Meanwhile the coroner’s key statement in the report regarding the death of the UK 15yr old Cyclocross Champion who died after a series of silent heart attacks is:
“these heart attacks occurred as a byproduct of high surges of adrenaline which left his heart scarred and vulnerable“.
If all your trainer/coach has as their methodology for building athletic abilities is “high surges of adrenaline”… in the short term, you may see a jump, even a significant jump in your overall performance, you may even lose wight and start to look ‘fit’, question is though… how long will the gamble pay-off? Which adrenaline surge will be the ‘the big one‘ that pushes your scarred and vulnerable heart to its breaking point?
Is that what sport has become? A casino where we gamble our health in exchange for a temporary hope of a peak performance? Who then is the winner? The one who walks away early with their heart intact or the one who goes all-in and fails to PR and ends up in the ER? Rhetorical question… its bullshit both ways.
In poker, the term ‘shark’ refers to the strongest players while the weakest player at the table is called the ‘fish’. Its said that if you don’t know who the ‘fish’ is at the table… its you. In the so called health & fitness industry, uneducated & inexperienced trainers/coaches are the sharks, if you don’t realize this, guess who’s the fish.
And if you think the consequences from living off “adrenaline surges” to make it through your work-day or make it through your work-out end there… well they don’t… your trainer/coach is too ignorant to know that they are encouraging the #2 cause of death after already encouraging the #1 cause of death (#1 being heart disease). Oh… didn’t know… well neither does your trainer/coach know there is also a link between anger and cancer. So if it ain’t heart disease that they are training you to develop, look what you have to look forward too… cancer… or maybe you will get the double whammy and get both!