• Nicola Dick - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes from the minute I was born my mum and dad said I never grew because I never had time.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    My husband told me I would be useless at one, secret practice and the Age group win.

    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?

    Mountain Mayhem 24 hour mountain bike race, as a solo. Because it was a mad idea , I rode half the race with no saddle, was so tired in my head rode into a tree at 3am, you couldn't wipe the grin off my face when the sun was coming up and cried with sheer joy of the event when I crossed the line

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Wearing a GB trisuit.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    My feet being too numb to realise I had gas canisters stuffed in the end of my run shoes at a European champs.

    Having to borrow a bike with a jammed seat post too high and someone else's bike shoes two sizes too big, filled with newspaper to fill the gap.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

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

    Spend some money on a decent bike box from the first time you need one.

    What are your goals?

    Getting more people from all walks of life to the start lines of something that is a challenge but achievable.

    Who inspires you?

    To be honest, my friends.

    Why work with Sundried?

    The Sundried ethos is future thinking, the kit works without bells and whistles and looking overly technical for the sake of marketing, subtly brilliant.

    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
  • Clare McKinnel - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! All sorts of sports at school. During university I focused on hockey – and I continue to play it for a club.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    My sister-in-law bought me a sprint entry to the Banana man Tri event at Dorney Lake for my birthday about 4 years ago… perhaps it was a hint to keep fit – but I so loved it that I signed (us both!) up for the next race!

    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?

    Weymouth 70.3. It was a miserable day (type 2 fun) but I met an old friend on the cycle leg, and qualified for my age-group.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Qualifying for Taupo 70.3.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Racing my first few triathlons on my mountain bike – it was really hard work!!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Just try to relax, put things into perspective, and press on.

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

    Get in a low gear to spin out your legs before the run… and always accept post-race paraphernalia!

    What are your goals?

    To focus on improving my middle distance racing. 

    Who inspires you?

    Lucy Charles-Barclay.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I love Sundried for its great sustainable gear at affordable prices.

    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
  • Rob Linfoot - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I started with football at a young age in the local team, progressing on to cricket as a teenager, reaching 1st team standard in a good Yorkshire league before finding athletics with the 200m and javelin where I represented Yorkshire. Now ultra running and road cycling have become my go to sports. In all honesty anything to be outdoors and exerting myself was and remains my go to coping mechanism something that was an integral part of my military service.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I have dabbled with each discipline on and off over the years and never got to the stage of putting the sports together. I got injured in 2018 and could no longer participate in the sports I was doing at the time. Running and cycling were initially used to lose the weight gained post injury and swimming was included as part of the rehab program I had set. It became apparent that I should put all three together and give triathlon a go. Swimming has been the most difficult to regain a degree of proficiency as this movement causes most irritation of the injury. This has led me to compete in duathlons for now and aim to attempt my first triathlon later this year when I feel the swimming is at the right level.

    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 run to date was the GB Ultras Snowdon 50 Mile ultra marathon. My favourite duathlon was the Bucks sprint duathlon.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    My first completion of the Yorkshire Three Peaks in just over 7 hours was my first long distance event as a teenager and was the first time that I accomplished a serious event. This has probably led to me pushing myself throughout life and is a proud moment to look back on.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    During an attempt of a double welsh 3000’s, I had 5 hours of stomach issues. This led to me calling off the attempt after 15 hours due to not keeping any food or fluids down. Knowing when to quit has been something I have only discovered later in life, constantly pushing forward without understanding the process and issues has not worked well for me.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    After learning the hard way that blindly pushing forward does not always work. I believe I now utilise a more thought out process, attempting to understand any issues/ injuries or training problems before using experts to assist in planning the route ahead.

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

    Concentrate on each sport individually and have a plan. Trying to achieve everything at once, unplanned, usually led me to failure and on top of this have faith in yourself, we can be our own worst critics.

    What are your goals?

    • Keep the weight off to ensure my injury doesn’t effect me as much and hopefully live as pain free as possible which will enable me to complete the following, hopefully.
    • Complete a 100 mile ultra marathon.
    • Qualify for the UTMB
    • Complete a triathlon
    • If I can swim pain free in the future complete an iron man distance tri.

    Who inspires you?

    • Very recently a close member of the family was diagnosed with cancer at 28. Watching how they have taken the fight to that disease whilst caring for their 6 month old son has been a huge inspiration, seeing this incredible attitude and effort is truly humbling.
    • Lucy Charles Barclay for her devotion to the sport
    • Kilian Jornet for the exceptional performances he is capable of
    • Beth Pascal for the juggling of her career and sporting capabilities.
    • Joss Naylor for being a legend of fell running for over 50 years.
    • Nicky Spinks for overcoming adversity and achieving outstanding long distance records

    Why work with Sundried?

    Having tried several brands I have found that Sundried offer the best package of eco-friendly, value and style that I now look for in a brand. Any garment in this day and age should last like Sundried clothing does and not be part of the wear and forget generation we have become. Something I hope to instil in my daughter over the coming years. Making a positive change on my lifestyle and embracing fitness in an eco-friendly way has really helped me in my ongoing recovery.

    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
  • Martin Scott - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes always, since a young age I was always competing in sport, tennis and rugby when I was younger at a decent club level then onto MMA, Boxing and Grappling through my twenties and thirties as well as regular challenges such as Tough Mudder, Deer Stalker and Survival of the Fittest.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    During lockdown I needed a focus when the gyms closed so I naturally started training outdoors more, I needed a goal to keep the training up, and I’ve always wanted to complete an Ironman, so I signed up and got started.

