My recent knee injury (and Jassu’s broken foot from two years before) made me realise just how vulnerable we are. One minute I am happily running a split second later I am on the floor with an open knee cap and a ruptured quadriceps tendon. At least for me these injuries forced me to rethink my approach towards personal safety in swimrunning. “Think First, then Act!” immediately springs to mind. The question I struggle with…was it pure misfortune or actually lack of focus? I guess the answer lays somewhere in the middle. In my case I have been accident and injury free for many years simply because I thought I knew what I was doing. However, this self knowledge is by no means a guarantee that nothing will ever happen, as I found out. Only now, after 4 years of practising the sport of swimrun, I really start to understand and appreciate the real risks involved and also what we (as a team!) can actively do to lower or even mitigate certain risks. Below I have summarised three scenarios where I believe we made mistakes and what we could possibly do to prevent it from happening again. This is by no means a conclusive “idiot proof guide” but merely a personal write up of specific situations. Of course by sharing this information I hope that people will also rethink their own approach and attitude towards personal and team safety.
You all know that moment, that split of a second, when you realize that something happened. Something that will change your day and maybe even your life. It´s that moment when your, usually very slow brain, fast forwards your life and as a flash in front of your eyes you see what is going to happen and you scream. You scream out of pain. You scream out of physical pain. You scream out of emotional pain. You know it´s finished. You see it in front of your eyes. You feel it in your body. Your brain registers the fact that ÖtillÖ is over for you before it even really got going. Once again.
Me: Thomas Schreven
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