FROM THE EDITOR...
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.
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