On the eve of the 11th Isklar Norseman Xtreme lighting and gale force winds battered Eidfjord. At after a alarm call the other competitors and I jumped off back of a ferry into choppy glacial fed fjord. The swim was slow for everyone, not just me thankfully. It was cold but manageable and 254 athletes headed for the fire lit beacon on the shore. T1 was a blur... Although my race support, my wife - Mette Anderson was invaluable and dispatched me swiftly helping me to change into my bike clothing.
|I've never been so cold on the bike|
|The remaining 5km up to the summit|
|Almost there... still moving forward!|
One of the unfortunate outcome of the days lighting strikes was that the internal cable car which is normally used to transport finished athletes down from the top of Gaustatoppen was disabled. This meant we all had to hike an additional 5k down off the mountain once we had finished. I did this with a fractured left foot that Id sustained in the ascent.
|The Summit of Gaustatoppen|
This really is the most 'EXTREME' race that ive ever done...I felt wounded and broken on completion. Despite this…. time will tell, but maybe it won’t be the last time I visit
Swim -1.08 hrs Bike - 6.58 hrs Run - 5.35 hrs Total -13.47 hrs