Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Race I am done running: Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz For those of you who have been a part of our community for more than the last two years you are familiar with my story and why this was much more than just a test of endurance for me. For those of you who are newer to our group I will give you the short version.  In 2019, I experienced a weight lifting injury that ultimately led me to becoming disabled.  I was unable to work, unable to get out of bed or tie my shoes.  I was in jeopardy of losing my practice, my financial life was in dire straits and I doubted if things would ever get back to normal.  Fast forward two years, over 500 workouts, thousands of miles biked, hundreds of miles run and thousands of yards swam I was able to officially put this part of my life in the rear view mirror. Last Sunday, surrounded by my entire family and with the support of the Aligned Life community, I was grateful to successfully complete a 1/2 Ironman!  This included a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.  My total time was 6 hours and 32 minutes.  I was hoping to finish in under 7 hours so I was really pleased with the final result.  For anyone who is interested in triathlon, endurance training or the individual sports of swimming, biking or running I would be happy to discuss with you what things worked, what didn't, and a few key points for race day! Ironman lessons I am learning: Top 5 Things I Learned From Preparing For An Ironman a) Although this seems like an individual sport, it is definitely a team event. b) When doing something substantial, don't focus on how many more action steps/time until            it's completed. Focus on the present moment and the time will fly by! c) When you are exhausted and feel you can't go any further, you actually have a ton                      more left in the tank.  Don't be afraid to play with your edges every once in a while. d)  Exercising outside in nature is one of the fastest ways to stir up a feeling of gratitude. e) True satisfaction lives on the other side of doing something that is really hard for you. Quote I was repeating: "Run your own race!" ~

Audiobook I am hearing: Think and Grow Rich The first personal development book I ever read with Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich.  It was given to my by a chiropractor 15 years ago.  Due to this amazing book, I have been on a personal growth mission ever since.  Lately, I felt the need to go back and revisit the core concepts of this work.  Specifically, the concept of defining your "definite major purpose", "desire" and "faith".  In reviewing this book I also found that a movie has been created recently with an updated version of the content.  You can purchase the movie here for $17. Videos I am recommending: Mirror Image Exercise and Home Traction Orthotic How-To Videos If you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of how to do your postural exercises (mirror image exercises) and use your home traction orthotic, please take a look at the above linked videos from my YouTube channel.  They are short clips but very impactful.  If you are looking to make a quick and long standing change in your posture these are a must! Quote I am loving: "Before success comes in any man's life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and perhaps, some failure.  When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is quit.  That is exactly what the majority of men do.  More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them." ~ Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow RichIn life, I have found that you never know just how close you are to a major breakthrough.  Hill discusses the concept of identifying your "definite major purpose".  Another way of saying this, is to determine EXACTLY a goal for your life.  Once identified, you must, with much persistence stay the course until you have achieved your desire.  In this way, you will avoid making the all too common mistake of giving up right before you reach your milestone!  This week, stay focused on your end goal.  Don't get caught up in the short term.  Go the distance! Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC