Run route recce. I can now see why Norseman is dubbed as the 'ultimate triathlon on the planet.' It may be a full ironman distance marathon run, but with 1500m of climbing in the final 17km, it's certainly obvious why it's classed as one of the toughest in the World. My ears popped just driving the course!
Today's recce included the final 5km ascent, to the top of Mount Gaustatoppen. Brutal doesn't come close, hopefully the pictures do it justice. And yes. The race DOES finish at the top of the mountain!
Although 250 athletes will start the Norseman, only 160 will be able to continue to the top, with the remainder finishing at a separate finish (which is still higher than Snowdon) thus being awarded a 'white' t-shirt. Those fast enough to finish in the first 160 are awarded the much coveted black t-shirt.
2 days to go...
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