Is our triathlon addiction actually a form of meditation?

It’s 5:37 in the morning, and I’m sitting on the couch, staring at my phone, and drinking another video of Caeleb Dressel swimming.

I’m also drinking a double espresso that wakes me up.

“49:28,” the announcer shouted. “New IM world record.”

Rock ‘n’ roll, lights flicker, and excited American swimmers dip their arms into the water.

Then a relaxed Caeleb appears on screen from what looks like his bedroom, a pair of black swimming trunks framed on the wall over his right shoulder.

“Hi everyone. Sorry to keep you all waiting,” he said. The 25-year-old Olympic champion proved that his eloquence was as fast as his speed. He spent 12 minutes dissecting his game, “ripping it to shreds,” stroke by stroke.

“Look at this,” he said as he replayed his opening. “Your child is not fresh: look at the splashes under my feet.”

I take every word of this guy with a grain of salt.

“Oh, that turn was really bad,” he said. “I’m really spinning here.” He’s talking about rhythm, he’s talking about stroke count, he’s talking about the angle at which your fingertips slide into the water.

I’ll make another cup of coffee.

Outside my window, an industrial plow sprays tons of snow onto a dump truck, a runner with headlamps jumps over snowdrifts, and a neighbor pulls his poodle by the leash to keep it from eating trash.

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Back on the couch, I reach for “why do they swim-bike-run so fast”, which is what I got from New York Times.

“The most advanced science in the triathlon world can be found in Norway, where athletes receive data found in heat sensors, oxygen-measuring masks and their feces,” the subtitle reads.

At 6:27 a.m., I got my second hit of the morning, reading how Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt used his own blood to measure lactate levels, drinking a $2,500 bottle of oxygen isotopes Injecting water to measure his oxygen efficiency – wait for it – scoops his own stool out of the toilet so his trainer can burn it off to measure how he metabolizes carbohydrates.

“My name is David, I’m a 65-year-old triathlete, and I spend as much time reading, swimming, cycling, running as I do training. I’m an addict.”

I found myself reading online reviews of tubeless racing tire tread and rolling resistance. But I use a clincher.

I own a good wetsuit, but I’ll delve into this article on the latest neoprene adjustments, seam glue, and shoulder movement advantages in this year’s model.

I’ve been using Cervelo P2 for a decade and it’s very much loved and tuned, but I combed through a wind tunnel analysis of the aerodynamic advantage of the BMC Time Machine TM01 compared to the Specialized S Works Shiv, Felt IA FRD, Canyon Speedmax CF SLX 9.0 Pro .

I’m loyal to my ride and my blue No. 70 wetsuit, so why am I so obsessed with these illegal affairs?

At 7:10 am, I have a ping in my inbox.

An article in a scientific journal nature: “How the Covid-19 pandemic is making us old.”

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It’s a fascinating and in-depth look at how scientists view the myriad factors that could contribute to so-called accelerated aging, a phenomenon that appears to be happening more during the pandemic, “increasing health conditions and shortening lives.”

How our age is influenced by genes, infections, medications, diet and exercise habits, and more and more research shows that stress, social isolation and loneliness can affect our age.

So, given the dire consequences of a global pandemic, why do some seem to be doing fine?

“People can experience the exact same trauma and have very different outcomes,” says Laura Fonken, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Austin. “What makes these people so tough?”

Scientists in every field, from neurology to psychology to genetics, are struggling to come up with answers.

No one expects them to be simple.

We are triathletes. Exercise and diet are part of us.

The same goes for dreaming, planning and mentally preparing for our training and competition. We sweat, we suffer, we hurt, we smile, we win, we fail, we fall into bed weary, then get up and do it all over again.

So maybe I’m addicted to those Caeleb Dressel videos and bike porn and nasty behind-the-scenes footage to see how Olympic champions are found exist Citius, Artius, Futius It’s not really a waste of time after all.Maybe it’s just a drugAccording to everyone, from Buddhists like Pema Chodron and the late Thich Nhat Han to the scientists in that Nature article, this can help you through tough times. This is practicing toughness.

Time to get off the couch and walk the dog.

My wife and I are going to McGill Pool at 9:15. The COVID rule is two per lane, and today I’m working on my body posture.

Caeleb said his head was tilted slightly forward, so he was looking forward, not straight down.

I will try my best.

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