Farewell & Good Luck

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

Farewell & Good Luck

Hey y’all,
It is with a very difficult and heavy heart that I am letting my
wonderful and fabulous teammates know that I spoke with Carole late
last week and made a decision to resign from the team. Some may know
already, but I have been working through some very severe pain in my
neck, shoulder, and arm regions for the past two months. I completed
an MRI to find out the culprit which was moderately positive. Long
story short is that I was injured somehow over a decade ago (unknown
incident) and it caused delayed symptoms in the spine on the neck
(C4,C5,C6,& C7). When I exercise at the extreme levels we push
ourselves in the triathlon world too, it causes a lot of inflammation.
This triggered the dormant injury. Doctors say I have to quit or it
will get worse. The good news is that I can slow down and only
experience occasional flare up’s. The pain is debilitating and I don’t
need to be on med’s daily in order to survive; it’s just not worth it.
Guess I have to learn what “normal” exercise is going forward. I spoke
with my family and we all decided that it’s time to let this chapter
close in my life and discover new opportunities.

I have asked Carole to let Charlie know that you guys and REV3 are the
most incredible team! It would be a honor to come out and support you
all in the 2012 season at a few races. I would love to be part of the
road crew volunteering and cheering you on to victory! I hope they
take me up on the offer, but either way, thank you for the privilege
to be part of your team and to know some fantastic people.

One a great note, I shared with Carole that I have been in physical
therapy for 5 weeks trying to recover which meant nearly zero
exercise. That’s not good, but was amazed me was my decision to
complete one last race. I expected to walk a good portion of the
Marine Corps Marathon October 30th, what happened however was amazing.
This race was very special to me since it would be my last marathon
(whatever the pain might give), it was also my former military branch
(once a Marine, always a Marine). I had a friend fly out from Seattle
to join me. I ended up running the entire race! Better yet, I ran my
fastest race ever!! The Lord works in mysterious ways indeed. I
believe Charlie ran the race as well… nice work!

Go out in 2012 and show everyone that REV3 is the best triathlon race
circuit in existence!!!

Take care and God Bless!
Chad

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CHAD COOPER #22744

BRIGHTON, MI, USA

Age: 38 Gender: M

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Distance

MAR

Clock Time

4:22:31

Chip Time

4:10:06

Overall Place

5949 / 21031

Gender Place

4338 / 12428

Division Place

770 / 1972

Age Grade

50.4%

5K

0:29:56

10K

0:59:49

15K

1:28:39

20K

1:57:20

Half

2:03:49

25K

2:25:54

30K

2:53:57

35K

3:24:44

40K

3:56:23

Pace

9:33

Mbranch

USMC

Mstatus

FORMER

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Comments
  1. Jamie says:

    Major bummer to hear that you are not only leaving the team, but also stepping away from the triathlon world, but personal health and sanity is more important than all of that. You’ll be in good company with some other awesome Trakkers alumni.

    Once green, always green. Stay in touch.

  2. Jeff Irvin says:

    Take care of yourself buddy! You are making a very wise (but difficult) decision and we all are wishing you the best!

  3. Colleen says:

    Chad… I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through all of this. I know the pain that you have been in (well at least a little of what you’ve been going through) and it sounds like you are making a wise choice. Please know that you’ll always be part of the “family” and that we hope to see you out there soon… be it racing or cheering!

    All the best… stay in touch!!! 🙂

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