Anders Hofman tem um objetivo na vida: correr, a 02/02/2020, um Ironaman (3,8 km a nadar, 180 km de bicicleta e 42,195 km a correr)… na Antártida, algo até hoje inédito para o homem. É o denominado “Project Iceman”. Tendo como mote a frase «limitations are only perceptions» (limitações são apenas perceções), o jovem concluiu recentemente um ½ Iceman (1,9 km a nadar, 90 km de bicicleta e Meia-maratona).

O desafio de Hofman ocorrerá na zona de Marguerite Bay e, como preparação, o jovem atleta resolveu concluir metade do seu desafio, concretamente no arquipélago de Svalbard, situado no Oceano Glacial Ártico, pertencente à Noruega. No final, Hofman escreveu na sua conta do Instagram:

Terminar este ½ Iceman foi sem dúvida o maior desafio e conquista da minha vida, fazendo o que anteriormente ninguém fez. Eu queria extrapolar os meus limites e provar que os poderia ultrapassar. E consegui.

Exausto e feliz pelo que alcançou, Hofman acredita estar preparado para o desafio de 2020, pelo menos com a plena noção e respeito do que pretende alcançar, defendeu o triatleta.

Hofman revelou as suas considerações no Instagram

Na sua conta do Instagram, é possível ler as considerações que Hofman fez da sua experiência, em cada segmento.

Por exemplo, na natação, nadou em águas com temperaturas a rondar os 0º C. Antes, apenas tinha nadado cerca de 600 metros em águas geladas, na Islândia. Por isso o medo de entrar em hipotermia. Durante os 1,9 km de distância, Hofman cometeu um erro, quando procurou reajustar a sua máscara, o que não conseguiu e foi obrigado a parar por diversas vezes. Também teve problemas com o seu fato, que deixou passar água pelas costas. Tempo final: 46m09.

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THE SWIM The moments before I jumped in the water were quite intense. I had only managed to swim 593m in ice water previously in Iceland, so the first goal was just to finish the 1.93 km swim. It was snowing, a bit windy and the water around zero degrees Celcius, so the conditions were perfect. We went through the safety precautions with one of the polar guides @loupsupery, if I were to have any problems or go into hypothermia (worst-case). He followed me in a kayak with @janlaumark, who was filming on the water, while @samnewtonmedia, @coldnail_ and the second polar guide @pauljoghurt followed us from the shore. The route was a straight line from point to point, so the strategy was quite simple: go straight and don’t stop swimming. The first 1 km went surprisingly well. The bottom of my face was exposed and went numb as usual, after 500m my hands started to feel cold, but I still felt good. Half way through, I deviated from the strategy and made a big mistake. My diving mask was pressuring heavily against my forehead and I decided to stop and try re-adjusting the mask. But I couldn’t properly seal it off from water getting inside the mask afterwards, and in 20 meters deep water, I couldn’t really do anything about it. From here, I had to stop several times as water came inside the mask, making it difficult to navigate. My back also started getting cold, and it was quite a struggle to finish the swim. It was a big relief, when I made it back to land and could take off the mask and hoodie after 46:09 min. Then came the next challenge: the transition to the bike. It was f***** cold. As I had already started getting a little cold on the last part of the swim and as I was changing outside, while it was snowing, everything became a struggle. So while the guys said it felt like I was in another world, I was just so focused on the immediate next step in the changing phase that I cut out everything else. But (apparently) a purple back and the shaking probably didn’t help either 😂 After 24:36 min (!) I was onto the bike… TBC⚡️ . #projecticeman #svalbard #expedition #extremesport #iceswimming #swim #swimming #swimmer #swimsuit #wetsuit #openwater #triathlon #training

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A transição para a bicicleta durou 24m36, devido ao desgaste na natação e a queda da temperatura corporal.

Na sua publicação, Hofman considerou o segmento da bicicleta o mais difícil dos três, tanto física como mentalmente, já que nunca antes tinha pedalado numa bicicleta para a neve, que se apresentou dura nos primeiros 15 km. O problema foi depois, quando a neve ganhou profundidade e ficou mais suave, que dificultou a progressão. O pior momento chegou quando pensava que tinha percorrido 45 km, mas apenas tinha ultrapassado 25 km: «Foi uma experiência muito desmotivadora. Honestamente, não conseguia ver como seria capaz de terminar», escreveu. Mas a verdade é que lá terminou (7h03), não sem ter caído por diversas vezes (mais de 50 quedas, em alguns trechos sofreu quatro quedas em 100 metros)…

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BIKING 90 KM IN SNOW… was for sure the most challenging experience I’ve ever had both physically and mentally. Disclaimer: Long read. Before going to Svalbard, I’d never really experienced biking in snow as I mostly biked straight on ice in Iceland. Therefore, it was also the discipline that I anticipated could prove the toughest. However, I had never imagined it would be as horrible as it proved to be. Coming from the swim, it felt great getting onto the bike. The first 1.5 km was the only kms on regular road through Longyearbyen and into the valley. I was pedaling as fast as I could to get warm and end the shaking from after the swim. The first 15 km went well. I got warm and I was biking on relatively hard snow, still with plenty of energy. From here the snow changed, it became a lot deeper and softer, which made it difficult to move forward. After 25 km I was constantly sliding in the snow (as you can see from the previous video post) and it was difficult to find grip (first learning: too narrow tires and too much air in the tubes). At this point I started to have the first crashes. It required a lot of energy to avoid crashing because you had to spin yourself out of the snow every time. Because the nature of the snow also changed a lot, you couldn’t really keep momentum in a specific gear. So you had to ride in a low gear. This required a lot of energy. The battery of my pulse belt had died, so I had no idea what my pulse was – but for sure too high. On purpose, I hadn’t really been looking at the GPS to see how far I had come, as I knew I wasn’t going fast. However, I’ll never forget the moment, where I thought I was half way on the bike, and Jan responded that I had only biked 25 kms. I really thought that he was joking, but he wasn’t. At this point I lost the smile of my face completely. It was the most demotivating experience. I honestly couldn’t see how I would ever be able to finish. I still had 65 km to go on the bike plus a half marathon, and I had already spent too much energy in moving forward. From here the “race” ended, and it was all survival. Taking 1 km at a time. Literally. (Continued in comments)

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Na corrida, o segmento que mais gosta, Hofman correu o primeiro quilómetro com um “pace” de 5m00. No entanto, com o decorrer dos km, o ritmo abrandou e acabou por realizar a Meia-maratona «mais lenta da sua vida», já que encontrou neve com 30 cm de altura. Após novas quedas e exausto, o triatleta conclui o seu desafio em 2h22, totalizando 10h52 nos três segmentos.

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A HALF MARATHON LEFT I now had to finish the 1/2 Iceman with my best discipline: running. Only in a quite different state than usual and the run also proved to be my slowest ever – but at this point, I didn’t care about time or pace anymore, it was all about getting to that finish line. In the transition I tried to refuel as much as I could. It had been quite difficult on the bike, as you needed to have both your hands on the handlebars most of the time, not to fall. It took me a whole 15:39 min to get changed and start the run. In the last part of the bike ride, I stood up at one point, and realized my knees felt quite tense, so I was a bit concerned about how it would be on the run. But having finished the bike ride that I 5 hours earlier thought would be impossible, gave a much needed boost of motivation, so I was quite high on mental energy and positive spirit just from the fact that I had managed the swim and bike. Now it was just about bringing it home. The first km went surprisingly well with a pace below 5:00/km, and I thought, “this might not be that bad”. Then I hit 30 cm deep snow and was running uphill into a valley between two mountains from km 1 to 8. Running in deep snow has a high impact on your knees and thighs, and especially, when it varies whether you step all the way through the snow or not. This also meant I fell another handful of times. The last 13 kms the ground was better, but my legs were done. Absolutely done. From here I made sub-goals for every 250m. That’s how exhausted I was. At 1:00 am Thursday morning, I collapsed in the snow after 2:22h on the run and 10:52h in total (effective time, the whole expedition took around 13h w. de-routing, crashes, safety breaks etc). It was the biggest relief. I was so exhausted and dehydrated that I couldn’t really celebrate, but the smile was back. It felt f****** awesome and absolutely surreal to finish, especially after the struggles I’d gone through. The 1/2 Iceman is without doubt my biggest challenge and achievement yet. Doing what nobody has done before. I wanted to push my limits and prove that I could do this, and I f****** did. #limitationsareperceptions

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