Ever wondered how the Norwegians perform so well in the Bocuse d’Or? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Odd Ivar Solvold, active coach for the Norwegian candidates for years has just competed in the Norseman Extreme Triathlon!
This now famous endurance test consists in jumping from a ferry in the middle of the night, swimming 4 km in the Hardanger fjord, then hopping on a bike for a 180-km “ride” that starts with a 40 km climb, then at 1,200 m altitude segues into a mini 42.2-km marathon of which only the first 25 kilometres are flat; then you have to climb to the top of Gaustatoppen, which reaches a height of 1,880 m.
Despite an injured toe, Odd Ivar attained his goal (smiling). He was greeted by some of those renowned Norwegian waffles prepared by friends, along with some much-appreciated strong coffee. He has concluded that he will train a little less next time having found that he was a little lacking in energy (we’d like to have that much!)
And to top it all for this Chef, during the event he consumed only 2 bottles of energy drink, 2 litres of water, ½ litre of cola, 4 slices of bread, 2 raisin bars, 1 banana and a piece of biscuit. He has commented that by this time next year, he needs to learn to eat better!
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