I arrived in Norway on Wednesday and already have had the possibility to train on the swim, bike and run course. There were no changes compared to the last two years, but especially the bike course is partly very technical where it is easy to loose a lot of time when you dont know how to ride it. It is quite nice to have had the time to get familiar with it again. My Garmin showed 770m of elevation. So this course is "norwegian flat". There are no long climbs but it goes up and down almost the entire 90km. In addition there are some steep ramps that are really capable to destroy some legs ;-). The two loop run is not flat either, what I personally like very much. The more hils, the better for a "light weight" triathlete like me :D.
I have trained very much during the past weeks since it was the most important training period for Ostseeman triathlon on 3.8, an iron distance race where I will try to claim the 5th victory in a row. I am not sure If I am 100% recovered from the training of the past weeks but still I am quite confident to be able to perform well on Sunday.
I think I am save to say that it is the most qualitative field in the history of 70.3 Haugesund that will race on Sunday. There will be the winner and course record holder of the last two years Fillip Ospaly, Andreas Dreitz from Germany hwo won every race he entered this year including 70.3 Mallorca and a lot more who are capable to win. Tim Don, Andi Böcherer, Björn Andersson, Chris McCormac just to name a few. My best result here in Haugesund was a 4th Place finish in 2012 and it will be very hard to improve on that on sunday. But I will give my best to do so!
I really hope that the weather will be more like it was in 2012 and not like last year where it was really cold and rainy during the first part of the bike ride. When it is to cold I often get cramps like I did last year, what mostly destroys my run. So lets keep the fingers crossed for no rain and temperatures above 12°C ;-).