Harvey targets 'insane' iron-man event in Italy
CITY super-athlete Steve Harvey won a world triathlon title – then immediately signed on for another event which is going to be three times more difficult.
Harvey, 35, won the World Ultra-Triathlon Championships at Monterrey, Mexico.
That involved doing 10 'iron-man' events in 10 days.
Harvey had to swim 2.4 miles, do a 112-mile bike ride and run a 26-mile marathon each day.
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Now he's going to try something that's never been done before – by anyone.
Athletes will attempt to do 30 of the iron-man events in 30 days.
Harvey, while taking a short break from training, said: "Because of the number of points I already had from previous events, I didn't need to win.
"But there's no point doing something unless you're going to do your best.
"I did win, however. Not just my age group (21-39), but the whole thing overall.
"It was brilliant, but I'm having to rest, not because my body has taken a hammering, but because I'm mentally fatigued. The fact I won and I'm a world champion has yet to sink in.
"It's not that I've forgotten the world championships – it's that I'm focusing on the next one now.
"That's going to be a huge challenge because nobody's done 20 iron-mans in 20 days yet, let alone 30.
"It's going to be in Italy next September and I can't stop laughing, because trying to do something like that is so insane."
Harvey added: "There's 27 on the list for the competition and we have worked out that perhaps seven people will get to the end. I want to be one of them.
"I believe I can do it – I wouldn't sign up for anything I can't do."
Harvey completed 19 events to win his world championship, visiting the podium five times.
He said: "I love the sport, even though it's so brutal and demanding.
"I lost four kilos on my first day in the event and nearly got thrown out of the race (for losing too much weight).
"I eventually got everything weighed down by the second day and got used to eating while I was running and then having a meal in the evening.
"The problem was I was consuming 15,000 calories each day and it got to the point that my bones were protruding from my face, I was looking so thin.
"I'm taking about a week off training – but then I'll be back into it and getting ready for next year."