Dave Clamp

7 days have now passed since the epic final day at Enna . It’s left mixed feelings of satisfaction and the usual ‘what if’s ‘ !! I’m still fighting the chest infection and know that it compromised my peformance significantly . On the other hand , so many things went perfectly . The main one being the way that Sam and I worked together as a well-drilled team. I’ve just watched the magnificent New Zealand display in the semi- final against Australia—- what a superb example of power , discipline, unity , skill and teamwork . Teamwork is so vital in ultra-distance racing , even though only one member of the team is the limelight .

In the 10 days , I covered 24 miles of swimming , 1120 miles of cycling and 262 miles of running . Put another way , 1520 lengths of the pool , 350 laps cycling and 80 laps of running . Sam was available at the end of every one of those laps with food , drink and encouragement . I barely asked him for my requirements — I simply had the trust in him supplying me with what was needed . At the lowest moment of my ill health , as I was being sick behind a crash barrier on day 3 , he somehow managed to get me back moving . I would have been so disappointed to have given up and without Sam’s presence , I undoubtedly would have done at that stage .  It made our gradual climb from 10th to 3rd place over the next few days even more rewarding in that it certainly did not come easy .

Giorgio Alessi and his team put on a superb event for us all . Many new friendships were formed and old ones strengthened . There really is a spirit of genuine camaraderie in ultra-distance triathlon racing . Kari Martens , who decided not to punish himself further by completing the race , then  spent hours at the trackside helping others . He was one of the team of 3 ( with Sam and Ed) who managed to get the soaking gear off my frozen, shaking body at the end of the bike on the last day and then somehow managed to get me into running gear despite my inabilty to help . Without this assistance I would never have hung on to that 3rd place  .

I still feel that the original Deca is harder . I was able to recover from running a marathon each day by not not running for another 19 or 20 hours . this is so different from trying to run 262 miles non-stop !! If I had been able to race faster , maybe I would have felt differently . We’ll have to try again with good health to find out !! For the time being , I will be concentrating on re-stabilising myself financially and creating a successful business , via personal training and motivational speaking . When that happens , I will look at future race possibilities . This week has been spent resting and relaxing back in Chester . We released the doves on Friday from their enclosed netting where they have spent the last 3 months . It’s cool to see them flying free but that they have now learned that this is their home .

Many many thanks for all the messages of support thoughout the race . I will keep driving forwards and see what the next chapter brings .

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