On Saturday April 7th, 2018 I completed my 3rd IRONMAN race! While each race is challenging to finish, this one came with an extra challenge – HIP PAIN. My hip had been bothering me for a couple of weeks heading into the race and so I dialed back my training and tried to treat it the best that I could. I figured I would just “gut it out” the day of the race. The morning of the race was filled with the normal anxiety, thinking about the kind of effort it was going to take for me to finish.
determined not to give up. I was also grateful that my hip was holding up to the challenge of “Hell Hill”. I completed the bike (2 down, 1 to go) and was off onto the run. I was doing great until about mile 3 or 4 when I felt a familiar jab into my left hip and immediately thought, “this may be a longer day than I hoped for”. Thankfully, I encountered my wife and friends again cheering me on, helping me to keep going. With
my hip pain acting up, it made me think of all the people that I see on a daily basis, that have to deal with pain that keeps them from doing things that they love, and it gave me a greater appreciation for each of you.
As I started, I felt good in the water and tried to settle in to a comfortable pace. I came out of the water to see my wife and friends cheering for me and thought, “one part down, only 2 more to go.” I got out
Finally, after many hours I crossed the finish line, exhausted and in pain, but grateful to have completed what I started. As I think back on the race, I realized that just like my race, we all need support and encouragement along the way to keep pushing when things get hard. I thought of my children and how I didn’t want to let them down by not finishing. I was grateful for my wife and friends cheering me on, believing in me and encouraging me to finish the race. Keep challenging yourself and never give up on your race! Your Friend, David Hawkins PT, CSCS
on the run and my hip continued to feel good. The race course took me up the old Pacific Coast Highway near the ocean with awesome views. The weather was great that morning and I was glad to be out on the course competing. I entered the marine base on Camp Pendleton, welcomed by armed guards and then the course got a tougher with 3 challenging hills. The first hill was the toughest and was nicknamed “Hell Hill” and I commented to many riders that, “this is where the fun starts”. Many people got off their bikes and were walking up the hill, but I was
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