The swim was rough. This is the best video I could find of the swim:
The video is misleading. Look at the larger swells. From the camera's perspective, they look small. From the perspective of the surface, boy do they mess with your stroke and ESPECIALLY your breathing!
We as triathletes think we are superhuman who can sustain anything. Fortunately those of us who are comparable swimmers never think about a rough swim as something being deadly. It reminds me from my post yesterday about one of the quotes from my 85 year old step grandfather:
"Congratulations! - Jon - And let's not do that again any time soon. It distresses family noticeably."
I guess we never think about what our non triathlete family and friends are thinking while we are out there with 3000 of our newest and closest friends getting the ever living shit kicked out of us for 1 hour+. Think they are worried? YES!
But at least they "get it". They know our addiction is healthy and long term is beneficial.
And then I read the comments section of the CNN article on the two deaths.
I find most of the comments quite Ironic. I found Many MANY "Darwinism" comments posted. Here is a sampling of the best ones:
"Funny. People trying to prove they're super-human and dying like humans. We should offer Darwin Awards to these types. "
"2 dead just for fun! How stupid have people become!"
"Who competes in a triathlon in record heat? Isn't that simply Darwin calling you home?"
"There are other sports that are not so cruel to the body. Common sense, folks!"
"this is exactly why i dont exercise"
"The human body is just not meant to be pushed that hard"
So would you guess that those people who are posting these comments are couch surfing jockeys? Inactive people? Wouldn't logic say that they will probably live a shorter life than we, active people who are doing our best to eat healthy (well, most of the time!) and keep our bodies in tip top shape?
Some guy made my argument for me:
"The probabilities are that the couch potatoes will have a shorter life than the triathletes"
Like the comments from my 85 year old step grandfather, his awesome quote that he wrote rings EVEN louder now.:
"his quest for whatever one quests after under such tortuous requirements of endurance."
I am PROUD to be an endurance athlete!