Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Where Has David Been?

Just wanted to give everyone an update on what David has been doing since his heart surgery....
The doctor told David that he would have to experiment a little when getting back into things. There is no text book answer for what he should and shouldn't do when it comes to this type of exercise. He still has to wait a couple months before he can really go crazy lifting wieghts in the gym like he wants to and he has to be careful when dealing with the elevation. As far as what he has been up to...
Starting at the beginning of August he ventured out on an 1800 mile PAC Tour. They road anywhere from 80-126 miles per day. The elevation gain was around 8,000 to 12,000ft per day that he road. The tour went really well for him he road strong and his heart felt stronger than ever. 1800 miles with no issues other than his bike taking a true beating.
In September he went out to the Hoodoo 500 but unfortunately the elevation there was too much for his heart. He went into atrial fibrilation and was unable to get it back into rythm during the race so he had to pull out. Needless to say he was very frustrated about that.
Following the Hoodoo he decided he needed to find another 500 mile race because he couldn't have that hanging over his head. He looked on line and was granted a late entry into the Furnace Creek 508. The race was going really well until mile 200. As he climbed up towns pass (elevation 5,000ft at the top) he started having some issues with the elevation. Along with that his legs were experiencing severe cramping. He couldn't pedal more than 10 times without his legs locking up on him. So, given the race had a 48 hour cut off we got a hotel at the halfway point in Furnace Creek. He had covered 252 miles in 14 hours and 44 minutes. We checked in and spent 7hours and 30 minutes in the hotel. After eating, and getting rehydrated David was set out to tackle the rest of the course. When he turned right out of the hotel room he turned directly into the same 30+ mph headwind that he had left when he checked into the room. The wind was relentless! He rode stong and hard. From the time we left Furnace Creek until the next checkpoint (around 70 miles) he managed to ride past 28 riders. The wind stayed with him all the way to the last checkpoint. There were reported gusts of up to 45mph. David road his bike amazingly well and was able to overcome all his complications to finish in 41hrs 44minutes. He is feeling great and is looking for his next event. He still has to watch the elevation, but other than that his heart is responding great. He wants to thank all of you for your tremendous support.

30 comments:

  1. wow.. I hadn't realized you were in the FC508. super-impressive, man. thanks for the update.

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  2. Thanks for the update, I was beginning to worry! j/k, I know he'll be good to go with some time and it sounds like recovery is going as planned. SteadFast!

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  3. Good to hear you are recovering well. Keep it steady and all the best,

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  4. Thanks for the update! Good to hear things are moving forward. Best wishes

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  5. Nice to hear that you are doing well...

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  6. We know your out running already! In all seriousness, we are happy to hear your on the road to recovery. Now that this little speed bump is out of the way you will have the opportunity to see even greater success! Wait until you feel that runners high from the increased oxygen level that you've been denied for so long!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and to the beginning of something new!

    Chris & Annette Turner
    West Palm Beach, FLorida

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  7. All the best to you. True inspirational.
    All the way from the Netherlands.
    MD

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  8. Good to hear the updates. Super effort on the race. Wish you a steady progress.

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  9. Great job David. Wishing you the best on your next challenge!

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  10. Keep pushing forward David. Even though I am all the way from the UK I have heard of your successfuly personal challenges and have inspired everyday people like myself to get out there and achieve what I thought impossible.

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  11. Thx very much for the update :)
    Good Luck David!

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  12. Good to hear you're back in the saddle.
    Please keep the updates coming when time permits:)

    With aloha.
    L

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  13. thanks for update!

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  14. Nice riding David!! . And extremely relieved to hear you are on the mend and back in the saddle again :) . Keep on keeping on , your friend in the 50th state . Alohas -hopi

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  15. The effort that David gives to every run, bike, and swim event is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing these experiences with us.

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  16. I have been checking this blog weekly for months and am glad to hear your progress is going well. Keep on doing your thing David.

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  17. David given your recent surgery and the weather conditions you laid down an epic ride at the 508 - you kicked ass.

    Pancake Tortoise

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  18. David,

    When i think that I have an excuse to not give the tasks in front of me 100%, I come to your blog. Thank you for doing what you do. I know your intent isn't to inspire me personally. Yet you do it.

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  19. David, I just nominated you (via email) for a CBS News series called American Spirit. They report on and profile stories of inspiring Americans from around the country. They have replied back to my email and seemed very interested. They should be contacting you soon, I hope you will consider it. It seems like a great opportunity for you to get exposure for your cause.

