Race I am running: Ironman 70.3 in Santa Cruz
After months of trying, I am proud to announce that I have been accepted to run the Half Ironman on September 12, 2021! The distances for the race are as follows; 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. Having never done anything close to this level of intensity I can honestly say I am scared and excited. Honestly, I am freaking out. This race will be the culmination of over one and half years of training 6 days a week. It will also serve as a milestone for me following a very difficult time in my life. However, before I can officially run this race and complete a bucket list goal, I need your help! My acceptance into the race was pending my ability to raise $1750 for the Ironman Foundation. The foundation attempts to provide funding for a number of important issues including COVID relief, racial equity, bicycles for children and hunger relief. For the full story of my “Why” for doing this event and to donate directly online please click HERE. I greatly appreciate your support and could not do this without your help. Thank you!
Vacation I am taking: The Week of April 12-16
Due to the blessing of being deemed an “Essential Business” throughout the past year and attempting to navigate through the COVID affected world, I have not been able to take much time away from running the operation at Aligned Life. This in conjunction with my boys being on spring break made it seem like the right time to take a step back for a week to get re-energized. I recognize the impact on all of you who depend upon our facility to take care of your health and accordingly appreciate your patience. I strongly recommend that you spend more time during the aforementioned week stretching, focusing on your body position habits, getting a massage (Stan is available for services in the office!), using your home traction orthotic and taking walks. These behaviors will help you get to the following week without getting into a crisis. Once again, I really appreciate the chance to get away and rest assured, I will be a better provider for you on the other side of the holiday!
Quote I am loving: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle was that I had the courage to start!” ~Unknown
I am not a very emotional person. I believe that remaining stoic was distilled into me through my many years of high school and collegiate athletics. However, this past Tuesday, upon receiving the email that I was provisionally accepted into the Ironman race in Santa Cruz I broke down. I have long envisioned crossing the finish line with my family there to greet me in a culminating moment. After spending 2018 and much of 2019 in chronic pain and eventually becoming disabled, I have looked to this event as a way to prove to myself and my family that I am still a badass. I strongly desire to do something that inspires my boys to challenge themselves even when their goals scare them. Having tried for months to get into this race without success that vision of completing my goal had waned. I had actually given up hope entirely for this even happening. All of that being said, I had still allowed a small bit of hope to remain just in case I was truly meant to take on this challenge. As I have seen many times over, letting God (the universe, etc.) know exactly what I desire and then letting go of it with faith that it will eventually happen attracts the right set of circumstances. This week, if you feel in your heart that you are meant to do something, set your intention, take action and detach from the result. Make it a groundbreaking week!
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC