Larks in the Limelight
On 10th September 2017 Sam Cable and Danny Jenner go to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships: Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Here is Sam's story...
"I discovered Triathlon back in 2014 thanks to my brother (Adam) who entered IRONMAN™ UK 70.3 on a whim, until then it was football that had kept me occupied. Whilst supporting Adam at IRONMAN™ UK 2014 and seeing the athletes grimacing faces as they attempted the gruelling course, something inside said “that’s for me.”
IRONMAN™ as a brand as a whole is far bigger than I could’ve ever imagined and the support it attracts is truly incredible! The finishing chute, the expo tent, the course set up, the volunteers, everything was eye opening and exceptionally well organised. From then I knew I’d have to experience it.
The following week I booked IRONMAN™ UK June 2015.
Prior to that, triathlon had not even entered my mind so I had no idea what to expect going into my first event. So I began frantically searching the internet for hints, tips and course reviews; It was then I discovered my local running club Larkfield AC, I was a bit nervous when I first went along as I thought everyone would be elite and I'd embarress myself and get left for dust! Instead, I was welcomed to the group and on the first group run I was buddied up with a Lark running the same speed as me that knew the route so I wouldn't get lost. From there my running improved in leaps and bounds and feeling more confident I booked a ‘warm up’ race, I found a local Olympic Distance Triathlon (1.5k Swim 40k Bike, 10k run) at Hever Castle September 2014 and entered.
Hever Castle was my first ever triathlon and as I’d later find out a steep learning curve! I purchased a cheap-ish Halfords branded bike, cycling shoes to match, a wetsuit and began training. Come race day I felt very under prepared, nevertheless managed to settle when the gun went off and I pencil dived into the lake! It was a relatively stress free swim and when nearing the end of the bike course I began thinking ‘what’s all the fuss about’; I was soon to find out!! Hopping off the bike, I slipped on my running trainers and BANG, it felt as though my trainers had been lined with rocks! I knew then it was going to be a 10k battle to reach the finish. I stumbled across the finish line and my first thought was ‘time to get to work’.
IRONMAN™ 70.3 UK EXMOOR 2015
Triathlon Event History
Hever Castle Olympic Distance – Sept’14
IRONMAN 70.3 UK – Jun’15 (5hrs 53)
Hever Castle Olympic Distance – Sept’15
IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire – Jun’16 (5hrs 16)
IRONMANUK Bolton – Jul’16 (11hrs 42)
IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona – May’17 (5hrs 15)
IRONMAN 70.3 Uk – Jun’17 (qualified for IRONMAN 70.3 WC) (5hrs 28)
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Sept’17
Sample Training Week
One of the many advantages of being a Lark is the support and continuous supply of training partners!!
There are the set Lark sessions - Tuesday ClubRun, Thursday Speed Session, and the LarkSwim on a Thursday evening. As if that's not enough there's also a lot of extra adhoc training happening. My favourites are Penny's Lake Swim on a Saturday after the Malling ParkRun and a Long Ride out with the TriLarks on a Sunday morning. We also travelled down the coast and practiced a bit of sea swimming, in preperation for when 18 of us Larks did IronMan 70.3 Barcelona together.
I would encourage anyone considering it, to ‘give it a go’. Amongst several other things, it’s the friendliest & most welcoming sport I’ve ever known."
Sam Cable - August 2017
Sam's focus now is now on the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee this September. We wish him well and hope he has a great result which will lead to even bigger things for 2018.
IROMAN™ 2017 World Championship Qualifier