Race I am running: San Diego International Triathlon
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to do the race mentioned above with two of my training buddies. The race consisted of a 1000-yard swim in the San Diego Bay, a 19-mile bike ride up to Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, and a 6.2-mile run that finished at Sea Port Village. I have been training for this event for four months. I was hoping to complete the triathlon in 2 hours and 30 minutes if all went well. Due to my family’s support and a little adrenaline boost I got it done in 2 hours and 21 minutes. I am most proud of my comfort level throughout this event. Historically, I have had trouble keeping my heart rate under control during the initial scramble at the start of the swim. This time, however, I was calm and actually really able to take each moment and cherish it. If you are looking to challenge yourself or try something new that will help you become more disciplined, consider a triathlon in your future. There are a number of different distances for all skill and experience levels. If you decide to give one a shot, let me know. I might do it with you!
Thought I am having: “What if it ALL matters?”
For the past six months I have been hearing a subtle thought repetitively, “what if it all matters?” I believe this comes from my desire to live a more congruent life according to my beliefs. Lately, I have found myself compromising. Compromising to appease other people, compromising to avoid conflict, and even compromising with myself. Although there are situations in which a compromise is the best choice, too much makes it hard for me to really know who I am and what I stand for. I have been feeling like a watered-down version of myself of late and I believe this thought has arisen from my subconscious to try and remedy the situation. I understand this sounds a bit strange, so let me give you an example. Food is a very important part of my life. I believe that how our food is made, how our food impacts the environment, and how it nourishes our body is vital. I understand how to eat a clean diet and what that means for my health. However, when eating out with friends, attending parties, and even late at night before bed, I have been willing to compromise my food choices. This same type of willingness to live in a misaligned way can take place in your relationships, exercise life, finances, and spiritual life. This week, if you have also felt like you have not been living in congruence with your beliefs lately, I encourage you to start fresh. Decide to live differently. Take pride in your new approach to your life and be willing to stand out for what you believe. If you need support, come and speak with me and we can work together to help hold each other accountable in our new efforts!
Quote I am pondering: “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
Whether you have been kicking butt and feeling unstoppable, or you have been getting roughed up and feeling stuck, luckily each day is a new opportunity. If things are going well for you, stop and write down exactly what you have been doing to help improve your situation. This will make it possible for you to find your way back if you get lost in the future. On the other hand, if you have been going through a rough patch, write down three good deeds you have done. This will help you remember who you really are at your core and what you are capable of accomplishing. Today is your chance to make it ALL matter. You are worth it and deserve to have the life of your dreams!
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC