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The website for the Norseman claims this:  “The Norseman is the world’s toughest long-distance triathlon. It is also the most northern, taking place at the same latitude as Anchorage in Alaska. The race is a travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Norway. It is not a normal circuit-race as it starts in a fjord and finishes at mountain Gaustatoppen at 1,850 meters above sea level. Total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water temperature is normally about 15.5 degrees C, and the air temperature normally ranges from 6 to 28 degrees C through the race day. The race is limited to only 240 competitors. The competitors need to bring their own support. Norseman is the race any hard core triathlete should do once in a lifetime.”  
It is some months back and I get a call from Mark Miller, he tells me he had applied for the Norseman and gotten accepted.  I knew what that meant.  I remember the first time they held the race 10 years ago, it intrigued the hell out of me and frightened me at the same time (it’s a sickness).  I told him he was nuts and that I was jealous.  He then explained he needed a support crew, someone that could drive along with him all day then run up a mountain at the end with him (Sherpa time! – I do believe that I was Tenzing Norgay in my previous life).  Asking me to go halfway around the world to witness insanity and run up a mountain is like asking Eric Bernard if he wants his socks to match.  

So, we were set, I just had to keep my butt in enough shape to run a few miles up a mountain….he on the other hand had to pull it together to knock off a beast of an ironman in a foreign country.  Our final  schedule had us taking off on Tuesday, racing on Saturday and returning on the Monday….a whirlwind tour at best.   Some 11,000 plus miles in the air.  Our flight out on Tuesday took us from Lafayette to Houston, Houston to Amsterdam (10 hrs), Amsterdam to Copenhagen, and finally Copenhagen to Bergen.  In Bergen we were to rent a car and drive through the country side for almost 3 hours to our village of Kinsarvik.

To read the full report, please click here.

The website for the Norseman claims this:  “The Norseman is the world’s toughest long-distance triathlon. It is also the most northern, taking place at the same latitude as Anchorage in Alaska. The race is a travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Norway. It is not a normal circuit-race as it starts in a fjord and finishes at mountain Gaustatoppen at 1,850 meters above sea level. Total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water temperature is normally about 15.5 degrees C, and the air temperature normally ranges from 6 to 28 degrees C through the race day. The race is limited to only 240 competitors. The competitors need to bring their own support. Norseman is the race any hard core triathlete should do once in a lifetime.”  
It is some months back and I get a call from Mark Miller, he tells me he had applied for the Norseman and gotten accepted.  I knew what that meant.  I remember the first time they held the race 10 years ago, it intrigued the hell out of me and frightened me at the same time (it’s a sickness).  I told him he was nuts and that I was jealous.  He then explained he needed a support crew, someone that could drive along with him all day then run up a mountain at the end with him (Sherpa time! – I do believe that I was Tenzing Norgay in my previous life).  Asking me to go halfway around the world to witness insanity and run up a mountain is like asking Eric Bernard if he wants his socks to match.  

So, we were set, I just had to keep my butt in enough shape to run a few miles up a mountain….he on the other hand had to pull it together to knock off a beast of an ironman in a foreign country.  Our final  schedule had us taking off on Tuesday, racing on Saturday and returning on the Monday….a whirlwind tour at best.   Some 11,000 plus miles in the air.  Our flight out on Tuesday took us from Lafayette to Houston, Houston to Amsterdam (10 hrs), Amsterdam to Copenhagen, and finally Copenhagen to Bergen.  In Bergen we were to rent a car and drive through the country side for almost 3 hours to our village of Kinsarvik.

To read the full report, please click here.

Videography Smitty Smith 
Race report by Smitty to follow…. Get ready!
Congrats to Mark on this tremendous accomplishment,
and a huge thanks to Smitty for his excellent support and duck calling…
Videography Smitty Smith 
Race report by Smitty to follow…. Get ready!
Congrats to Mark on this tremendous accomplishment,
and a huge thanks to Smitty for his excellent support and duck calling…
This will be the playground for our own Mark Miller, this coming weekend! 
 
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – August 4 & 5 – 2012  
True – Basic – Unique

The 2012 Race

During two days 500 athletes from 37 nations faces possibly the most brutal race one can do in one day.
To learn more about this grueling event click here.

We wish Mark and Smitty safe travels!
Godspeed on your race Mark!!!

This will be the playground for our own Mark Miller, this coming weekend! 
 
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – August 4 & 5 – 2012  
True – Basic – Unique

The 2012 Race

During two days 500 athletes from 37 nations faces possibly the most brutal race one can do in one day.
To learn more about this grueling event click here.

We wish Mark and Smitty safe travels!
Godspeed on your race Mark!!!

This will be the bike Mark will race in the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Norway!

This will be the bike Mark will race in the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Norway!

This is where Killer Miller is headed later this year…
Click here to read the race-manual.
This is where Killer Miller is headed later this year…
Click here to read the race-manual.