Endurance sports and especially triathlon didn't get off to a good start this year. Two men died in US triathlons just this past weekend. An off-duty Philly firefighter, Dennis McDaniels, died in the Escape the Cape triathlon at Cape May, New Jersey triathlon; Another triathlete, Scott Beatse, 59, of Elkhorn, Wisconsin died at The Janesville Subaru Lake Mills Triathlon. Both men, as always seems to be the case, died during the swim.
This morning I listened to Ryan Warner, of Colorado Public Radio, interview an experienced climber/photographer(sorry didn't catch the details and the replay isn't available yet) and they discussed the recent death of Christopher Kulish, a 62-year-old Boulder attorney, who died after summiting Everest, as well as the changes over the last 2o-years in both the type and suitability of both the climbers and the companies taking them.
The Colorado Matters discussion sounded much like the hand-wringing that goes on after a triathlon death. Too many people; unexperienced; poorly prepared; companies that don't plan, etc.
As unfortunate as any death in sport, or endurance tourism is, until the a death is proven to be negligent, they remain unavoidable. This is especially true for men of my generation. Many of us have the income, we have the motivation, we've been fed the dream via TV and magazines, it's now time to try it.