Morning everyone! It’s 01.00 in the morning and we are into Day 9 (officially it will be at 09.00 really but you know what I mean). Just after 16.00 hrs yesterday afternoon, Christian Mauduit crossed the Finish line to win the Deca Ironman World Challenge in a time of 199 hrs 9 mins and 29 sec. He was accompanied on his last lap by the other competitors and welcomed across the line by all the other athletes and crews. He was a deserved winner who showed determination and managed to master the difficult conditions admirably.
Dave is currently in 2nd place and has the opportunity to stay ahead of the remainder of the pack and become runner-up.
Dave went to bed at 21.00 hrs last night after a meal and a shower. He got up an hour ago and got out onto the circuit at 0o.45 hrs. Antal Voneki has been steadily progressing since last night and is now only 13 laps behind Dave. Hopefully he will go for a longer rest break soon and give Dave a chance to broaden the gap again. He hopes to match the lap times of his nearest rivals throughout the day and that will mean tracking them carefully.
Sergio is on lap 124 but is on a sleep break until 05.00 local time. He looks like a major threat as he has a very quick pace and he doesn’t stop for ages; he just takes his drinks bottle and other nutrition and keeps going for hours! Antal seems to be tracking him very well but is still getting caught. Their battle for position is bringing them very close to Dave.
Dave’s hands were very swollen when he went to bed last night, and his right ankle is very painful and a serious hindrance to his running. He is digging deep and trying to get round each circuit the best he can. Keep sending the messages!