This afternoon Mud Run Guide got to chat with Gladiator Rock ‘N Run co-founder and American Gladiator's Dan “Nitro” Clark to talk about his second book, F*CK DYING. A humorous and deeply personal chronical of Clark's experience with his health and a life-changing illness in 2013. Our exclusive interview dives into the book and Clark's life today and motivation to write the book.
Clark has launched a Kickstarter to publish his second book and in addition to helping support the project, he has a special offer for backers for the next 24-hours. Find out more about his Kickstarter below.
Here is a preview of the upcoming book:
I want to die.I never thought I’d say those words.I’ve always thought of myself as a positive, “glass half full” type of guy. I had what most people would consider a good life. I was fit, healthy, had a big house, drove a German car.Then on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 my world changed: I had a heart attack.In an instant, I went from a world where everything seemed possible to a world where I knew nothing was for certain.As a life-long athlete, former professional football player, and American Gladiator, I’d always put a tremendous value on health, fitness, and what I could do with my body. The heart attack wasn’t only a derailment of my life—it shattered the entire definition of who I was.I was weak. Fragile. Broken.I believed life would never be good for me again, and I thought if I couldn’t live life on my terms, then there wasn’t any point in going on. The day after the heart attack, lying in my hospital bed, miserable out of my mind, I uttered those four words.I want to die.During the course of our lives, many of us will have something tragic happen suddenly. It could be a cancer diagnosis, a sick child, a divorce, a business deal gone badly, or something as heartbreaking as a dream that goes unfulfilled. It’s difficult to find strength in the face of adversity.Yet, we’ve all hit hard times, we’ve all struggled, we’ve all fallen down. The question is: What do we do when these things happen?