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In a day that threw nearly every weather condition at athletes (fog, rain, sun, wind, and hail), the unexpected surprise was warmer than usual water temperatures at 62 degrees F. At the end of an epic day of racing, Norway’s own Allan Hovda and Mette Petterson became the king and queen of Norseman for 2018.
The men’s race was incredibly exciting with Hovda battling last year’s winner Lars Christian Vold for most of the bike. Hovda made his break at the beginning of the run and was able to maintain a significant gap to the finish line.
“It was such a relief to cross the line and honestly I’m feeling really good and quite tired,” Hovda said of his third victory. “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!”
In the women’s race, Petterson dominated from start to finish. She was the first woman out of the water and went on to break last year’s course record time by a whopping 48 minutes.
“I feel euphoric [having crossed the finish line],” Petterson said at 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 okay 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!”
2018 Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
Aug. 5, 2018 – Aug. 4, 2018
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Allan Hovda (NOR) 10:05:48
2. Kjell Magnus Antonsen (NOR) 10:15:35
3. Lars Christian Vold (NOR) 10:16:32
1. Mette Pettersen (NOR) 11:16:10
2. Heini Hartikainen (FIN) 11:22:10
3. Flora Colledge (GBR) 12:00:27