Interesting article about deaths in the swimming leg of triathlons.
Deaths in triathlons
It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Guy in our area died in the swim of a recent tri. He was an accomplished triathlete so I am not sure what happened."There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."
I saw the start of a tri and knew it would kill me-- getting thrashed to death by 500 flailing feet.
Always thought a tri should start with a run, then swim them bike. Spread out the field before the swim.
Great. So not only are triathletes bad cyclists, but many can't swim and drown from panic attacks?!? What a sport.
FWIW, the article is hardly scientific and is more of an op/ed piece. My equally unscientific hypothesis is that the athletes may have experienced a loss consiousness due a variety of reasons (hypervenilation, sudden excerion without a warm-up, the mammalian diving reflex, etc.) that resulted in a loss of consciousness and the resultant drowning.
Heck, if the bike portion was the first part of a triathlon, you'd probably have several triathletes go down due to light headedness.
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