Cheers to making the right choices!

Where to start? Today marks 31 days until the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe. Up until today I have been visualizing this race. I have swam the 2.4 miles in my head so many times that I have lost count. I have cycled the 112 miles so much that I know how amazing it is going to feel to get my butt off that saddle. But for some reason I have never been able to visualize running the 26.2 miles and finishing this true testament to intestinal fortitude. I thought that maybe its because after 22 years I still have a mental block from hyperextending my knee 3 Days before my College Running Career was able to start and began the dark spiral into my subsequent deep depression. But alas, it seems as if I am not supposed to finish the race this year. You see, I have been fighting my spine and neck misalignment for a long time which up until October of 2013 was still functional. As this misalignment started to worsen I started to feel pulling in my hamstring, uncontrollable headaches, and significant lower back pain. It began to affect my performance in races but I continued to ignore the warning signs and pushed through out of sheer Ego. I was not going to admit that I was broken. I didn’t work this hard to get back in shape after so many years of being unhealthy to have it all undone by some silly s-curve in my back and a neck without and curve. It just wasn’t going to happen. I was getting ready to turn 40 and I needed to do something to prove that I was ready to tackle a monumental task. The IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. I mean really, I can totally do this, right? So I found this awesome cause in ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and I set out to raise the money to do my part. Unfortunately my spinal condition got worse, my training suffered, and to top it off I think with my bike wreck a couple months ago aggravated everything. My condition went down hill really quick. I sought out the Physical Therapy it was going to take to put me back together at Neck And Back Integrative Medicine. Started the rehab and quickly found that this is not going to be the slam dunk I was expecting. Over the last month I have been through some crazy decompression and manipulation, trigger point injections, and chiropractic adjustments. Along with this realignment and introducing curvature back into my neck I have been trying to get back into training, but I am finding that with this realignment comes a need for patience and a dose of reality. I WILL NOT be able to complete the Ironman with my current level of fitness. Heck, I can barely ride 36 miles without getting a spasm in my back at this point. So it is with great humility that I put Ego aside (getting good at this lately) and respectfully withdraw from the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe 140.6 and look forward to 2015 to tackle this beast.

Zero and I appreciate all of those who have donated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and funding programs to help those who are in need. There are so many worth while causes out there and the fact that you had supported me in this cause is truly a blessing. Please know that your donation was not made in vain. I will be working with Zero over the next year to raise money for this noble cause and I look forward to our partnership as we work to raise awareness for this disease which affects so many people that are near and dear to our lives.

I have not determined whether or not I will be attempting to salvage some part of this opportunity to race in such an amazing venue (Lake Tahoe). If so, it would be at the Half Ironman distance which is still a great challenge for me at this point in my recovery. I’ll be talking with the doctor’s over this next week to determine if this is feasible or not.

Thank you again to all of you who have been following my journey towards fulfilling this goal. You are all very special to me. I only hope that I will be able to do you all proud and eventually cross that line carrying the names of the many who have suffered and continue to suffer to this day with Prostate Cancer.

Until then, I will continue to plug along and help as many people as possible reach their personal goals. You are the ones that matter to me. Its so much easier when we help each other. Through your success we all become stronger! Let’s keep going in the right direction! Cheers to making the right choices!

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