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RIP Craig Percival whom many will know as a very hand triathlete with 2nd at ultra man and 8 ironmans in 8 states in 8 days.

Post op complications and heart attack. Donated his organs.

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I just saw this, in shock. So sad.

 

I first met him in Busso at my first IM, gave me a hand with my wettie.

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The world has lost an outstanding human being. Even in death he is helping others through organ donation. He turned 45 on Thursday :-(

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Sympathies to his family and a special shout out to TriMel who trained for Ultraman with him. Very sad news.

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So sad, my wife and I remember swimming with Craig off Noosa a couple of years ago. He was a great guy, RIP.

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RIP Craig Percival whom many will know as a very hand triathlete with 2nd at ultra man and 8 ironmans in 8 states in 8 days.

Post op complications and heart attack. Donated his organs.

:(

 

Not that it really matters, but what was the Op for?

 

Never met him, but heard him interviewed on a couple of podcasts in relation to the 8/8/8 and seemed very humble about what he was doing and a genuinely good guy.

 

Hard to understand loss like this.

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Not that it really matters, but what was the Op for?

 

I must say this question did pop into my head as well.

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Sad news.

 

Operation was on his knee.

 

 

Paste from FBook.

 

On Sunday night, Craig suffered a Heart Attack as a result of a clot from his knee causing respiratory issues passing to his lung. Since then Craig was in a coma fighting for his life. Yesterday we learned the damage to is brain was so severe Craig will never wake up. .

 

Craig was truly one of a kind. I'm just so utterly devastated. At 45, he had so much more to give and it's just not fair.

 

It's so fitting that Craig was an organ donor, to think that tonight someone will receive his heart and another his lungs. He helped people to the very end. Such was this incredible human.

 

RIP Craig Percival

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I didn't know Craig, but deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Post knee op DVTs are quite common and more so in athletes. I am so grateful that I picked mine early before it blocked or broke away.

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Post knee op DVTs are quite common and more so in athletes. I am so grateful that I picked mine early before it blocked or broke away.

 

I'm finding this thread particularly sobering.

 

A few years back I had clots that ended up in 3 different parts of my lungs. The specialist said for 25% of people the first symptom of pulmonary embolism is death, but when you feel OK and they tell you about the treatment you kind of brush it as though it's no big deal.

 

It just goes to show how fragile even the fittest body can be when bad things happen. I'm feeling especially lucky this morning as I wake up to a beautiful morning and a nice walk on the beach with the family...

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Post knee op DVTs are quite common and more so in athletes. I am so grateful that I picked mine early before it blocked or broke away.

 

A little bit of searching is indeed sobering re endurance althletes and DVT risks.

 

Yes indeed, sad news, 45, although I didn't know him,

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Weird how you can feel quite sad when someone passes away that you didn't know, but someone who is in your wider 'community'. Especially under such tragic and unexpected circumstances.

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I did know Craig although not well as he coached me to UMOZ last year. But yeah despite not knowing him very well his death really hit me too. I think seeing all the tributes being posted on FB just reinforces what a special person he was. The thing i remember most was his ability to instill confidence in me when i had doubts. That and his saying "hills are your friend".

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spot on A2K

craig was an amazing person in the way he pushed and instilled belief in his athletes

I am a different athlete and more so person for having craig as a coach in the short term and long term friend

 

he showed belief in me that nobody has ever shown before and for this I am for ever in his debt

he changed my life in a very positive way

 

the man will be missed by many

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The triathlon this morning in Mordialloc held a minute's silence to honour Craig Percival. Nice tribute

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A little bit of searching is indeed sobering re endurance althletes and DVT risks.

Even after suffering from PE I had no idea of the strong relationship between endurance sport and clots (although my specialist made a cursory mention of dehydration). It is actually quite alarming reading some of the articles and it's probably something which should be discussed more.

 

Maybe Craig's passing will alert people to the potential risks involved in what we do - especially when we're travelling long distances to races.

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Very sorry to hear this, don't know Craig but he made an impact on the Shire Tri community when he did one of his 8 here.

 

I have diagnosed 7 DVTs this year. Unbelievable incidence. Only one client I referred as suspicious came back negative. Some just weird.

 

Anecdotally I reckon best cue to look out for is a feeling of swelling/rush of blood in lower leg/ankle on rising to a standing position. And symptoms just not adding up, if it seems funny go get checked out. EG my next door neighbour had no significant risk factor e.g. surgery, pregnancy, immobilisation etc. Just a weird ankle pain, eventually she mentioned the sit to stand rushing and sure enough had a DVT

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I had the pleasure of being coached by Craig for 3 years in Melbourne, one of the good guys!

A true Gentleman and an outstanding motivator.

My Partner & I will miss him unbelievably.

I am still in utter disbelief that this could happen from a simple knee arthroscopy, just rotten bad luck.

RIP Craig

 

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I only know of Craig from what I had heard and saw online. I think also tat he may have been a FOP’er in my age group.

I normally wouldn’t add my condolences in situations like this but the cause of death and the recent posts means we all can serve each other more.

 

Here’s my story.

 

I went up to race in Woolgoolga a couple of months ago. During the race I unexpectedly hit a bump and got a huge jolt though the banus. We all know how that feels.

I didn’t think anything off it, had a great race ( <2hrs) and spent some sedentary family time the rest of the day. A day for all time. ( own reasons)

The day after proceeded to drive 8 plus hrs back to Sydney. Another sedentary day.

