SARAH Dare already has 32 marathons and Ironman's under her belt.
But they must of felt like a walk in the park after completing the Ultraman triathlon at Noosa last weekend.
The Ultraman involves three continuous days to finish the 515-kilometre endurance race.
Day one comprises a 10km swim in the surf followed by a 140km bike ride while day 2 is a 280km bike ride.
The final day is a double marathon - 84.3km.
Dare said she took on the Ultraman challenge after competing in Ironman's and feeling she had more left in the tank.
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"It was purely to see how far I could go," Dare said.
"I had done five Ironman's before and once I finished the Ironman's I thought to myself I always felt I could do more.
"The Ultraman is basically three Ironman's in a row."
The Rutherglen fitness enthusiast trained up to 30 hours a week in the six months leading up to the event.
"I work 40 hours a week and during some blocks of training, I was training 30 hours a week," she said.
"I trained for six months leading up to the event so it is a big commitment.
"There was a lot of early mornings and late nights involved as you could imagine."
Only 50 athletes, 40 male and 10 female made the final field after more than 450 applicants.
Dare said the cycling legs were the most demanding both physically and mentally.
"The two bike legs were really demanding," she said.
"Day one was a 10km swim which I had never previously done.
"I live on Lake Mulwala so I'm used to fresh water but swimming alone in the ocean was a little bit daunting.
"The bike ride after was extremely tough but because it was only 140km most people were like just grit your teeth and get through it.
"But day two was 285km, so you are on the bike for 11 hours without a break and eating on the go."
Competitors get 12 hours to finish each leg.
Dare was rapt to complete the course in under 30 hours.
"I set goals for myself each day and came within 15 minutes of my goal time each day," she said
"Overall I just wanted to finish under 30 hours and I did that."
Dare runs her own personal training business based in Mulwala.
The 39-year-old said she surprisingly recovered well after completing the grueling triathlon.
"I strangely pulled-up a treat," she said.
"We had the presentations the day after and received a trophy.
"It was quite funny because more than half the people could hardly walk up the stairs but I wasn't one of them."
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