The world record holder in the Ironman triathlon has not left a bad injury coming in the way of his dream to participate in the Boston marathon. Tim Don has taken part in the event on Monday, after a long convalescence past encarcané in a halo on the head.
Last October, Tim Don has been hit by a car while riding a bicycle on a highway Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
The champion of the world, life was saved, but ended up with the vertebra C2 broken, an injury commonly referred to as ” fracture of the executioner “. It is a lesion usually found in people who died by hanging.
At 40 years old, Tim Don would have to put a cross on the track and field events.
He found himself faced with three options : wear a cervical collar, the effects of which were not guaranteed due to the severity of his fracture, going under the knife to fuse the vertebrae, a procedure that would have left with a stiffness permanent at the level of the nape of the neck, or wear a halo on the head for a few months, a true torment for the body.
So a bit of madness for me… https://t.co/HXaQaHY18p
— Tim Don (@trithedon) 12 April 2018
The athlete opted for the last option, even if the doctors have informed that he took the path of ” torture “.
For those who wonder, know that it is as bad as it looks. To fix the halo one uses titanium screws that are driven into the head (two in front and two behind) in the accompanying of the metal bars that are connected to a bust. Duration of the episode of torture? Three months, during which the sores ooze fluid and the body swells up due to the pressure exerted at different locations.
Convalescence, interrupted by sessions of rehabilitation and training, has been painful, but a little more than six after the installation of the halo, Tim Don has been able to cross the finish line of the famous Boston marathon, finishing the course in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 12 seconds.
In comparison, the marathon winner, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, completed the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds.
So it’s a real feat for one who had not known any other interruption of this kind in the course of his career spread over two decades and marked by the olympic adventure.
Tim Don shares that he doubted several times during his road to recovery, stressing that the ordeal has been particularly demanding for his wife, who found himself having to stay at his bedside, while taking care of their two children.
But his passion for athletics has got the better of his fears and his pain. “I’ve never had any other work, he said. The sport is all my life, I don’t know anything else. “