A MULLINGAR MAN who was previously four stone overweight has made athletic history – becoming the first winner of a Deca Ironman challenge, a gruelling 10-day test of athletic endurance.
Gerry Duffy was one of just three men (out of 20) to complete the torturous 10-day test – finishing one Ironman Triathlon every single day of the ten.
The race began every morning at 6am with a 2.4-mile swim, before a 112-mile cycle and a marathon run of 26.2 miles – a total course which saw Duffy travel over 1400 miles using his own body power and nothing more.
The routine took almost a full day to complete – in fact, the average time Gerry took to finish his daily trek was around 16 hours – leaving him barely enough time to get a few hours’ sleep before having to set out all over again.
But despite the length of the daily challenge, Duffy’s winning margin was an incredible 19 hours.
This morning, Duffy – who somehow managed to answer the phone, despite only finishing his tenth challenge after midnight last night – told Morning Ireland he had often wondered “what the hell I was doing for the last ten days”.
“The right leg is feeling a little bit worse for wear, but I’m resting up because it’s been non-stop for the last ten days.”
The remarkable feat of endurance isn’t Duffy’s first – last summer he and a friend ran 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days, one in each county of Ireland, again to raise funds for needy charities.
That experience led him to write a book, ‘Who Dares, Runs’, which was released last month.