 

Got back into training the week and developed the most painful nut & groin pain. I pushed through until the pain was so bad on my Saturday ride I turned around and spent the rest of the weekend in bed.

I reluctantly went saw doct on Monday morn. Hey we all love dropping the dud to have someone look over the undercarriage hey..

Anyway he said , either nut infection or something else. I was stunned when he called the imaging pace and said I have an urgent request.

More pants dropping , some gel and a poke with a rod revealed I had a clot in a varicose vein in the banus area!!

 

Some commentary similar to the above – athletes are predisposed to this & once you had one we are at risk.

 

My take always:

We are not fricken super heroes

Don’t be too sedentary in the days after you race

Don’t ignore pain , flipping do something

 

I really put myself at risk of further and more serious issues by acting in the foolhardy way I did. Don’t be as stupid as me should you find yourself in a similar situ.

I was put on thinners for a month and have received the all clear thankfully.

 

I find any death in our community very sobering.

My thoughts are with Craig’s family and friends at this time.

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Do they understand the reason why athletes are predisposed to dvt? That would be enlightening

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Do they understand the reason why athletes are predisposed to dvt? That would be enlightening

 

Just google endurance athlete and DVT and it will pop up plenty of stuff - it's actually quite alarming.

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I can't help but think that this is tied into the 8-8-8.

My dad always says we are all mad for doing ironman. It stresses the heart and enlarges it which is not a good thing. he said there will be more and more endurance athletes dying younger than they should. Case in point I suggest.

 

At least he had a full life. Some people die of drugs/alcohol and getting too fat on a couch.

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The last post in this thread about Craig my friend is disrespectful and making medical assumptions that are simply your own deductions. Not cool!!

If you knew Craig, you would never even think about posting such absurd comments. I am sad, overwhelmed, as is most of the large community of triathletes that remember him as a wonderful, giving and talented athlete. You had to go there? Really? How would you feel if you dropped dead and then someone posted what they thought that heart attack, aneurism or whatever was attributed to? Sorry, but seems totally uncool we need to honor Craig and his family..

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RIP and love to Craig's family, kids and Lindell.

 

You have inspired many people, you have always given to others and in the hour of extreme sadness you and your beautiful family have given yet again.

 

To the recipients wishing you the best health ever.

 

To Craig's family nothing but love and admiration during this terrible time.

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To the recipients wishing you the best health ever.

 

This is a very salient point. Whilst one family and community are devastated by a loss, there are a couple of families today who are eternally grateful for Craig's unselfish act of organ donation.

 

It's a good reminder to tick the box and have the discussion with loved ones.

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This is a very salient point. Whilst one family and community are devastated by a loss, there are a couple of families today who are eternally grateful for Craig's unselfish act of organ donation.

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It's a good reminder to tick the box and have the discussion with loved ones.

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The last post in this thread about Craig my friend is disrespectful and making medical assumptions that are simply your own deductions. Not cool!!

If you knew Craig, you would never even think about posting such absurd comments. I am sad, overwhelmed, as is most of the large community of triathletes that remember him as a wonderful, giving and talented athlete. You had to go there? Really? How would you feel if you dropped dead and then someone posted what they thought that heart attack, aneurism or whatever was attributed to? Sorry, but seems totally uncool we need to honor Craig and his family..

 

 

I too think its sad. I watched online his amazing feats. I am sorry for his family too and his friends for his loss (i would never wish it upon anyone), but disrespectful no. I merely added an observation that I hear often from my father who has a pretty good idea when it comes to this sort of thing. His comments to me started back in the early to mid nighties and started with..... "The Greg Welches of the world aren't doing themselves any favours pushing themselves in such a way over such long distances...............so be careful/smart how you do it. He went on to say what will happen and he has been fairly accurate.

 

How would it feel if it was me.....well....... my aim is to keep doing Ironman etc for as long as possible and if it kills me, I am good with that........because I know I have enjoyed every kilometre I have raced trained and travelled. I do it knowing the possible damage to the body...knee's, joint's, heart etc. We all have different genetics, some of us will last some will not.

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Further more........apologies to all, I have only just seen 'trinubie's" thread 'RISKS OF ENDURANCE SPORTS".

 

My initial post would have been more appropriate in there.

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I too think its sad. I watched online his amazing feats. I am sorry for his family too and his friends for his loss (i would never wish it upon anyone), but disrespectful no. I merely added an observation that I hear often from my father who has a pretty good idea when it comes to this sort of thing. His comments to me started back in the early to mid nighties and started with..... "The Greg Welches of the world aren't doing themselves any favours pushing themselves in such a way over such long distances...............so be careful/smart how you do it. He went on to say what will happen and he has been fairly accurate.

 

How would it feel if it was me.....well....... my aim is to keep doing Ironman etc for as long as possible and if it kills me, I am good with that........because I know I have enjoyed every kilometre I have raced trained and travelled. I do it knowing the possible damage to the body...knee's, joint's, heart etc. We all have different genetics, some of us will last some will not.

No need to apologise - the objection was unwarranted - I too thought the same thoughts

 

At the time I publicly said 8 IMs in 8 days is very likely a career ending move - I didn't expect it to turn out this way - I thought he would injure himself out of the sport - I too knew and liked Craig - we can't bring him back - but we can sure all learn from his passing - RIP Craig

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