Ask an Athlete: 5 Minutes with Sam Betten

4 November 2018

Ever wondered what life’s like for a professional triathlete?
We sat down with Sam Betten and found out.


1. What do you eat before a big race?

Before any big race, I usually have a sports drink as well as two pieces of toast with a banana and honey on top. I eat this around 2 hours before the race starts to ensure that this digests enough.


2. What shoes do you wear for training vs racing?

Training-wise for shoes, I have always run in the Saucony Hurricanes. I have been running in these for around 8 years and have enjoyed seeing the shoe progress each year with the new models. I love the stability it provides and the cushioning which makes 100km run-weeks seem a little less taxing on the body. For racing, I have been a loyal Saucony Fastwitch wearer for many years. The lightweight nature of the shoe is perfect for the racing that I do, while still providing a great level support with every stride.

3. What has been your favourite event so far?

Every event is unique and special in its own way. Any course that is challenging and rewarding, I really enjoy.


4. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring triathletes?

The best piece of advice I have been given personally was to ‘race your own race’ and this is something that I would really recommend to newcomers of any sport. Don’t let what others are doing around you influence your performance, and stick to YOUR pre-race plan.


5. What’s your next big goal?

My big goal for 2015 is to WIN the ITU [International Triathlon Union] Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Sweden held in late June of this year.


6. Do you have any superstitious pre-race rituals?

I try not to be too superstitious pre-race, as I like to be prepared for anything. I feel that if I can be flexible to change, then I can adapt to any problems that might occur.


7. Steven Spielberg decides to make a film about your life. What is it called?

‘The Highs and Lows’. Being an athlete is all about the ups and downs and dealing with victory and defeat, so I feel this title is very appropriate.


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Women’s Hurricane

Men’s Fastwitch