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an example of dedication to the sport.(9 posts)

an example of dedication to the sport.jaybird
May 15, 2002 5:45 AM
Man collapses, dies during first day of AIDS LifeCycle ride

Published 1:40 p.m. PDT Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Half Moon Bay (AP) - - A San Francisco bicyclist collapsed and died yesterday during the first day of a charity long-distance bike ride.
AIDS-LifeCycle organizers say 57-year-old Tom Gilder was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m.. yesterday.

Gilder finished 58 miles of the ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles when he stopped pedaling and collapsed on Highway One.

A spokesman for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation says Gilder was treated on an ambulance but pronounced dead before he could be transported to a hospital.

The San Mateo County coroner says Gilder died of natural causes.

May 15, 2002 6:11 AM
Sounds more like an example of an unfit guy doing something he was not prepared to do without a doctor's clearance first.

It happens -- Jim Fixx, and he was in shape.

That sucks; I'm sure it's a bummer for everyone on the ride now.
Not the firstdzrider
May 15, 2002 6:32 AM
A rider on the 2000 Boston to New York AIDS ride died of natural causes on the first morning of the ride. Not as good as going to sleep and waking up dead, but the thought of doing something I enjoy right up to the last minute of my life does have some appeal.
waking up dead?ColnagoFE
May 15, 2002 7:03 AM
Yeah if I gotta go it wouldn't be the worst way to go--doing something I love to do.
May 15, 2002 7:48 AM
even that is a presumption.

People die of natural causes every day; some happen to be sleeping; some happen to be driving a car, some happen to be riding centuries(with or without a doctor's clearance).

In fact, the more active a person is, the MORE likely he will die of natural causes while enaged in his pursuit....however, not necessarily because the activity contributes, but simply because the window of exposure is enlarged.
Natural causes? WTF does that mean exactly?Ahimsa
May 15, 2002 7:08 AM
There isn't anything "natural" about keeling over on Highway One at 57 years old.

What is a natural cause? Death?

"According to our extensive autopsy Mr. Gilder passed away due to death."


A massive stroke or heart attack due to exertion ain't natural. Not at that age.

Didn't crash at high speed or get hit by a bigger vehicle - nmdzrider
May 15, 2002 7:20 AM
sure it isSteveO
May 15, 2002 8:35 AM
(or at least can be). If a muscle failing isnt natural, what is?

My father was a decent marathoner throughout his life (sub 3 hr).
Ate healthy throught my lfe.
Went to the doctor regularly.
Passes stresstests with flying colors.

At the age of 49, he was feeling a little chest pain while running past anerobic. Had the dye done. Had a triple bypass the next morning.

Luckily, his healthy and active lifestyle allowed his arterial system to 'bypass' the blocks with alternative capilaries (veins? i dunno)... This provided him with enough supply to carry im through most activity.

He had no cholest. problems, no health problems. Nothing other than genes which predispose him to arterial disease. His body just didnt process the plaque as well as most bodies his age....that was his 'natural' state.

If not for his lifestyle, he certainly would have passed during minimal exertion. Quite naturally.
Similar StoryScot_Gore
May 15, 2002 7:46 AM
I rode in a MS150 last year. One of the riders died of heart failure shortly after starting the ride. The rumor spread throughout the ride and saddened all of us for at time.

The man's daughter came to the evening presentation and explained what had happened and the circumstances. I applaud her, this had to be very difficult.

Her father was passionate about finding a cure for MS. He had ridden in many MS events over the years and it was important to him to ride this one. He had developed serious heart disease and his doctor had essentilly forbade him from riding the event. The man (I wish I learned his name now) explained to the doctor how important it was for him to particpate. The doctor gave his reluctant permission under the condition that the man ride with a cardiac nurse.

The family secured two cardiac nurses for the event. Not far into the ride, the man went into cardiac arrest and the nurses were not able to revive him.

The daughter stood up that night on the presentation stage and explained that her father died doing something he enjoyed and belived in and that it made her glad that her father pursued his dreams all the way up to the end.

This had to be a difficult time for the man's daughter and she got up and told his story in front of 3000 of us. It was quite moving.