Achieve Physical Therapy_Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?


David Hawkins, PT, CSCS


One year ago this month on November 5th, 2016 I participated in and finished an endurance race in Florida and officially became an IRONMAN! Hearing the words, “You are an IRONMAN” as I crossed the finish line was an awesome experience that I will never forget. As I reflect on my IRONMAN experience, I’m amazed that I accomplished such a feat, something I had previously thought was impossible. There were many obstacles along the way that I needed to overcome. Simple things like was I drinking enough water and getting enough sleep to complex things that were more race specific like fueling my body at consistent times in the race and keeping free from injury. Just like with many other obstacles that we encounter in life they became easier when I spent time working on them and when I received encouragement from family, friends and patients to “keep up the great work”. My biggest take away from the experience is that all things are possible if we are willing to put in the time and effort and if we have enough support around us when the going gets tough. My challenge to each of you this month is to set a big goal (physical, mental, spiritual, financial), rally people around you for support, and then go do what it takes to accomplish that goal! My goal: the Oceanside half IRONMAN in April and another full IRONMAN in Sweden next August!

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