Emotional Gustav Iden: ‘Hopefully I can learn to handle all the emotions soon’

Gustav Iden at WTCS Montreal (Picture: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon)

Gustav Iden is experiencing some really difficult times. The Norwegian pro athlete recently lost his mother, but raced WTCS Montreal last weekend. There he was briefly in the leading group, but eventually dropped to 32nd place. Not surprisingly, Iden is currently going through an emotional rollercoaster and trying to come to terms with the loss of his mother.

“My most emotional triathlon ever. Sat down after the finish line and cried for a really long time. Didn’t know I was capable of feeling all these things at the same time. Happy to make the front pack on the bike. Proud to actually just make it to the start line this time. Frustrated that I’m so far from where I want to be. Most of all I just had an all consuming feeling of sadness. I don’t even know how to put it into words at the moment. Hopefully I can learn to handle all the emotions soon. Right now I’m just a bit too tired.

“Also, I’m extremely grateful for the support from my friends, family, sponsors, competitors and fans. Would honestly not be bothered to be racing now if it wasn’t for all of you.”