*******Charlie completed his first international-distance triathlon this past weekend with my boss, Dave, and three of my co-workers, who had formed a relay team. In addition, there were two relay teams - formed by six contractors - that provide consulting services for my company. It was a beautiful, albeit warm day and everyone was having a great time.
Until - one of the consultant runners on a relay team suffered extreme heat stroke and fell down just a mile shy of the finish line.
My co-worker, Emily, who was completing the running leg of our relay team, didn't know that the man who was down was one of our colleagues. Until, she ran around to the front of him and leaned down to help. That's when she saw his face and watched his eyes roll to the back of his head as he collapsed. Along with other runners, Emily helped to pull him off the race course in to the shade, and then, she looked around for medical assistance.
None could be found.
So Emily sprinted to find an ambulance. Then she spotted his family along the race course and stopped to tell them what had happened and where he was. Only then, did she run across the finish. And even with all of those stops - and saving a life in the process - her run time was only twelve seconds slower than the runner on the winning relay team.
Our friend was taken to the hospital where it was determined he had a temperature of 105. He was treated and released and had to return to the hospital, later that night, when his temperature spiked again.
As of this writing, he is recovering at home and in disbelief at how close he came to possibly losing his life. When a core body temperature exceeds 105, the results are often fatal. If he hadn't been moved off the course and immediately doused with cold water, there's no telling what might have happened. Considering he is the health and safety officer for his company, I think he realizes that he wasn't properly hydrated and he pushed himself too hard to win.
But. There is already talk about forming teams for a triathlon race that will be taking place in August. And another in September. And October. So I know he will be out running again, soon.
Just like the amputee who had lost his leg from the knee down...And the woman who had cerebal palsy that completed the entire race even though she required support on the final portion of the course...
Some people cannot be stopped.What's stopping you?