Sara Davis gets ready to endure a 'meshuganah' 13-hour challenge

Triathlete Sara Davis is stepping up a gear. The 37-year-old single mother is preparing to compete in an ironman competition. Ms Davis, an in-house lawyer, will swim 3.8km, cycle 180km and run 42.2km (a full marathon) during the contest, which takes place in Austria next summer. She says: "Everyone thinks I am the biggest meshuganah going, butI love it.

"I've always been into fitness and when my daughter was born I decided that I needed a new challenge. In November 2007, I signed up to do a London triathlon for Norwood and I was hooked. It is great to see my endurance levels improve during training. I can't explain it. It's amazing."

Ms Davis, who lives in Edgware, Middlesex, is hoping to complete the challenge in around 13-and-a-half hours, raising money for a Jewish charity. All competitors have up to 17 hours in which to complete the race. She is training six times a week in preparation
- and sometimes twice a day.

Ms Davis is due to run her first marathon in Athens this October.

"I am lucky that
I have an au pair and
a very supportive family. I wouldn't have been able to do it without them."

She has previously raced in Barcelona, Athens, New York, Switzerland, Watford and, last but not least, Milton Keynes.

Ironman Austria takes place on July 3, 2011

    Last updated: 12:23pm, September 7 2010