ENDURANCE athlete Alison Milmer from Swanage is ready to push her body and mind to the limit in the Dorset Deca starting next week.
Alison, 42, a sports therapist and clinical yoga teacher, is planning to complete the equivalent of 10 ironman triathlons.
She will begin with a lake swim of 24 miles at Mytchett in Surrey next Monday (July 17), continue with an 1,120-mile cycle ride and finish with 262 miles of running on a five-mile lap route, both in Purbeck.
“It’s expected to take roughly two weeks in total, with only a few hours of sleep each night,” said Alison, who has trained for eight months for the solo event.
The mum-of-two has pushed herself to tougher tests ever since she did her first triathlon in 2010.
She said: “My first Half-Ironman Triathlon, consisting of 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and a half- marathon, was in 2012 and from that point on I was hooked.
“In 2013 I had the honour of representing Great Britain at Hyde Park racing the Aquathon World Championships – a swim and run.
“The next challenge came in 2018 when I took part in the Brutal Ironman – this was a very cold lake swim of 2.4 miles at the bottom of Snowdonia, a cycle of 112 miles up Pen y Pass four times, finishing with a run up Snowdon and round the lake totalling 26.2miles. I then entered a Double Brutal in 2019 and after that I thought ‘well why not do a quin’!
“This would involve a 12-mile swim, 560-mile bike ride and 131-mile run, and while taking part in that the Dorset Deca idea was born.”
Alison would like to thank the following companies for supporting her in the Dorset Deca: Corbens Estate Agents, MKL Accounting, HK Law, Swanage Therapy Centre and Ibstock, and all the individuals who will help her throughout the event.