Dave Goldberg falling off a treadmill and dying on a gym floor is the kind of news that makes you question a lot of things about life.
I’ve been in shock since I first heard the story on the news. The last few months, I’ve amped up my exercise routine, I started swimming lessons, I sometimes do intense workouts at the gym and when I am done, and have accomplished something I wasn’t sure I could do, I often scream with excitement, “I did it and I didn’t die!”
It’s what I shouted as I fist pumped the air when I came out of the pool after my first swim class. “I didn’t die!”
It’s what I muttered as I limped away from my first spin class, legs feeling like overcooked noodles and my private parts feeling like they had been assaulted by the tough bike seat. “That was rough, but thank God I didn’t die!”
A couple years ago when I did my first 40 mile bike tour and felt myself fading as I crossed what felt like the endless Verrazano bridge into Staten Island, and to the finish line, my happiest thought when I collapsed on the grass in the park was “I made it and I didn’t die.”
I’ve said some version of that statement many times but totally in jest. I don’t really think about dying when I’m exercising.
But then Dave Goldberg, on vacation, goes to a gym, falls off a treadmill, cracks his skull open and dies right there in the gym. That’s real. And extremely sad.
Does it make it harder to cope with a loss knowing that a person has died doing something that we’ve all been told is necessary, and which was probably not fun? Most runners might tell you they don’t really love the treadmill. What was Mr. Goldberg thinking in his final moments? We exercise to make ourselves healthier. No one expects that it will be to their detriment.
This story sucks on so many levels. Dave Goldberg was a great innovator and probably a real nice guy in his personal life, and now he’s gone. Death by exercise. The saddest story in the world.
Life is precious. Enjoy every moment! Treat yourself to all the deliciously wonderful moments you know you deserve.
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