This was the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon’s 16th year in which 238 of the most daring triathletes representing 35 countries swam 3.8km, cycled 180km, ran 42.2km and ascended more than 5235m in Norway’s exquisite landscape – that’s a swim in fjord waters, a bike through mountains and a full marathon culminating in a steep ascent up a mountain for the finish – Oh, and by the way, this all starts at 5am by jumping off a ferry.
Winners Allan Hovda and Mette Petterson of Norway became King and Queen of Norseman this year with spectacular performances. The men’s race was incredibly exciting, but despite fierce competition Allan maintained a significant gap of 10 minutes throughout the run. Mette proved the course was no match for her and smashed last years course record by 48 minutes with an impressive time of 11:16:10. Mette was the first woman out of the water and held her lead of 6 minutes throughout.
Allan Hovda, 3x Norseman winner, described the race as “It was such a relief to cross the line and honestly I’m feeling really good and quite tired. I had a great swim, a really good bike and I felt amazing on the run, but after 20km I didn’t feel that amazing anymore so I had to start working. I wasn’t sure I was going to win until I got quite far up Gaustatoppen and couldn’t see anyone behind me. I was prepared to kill myself to win, that was my motto and my mindset, as I was eager to get back and show that I’m the King of Norseman!”
Our female champion Mette Petterson said “I feel euphoric [having crossed the finish line]. This is insane. I was so freaking nervous the whole week! The swim was beautiful, except that I got cramps from 2000m and they stuck with me all of the way. I felt really powerful on the bike and I had an ok run until 16km, then I had stomach issues but whatever, it was freaking amazing! I also really enjoyed racing with the people that I admire and love. I had a blast!”.
The ballot of The Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2019 will open early November.
The full race results can be seen here.
Picture courtesy of Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon.