|Matt Hopkinson. Ordinary triathlete, elite dancer!|
The something that has been buzzing around in my head is the result of a triathlon I completed in February. Around the same time, I saw an elite triathlete, who had had an extremely nasty injury to her wrist after a fall from her bike. The injury, whilst it didn’t necessarily stop her from training, certainly impacted on how she trained and what she could do.
Triathlon is a sport that demands different things from the body at specific times. There are things that are similar between the disciplines, eg cardiovascular fitness; and there are things that are different such as the demands on upper body in swimming that are not there in running. I would argue, and I will argue, that a wrist or hand injury can impact all three; swimming, cycling, and running.
I first saw triathlon on the Saturday afternoon TV show “Nines Wide World of Sports”. The Hawaiian Ironman. This race began in 1978 when Judy and John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon—into one event. 15 people raced that year, 2400 last year in what is now a qualification only event (1).
|It really is that colour. Swimming through goose poo.|
In the next blog (and it will be up very soon), we’ll talk about swimming, my least favourite leg but an important one for fingers!!