprint triathlons with my son next year. Longer term I think I would like to do 70.3 races. I have enjoyed the endurance training and I would like to return to longer / endurance races. I have completed 5km swims so maybe 10km swims and a marathon in the future. As full for another full distance tri...? I don't think so but I have heard about the Tenby long course weekend so that could be an option.

    Who inspires you?

    My 17-year-old son is also a triathlete and I really enjoy watching him compete. He is a talented triathlete with real potential and I have really enjoyed watching grow into the sport. I like the fact I can now go and race with him as well, something I aim to do more of next season. Plus, he also keeps me on my toes!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I think it is important to have links with a company that has good ethics and eco credentials as well as high quality products. The environment is on everyone's agenda and to be linked with Sundried and wear their clothing which is kind to the environment is a really important factor for me. I only wear Sundried products when I train and race such is the quality and affordability.

    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 Palentine - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Not massively, I was rubbish at PE at school but not bad at swimming. I never liked team sports and couldn't run either far or fast! I've always ridden bikes, though, often just as a way to get around. I first started riding more 'seriously' in my mid 20s and it's just escalated from there.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    As bad as it sounds, I've always said that anyone with a decent level of fitness should be able to complete an Ironman event so I entered Ironman UK on a whim and proceeded to avoid most of the training. I thought I should do some warm up races before so I took part in Boundary Tri as a mixed relay (I did the bike and the run in the end), Clitheroe Triathlon (in 20-degree heat on Easter Sunday!) and Deva Tri in Chester. I've found it to be quite a welcoming crowd overall with a lot less of the willy waving that sometimes occurs in cycling groups.

    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?

    As I've only done a handful, it's quite tricky to pick one. Deva Tri was an excellent, low-key event run by the local club with a really nice course for everything and probably my favourite swim in the River Dee. IMUK was just another level in terms of build-up and race day support - closed roads and cheering spectators really make it special.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Completing the big Paris-Roubaix sportive in June 2016. It's the one run by the local velo club and takes in all the cobbled secteurs. I had unfinished business, having been ill and far from 100% on my first attempt in 2014 so it was amazing to complete it and - as a point of absolute pride - ride every single cobbled secteur (no riding in the gutter) with no gloves.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I once turned up to a bike race thinking I'd forgotten something... turned out to be a wheel! DNS that day. I also got lost on a time trial so a DNF but some decent training.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I'll take stock, see where my fitness is (mental and physical), see if there's anything I can change to better position myself in future. Try to remember that it's only exercise and there are more important things.

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

    Don't buy a power meter. I swear I'm the only person who's ridden with one and ended up slower.

    What are your goals?

    Complete Triathlon X in 2022.

    Who inspires you?

    My wife and daughters! In terms of pro athletes; Annemiek van Vleuten because she's hard as nails and can win virtually anything, Thomas de Gendt because he's a breakaway king and his response to coming 3rd in the Giro d'Italia was to gain 10kg and take himself out of the GC pressure.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Because it's great gear that's sustainably produced.

    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
  • James Legg - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I haven't been always into sports, I got into road cycling about 7 years ago.

    If you are interested in getting into cycling, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men'sand women's options available.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Taking part in ride London 2016, this was my first big event. Riding on closer roads around London, this followed the 2012 Olympic route. It was a massive event with over 24,000 riders.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My greatest achievement is cycling from land's end to John o groats , this was a distance of 980 miles in 10 days while raising money for prostate cancer.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    The ride London 2018, I had a puncture and it was raining. So I got very wet and I actually suffered with mild hypothermia. I had to stop and get help from St. John’s ambulance, after which I still finished the event.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I overcome my setbacks by reflecting on my accomplishments and the things I have achieved, remembering that it's a long journey and focus on what I can control.

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

    The advice I wish I was given when I started was just give it a go, you never know what you may actually achieve.

    What are your goals?

    My goals are to stay fit and healthy into old age.

    Who inspires you?

    There are two people that inspires me. Mark Cavendish the road cyclist and my friend Katy Parrott.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I wish to work with Sundried because I have been wearing Sundried clothing for a number of years. I find the clothes wash and wear well. They are nice to train in, good quality clothing and I wish to promote them to my friends.

