Risk And Risk Management



  1. A situation involving exposure to danger.
  2. The possibility that something unpleasant or unwelcome will happen.
  3. A person or thing regarded as a threat or likely source of danger.
  4. A possibility of harm or damage against which something is insured.
  5. The possibility of financial loss.


  1. Expose (someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss.
  2. Act or fail to act in such a way as to bring about the possibility of (an unpleasant or unwelcome event).
  3. Incur the chance of unfortunate consequences by engaging in (an action).


I remember times when I have taken risks, and I remember times when I have chosen not to take risks. I have enjoyed the rewards of risk taking, and also dealt with the blow of failure. It’s funny looking back to realize I regretted taking risks that didn’t end well, but also regretted certain instances where I played it safe, opting not to take a risk.  Nothing feels better than taking a risk and having it pay off, or realizing that playing it safe was the right choice.

On days that I feel I have nothing to lose, I can push really hard on the bike or run. It is nice sometimes to just push hard without looking at a computer to see the watts, or not looking at the watch while out on a run, worrying about the minute per mile. I like to go to a race course before the event and ride it and/or run it, taking risks to see what I can do without the pressure of being in competition. Seeing how hard I can push, calculating the average watts on the course, the watts it took for a climb or climbs, seeing how fast I can run the course, or how much each hill slows me down on the run, helps me to plan race day.

As I get older though, I like to use a little risk management.

Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization or person.

I can take all the data from these risky rides and runs and build a plan on how to control the risk on race day. With the use of power meters on the bike leg of triathlon or a bike race, I can control the risk of blowing up. I know just what wattage output I can push it on the bike and still have a something for the run. On a bike Time Trial, I know just how much power to push on the first half of the race and how to increase it on the back half.

When I was younger, I could take all the risk I wanted to with picking and choosing races because I recovered faster. There were two summers, not too long ago, that I did three half-ironman distance races within five weeks of each other. As I get older, I use a list for risk management and do sprint and Olympic distance races early in the year, leaving a few weeks off to get ready for a full or half-distance race.

The same is true with training. In my twenties I could do back to back hard training days, and/or add training to my days without having to worry about recovering. Nowadays I have to pay close attention to how I schedule my training. If I know I am going to the State or National Park for some hill training, I know I cannot have high intensity day the day before. I have to prevent the risk of injury. By putting in a recovery day before and after super high intensity days, it allows me to control the risk of injury. Some risks aren’t worth taking.

2 thoughts on “Risk And Risk Management

  1. I’m 54 and the recovery from marathons isn’t as fast as it used to be. If I want to run one in each state, I better step things up!
    Half marathons are much easier on the body and more fun to run.

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