Look What *My Friend* Can Do! (Read 766 times)

    I have a buddy who was struck by a box truck while cycling in August 2010.  The truck basically pulled very slightly ahead of him as they were both doing ~25mph, then turned right and across his path.  He was dragged ~70yds under the truck (which sped up to ~30mph while dragging him, according to the GPS data!).  While pinned under the truck, he was grabbing onto anything for dear life, including the drive shaft, to keep from being taken under the rear wheels or having his torso crushed.  His right knee and left ankle were ground to the bone, requiring multiple skin grafts.  The truck's tires also ran over his quads and hip, and he suffered two cracked ribs and a fractured vertebra.


    Today, fifteen months later, he competed in the Ford Ironman in Florida.  1:06 Gulf swim, quick transition, 5:31 ride, 5min T2, and a 4:49 marathon -- 11:40:27 total.

    "I want you to pray as if everything depends on it, but I want you to prepare yourself as if everything depends on you."

    -- Dick LeBeau

      Wow, that's absolutely mind blowing. Congrats to your friend, not only on the Ironman (which by itself is huge) but for simply bouncing back from all that. That really is inspiring.  

        Holy shit that first paragraph was a hard read. The second short one was just fantastic. He IS the Honey Badger.

        Feeling the growl again

          Holy hell.  I'd be impressed with the ironman time, even without the first part.


          I'm glad he's recovered so well and so quickly.

          "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand


          I am spaniel - Crusher of Treadmills


          Princess Cancer Pants

            Holy shit that first paragraph was a hard read. The second short one was just fantastic. He IS the Honey Badger.


            No joke!  Wow... Shocked

            '17 Goals:

            • Chemo

            • Chemo-Radiation

            • Surgery

            • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018


            She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

            ~ Unknown

            Maggie & Molly

              wow.  Resilency is an amazing thing.  Your friend is incredible!

               "It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop."
              Wisdom of Confucius

              HF 4363

                Wow Clive! That's incredible! Huge congrats to him, and as Spaniel said, even WITHOUT being hit by a truck, that's a great time!