Dear Endurance Athletes,
More than a year ago, I suggested that Ironman-distance triathlons were not heart healthy. Little did I know that expressing the notion that chronically inflaming oneself might cause permanent heart damage would be so controversial. This post led to my first experience with ad hominem comments. Obviously, talking about the upper limit of exercise is a sensitive matter.
Today, a WSJ piece stirred the endurance-exercise world with much of the same information previously mentioned here. Now you know it’s real. The WSJ article quoted two soon-to-be published articles in the British journal Heart. I can’t comment on them yet, because they aren’t available. (A little strange.)
But I did find this 18 minute TED-talk given by sports cardiologist, Dr James O’Keefe. Be forewarned…The message might be disturbing to you. Maybe we aren’t born to run?
Ed note…I liked the reference to Pheidippides. Imagine the inflammation that would have been spared if he had ridden a bike to Marathon?