WHY I TRI

He’s built a ca­reer on ex­treme stunts. But now Dirty Sanchez star Matthew Pritchard is in­spir­ing new triathletes

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Contents - The SWYD Sprint is on 3 June. En­ter at al­lornothingevents.com.

Meet Dirty Sanchez’s Pritch

Back in the day I was re­ally fit as I

used to skate­board all the time. But then Dirty Sanchez came around and I had about 10 years where I didn’t do any­thing but party and smoke my lungs out, so then I kinda had to start from scratch. I’ve al­ways liked to chal­lenge my­self though. My mate sent me a YouTube clip of Rick and Dick Hoyt, the dis­abled son and his fa­ther who pushes him round Iron­mans. As soon as I saw that I en­tered one and never looked back.

That first Iron­man’s al­ways go­ing

to be my favourite. It was Bolton in 2011 and it was a big thing for me. I’ve since done the dou­ble Bru­tal and the triple En­duro­man – but I’d say my most mem­o­rable chal­lenge was the world record I got for the most con­sec­u­tive half-Iron­man races. I did 30 in 30 days. I’ve now got three triathlon tat­toos, too.

Triathlon pain is a dif­fer­ent kind

of pain to the stuff on Dirty Sanchez. With Iron­man the pain makes you feel alive – it’s quite en­joy­able in a weird sort of way. With Sanchez it was just a stupid pain, to be hon­est. I like that feel­ing, you know, when you do an Iron­man and you wake up the next morn­ing and you’re in bits. You know you’ve done some­thing to get in that state, some­thing pos­i­tive to keep healthy. It’s a good feel­ing.

I’ve al­ways wanted to put on my

own event and I met up with Simon Webb from All Or Noth­ing events and we came up with the SWYD [Sleep When You’re Dead] Sprint. Not every­one can do Iron­man, but a lot of Sanchez fans have fol­lowed my tri jour­ney and ask me ques­tions about it. I think this is a great way to in­tro­duce lots of peo­ple.

The SWYD Sprint will be in Barry

on 3 June. I live just down the road, in Cardiff, but I used to go to Barry when I was a kid when the fair­ground used to be there so I have a lot of fond mem­o­ries. It’s just the per­fect place to hold a sprint triathlon re­ally. Ba­si­cally, we just want peo­ple to come, have a good day, en­joy the sprint and if you’re a be­gin­ner go away with a smile on your face and want to do more.

If the weather’s hot and sunny, it

will be ab­so­lutely per­fect. The course is fast and hope­fully if the sea is calm it will be a lovely swim. I ac­tu­ally went in there to film the promo vid for the thing in Jan­uary. It wasn’t so nice then… It was calm, but it was f***ing freez­ing! I was in ab­so­lute agony!

One train­ing tip from me? Don’t

go par­ty­ing the night be­fore! I’m ashamed to say I went straight from a house party to the start of the Cardiff Half once. I did it in 1:50hr then ran home and went straight to bed. The night be­fore, do not party! Have a load of pasta and go to bed early!

“The pain is quite en­joy­able. It makes you feel alive”

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