Last official 09 Ironman Wisconsin finisher spends 35 hours in hospital after the race
Posted Oct 13 2009 10:00pm
Bill Enright was the last official triathlete to cross the finish line at this year' s Ironman Wisconsin crossing the line in a time of 16
hours, 56 minutes and 28 seconds.
With just under four minutes to spare before the race closed you would think that he would be over the moon to finish the Ironman in the nick of time.
"I sort of just reached for the ground -- it could' ve been
broken glass and I would' ve laid on it," Enright said.
But while the Ironman took the 43-year-old Madison insurance executive and father of three, just under 17-hours to finish, the stay in the hospital that followed the race took 35-hours and almost killed him because his serious condition could have led to
permanent kidney failure.
Enright suffered from rhabdomyolysis,
a muscle breakdown caused by strenuous physical exertion, according to the Wisconsin State Journa l.
Rhabdomyolysis is rare, serious and preventable, Dr. Lee Faucher, medical director for Ironman Wisconsin since
It' s a condition he' s seen at ultramarathons but never at the
Ironman. "A person gets that because they don' t take in enough
fluids to compensate for the loss of fluid," he added.
"It was a great accomplishment completing the Ironman, but in
retrospect I wish he had stopped earlier," Dr. Cate Ranheim, who treated him, said. "The
system is set up to encourage people to go, go, go and make it to
the end, but people like him can potentially suffer lifelong