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Introducing: Xavier Jourson who is Training Towards the Hardest Triathlon in the World

It has been more than 22 months since I embarked on a crazy project: the conquest of the Norseman.



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It has been more than 22 months since I embarked on a crazy project: the conquest of the Norseman.

We are all trying to figure out how to reach our goal. Mine is to succeed in a race of supreme difficulty, a triathlon in the Norwegian fjords. This is a sport that I have not mastered in these extreme conditions.

My goal is complex, with a societal and inclusion dimension: to change paradigms, to touch, mobilize and unite people around an unconventional sport for my community. I want to make my mark on my era like all the great men who have done so before me. I am driven by the quest for performance, competition, and measuring myself against others. This feeling has guided my entire rugby career.


Xavier riding outside

Photo Credit: Fabien Kouamé


Experimenting with training.

As for training, I am experimenting. My body is changing over time: I have lost more than 23 kilos since the beginning of the project. The first six months of the project allowed me to see how my body would react to this new intensity. I also learned from readings, theory, and videos. To learn a sport, you need to understand the sport.

There is a theoretical part. Opening books, watching videos, researching is the reality of learning. I returned to the library like a schoolchild!

My brain must also project itself in August 2022, on the starting line of a race of more than 20 hours. I am mentally preparing for the reality of the Norseman day after day: Discovery of the body and these emotional reactions.

The preparation of a race like this one impacts my whole life, in all sectors and compartments. Staying focused on the same goal for more than two years is a real exercise. You must not back down from anything. Look straight ahead and seize every little victory.


Xavier riding inside on the Saris H3

Photo Credit: Fabien Kouamé


My mission.

To add my voice to the causes of inequality. I want to be a driver of change, to propel diversity on the sports scene, whatever it may be. I take the responsibility, hoping that others will join me along the way.

I encourage everyone to dare to take on larger than life challenges and to go for it. The human being has no limits.


Xavier training inside

Photo Credit: Fabien Kouamé