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.
21st overall and the third fastest British athlete ever in Kona. Perhaps if I'd made a few different decisions I could have found a place or two more, but I'm happy. It's been a long season and I'm enjoying a beach in Maui for a few days. Thanks as always to all my supportes it's you that have got me racing at this level.
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.
Photographer Alexander Koerner @alexander.koerner covered Isklar Norseman 2017 #nxtri2017 for Getty Images @gettysport . From the deep cold fjord to the windy chilling mountaintop he followed the athletes up close and from afar. . #wanderlust #explorer #nordicmood #cycling #tri365 #swimming #top_triathletes #isklar #3atlet #triatlon #roadcycling #visitnorway #eidfjord #rjukan #suunto #thetrihood #triathlon_in_the_world
The road to the Isklar Norseman finish line starts months and for some years before crossing it. . The official part of the Norseman race week starts for days earlier in the municipality of Eidfjord. A community covering an amazing 1,381.98 square kilometers shared by about 1000 inhabitants. . The next week we'll have a look at the community of Eidfjord and share som hints and tips if your here for the race, or if you stop by some other time. . #wanderlust #explorer #nordicmood #cycling #tri365 #swimming #top_triathletes #isklar #3atlet #triatlon #roadcycling #visitnorway #eidfjord #rjukan #suunto #thetrihood #triathlon_in_the_world
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.
Tune into live.nxtri.com for live coverage and watch their Instagram stories @nxtri for my live coverage and my Instagram @adelaidegoodeve to see how I’m preparing to cover for Norseman and for daily updates of the race itself.
Header image credit: Tri247