Eidfjord water: 5°C

Shortened swim

Organisers of the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon have today decided to shorten the distance of the swim to 1900 metres in the interest of athlete safety.

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Water temperature and the effects on your body

Do you really know how your body reacts to cold water when swimming in open water? Nobody knows for sure. So our safety team, physiologist Jonny Hisdal and safety director Jørgen Melau, have started a research project to find out more. What better place to start than Norseman, where the water temperature in the Hardanger Fjord is a hot topic among triathletes worldwide?

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Swimming safely in open water – Part 4

Contrary to public perception and common portrayals on the screen, a person drowning doesn’t thrash his arms about and cry for help. Instead, he will be motionless in the water. As a swimmer, you should know this. Here are some easy tips to stay safer when swimming open waters.

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Swimming in cold water – Part 3

How can you prepare for cold water swimming? In our previous swimming series articles, we listed some issues that can make cold water swimming precarious. Come Eidfjord, morning of 3 August, you are likely find the water to be cold (if not, consider it a pleasant surprise!) This article tells you how to best prepare for cold water on the Isklar Norseman swim leg.

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Swimming in cold water – Part 2

Why can cold water swimming be dangerous? Losing consciousness while in the water is always treacherous. Although rescue teams are on alert during a triathlon, they will always take some time to reach the person in trouble.

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Swimming in cold water – Part 1

The Norseman swim is legendary. Everybody has heard about the jump from the ferry into the dark, deep fjord, surrounded by hovering, snow clad mountains in the most serenely beautiful of landscapes. If only it wasn’t for the cold water. 

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