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Two Beers




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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could not agree more. Well done to everyone. Just looking at those photos make me want to be there. Awesome! Next year perhaps... (Thnk I said that last year?)

Well done and much respect to you all!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spike wrote:

Toyota_Crown wrote:
18. So how far were the swim, bike and run distances then, compared to a common IM.

God only knows what the swim was. I measured 197k on the bike and 42.75k on the marathon (we don't call it a "run" here).

Thats 122 1/2 miles ish in english money then on the bike.

And roughly how far was the swim Question

(short swim long bike would have suited me Mad )
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work guys - there's some better results up now: http://www.nxtri.com/upload/2007/txt/nxtri_2007_results.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done all!

Spike...I may have to keep you from talking to mountaingirl at Helwith Bridge this year or I might end up asking La Marquise for tips on being a a great support crew!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys

Well done, Norseman is a top race, one bad thing is the fact that you are not guaranteed to finish at the top of Gaustatoppen, the views on the way up to the top are possibly the best I have ever seen and definately within a tri.

Was it fog or snow that prevented the run going to the top?

Really would like to go back after a long day in 04 but the 'pot luck' of whether you get to the mountain or not is preventing me at present.

Nice tops from Craft ......

Well done again

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got home. Absolutely bo@~cksed, but happy to finish. Great to meet up with Spike and all the others.

According to one of the ferry workers water temp was 14deg.

first half of swim was short but not sure by how much, second half seemed about right.

clocked 124.2 miles on bike with 4405 M.O.A

Top of the mountain was covered in thick fog and pouring rain and strong wind.

More in the morning off to ge some kip.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A massive well done to you all Very Happy Especially in that weather...

Great report and piccies Spike Very Happy (Not sure about the salty fish though Puke) I'm looking forward to everyone else's Very Happy

Cleo wrote:
Spike...I may have to keep you from talking to mountaingirl at Helwith Bridge this year or I might end up asking La Marquise for tips on being a a great support crew!!

It's too late for that Cleo! Talking to Spike won't stop me... I wanna be there next year Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

much respect - well done Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations everybody, great stuff Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was my 3rd time out there and easily the worst weather yet. The shocking headwind and the cold made the conditions brutal.

My biggest congrats go to Sharon Daw. A fair way down the field after the swim she had uncontrollable shivers and was made to sit by a bonfire for 15 minutes at T1 before getting on the bike, then her chain came off and she was stuck in either the top or bottom gears for the whole ride. She made it to the 32.5km checkpoint with seconds to spare after beasting the run and became the first British woman to get a black finisher shirt.

Well done to everyone else. Top effort Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That event looks a real trial - congrats to all those who toed the line. Inspirational stuff.

Where oh where does one train for that sort of terrain around here?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mountaingirl wrote:


Cleo wrote:
Spike...I may have to keep you from talking to mountaingirl at Helwith Bridge this year or I might end up asking La Marquise for tips on being a a great support crew!!

It's too late for that Cleo! Talking to Spike won't stop me... I wanna be there next year Very Happy


Rolling Eyes I should have known better! Well....guess I know what I'm doing next August!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Spikes omissions Reply with quote

First post on the site but having spent the weekend with Spike I feel empowered. Items Spike might have included

1) Lore according to Mrs Spike - "Spike is really handsome, everyone in front of his is really ugly" (best stated at 120 decibels).
2) Pity those who travel by plane and have to pay 4.50 for a half of lager
3) Be impressed by a support crew that crews for two competitors finishing > 2 hours apart (that's why I married her).
4) Norwegians are really friendly, even though they're all sober
5) Salty fish is not the only solution, tomatoes and peanuts are a great alternative to energy bars/gels
6) Seeing someone you know ahead of you near the finish is great motivation.
7) The Norseman is about finishing, everybody wants you to finish. Finishing is important. Finishing is everything, the Black T shirt is why we do it. Petty rules are irrelevant.
Cool All nudity is accidental.
9) If you intend to go next year, start saving now - BUT DO IT
10) I am really ugly.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well what can i say? Here's a few thoughts in a random, hap-hazard order.

I've never done such an awesome event. The scenery is breathtaking, and it is so awe-inspiring it helps you push yourself to the limit.

I've looked at my Garmin and the bike section alone has 15000 feet of climbing, that's the equivalent of riding up mount Snowdon over four times.

Walking up to the top of the boat, and looking over between two mountains to see a beautiful sunrise of pinks, purples and oranges, and a bonfire glimmering on the other side of the bay.

That jump into the inky blackness of Eidfjord seemed to last forever.

The hills are long, very long.

The support crew, made up of Gary,James and ndrew from Endurancelife, and Rosco and Chris from Accelerace were absolutely magnificent. If you go, try and go through these guys, you won't regret it.

My aero hemlet was a goodsend, it comes right down over your ears and keeps the Norse winds at bay, much like ear muffs.

Norseman Dave is a lovely bloke, full of information and a real joy to know.

I wouldn't fancy anything deeper than 60mm rims, they were getting difficult to control on windy plateaus.

I've never peddled so hard to stay in one place than on the plateau at the top of the last mountain, Immingfjell. I reckon I mustered a mighty 4mph.

The decents in the fog, and driving wind and rain were trecherous, it was difficult to keep concentration when all you could see was 5m in front of you, and your hands were frozen so you couldn't brake or change gear!

Getting a puncture when going 45mph is NOT fun - I burnt completely through the tire and inner tube, leaving a huge bare patch on the tire. RACE OVER? Not quite. I'd packed a spare wheel which was with my support team. They were literally a minute behind me, and I quickly changed the tyre and inner tube over from one to another and got on with it. Those team mates who were taking the p*ss about my neurotic overpacking of kit were certainly surprised when I brought a spare wheel.
Don't mock it! There's a lesson to be learned.

It was great to see Spike and his missus (thanks for the support), and all the other brits over there. Top effort from you all.

When you think you have four hours to run 32KM for the black t-shirt cutoff, make sure you factor in a whopping great climb for the last 6km - the road goes up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up that mountain. And then up a bit more.

Am i going back?

HELL YEAH!

(Rosco and Chris beware...)



Our team in a lovely Skinfit kit...



The weather is coming for you...



A view from the bonfire in the morning of the swim...



Rosco, you have NO idea of how cold that was!



Norseman Dave hammering the bike...



Out of the saddle for the first climb...



Rosco making a move on the camera...



Can I have a lift, Rosco?



Chris testing the boundaries of our skinfit gear...



Norseman Dave, is that sweat or snot?



Refreshing myself up the climb to Gaustatoppen...



A bit of support from James of Endurancelife...



Our team at the awards ceremony...



Norseman Dave: "I would have won if they hadn't put an extra 20ks on at the start..."



Job done.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:46 am    Post subject: Re: Spikes omissions Reply with quote

EssexBoy wrote:
First post on the site

And a good one, too Smile

EssexBoy wrote:
6) Seeing someone you know ahead of you near the finish is great motivation.

Grrr. Evil or Very Mad Wink
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