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Norseman 2013 Pre-Race Report

Norseman 2013 Pre-Race Report

Pre-Race Report: Hans Nilsson

I am in Eidfjord. It is far away from everything, but for me right now it is the centre of it all. On Saturday morning the gun will go off for the hardest long distance triathlon in the world. At least they say so. Until today not much was telling me that there will be a race here. But athletes more and more are coming around now, and tension is rising. It is nice though to have a race site that is calm in the days leading up to the race witch gives you time to enjoy the amazing nature and scenery.

Last year I wanted to race here as well. Everything was ready, tyres were pumped, and bike bottles were all mixed. I had my evening meal and half an hour later I was feeling a little bad. I went to the bathroom and one again could say hello to the food that I had just been eating, and from that point on and the next 24 hours I was feeling worse than ever before. That was really a bad day. Of course I could not race, and that one race that had had all my focus during the entire year took place without me.

This year it is time for payback. I am feeling fit, and Planet X even made me a nice custom made aero road bike fitting perfectly to the course here. I might chew an extra time when eating my last meal on Friday evening, but what are the chances that stuff like that happens twice?

Last year I had to tell my support team that I could not start. In the beginning they thought that I was kidding but after a little while they realized that there was no fun about it. Was named our team “sorry I’m not racing” - this year it should be team “Eat My Dust”. My biggest worry though will be if Susanne catches me on the bike ;)

Cheer for us all on Saturday please. We are expecting headwinds and rain all day long :)

About Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
http://www.nxtri.com

Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is considered the ultimate triathlon on the planet, and the race that any hard core triathlete should do at least once.

The course runs point-to-point – or fjord to peak: Starting at sea level, with a 4 meter drop off a ferry into the Hardangerfjord, crossing the starkly haunting Hardangervidda mountain plateau, finishing at the rocky peak of Gaustatoppen, at 1,850m above sea level and 220km away, Norseman is a long day’s journey through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery. The total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water is cold, clean, and comes lightly salted. The weather can be anything from brilliantly beautiful to blasting blizzard. If you’re really lucky, you may see porpoises, orcas or reindeer – or, more likely, baffled locals who think you are nuts, but will cheer you on anyway.

The male/female ratio is 85/15. Half of the athletes are Norwegian. The other half represent 40-some countries around the globe. We suspect some may actually come from other planets, as their performances are just out of this world.

For safety reasons, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is limited to 250 athletes. For the same reason, the number of athletes allowed to finish on top of the mountain is limited to 160.Those arriving later complete their iron-distance at the mountain plateau below the peak. And all this for the prize of a t-shirt: Black for those who finish on top of the mountain; white for those who finish on the plateau below. All equally fabulous.

Norseman Xtreme Triathlon was organized for the first time in 2003, with a starting field of 21. The race quickly gained popularity. For more about the history of Norseman, read the long version here.

1 August 2013

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