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