• Lauren Wilson - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I've always played team sport from a young age, initially hockey and football, playing to a high level before starting to run competitively at the end of university. I'd only planned to take a year out of team sports but one thing lead to another and 6 years later here I am.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I was injured running so started to cross train on the bike and in the pool. After 6 months of this I thought I might as well give a triathlon a shot since I had been accidentally training for one anyway. I loved it and I loved the variation of pushing hard and improving across 3 disciplines.

    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?

    Outlaw Nottingham 70.3 this was my first middle distance triathlon and I didn't know what to expect from myself. I stuck to my race plan and everything went better than I hoped with a half marathon PB at the end of the race and the fastest female run split of the day. This race gave me a bit of belief that if I kept working hard I could achieve something in the sport.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Finishing Nottingham 70.3 in the top 10, winning the age group field and running a half marathon PB at the end of the race, taking the fastest female run split of the day.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    In the Scottish middle distance championships I had a mechanical 3 minutes into the bike. I managed to get it sorted relatively quickly but then lost a bottle from my saddle cage and had to scramble a back up nutrition plan as I went. After a brief panic I pulled myself together and fought back the time I’d lost to get silver overall.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    • I focus on the things I can control
    • The hardest set backs for me are injuries so I make sure I keep myself busy and try to work on other areas of my fitness while I can’t do the discipline I’m injured in
    • And for me my mountain bike gives me a sense of escapism!

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

    Focus on your race and your training, you can't control what other people do. "Comparison is the thief of joy".

    What are your goals?

    • Keep enjoying the process
    • Build on my first proper season of middle distance racing and see how far I can go!

    Who inspires you?

    • Ruth Astle - obtained pro licence after winning age group Kona and has become a competitive pro athlete. The improvements she has made in her swim through consistent hard work is really motivating to someone like me not from a swimming background
    • My Mum - started running at 50 years old and 10 years later is running ‘good for age’ marathon times and running 50 min 10 kms whilst juggling every other aspect of her mega busy life.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love the sustainability ethos of the brand. So much sports kit and materials gets thrown into landfill and I think every little helps when it comes to saving the planet! I also love the kit, it looks cool, it’s comfortable and it doesn’t cost a fortune like some other brands.

    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
  • 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
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