NY times questions Triathloning. Dr. Charschan weighs in
Triathloning has become huge. Many people who have been running for a while and wondered if there was another type of competitive event they may challenge themselves with have begun trying this type of event. Even my wife did the Danskin for three years in a row with the goal of just finishing.
Many people decide to triathalon because they may believe the repetitive nature of a 1/2 marathon may be too much for their body to handle, and are willing to try another type of event to reduce the wear and tear on their bodies. Current studies are now doubting however, if cross training really prevents injuries (read about that here ). Often, your body mechanics plays a part in this however, most people are not aware that their body mechanics determines how they run/walk, bike and even swim. For more about the body mechanics that create injury, refer to this blog post which will give you a better understanding of it. Click here to read the post.
There are many supportive groups for people who are training to join such as the local Tri-wimens group here in the Union County area. Many women who have never attempted to do a triathalon successfully complete it with the help of nurturing group members.
Of course, there are adrenalin Junkies who train and train and train. They are addicted to exercise and love it.
The problem is when after putting in months of training, they get injured. I have helped numerous marathoners and triathloners salvage months of training sabotaged by an injury. The time, the cost and the will to compete and complete can come to a screeching halt with an injury. The most thing to athletes who experience injury is to complete what they started, especially after putting their heart and soul into making it happen. Often, the injury happens within weeks of the event.
One memorable incident was a female runner training for her first half marathoner who stepped wrong and strained her calf and her knee. With 5 weeks to go, it was an emotional roller coaster because she had worked months on making sure she completed the event. Within the last week before the event, we still did not know if she could complete the run. On the day of the event, she went, she ran, she completed. She was ecstatic and it was wonderful to see her complete the event after all that training.
Not everyone is so lucky, although as our patients know, I will do everything I know to get them to finish. Read the NY Times article here…
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