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59 Year Old Dies after TransAm Tour

Old 05-02-05, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
I'm originally from Anderson and my mom used to work with this guy. She was shocked because obviously he seemed to be in great shape. It just goes to show that you never know when you're going to go and it could happen to any of us no matter how healthy we look or feel.

We all need to live our dreams because, as proven here, life is short. Do you have a certain goal (cycling or not) to accomplish that you've been putting off? Do it before it's too late.

Here's a link to the Herald Bulletin's article:

https://www.theheraldbulletin.com/story.asp?id=12496
Yeah, a fellow Hoosier...hey the guy had quality of life though.
Maybe a lesson to ease up once in awhile and live to fight another day, huh?

(~that's why it was in the training section~)

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Old 05-02-05, 05:42 PM
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A friend of mine once told me about one of her friend who drown while doing what he liked best: fishing. She said she could not think of a better way to die for him, although it was a somewhat premature death. It is a bit like all those climbers who die trying to climb mount Everest or on the way back... it is extremely sad but I think there is some relief to find in the fact that these people died when doing what they liked the best and not going to a boring job in a car during a long and painful rush hour. I hope the family and relatives of this man not only grieve such a terrible loss but also feel proud and happy to see that he was able to fulfill one of his dearest dream.
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Old 05-02-05, 06:47 PM
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The guy had just completed an incredible experience in his life. He died a happy cyclist.

I hope I do the same.
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Originally Posted by Revtor
perhaps it was the celebratory steak dinner plus alcohol...
he lived for 18 years without a problem.. and rode for 23 days with no problems right?

it is a sad story indeed. it couldnt have been a lying politician or evil lawyer (no offense to those just and truthful ones out there)

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red meat is really no good for anyone.. cholesterol through the roof.
-Yeah, that's what I was thinking. High cholesterol, high short half life coagulation factors (ex fVII)-post meal. Without the "expected" excersize the following day.

Sad indeed. A change in lifestyle, along with medical technology, did give him allmost two decades "extra".
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I have two thoughts.

1 That's the way I want to die - AFTER the big tour, not before.

2 Why did the title not say "Man dies while riding in a car for the first time in months" ?
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OK, I spoke to my wife about this, and of course, being an M.D. and a forensic investigator, she started asking me what seemed like 20,000 questions in return, and of course I could only answer a few of those, based on the news reports. One factor involved is that bypass surgeries two decades ago were not nearly as sophisticated nor as successful as those performed today. My wife also agreed that cycling and good diet kept him alive far longer than he otherwise would have lived after the bypass. I must say that if a cross-continent tour was a major goal in my life, and I completed it, had a nice meal and then died while taking a nap, that would be a good death, as deaths go. Working as a big-city police patrol officer, I see quite a few not-so-good death scenes!
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A friend from Indiana just sent me the link to the story and while it is sad that he died it's hard to ignore the fact that he was doing what made him happy. Life is only worthwhile if you dare to dream and live it. Biking cross country certainly is.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
We all need to live our dreams because, as proven here, life is short. Do you have a certain goal (cycling or not) to accomplish that you've been putting off? Do it before it's too late.
I couldn't agree more.
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As was posted on another forum, this is what happens when you take a day off riding!
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Hard to know what his health was like. The bypass was 20 years ago. If he was not monitoring his cholesterol and blood pressure he could have been in poor health. The bypass will close quickly without a change in lifestyle and perhaps medication if the diet and execise don't do it.

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