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  20. David, you were (and continue to be!!) a huge inspiration to me and my husband as we just completed our first triathlon. I am a mental health therapist and find the degree to which you have "pushed the limits of the human mind" truly fascinating for all of us 'lowly' recreational sports enthusiasts who know just how much psychology there is in all of this. The resiliency with which you are springing back from this surgery only underscores your strengths even more. I applaud you and your efforts and look forward to seeing where you will go in the future!

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  21. David, I have been following your career for some time now. You first caught my attention when I was reading a Triathlon magazine and saw an ad with your picture, it was rare to see anyone one in that magazine that was not some pencil neck guy. So I decided to find out who you were simply because you had a large frame like myself (I am 6’4” and 210 lbs). When I read your story I was truly inspired. I was at that time looking into joining the military for a career while at the same time I had aspirations of doing ultra events. I had done some marathons to start training for an Ironman one day. I am currently in the United States Army, and at OCS. I will be going to Ranger School, and hopefully one day going to selection for Special Forces. I am really interested in doing ultra events and using them for a great cause like you have done. I was contacting to see if you could give me any advice on training or on how to use my future ultra-events for a great cause?
    If you have the time, my email is mstohr54@yahoo.com. Thanks for what you do.

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  22. To David and/or his family members: I realize that during this time, being a open heart surgery patient to correct an ASD as well, is very difficult for David, as well as his family, to respond to every comment posted. However, I have searched for hours on end for some type of contact information, but have found nothing. Very similar to David, I too eradicated the word "cant" from my vocabulary. So this comment is my final effort to reach out to somebody that has been through what i have been through, and experiencing the same hardships I fought. However futile posting this comment may seem, and regardless of the wasted bandwidth this may produce, I needed to give it a chance. David, family members, if you do read this, I implore you to send a respond email. Nonetheless, I wish you and your family nothing but the best in these dramatic irrevocable times. My email address is Jshaugh422@gmail.com, and I will be eagerly waiting for your reply.

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  23. Glad to hear you are doing so well. I just completed the Ironman World Championship in Kona and thought of you while I was on the course. Take care David.

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  24. Hey there

    I'm planning to do 1000 pull ups in one day

    I've read that You've done that during one workout

    My question is simple:
    Have You got any tips? Do You mind sharing how You did it? how many reps per set and stuff?

    Keep up the great job

    Irek

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  25. SO1 Goggins,
    Thank you again and again for taking the time to come to the Naval Academy. Recently we came across your videos on youtube. Your story, passion for excellence, and ability to break mental barriers has transferred amazing motivation to our workouts starting at 0500, titled David Goggins Fridays. It was awesome to talk with you, and get the final fire burning as we're about to tackle our respective screeners for special warfare. Hope to meet you again someday, either in competition or serving alongside on the field of battle. Hooyah!

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  26. Commenter from Japan here. David is inspiring people worldwide. Our planet will be a better place thanks to the hope and courage he inspires in others. Thank you David for your continual sacrifice.

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  27. I saw your story in a runner's mag at the YMCA today. I am also an ASD survivor. It's amazing to me what the body can endure even with defects! I was 32 when I became sick. While not a Navy SEAL, I pushed myself to my own limits never having symptoms. After surgery went back to work as a wilderness instructor living in a tent. Then rode my bicycle across country (AZ to NC) to get back into shape. I am preparing for another ride next year to raise money for ACHA. The Adult Congenital Heart Association an organization that supports adults with heart defects. While I know you are very busy with your own efforts raising money for a great cause, would you be interested in riding part with me? Either way, have great success with anything you do, and thank you for all your sevice to our country.

    Cindy Tennessen campbandaid@hotmail.com http://cindy-continentaldivide.blogspot.com/

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  28. David, My name is Farhad Zarif, I am a middle distance runner since 1994. Ever since I saw your story on Youtube regarding Badwater Ultra marathon, I been your biggest fun. You amazed me with your hard work, great heart, wonderful soul, and your strength for not giving up at any cost. I am 6'3", 40 years old and 185lb, I run my first and last marathon on bare foot in 1992, and planing to run the Western State 100 next year and then the Bad water. Just wanted to say Thanks, you are a great Man!!

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  29. my name is Chris James, you have inspired me to push my limits. i have committed to run 50 miles in 24hrs for a charity called Callie's mission. i plan to go for the full 24 on a one mile track. i am not an elite athlete by all means. i just know i can do more with who i am.

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