It’s that time of year again when hundreds of the earth’s most extreme triathletes will converge on a Norwegian fjord, to race in the world’s toughest one-day endurance challenge on Saturday 4th August 2018.
And I’m SO excited to be blogging about it, driving the press coverage and taking over their Instagram stories!
It will be all systems go in Eidfjord, Norway in just a few of weeks for the Isklar Norseman Extreme Triathlon’s 16th race, with 280 of the most daring triathletes swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km, running 42.2km and ascending more than 5235m in Norway’s exquisite landscape.
For the record, that’s a swim in freezing fjord waters, a bike through mountains, and a full marathon culminating in a steep ascent up a mountain for that prestigious black tee shirt – Oh, and by the way, this all starts at 4am by jumping off a car ferry into the icy waters and it’s over in less than 24 hours later
On 4th August records will be made, champions crowned, history re-written, minds blown and stories will be told.
The list of athletes lining up to start the race is impressive. The previous winner Lars Christian Vold is back to dominate the unpredictable course, but he won’t be alone as he’s joined by Red Bull rally driver Andreas Mikkelson and his navigator Anders Jæger, Huub athlete Harry Wiltshire and hundreds more.
Let’s see if any of the men and women can break the impressive records set last year. Winners Lars Christian Vold and Anne Nevin of Norway stole the show in 2017, proving the course was no match for them by smashing the records with impressive times of 9:52:03 and 12:04:18 respectively.
The Isklar Norseman Extreme Triathlon was the brainchild of two Norwegians Paal Hårek Stranheim and Bent Olav Olsen, both triathletes who wanted to revive long-distance triathlon in Norway, by creating the world’s toughest Ironman race that tested triathletes’ grit, sportsmanship and endurance.
They’ve certainly done that and I can’t wait to discover just how epic this race is - and learn all the tips and tricks I need for 2020 when I hope to be on the car ferry too.