FROM THE EDI­TOR...

220 Triathlon Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Cer­tain races have a leg­endary rep­u­ta­tion in the tri world. But what is it that cre­ates that? I was lucky enough to be re­port­ing at the Norse­man this month, which is the per­fect ex­am­ple of a race that gen­er­ates huge in­ter­est for only a tiny (250) num­ber of race starts. Yes the course is as­tound­ing – from jump­ing off a ferry at 5am to crawl­ing up a bru­tal rock face, this event has it all – but the real sense of won­der I took away was at the grit of the com­peti­tors. From 2018 win­ner Al­lan Hovda’s metic­u­lous prep and inch-per­fect race plan, to the age-groupers scream­ing with vic­tory be­fore col­laps­ing in a spent heap on the ground, it was the peo­ple and emo­tions that truly made this race. After all, a tri is noth­ing with­out the peo­ple that make it – you, the triath­letes.

JOSE LUIS HOURCADE

He­len tests out the wa­ters in Eid­fjord ahead of this year’s Norse­man Ex­treme Tri. Usu­ally only 11-14°C, they were un­usu­ally warm this year at 17°C. TURN TO P80 TO SUB­SCRIBE TO­DAY!

He­len web­ster, edi­tor

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