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Father of the century!!! Strongest Dad in the world...

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by roadster's, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. roadster's

    roadster's

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    My friend send this link and email to me and I want to share this with you all...

    Make sure you click on the video at the end of the story and have your speakers "On"

    Strongest Dad in the World

    [From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]

    I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for
    their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

    But consider Dick Hoyt.

    Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
    marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair
    but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112
    miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.

    Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain
    climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your
    son bowling look a little lame, right?

    And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.

    This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was
    strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

    ``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him
    and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an
    institution.''

    But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed
    them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering
    department at Tufts ! Univers ity and asked if there was anything to help the
    boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going
    on in his brain.''

    "Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot
    was going on in his brain.

    Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching
    a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate.
    First words? ``Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed
    in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked
    out, ``Dad, I want to do that.''

    Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran more
    than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried.
    ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore for two
    weeks.''

    That day changed Rick's life. ! ``Dad,' ' he typed, ``when we were running, it
    felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

    And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick
    that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he
    and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

    ``No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a

    single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few
    years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then they
    found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following
    year.


    Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

    How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he was
    six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

    Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in
    Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an
    old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you think?

    Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says. Dick
    does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with a
    cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

    This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston
    Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best
    time'? Two ho! urs, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world record,
    which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to be held by
    a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

    ``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the
    Century.''

    And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild
    heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95%
    clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' one doctor told him,
    ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.''

    So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

    Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and
    Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find
    ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in
    some b! ackbrea king race every weekend, including this Father's Day.

    That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to
    give him is a gift he can never buy.

    ``The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair
    and I push him once.''

    Here's the video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCTIigaloQ


    Be who you are say what you feel
    because those who mind
    don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
    ~ Dr. Seuss ~
     
  2. Allegra

    Allegra

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    hehehe ako panaginip ko pa lang makatapos ng Ironman , sila naka 4 na
    Ironman = 4km swim, 180km bike, 42km run
    I have friends who've done it , and they look like stroke victims sa finishline
    Mr Hoyt is tough
     

  3. roadster's

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    dreams can be fulfilled as long as you strive for it...
    :supergrin: :laughabove: :rofl:
     
  4. bikethief

    bikethief itchy trigger

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    Leche. Naluha ako sa video! Last time naluha ako nirerepair ng doctor yung compound fracture ng kanang kamay ko! Tapos dito lang sa video bumigay nanaman. Penge nga ng tissue......
     
  5. Allegra

    Allegra

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    I hope Metrillo can fabricate a left knee hehe maluwag na yung slide to barrel fit ng tuhod ko e

    They might hold an Ironman sa subic. At least dito pinas, pag di mo na kaya , pwede ka magtricycle pabalik
     
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    Words fail when you see something like that.
     
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    nrmcolt What?

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    :laughabove:
     
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    Very humbling and inspiring that team...