Ben Nduva: three minute interview

#GetOutside Champion Ben Nduva is a sales development manager at OS. He calls himself ‘just a normal bloke trying to keep fit’ rather than a keen walker or elite athlete. About three years ago his wife challenged him to sign up for a triathlon which he completed and loved.

#GetOutside Champion Ben Nduva is a sales development manager at OS. He calls himself ‘just a normal bloke trying to keep fit’ rather than a keen walker or elite athlete. About three years ago his wife challenged him to sign up for a triathlon which he completed and loved.

He says: “I decided to embark on a three-year experiment to see what I could learn. It also gave me a reason to stop my occasional smoking habit.”

After three years of competing, Ben, who lives in Bournemouth, is challenging himself with a half Ironman this year, and hopes to inspire others with his story. Follow Ben on his Blog and Twitter

How does it feel to have been chosen as a #GetOutside Champion?

It feels great. I never thought I’d be anything close to a #GetOutside champion a few short months ago but deciding to start a blog on my journey towards Ironman, using social media to share this with other people, plus the launch of the #GetOutside Champions’ programme seems to have been a happy coincidence.

What does being a #GetOutside champion mean to you?

Sharing getoutside activities and places with other likeminded people but also perhaps the odd person who isn’t quite sure they fancy a bit run or a bike ride. Then seeing a normal person like me getting on with it gives them the motivation to do the same

What are the benefits to you of being outside?

Living in Dorset, on the edge of the New Forest, near to the Jurassic coast and Bournemouth beach! What’s not to like!?

What do you most enjoy about being outside?

My perception of the ideal time to get outside has changed significantly since starting endurance training and competitions. I enjoy running in the rain. Ideal riding weather is actually quite cold for me. The climate in England is pretty good for both!

What’s your favourite terrain to get out in? (Mountain / coast / woodland etc)

Country lanes.

What’s your best memory of being outside?

My best memory is probably going out on a ride in pretty challenging weather (wind, rain etc) and enjoying the ride. This was last September and it made me want to complete an Ironman.

What’s your worst?

Crashing coming into transition two at Salisbury triathlon and having to DNF (did not finish) my first race.

What’s the most unusual thing to have happened to you outside?

Climbing ‘heartbreak hill’ in Bolderwood and being so exhausted and disoriented I could have sworn I saw pixies dancing in the woods next to me!

What do you like about Great Britain?

The weather.

Where is your favourite place in Great Britain to be outside?

The New Forest.

What are your favourite outdoor pursuits?

Swimming, cycling, running.

In one line, how would you describe the feeling being outsidegives you?

It gives me a feeling of personal challenge and release.

Why should people #GetOutside more often?

Fresh air and physical activity are often forgotten but everyone knows that getting outside is good for you. Be it a walk, a marathon or a leisurely bike ride – they all deliver immense benefits

What would you say to someone who never goes outside to get them outside?

Stop killing yourself!

What are the most important things a person should do or take when they #GetOutside?

OS maps and water.

What tips or pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to get more out of being outside?

Decide you want to share it and find people you can do this with, or recognise you enjoy it more alone and find the time to be a little selfish.

What music do you listen to when you get outside / does music inspire you?

When I’m cycling it’s drum and bass. When I’m running it’s grime (UK hip hop).

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