Well love to hear opinions on this one.
for what its worth - if it is my time to go, i think doing it in a race is a great way to go out
Some other interesting statistics from http://riskometer.org/pages/riskringsExposures.html
Odds of dying from obesity- 1 in 2,681
Obesity due to dietary practices- 1 in 3,570
Obesity due to sedentary lifestyle- 1 in 10,767
I'd like to see this doctor do a study on how many people avoided becoming one of the 2,681 by participating in triathlons.
Hmmm ... The author says 15 out of 1 million is not inconsequential. That's 0.0015%. I believed that if this was a laboratory experiment we would call it background noise :). In the real world, 16 out of 1 million people have heart attacks immediately after drinking a glass of water.
The report also compares marathoners to ALL triathletes. Here is an idea, compare all runners of all distances to all triathletes of all distances. Would the results be inconsequential ? Here is another idea, report how many triathletes die in the swim portion versus how many runners die within the first 30 minutes of excercise. Two years ago there was a veteran marathoner at the MCM who had a heart attack within the first mile of the race.
Of the 6 autopsies done, 2 who died had normal looking heart while 4 had heart problems. Come on! ... more people are killed each year by a runaway Mr. Potato head. You get a Phd for this kind of stuff ?
THere is an increased risk of heart attack that is related specifically to swimming in the triathlon.
I had found the article after that guy died during the swim at NJ State last year.
I want to say that it has to do with a sort of hiccup in the QRS that makes it more likely you'll have a heart attack, and the anxiety/ adrenaline/ spazz attack that comes with it being the first leg of the race and people having fear of open water swimming increases that risk.
If I can find it again, I'll post it.
Practice, and get a physical.