Human machine with a golden heart, who holds a world record of 4025 pull-ups in one day
I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done – David Goggins
He had never participated in an ultra-marathon before. He had never even run a regular marathon. Yet, he applied to enter the Badwater ultra-marathon, a 135 mile marathon starting from California‘s Death Valley, described as ‘world’s toughest foot race’. He was informed that, to consider his application, he must complete a couple of ultra-marathons before Badwater.
4 days later, he participated in a 24-hour track ultra-marathon, held at the UCSD campus in San Diego. He ran 100 miles in 19 hours, despite never having run a marathon before. He broke nearly every bone in his leg and suffered a kidney failure. Two weeks later, he ran in the Las Vegas marathon and just after six months, he ran Badwater, finishing fifth. And that was the beginning of a tough, yet meaningful journey which David Goggins opted by his own choice.
Every single day, David Goggins runs 15 miles, cycles for another 60 miles followed by another set of exercises. He holds numerous records along with the world record for most pull-ups in 24 hours doing 4025 pull-ups. Till now, he has raised more than $300,000 for charity.
The reason which made David Goggins to choose and compete in some of the difficult feats in the world, itself is an inspiring tale. David’s life took a tragic turn when several of his colleagues were killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. David Goggins was actively working in Afghanistan at that time, as US Navy seal . To honour them, Goggins pledged to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives college scholarships and grants to the children of the fallen special operations soldiers.
Goggins knew, that to raise money, he would have to do something phenomenal, and this is how the incredible journey of his life began. Since then, Goggins has competed in numerous long distance events with great fortitude, while being on active duty with the US Navy.
After completing his first Badwater Ultramarathon in 2006, he competed in the Ultraman World Championships Triathlon in Hawaii, where he placed second in the three-day, 320-mile race, cycling 261 miles in two days on a rented bicycle. He finished 3rd in Badwater in 2007.
In next two years, he competed in another 14 ultra-endurance races, with top-five finishes in nine of them. He has the world record for most pull-ups in 24 hours doing 4025 pull-ups. He was named a ‘Hero of Running’ by Runner’s World, in 2008.
During a routine checkup, his doctor discovered a birth defect known as artrial septum defect (ASD), or a hole in his heart. In normal people, this would prevent them from doing activities such as scuba diving or anything at high altitude. Goggins had a surgery to repair his heart and is now recovering well. In fact, he started doing light workouts only two weeks after surgery.
Through his voyage, he has raised more than $300,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He is described as a ‘Human Machine’, the one, who is a real inspiration to many other athletes, when going gets tougher for them. Even though he is considered to be one of the toughest man on earth, the real power of David Goggins lies in his golden heart, because he goes through pain everyday, to add happiness in the lives of other people.