The Hardest Job in Multisport? Triathlon Lifeguard.
October 2, 2023
The triathlon swim is the most chaotic, frenetic segment of the race, and the portion where things are most likely to go wrong. Dying during a triathlon is infrequent, but deaths do happen at a rate of about 1.5 in every 100,000 participants. Nearly 80% of those deaths take place during the swim portion of the event. The reasons why are many, ranging from swimming-induced pulmonary edema (better known as SIPE) to run-of-the-mill cardiac arrest or drowning. Triathlete