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Post by RoadKillBill on Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:42 pm

Well, I'm not supposed to run ultras, and now this:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-20/men-over-40-should-think-twice-before-running-triathlons.html

I turn 39 this year, not much time left on the clock.

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Post by kodi30 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:49 am

Gee and to think I never started running until I was 41 and did my first tri around 45. Glad I'm not one of the statistics. Good article Bill.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:31 am

Well, I guess it's a good reason to stay forever 39 Bill  cheers 

There seem to be a lot of these articles popping up lately cautioning us to not push the envelope very much. Is this just another case of our society overreacting and becoming obsessively protective?  Personally I think 59 deaths out of 2 million marathons run are pretty darn goods odds... That's about twice as safe as driving a car for a year... How many of those deaths were runners who didn't properly train for the event? That is fairly common. How many of the Triathlon deaths were for the same reason? Of course the largest percentage of the deaths were due to undiagnosed CAD and/or heart defects. That says to me that we as heart patients who have been diagnosed, treated, and are closely monitored by our health care team should be at considerably less risk than the general population as long as we continue to work closely with and follow the recommendations of  our Cardiologists. Finally, they never seem to put enough emphasis on the huge health benefits and extra years of life that all the rest of these athletes enjoy. I'd like to see some numbers on how many extra days of life the millions of tri athletes and marathoners rack up compared to the few deaths that do occur... We're not exactly dropping like flies out there on the race course!!

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Post by DonSoule on Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:15 pm

It said: "The death rate for triathlons is about twice that of marathons because of increased intensity of the competition and the initial swimming leg of the events, according to a 2012 study published last year in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings."  I'll take that as a sign I should stick to Marathons  Very Happy

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Post by mikenall on Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:01 pm

Hey Don,
The 2015 National Senior Games are in Minneapolis in 2015. Seeing as how I qualified for the triathlon last year and couldn't participate, I'll see you there. A sprint triathlon has got to be less strenuous than a marathon.

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I hope this link shows the whole article, because the details show how un-scientific the study really is.

Post by Gary E on Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:04 pm

February 3, 2015
No, Too Much Jogging Probably Won’t Kill You
by Larry Husten
• Policy & Ethics, Prevention, Epidemiology & Outcomes • Tags: exercise, jogging, journalism, physical activity, running

One again lazy health journalists have fallen down on the job and performed a disservice to the public. The new outrage: a multitude of media reports about a small study on the effect of jogging on mortality. Here are just a few headlines, published minutes after the study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology:

Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find (The Telegraph, UK)
New study shows casual joggers outlast ironmen over long term (Chicago Tribune)
When Exercise Does More Harm than Good (Time)
But a careful reading of the paper shows that this small study provides nowhere near enough evidence to support these headlines.
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Post by Gary E on Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:16 pm

I couldn't copy the tables, but a grand total of 2 (yes, just two individuals) died during this long term study. Since it was long term, they could have had numerous other complications along the way. How could anyone base such a study on so tiny a sampling and over such a long period?

I did finally find the link to the author's rebuttal in the above posting:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2015/02/03/no-too-much-jogging-probably-wont-kill-you/
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Post by marathonman60 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:49 am

I've been running for 56 years. It's when I don't run that I have problems.
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Post by Sumorunner on Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:21 am

I agree. Men over 40 are too young, they should wait until 60 to begin Tris.

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Post by HerbW on Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:21 pm

Sumorunner wrote: they should wait until 60 to begin Tris.

I like this attitude, Procrastinators unite!!!….well….maybe tomorrow.

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