Thursday, May 13, 2010

Update from France

GOOD NEWS: BOTH MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TEAMS ARE CURRENTLY IN2MD PLACE AND FIGHTING HARD TO HOLD THOSE SPOTS.
BAD NEWS:  AFTER FINALLY STARTING TO RALLY AFTER HOURS OF NAUSEA AND VOMITING, I ENDED UP BEING MEDICALLY PULLED FROM THE RACE FOR URINATING BLOOD. THE DOCS HERE ARE VERY GOOD, AND BY GOING TO THEM WHEN I DID, I AVOIDED RENAL FAILURE (THIS IS A GOOD THING). IT WAS HARC TO ADMIT TO MYSELF I HAD TO GO TO THE DOCORS BECAUSE I WAS FLYING FOR THE PREVIOUS 3 HOURS AND PASSING MOST OF THE RUNNERS IN FRONT OF ME, BUT RENAL FAILURE IS NOTHING TO MESS  WITH.  I'M SORRY TO EVERYONE I LET DOWN. PLEASE KEEP FOLLOWING THE ACTION AND CHEERINF ON OUR TEAMS!!!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

living to run another day is not letting anyone down. congrats on your courageous performance and smart decision making!!!

Stanley said...

You didn't let anyone down, my brother! You're a hero for being part of the team!

And part of being a team player is knowing when to sit down for health reasons.

I'm glad they forced you out, because knowing you - you would have kept running even if you barfed up both your kidneys.

We're all proud of you. Make it home safe with the realization that you were part of something special.

TonyP said...

Sorry to hear that Dan. Glad you are o.k., and see you in a few weeks at Mohican.

Casseday said...

I was wondering what happened as I was following your progress. I'm sorry this happened to you, but you made the right call. What an honor to represent the U.S.A.; you should be proud of your accomplishment and effort.
-- Adam

Amelia said...

If anyone doubts your commitment, I think we can refer them back to the phrase "urinating blood." Congratulations on making the team, on giving it everything you had, and hanging with literally world-class athletes for as long as your kidneys would let you. Go team USA!

Jon said...

That's rough, Dan, but certainly nothing to be ashamed about. Not ewxactly something under your control and not something to take lightly. The docs and you made the right choice.

Brian & Mary said...

Hold your head high my friend, you have a lot to be proud of, like having the courage and strength to chase your dream, and having the wisdom to know when to let it go, even if it's only temporary. You still had the opportunity to represent your sport and your country at the highest level of competition. I'm sure you are putting whatever you have left into pulling for your team. Rest and recover and we'll see you soon.

{Staci} said...

Dan, so proud of you. As Chris said, we all know you would have kept going as long and as hard as you could have.

Be safe. Take care of your body. Give kisses to E.

So sorry you couldn't go as much as you would have liked. Go USA!

Amelia said...

Message for you from my mommy: "Please tell Dan that he let NO ONE down! We are all terribly impressed that he can do this sort of thing at all. His effort and dedication are amazing. He should not feel apologetic at all. Yay, that he was rational, despite the great disappointment, and sought medical attention. He can heal up and try again another time. Meanwhile, he is in France--one of the greatest places in the world to be. I hope he can rest up and take Elix for a canal boat ride along a river or something and relax and soak up the French atmosphere. Makes me want to go back to France right now!'

Lee said...

You danced on the big stage...and you'll be back many more times. Great stuff!

Paul G. Keough said...

The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Richard M. Nixon
37th president of US (1913 - 1994)

No one could have hit a lower valley than Dick Nixon when he wrote this. He is not one of my favorite presidents (considering I'm a liberal democrat).

Nevertheless, I hope his words give you some comfort at this disappointing time.

You did not disappoint any of us. We are very proud to know you and know that you tried your best. We know of no one that can run 93 miles, let alone what you were trying to finish.

Thank you for stopping when your body said "enough!" You live to fight another day -- whatever that mountain is or will be.

Our love to you and to those with you today and in the future.

Slante.

Ric Munoz said...

I can't imagine how disappointed you must be, Dan, but your health, as you know -- and because it's so precious -- must always come first.

Thank goodness your symptoms were severe enough to force a closer look by the doctors. Remember what happened to Erik Skaggs at the Where's Waldo 100-k last year -- he didn't find out about his renal disaster until days after the race and consequently spent a couple of weeks in the hospital.

We're all REALLY RELIEVED you're okay. You'll recover from this and focus on your future races.

And NO WAY did you let us down. This experience only makes us admire you even more (if that's even possible) for doing the smart thing and retiring from the race to spare your body serious damage!

Have a safe trip home and rest up!

Robert said...

You're still a demigod in my eyes and by most humans' standards. Stand tall. This is another unbelievable accomplishment that you can display on the shelf next to all the others...and I know you have a secret shelf hidden somewhere with the trophies and photos laid out, just right.

The silver lining: now you have a much more interesting story to tell, and bragging rights, to boot. Renal failure at the 24-hour world championships? That's one you can use when your kids when they start whining about something being difficult. I wish I had that ace up my sleeve. And it's definitely one to save for the grandkids! Grandpa did what?! It's so incredible, they probably won't even believe it. It's the stuff of legends.

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nmp said...

Definitely a bummer that things didn't turn out as you hoped. Certainly the right call though...hopefully you are feeling OK now and you stopped before things got too bad.

I have a feeling you are going to run something fast in Mohican after this :)

John said...

So Sorry to hear what happened to you Dan. You must be disappointed, but us mere mortals are in complete awe of all that you accomplish, including this run! Hope all is well now.

JW said...

I echo what everyone above said... I saw the update while I was in FL. Still SO proud of you, and hope you're feeling better. Love love.

Anonymous said...

Dan, you let no one down! Some race days are just not meant to be. Your mind wanted it, but your body said no. You'll bring it another day! Recover brother! I'm so proud just to know someone of your character and resolve.

-Chris Carlson

Maureen said...

You continue to be an inspiration. You made the right decision, even though that must have hurt more than the nausea, vomiting, and blood.

You are driven. You are smart. You will figure out what you can do differently next time, and you will return, stronger and better.

Despite your serious health problems, you finished ahead of 26 other world-class runners on the men’s teams! Be proud.

Miriam said...

Dan-- I still (and will always) think you are awesome.

Recover quickly my friend! I will need your humor state-side... in the meantime, GO USA!!!