Dave Clamp

What is a Deca?

October 22, 2010

Some people like going out for a bit of a run, perhaps they get a bike out and cycle to work or even thrash out a couple of lengths at the local pool.  Some take it a little bit further and push the distances and start entering races.  If you’re familiar with Triathlon then you’ll know that this is a combination of all three activities (Swim, Bike, Run), one after the other.

So, what’s all this talk of a Deca then?

To understand the Deca, you have to understand what an Ironman Triathlon is.  So here goes -

This is what Wikipedia has to say about ‘Ironman Triathlon’:

An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a:

  • a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim,
  • a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and
  • marathon (26.2 miles  42.195 km) run,

raced in that order and without a break.

Most Ironman events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race, where the Ironman race starts at 7 AM, the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4 mile swim is 2 hours 20 minutes, the bike cut off time is 5:30 PM, and all finishers must complete their marathon by midnight.

So now that you understand what an Ironman Triathlon is… here’s what a Deca Ironman Triathlon is ..


yes, that’s right.. 10 consecutive Ironman’s ..

  • 24 mile swim
  • 1,120 mile bike ride
  • 262 mile run

And this, is what Dave Clamp (GB) will be doing in Mexico in just a few short weeks .. oh, and he’s got an excellent chance at the title too!!

1 Comment for this entry

  • Mrdacks says:

    Hey Dave You don’t know me and I don’t know you but I have read what you are going to do and I have nothing but respect for you dude!! What an awesome thing to do!! Hope all goes well and you achieve your goal x x x God’s speed x x x

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