Episode 72: In Focus – Mark McGowan

This week Kinlough man Mark McGowan is ‘In Focus’ as he reflects on his crazy summer where he completed a Deca Ironman Event in just 151 hours, taking on a full distance Ironman Triathlon every day for 10 consecutive days.

Breifne sat down with him to learn more about his exploits and more importantly why he would be driven to reach new heights and achieve even loftier goals in the future.

Starting with the story of the demise of his business, piling on some weight and trying to survive with his professional world crashing down around him he started to exercise and with his wife started training to get himself in serious shape.

Short runs became longer, and long runs became ultra distances. Now a fan of ultra endurance events he took on his biggest challenge yet and absolutely smashed it, finishing the event in second place, just an hour behind the eventual winner.

Mark talks candidly about his last ten years and the challenges he’s overcome in his physical and mental health to reach this stage and why this event is only the start of the adventure for him.


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