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Eating Disorders and Triathletes, Close to Home?

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts today. Their website notes: "Our theme this year is Let's Get Real and our goal is to expand the conversation and highlight stories we don't often hear. Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating d...

Atrial Fibrillation, Afib or AF, in the Endurance Athlete

"Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's late. It's not your lungs this time but your heart holds your fate." Manfred Mann Although it might be somewhat surprising, the single most popular piece I've written here, and mind you this is a triathlon oriented blog, was on pills. Antihypertensives to be specific; medication for blood...

Xrays, MRIs, Cat Scans: When do You Need What

"How long can you stay fresh in that can?" The cowardly lion on first introduction to the tin man. Bert Lahr in the Wizard of Oz A former patient of mine, upon being told that an MRI was the next step in diagnosing what was thought to be a rotator cuff tear, wa...

Racing at Night, Your First Ironman. Yep, Easily Could be You.

Regardless of your abilities or expectations, you may find your first attempt at the 140.6 mile distance a really big bite , more than you'd ever planned or imagined. It's not uncommon for the sun to cross the horizon at sunset before you cross the line an Ironman. Ironman South Africa Each of us has some idea of what to expect when we...