Middle-aged men in lycra show heart risk of triathlons

More fitness-conscious than previous generations, the numbers of 40 to 60 year olds in competitive races are swelling, along with their risk of cardiac arrest.

21st June, 2013
The 40-to-60-year age bracket, often referred to as middle aged men in Lycra, or Mamils, now holds 32 percent of the membership in USA Triathlon.

For men competing in triathlons past the age of 40, the slog to the finish line could be their last.

As the average age of competitors in endurance sports rises, a spate of deaths during races or intense workouts highlights the risks of excessive strain on the heart through vigorous exercise in middle age.

Among the recent casualties: Michael McClintock, senior managing director of Macquarie Group and a triathlete, who died at age 55 of cardiac...

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