Monday Morning Motivation – Bad to the bone

30 Jan

If you have 10 minutes to watch this video of Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2015 then you’re bound to feel inspired (and in awe of the athletes who take part).

“If you’re looking to test your personal limits and find your mental and physical boundaries in a single day event, I think this is the only place you can come.”

“It is unique to jump in the cold water, to climb the mountain, to share with all the family. That makes it unique to share – to know that we’re not alone”

“This is the coldest water I’ve ever swam in in my entire life. There will be a time when I’m warm again, it might be tomorrow or tonight, but a time will come in the future and just put your mind on that – this is temporary, you just have to work through it. I think you’ve got to be strong up here!”

“You know it wasn’t bad in the beginning, it got cold once we got into the bay.”

“This is ridiculous.”

“How was the water?”


“That was awesome!”

First 160 athletes allowed up to Gaustadtoppen checkpoint known as Zombie Hill.

“But we are ahead of time. You said like 14 hours and 30 minutes…”

“But there are 160. That’s our safety cut off!”

3 Responses to “Monday Morning Motivation – Bad to the bone”

  1. bgddyjim 30/01/2017 at 9:59 am #

    “If you’re looking to test your personal limits and find your mental and physical boundaries”

    Um, no. I just like a good bike ride. Perhaps I’m just getting older, perhaps wiser. Whatever it is, even though I’m willing to ride in colder weather than most, I have no desire to “test my mental boundaries.

    • Tamsyn Smith 30/01/2017 at 4:57 pm #

      To be honest, it’s not an event for me, but I admire those who challenge themselves to do it. I can’t swim in cool water, let alone water at those temperatures!

      • bgddyjim 30/01/2017 at 5:36 pm #

        I didn’t take your post that way. I’m obviously with you on the cold water swimming.

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