January was a really great month; we took care of hundreds of awesome people, it was the start of working college basketball games (ask me about that sometime), I took a quick trip to Florida, my dog turned 8 years old, and I got a great email from Ironman USA that stated “Congratulations on becoming a 2016 IRONMAN Silver All World Athlete! Your strong performance during the 2015 season positioned you in the top 5% of your age group earning you IRONMAN Silver All World Athlete status.
How cool is that? Yes I did pay Ironman to do three races in 2015 which helped me qualify for this recognition, but I also spent countless hours running, biking & swimming and earned my way to a silver medal. I finished the year ranked 22nd in the country and 42nd in the world in my age group for the WTC Half Ironman distance (which is a race consisting of a 1.2 mile swim + 56 mile bike + 13.1 mile run). Seems kind of crazy, doesn’t it? The higher you finish in each race moves you up in the ranking.
I also qualified for the 2016 Age Group National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, finishing the year ranked 11th in the USA Triathlon national rankings in the Southeast. So there are two different organizations, two different rankings, both indicative of how many races you do and how well you do in each race. So it’s satisfying to know that the hard work has paid off….and now I rest. I have really cut back on exercise during December and January to let my body rest and heal up, I was feeling pretty beat up and was happy to cut back a bit. But now that rest is over, as I’ll be picking back up my training. My first race isn’t until June, and it’s an EPIC one!! (more on that later).
I am very thankful that I have the opportunity to train like I do and race well. I have a great supportive husband and friends to train with. I get adjusted weekly to help my spine and nervous system. I get massaged monthly (sometimes more!). I only have one body and I do my best to take care of it. The adjustments help me in so many ways — keeping me healthy & injury free. I really don’t think I could do what I do, and race like I race for 30+ years, if it weren’t for chiropractic. I know the adjustments are helping me go strong and I am so thankful for it.
So, do you get adjusted weekly? Or every other week? Or less often? Just like brushing your teeth, or cutting your hair, or clipping your nails, these are things you really need to do to take care of yourself, otherwise what would happen? Your teeth would degenerate; your hair & nails would grow out of control. You don’t just do it once and think it’s all fixed. You continually take care of yourself. Adjustments should be the same way, a continual fine-tuning to make sure you are functioning as best as possible.
I am so thankful I am a chiropractor, have the knowledge of health, and am able to help others every day.
And saving the best for last….Happy Birthday Kalo!