Ultra-endurance cycling and running have been my passions for the past 10 years. I stumbled across ultra-endurance sports in my quest to be the best person I could be. I enjoy the challenge that ultra events present and I gained great personal satisfaction from being able to give something back.
As a result, I’ve been fortunate enough to break and hold three ultra endurance world records. They are
The challenge is one of many things that drive me. The fact that everyone else is still in bed whilst I’m out. My desire to get the job done. Setting an example and not letting those down that I have made a commitment to. This is all exceptionally motivating.
“the challenge… my desire to get the job done and set an example”
Time management is a key element to success – especially as an ultra-endurance athlete. I don’t go anywhere without my diary! If I commit to something I follow through. If I can’t commit to doing something well, I don’t commit. I use the ‘W.I.N’ principle – What’s Important Now.
I am a big believer in ‘contrast showers’. After a big session, I get into a cold shower for 2 mins followed by hot for 2 mins & repeat this cycle a few times. It’s not much fun at the time but it greatly assists in flushing out lactic acid.
I eat well and I make sure I eat ASAP after my training or event. A light foam roll is also important.
I believe it makes me a better person if I’m striving for a target, a goal, that too many seem out of reach. With the hardships, setbacks & demands comes great personal satisfaction. And you can’t underestimate the value of working hard and achieving your goals – the positive effect this has on those close to you, particularly the influence this has on your children.
“with the hardships, setbacks & demands comes great personal satisfaction”
Training forms only part of success. Nutrition is a HUGE factor in achieving results. Quality, real food has a big impact not only physically, but also psychologically.
Father of five, Husband, Police Officer of 15+ years, Operational Skills & Tactics Instructor, Ultra-Endurance Athlete, 3 x World Record Holder, Level 2 Recreational Run Coach, Diploma of Sports Development, Philanthropist, Business Owner of Alley Health & Fitness Australia, Author of ‘Headwind’ and Brand Ambassador – Dave Alley has achieved what no other has even attempted.
In 2011 Dave re-wrote the history books by becoming the fastest person to cycle around Australia supported, completing the 14,251 kilometre journey in an incredible 37 days, 20 hours & 45 minutes averaging a staggering 377 kilometres per day cycling. He averaged 15+ hours per day beating the former record by over 3 days.
Having completed this, Dave set about planning and executing the double by attempting to break the 16 year old record to RUN around Australia held by legendary Australian Ultra-Runner and multiple record holder Pat Farmer. To do this Dave had to complete the set benchmark of 13,383 kilometres in less than 174 days. Almost 2 marathons each and every day – no rest days!
Not only did Dave complete the double in 2015 but he smashed the record set by Pat by over 4 days completing the run of 13,383 kilometres in 169 days 15 hours 31 minutes at an average of 78.89 kilometres per day. Dave continued his journey and ran back to where it all started at Lismore, NSW completing a total of 13,791.27 kilometres. Along the way he also broke the World Record to run 10,000 kilometres doing so in 127 days 10 hours 51 minutes.
Along with his adventures Dave has raised six figure sums for charity.
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