Three of Norway’s top triathletes went on quite a training spree last week.
For some time now Norway has been a dominant nation in triathlon. Whether on the ITU circuit or half-distance, the trio Gustav Iden, Kristian Blummenfelt and Casper Stornes have put together some very impressive performances, including a podium-sweep at the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda two years ago. Blummenfelt, the 25-year-old Norwegian holds the world-best time for a half-distance race, having gone 3:25, while Iden is the defending Ironman 70.3 world champion.
It’s no secret that these triathletes do a lot of training and also have a very scientific approach to planning and analyzing their training. So what are they doing in this time of confinement? They continue to train very hard to be ready for a return to competition and for the next Olympic Games, while having fun by challenging themselves.
For example, last Tuesday, the three stars donned their trisuits for a 200 km outing to hunt for strava segments! The end result was a six-hour outing with more than 2,500 vertical meters of climbing and several Strava segments to their names.
This Thursday, Blummenfelt and Iden met for a 3000 m running test on the track. Blummenfelt finished just ahead of Iden in 8:11, with the 70.3 world champ a second behind. Blumemfelt says on Strava that he could break the 8-minute mark with more favourable conditions.
During the last weeks, according to Strava statistics from Blummenfelt, he’s done, on average, 592 km of biking and 123 km of running, averaging more than 32 hours of training per week (not counting the hours in the gym doing strength work).