One of Cayman’s fittest athletes reaches a significant milestone on Friday and although he’ll enjoy his 40th birthday in style, over indulgence won’t be long term because he is in training for some tortuous events.
Dave Bennett reaches the big four-zero today and looks in much better shape than a few years ago when heavier and only a casual athlete. His wife Lauretta is equally athletic. She is one of the best middle-distance runners here.
Dave finished strongly in his first half Ironman in Miami last October despite suffering from jet-lag and partying from his best friend’s wedding in the UK. He also accomplished his dream of a sub four hour finish in the Cayman Islands Marathon, recording 3 hours 56 minutes. Throughout the year he participated in the Great South run in his home town of Portsmouth in the UK as well as the usual on island sporting events including the triathlon, duathlon and 5k runs.
Bennett is deep into his training for a full Ironman in Zurich, Switzerland on 7 July. It consists of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon full marathon run of 26.2 miles. It will be his first and he already claims his last!
Bennett overcame a scary episode of testicular cancer a few years ago which inspired him to assess his life. He already had a keen interest in sport but being a cancer survivor certainly heightened the awareness and importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Since recovering from his illness he has completed four marathons, a half Ironman and numerous triathlon events. Lauretta said: “He continuously strives to improve his fitness levels and diet while maintaining an all-round positive attitude towards life at all times.”
Bennett was president of the triathlon association last year which he thoroughly enjoyed. This year he is focusing on his Ironman training which consumes many hours of his daily schedule.
For his birthday he plans to start it around 5am with an 80 mile bike ride and 13 mile run! The Bennetts will be throwing a party in their new home later with family and friends. His dad Wiggy and his dad’s wife Elaine have flown over from the UK to join in the celebrations.
Lauretta added: “Dave can replace his Gatorade with a nice cold beer as we celebrate his roller-coaster life to date and raise our glasses to good times ahead.”