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An early morning cold shower aboard the ferry that takes the athletes to the swim start ensures that athletes are ready for the cold plunge.
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It is still very dark outside when the Norseman starters ease into the cold and deep water of this fjord.
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It is a long and challenging 2.4 mile swim to the first transition.
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The Norseman crew gives a helping hand to the athletes exiting the cold water.
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Rain and chilly temperatures welcomed the 250 athletes and their crews on the challenging bike course.
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Hopefully everyone enjoyed these hills.
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Lights and safety vests are important and are required early on.
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What goes up must eventually come down and we promise you, it is not an easy descent.
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The support crews are a welcome sight for these Norseman athletes.
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Lars Petter Stormo had a tough battle on hand but he hung in tough to grab the win.
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The early sections of the marathon course are relatively flat, but all good things come to those who wait.
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This perspective gives everyone a pretty clear idea of the ruggedness of this course.
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There is always time for a gesture of appreciation for the support team.
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Kari Flottorp Lingsom with giant steps towards the women's title.
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The pain of this effort is very obvious here.
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Up, up and up we go.
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No matte which endurance event you go to, there is a big chance to encounter Petr Vabrousek.
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Completely wiped out with everything left on the course. But it was all worth it.
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Yeah. Kari Flottorp Lingsom enjoys the finish here on top of the Gaustatoppen.