It has taken a while but finally I have written a report on my recent challenge, the Ugly 10 Brutal Deca Iron Distance Challenge. Thanks to Claire for putting it into a great format and Justin and Doddy who checked my spelling and that the facts were correct! mark_ugly_10_deca This was the culmination of 12… Read More The Ugly 10 Brutal Deca Iron Report
So I completed the Deca yesterday morning and after a quick stop off at Pete’s Eats (tradition) I was back home last night and started following the progress of those still on the Double Course while I started to sort my kit out. I reached my donations target today and I am so grateful for… Read More After the Deca
Mark Yates, The Ugly 10, Deca Ironman, day 10. Just over an hour of kip and he was at it again. Tired, injured, drenched, wind-swept and still smiling. Probably because it was the last day and the sun was out. Also on that day was the Brutal Events Ironman distance triathlon in which Mark had… Read More Day 10 – Mission Accomplished!
Mark Yates, The Ugly 10, Deca Ironman. Day 9. So, I hear you ask, did he make it ? There are no thumbs up in this phot. Well, let me tell you how the day went. Early morning at the lakeside and . . . . . . you guessed it, drizzle. Once in the… Read More Day 9 – Few words can describe the pain
And what happened on day 8 ? The picture says it all, completed. Met at the lakeside by drizzle, no not another athlete, that ‘orrible stuff that gets in to every knook and cranny. Doddy was there giving more support and they set off on the swim. Within minutes a relatively calm lake was hijacked… Read More Day 8 – Almost there!
It was a Groundhog Day feeling as Mark got into the water to do his swim but as he checked his watch with a couple of laps to go it became clear that the gps on his watch had failed, but the timer was still running. In order to make sure he swam the required… Read More Day 7 – The end is nearly in sight
With 5 done and 5 to go, Mark remains in good spirits and day 6 started with choppy water due to a gusty wind. His time was consistent with the previous few days of around 1hr 40mins and Mark was happy with his effort as he got out of the water. The bike ride as… Read More Day 6 – Groundhog day
Again the weather gods were not so kind to Mark as he started the swim with a gusting westerly breeze chopping up the water as he started out. That being said, he fought through and finished in a very respectable time considering he is now in day 5 of his challenge. The wind continued to… Read More Day 5 – Half way there
Thankfully the dreadful weather had passed by the morning of Day 4 so Mark was able to get the swim done in good time in just over an hour and a half with the minimum of fuss and bother. Mark’s ankles are still a bit sore but his knee has recovered so once he got… Read More Day 4 – A better day
10 consecutive days of good weather in Snowdonia was always going to be pushing it and on day 3 the weather took a distinct turn for the worse. Wind and rain really chopped up the water, making the swim very difficult, but Mark battled on through in just under 2hrs. The rain was incessant during… Read More Day 3 – The weather turns