An Italian amateur athlete, who practices running, cycling and swimming, told us about his experience after the third dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine. We would like to underline that our magazine only reports the news, not expressing any kind of opinion on the subject in general.
"I am 41 years-old and I have been practicing sport at an amateur but competitive level for at least 12 years. Among my favorite sports, which I practice regularly, swimming, running and cycling. I train at least an hour, an hour and a half - it depends on working day and the time it leaves me - for five or six days a week if I can.
I always felt good, I check regularly every year, and in general I have never had any major health problems. After taking the third dose of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine, however, I found some abdominal problems, which showed up recently, about a month and a half or two after the third dose.ù Abdominal bloating, some colic, stomach pain, burning and belching .
A couple of times I even threw up. I have suffered from esophagitis in the past, but never like now. It is as if the symptoms have worsened. Obviously I am not saying that it is the vaccine's fault, which must be done anyway, but the situation will force me now to do some more detailed examination.
it will be a coincidence, maybe, and the vaccine must be done, but these days I have a hard time playing sports. At first glance, the tests I have already done are all negative. Now I'll do something more in-depth."
The triathlon is divided into three disciplines that take place in succession and without interruption; they are common to all athletes and have a fixed order: swimming, cycling and running.
The total race time is calculated by including the transitions between one fraction and the next. Since 2000 it has been an Olympic specialty, both for men and women, and from 2021 the team competition with the mixed relay formula (2 men and 2 women) was also introduced.
Sport was born as an individual: therefore forms of collaboration between athletes were first prohibited, such as keeping the trail (draft) of other triathletes in the cycling fraction. With the introduction of the discipline at the Olympic Games, this prohibition was revoked, in the competitions organized by the World Triathlon, on Olympic and shorter distances.
In many of the amateur races, however, the ban remains. Therefore the distances equal to or below the Olympic remai, unless it is expressly specified in the competition rules, and this rewards the collaboration between groups allowing to save energy for the run fraction.
In the "no draft" races, on the other hand, a minimum distance of 12 meters must be maintained, and overtaking must also be carried out in no more than 25 seconds, under penalty of a warning which consists of a stop in the penalty box for a set time.
Therefore in these competitions the athlete can rely only on her strength and this makes the competition tactics important in the general economy of the competition for the athlete. In the swim leg there is no specific constraint on the swimming style but, since the races are held in open water, the crawl style allows for more effective navigation than the turn buoys that mark the course.