    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
  • Sandra Weir - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, from the age of 2 I played football. I played for my school teams and later on for different teams in the Scottish Women’s league. I then attempted a few marathons and half marathons and then ultimately Triathlons and Aquathlons.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I had knee surgery 4 years ago, where I was told I would probably not compete in any sport again, but that was not an option. I started jogging in the pool to build up the 70% muscle wastage, which then lead me to swimming. In my rehab I also started cycling as this was low impact for me knee. Gradually as I got stronger I started to think about Triathlons as I could train the majority of time with limited impact.

    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?

    It has to be the London Triathlon! I have competed in 3 sprint races and one super sprint race. The super sprint one was the favourite to date, as this was the first one I attempted after my operation and I know I and the knee would be fine.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Qualifying for Team GB Age group for Aquathlon (World and European Championships) Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon (World Championships).

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Fingers crossed, none as yet. I’ve had a lot of races where I didn’t pace properly or fuel correctly, but nothing too disastrous.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I am stubborn and determined!!

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

    Be patient! Every athlete wants to be quicker, but it takes time. Do not expect too much too soon and do not compare yourself to others!

    What are your goals?

    To compete for Team GB age group for as long as I can. Hopefully to finish top 10 in my races as well.

    Who inspires you?

    Everyone! It could be my friend who has never run and has just started to my fellow Team GB teammates to my other half who has started to run and cycle and does some training with me!

    Why work with Sundried?

    I have bought a few products for myself (cycling bibs/arm warmers etc) and find them comfortable and affordable.

    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
  • David Potter - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Not always I started playing hockey when I was in my twenties but more as I enjoyed the social aspect but I had never really been serious about a sport until I started triathlon. I only started triathlon and cycling in 2018 at the age of 36 and my first proper season was 2019 having never really done any swimming, running, or cycling, so I'm a total new comer to it all.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    My brother wanted to do a race in 2018 and I wanted to get a bit fitter, so we just decided to enter into a sprint triathlon with a few weeks to try and get ready, and then panicked, but we survived. Later that year I went along to a club swim session and just became hooked. I enjoy the variety in the training but I am competitive so just love to race more than anything.

    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 really enjoyed the Race Rapid Mallory Park event this year as its just a great set up and spectator and athlete friendly

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I suppose up there is qualifying for Great Britain age group team for the ITU sprint world championships in my first ever triathlon season, but I think in general I'm proud to keep improving as that takes a lot of consistent work, and motivation. We have a quote on the wall at home that says, it's not the will to win that's important, but the will to prepare, and I think that's true of this sport as you get out what you put in definitely. I think that to keep working and improving is something to be proud of for anyone whatever their level in a sport.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Fortunately nothing too horrendous, or embarrassing....... yet!!!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I try to learn from them, all races have positive and negatives, I just try to take stock and identify key points to learn from and how I can use those to improve. in my training or in the next race.

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

    It is better to focus on where you have come from and how you are improving each week, it's motivating to see your progression, try not to focus on what others are doing, Strava, race times etc as this can have the opposite effect.

    What are your goals?

    I want to keep improving and achieve my potential as I'm still new to endurance sport as a whole. I want to put in a good performance I can be proud of at the sprint distance and mixed relay world championships in Bermuda this October, and then next year I am moving to half and full Iron distance races after my 2020 Ironman was cancelled.

    Who inspires you?

    More than pro athletes, I get inspiration from people new to the sport, club members, seeing normal people with tough day jobs, achieve things in a sport they thought was never possible, living a life but finding time to put in the training hours and improve week on week at club sessions, that is inspirational to me. But if I had to pick a Pro Athlete I would say Eliud Kipchoge.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I like that Sundried are a sustainable company, offering eco ranges which are made from recycled materials. I think that's important to a lot of people now and should be something that businesses strive to achieve. In general I also find in cycling and triathlon a lot of products are seriously over priced for no reason and often disappointing, I was looking for a good value brand not a cheap one, a brand that was high quality but reasonably priced in the market, and that's why I chose to use Sundried as I feel they offer that, plus the kit looks cool, and that definitely helps you go faster 100%.

    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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