An NAS Whidbey Sailor who was going for a pull-up record in an effort to raise money for wounded veterans fell short of his goal Sunday, and ended up in the hospital.
After 19-and-a-half hours, Mike McCastle said he did 3,202 pull-ups – 828 short of the official world record for pull-ups in a 24-hour period. But, he had to stop at 1:30 a.m. when he realized he had injured himself.
McCastle wrote in an email that he was in trouble some 900 pull-ups before he called it quits.
“At roughly the 2,300 pull-up mark, I began to experience muscle tears in my forearm and biceps. This caused several of my capillaries to burst and surface,” write McCastle. “At around the same time I also began to urinate blood because my kidneys could not keep up with the rate at which my muscle was breaking down. I began to experience symptoms of lactic acidosis or poisoning.”
After reaching 3,202, McCastle said he took a break and decided to end his attempt. He said he is now in the hospital, where he will stay for a day or two while recovering from his injuries.
Despite failing to reach the record, McCastle says he raised over $9,300 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
“More importantly, we successfully brought local and national awareness to our wounded servicemen and women and the help they deserve and earned,” wrote McCastle.
“Please know that I left everything I had on that bar and I wouldn't have gone on live news and media if I didn’t think I could do it,” McCastle continued. “I have no excuses. It's all on me. Perhaps my strategy was miscalculated or I plain and simple just was not prepared enough. I did my best nonetheless. Many lessons learned from this failure like my many other failures in my life. I rarely get things on the first try but one thing is certain … I never give up.
McCastle fell $700 of his goal to raise $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. If you'd like to contribute visit the McCastle's Wounded Warrior Project page.