    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 ever triathlon is in July and I cant wait to get started, I’ve been training hard for it and looking forward to getting started. Apart from that, The Mighty Deerstalker has been my favourite, and by far the hardest event. 10 miles up through the hills and forest, in the dark at night, a gruelling event that I’ve completed twice, a real challenge but a huge reward to just finish!

    What is your proudest achievement?

    In race terms, completing the deerstalker in under 2 and a half hours. I’ve never had to dig so deep just to keep going. Crossing the finishing line was an amazing experience.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    When doing ‘survival of the fittest’ I tripped over some barbed wire, cut open my Achilles and has to make a bandage from my sock, I still had about 5 miles to go, but just had to block it out and keep moving!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I’m pretty injury prone, particularly training in MMA, broken bones and fractures come as standard. These have plagued me to this date, but you just need to adjust your training and now more than ever I focus a lot on staying injury free.

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

    Pace yourself. Stay at your own pace and build it up as you progress. In any sport. Listen to your body and don’t gas yourself early! You’ll always pass the guys who go out hard and fade. Work on your cardio and you’ll maintain a better average pace.

    What are your goals?

    Complete Ironman. All focus is currently on that!

    Who inspires you?

    My dad was a great runner, I’ve definitely taken some of my inspiration from him and the success he had. A will to dedicate everything and really focus on training is definitely genetic.  Still fitter than most 21 year olds and he’s 70 now!

    Why work with Sundried?

    First and foremost I love the products, look great, so well made and comfortable, but their commitment to sustainability and eco-credentials sealed if for me when looking for training gear. I work a lot on projects with similar values, so it aligned with what I’m doing personally and professionally.

    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
  • Naomi Dibb - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    From a young age I have always been into sports. I have always had a passion for sports, it gives me a focus and it's something that I've enjoyed throughout my life - not just with meeting new people but travelling to new places and being shown new opportunities. I started off with doing dance and this involved all kinds of dancing from cheerleading, hip-hop and so on. After that I joined my local football team, this started off as a very small girls football team but grew as years went on. These were the main 2 sports that I did outside of school and unfortunately had to stop because they moved to a different area. Inside of school, I was part of the athletics team for 5 years and the netball team for 2 years. Since finishing football and joining secondary school, I then have got into triathlons and since that day haven't stopped loving the sports.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I got into Triathlons back in 2012 and this was because I was watching the Triathlon hosted on TV, because of the London 2012. I had heard of Triathlon before but didn't know much about it. I got inspired to compete in Triathlons because of the Brownlee Brothers.

    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 is my first Triathlon back after having about 2 years out of racing. I was unaware of how race fit I was going to be and nervous in general, but thanks to Tim at Caternary Cycle Coaching he helped huge amounts making sure I was race ready. This race was held on the 26th June 2021. Even though it wasn't a huge race with the number of race participants, it was still quite a large event considering how local it was. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this race from the start in the water until I finished this race.

    Head to https://catenarycoaching.com/reports for my race report.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I have had many proud moments in all the sports that I have competed it. When I was with Harriers a local running club, I competed for Oxfordshire in XC in Loughborough. After a match the I played during football, I was told by my coach that I was one of the selected of having the opportunity to be scouted. During Triathlon, it would of been my first ever race that I won & my first open water Triathlon.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Considering the amount of years I've been racing I've never really had a race disasters that's ruined my whole received, I've had things that have happened that made me drop back a few spots but nothing that bad. One Triathlon I got a twig caught in my bike and secondly was during a running event, which was recently my first half marathon. It was the hottest day of the year so far in the UK and I didn't take on enough water in the first few laps, so struggled until I got to a water station. But I managed to finish both this Triathlon and the half marathon.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Over coming setbacks was a big thing I struggled with. I stopped competing in Triathlons for just over 2 years, this wasn't because I had lost the love for the sports it was because I felt like I wasn't good enough, everyone my my age group seemed to be going places within the sport and at the time I felt like I wasn't. There was a lot of times throughout Triathlon when I felt like I was compared to others, so this was a big thing to overcome. When starting back up my training, I forgot how much Triathlons had an impact on me mentally (how much happier it made me) but the bug thing was learning how to not compare myself to others, which still to this day I'm getting over. I've had to learn how to enjoy competing again and not worry about times or placing and I've found doing this I've seen it show in both my training and races I've done recently.

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

    The advice I wish someone had given me is -

    • 'Train because you enjoy it, not because you feel like you have to'
    • 'Don't let other people put you down and make you think you aren't good enough'
    • 'Don't let others stop you get in the way of your success'

    What are your goals?

    My goals are to compete in Ironman 70.3 all around the world, this is because I've worked out as an athlete I'm better over long distance and feel having the 2 years has made me mentally stronger as an athlete, because I'm learning to push myself on my own and not have others round to trying to do that.

    Who inspires you?

    • Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee
    • Lucy Charles
    • Holly Lawrence
    • Tim Don
    • Javier Gómez Noya

    Why work with Sundried?

    From following you on social media, I've learnt you are a very close community and not only do you promote your business but you promote it in a way that helps the environment as well, as brings that to peoples knowledge if they weren't aware of it in the first place. I want to be able to share that when it comes to promoting the products that you make.

    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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