Norwegian Hans Christian Tungesvik is 27 years old, and a professional triathlete. He has always been into sports and did cross-country skiing competitively until he was 20 years old.
During his mechanical engineering studies, he discovered the beautiful sport of triathlon and immediately fell in love. He progressively got more serious about the sport, and after graduating from his master’s degree, he decided it was time to try to discover his full potential.
He is am now taking on his second year as a professional – working every single day towards becoming one of the best in the sport.
He is aiming for one of the toughest triathlons in the world: Norseman Extreme Triathlon.
“My indisputable A-race for 2019 is Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. I am building my season towards top performance on August 3rd.
This plan includes doing IM Lanzarote at the end of May, thanks to a tough bike course profile similar to the one on Norseman. Furthermore, I will do IM 70.3 Jönköping four weeks out of Norseman, as my last preparatory race.
I have just spent 10 weeks guiding and training at NextLevelCamp on Mallorca, as the most important build-up for the season. The fitness gained from 10 weeks straight with 30-35 hours of training is just extremely valuable. The fact that I am able to train with fellow professional athletes every single day, in optimal conditions and under the supervision of my coach Frank Jakobsen from Sansego, makes this build phase an essential, tough and enjoyable part of the preparation.”
Why aiming for Winning Norseman?
“Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is just an epic race.
The atmosphere in the small village of Eidfjord, the magical and majestic surroundings, the freezing waters, the nervous athletes, the gusty winds and endless climbs, the support crew, the infamous Zombie Hill, the feeling of reaching the summit of Mount Gausta – for me there is no other race like this one.
Being a Norwegian, Norseman is simply THE race on the calendar.
I finished 11th in 2016 and 6th in 2017, so I feel like the only natural progression is to aim for the top spot this year. The fact that Norseman is XTRI World Championship 2019 makes the task ahead even more motivating.”
What makes Norseman so Mythical?
“My fascination for Norseman Xtreme Triathlon started long before I even tried the sport of triathlon. The seemingly impossible challenge amazed me, motivated and terrified me at the same time.
I applied for a ticket on that infamous ferry each year from turning 18, but no luck the first years. When, in 2016, I was finally lucky to get a slot through my employer sponsoring the race, it did not disappoint. The atmosphere amongst athletes, organizers, and support is just unique.
“The race course is as spectacular as it is brutal. Crossing that mountain top finish line gives you the feeling of conquering something bigger than just a race.
And the bond created between athlete and support crew throughout such a demanding day is exceptional.
It’s true what they say – for me, Norseman really is the ultimate triathlon on the planet.”
Talking About Marginal Gains
“Triathlon is about so much more than swim, bike and run. Nutrition and equipment are only two of many other aspects that are crucial for optimal performance. The important marginal gains that everybody are talking about.
Towards this season, I have focused a lot of my attention towards equipment upgrades to find those marginal gains they are all talking about.
For me, that included a new bike. I was obviously looking for a super fast triathlon bike, which there is quite a selection of on the market these days.
With Norseman being my main race, I also needed a light bike for the 3000m of elevation, and a bike which handles well going downhill. “
Hans Christian Tungesvik
- 27 years old
- Professional triathlete from Norway
- Sponsored by Argon 18, Trimtex, Salming, CeramicSpeed, Shimano, SailFish, SiS and Laze
- Ironman World Champion 2016 AG M18-24, Kona, Hawaii
- 6th place Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2017
- Norwegian Champion Long Distance 2018
- 8:41 in Ironman Barcelona 2018Follow Hans Christian’s journey towards Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2019:
Facts on Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
The course runs point-to-point – or fjord to peak: Starting at sea level, with a 4 meter drop off a ferry into the Hardangerfjord, crossing the starkly haunting Hardangervidda mountain plateau, finishing at the rocky peak of Gaustatoppen, at 1,850m above sea level and 220km away.
Norseman is a long day’s journey through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery. The total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water is cold, clean, and comes lightly salted. The weather can be anything from brilliantly beautiful to blasting blizzard, sometimes all in one day. If you’re really lucky, you may see porpoises, orcas or reindeer.
Simply one of toughest and most iconic triathlons on the planet.
3.8km in the Hardangerfjord with water temperature between 13 and 15degrees Celsius. The swim begins with a water start, after the athletes jumps into the water from a ferry.
180km from Eidfjord by the Hardangerfjord with about 1,500 meters of elevation.
42.2km from Austbygde and to the top of Mt. Gaustatoppen. The first 25km are fairly flat, while the last 17.2km are a consistently steep climb up to 1850m.
Total distance: 226km
Total elevation: +5235m
Course info from nxtri.com