The Ageless Avengers of Iceland

Being a part of unlocking something within can offer disparate aspects. It can mean exploring spiritual self and our senses, going through psychotherapy, or simply unlocking physical potential. As different as we humans are from one another, we all age and having a say in how we go about it is a powerful thought. The Land Wights, or Landvættir in Icelandic, are known from the Viking era as the great four protectors of Iceland, displayed on the coat of arms of Iceland. Landvættir consists of a bull protecting Southwestern Iceland, the griffin is the protector of Northwestern, the dragon protects the Northeastern part, and the giant is the protector of Southeastern Iceland.

The Saga's tell us that King Harald Gormsson of Denmark and his witch were sent to scout Iceland’s strength in the form of a whale. When the King tried to come on land he was immediately attacked by various beasts in each corner of the island. He summoned the witch who delivered the sorrowful news to the King that Iceland was overly protected.

Borrowing the name Landvættir, and elevating the translation to The Avengers of Iceland, is an athletic group competing in a quadrathlon, a fearless union that I happen to be a part of. With our physical strength and power, we cover each discipline in a geographically applicable corner of the country. The race consists of a 50 km cross-country ski marathon, a 60 km bicycle race, a 2.5 km open-water swim and a 32.7 km trail run.

Being an avid avenger of the five hundred qualified athletic group, I find myself further proving the notion that anything is possible if we fully apply ourselves. And I’m proving to myself that becoming a high-performing athlete at fifty is not an oddity.


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