~An Inspirational Presence~
Inspiring others to...
"Live Life Fully in Their Race at Their Pace".
~An Inspirational Presence~
Inspiring others to...
"Live Life Fully in Their Race at Their Pace".
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - An Idaho Falls man found a new way to compete in the Great Snake River Triathlon, despite his physical limitations.
He believes this could create a new way for people to compete around the world.
Rod Hutchins was in his mid-thirties when he contracted Guillian-Barre Syndrome and was paralyzed from the neck down.
He spent 23 years overcoming his physical limitations to complete "His Race at His Pace" on the Iron Man Course in Kona, Hawaii.
Following the race, he was diagnosed with bronchitis, then pneumonia, and then covid. Which completely changed his body.
Eventually, Rod was diagnosed with Chronic Thrombo-Embolic Pulmonary Hypertension. A rare progressive form of Pulmonary Hypertension, where it's more difficult for the blood to flow through the lungs.
"I remember being on the phone for less than 15 seconds and feeling like I was going into a heart attack or a stroke, which is how my body manifested itself," said Rod. "The pain and I've been in this position thousands of times over the last two years". Rod says, his condition feels like he's constantly holding his breath for two minutes then has a minute of relief.
But he's never let physical limitations hold him back.
"I went to the race directors of the triathlon and said, would you mind if I took my journey of physical therapy and let that be cumulative towards a virtual triathlon? They'd never done it before. It's a new concept in East Idaho and perhaps worldwide," said Rod. The triathlon directors let him complete the race in stages.
Now Rod and Veteran Dream Team plans to take the concept nationwide, specifically to victims suffering from trauma and veterans with PTSD.
"Rod came to me with the idea of virtual triathlons, and it's kind of a seed in his mind that we could prepare together and reach out and have more people join in the race with us," said triathlon director Mike Taylor.
"The whole idea of racing at our pace and allowing people to be able to become all that they can be is a great idea. And we want to be able to reach out to communities across the nation and even world and help people get racing, get active in doing things."
On Saturday, (August 13, 2022) he was honored as a competitor in the triathlon. And while he already crossed the finish line days before, Rod was there to personally congratulate those who finished the race.
"Being in this race is huge for me. It's something that I visualized, been working hard for a long time, and I applaud each and every person that's here today that even made the goal, whether they're a triathlete or whether they're just this is our first one. It was fun to stand at the finish line, hearing some of the stories of some of these people," said Rod.
Even though any intense physical activity is extremely painful, Rod says he will continue to race at his own pace. And it's easier when he thinks of the people he inspires on his way.
"On those days that are harder for me. I think of someone that might be out in New Jersey, New York, Las Vegas, or Colorado, who today is making that decision. They're done with life or thinking I just can't complete what I set out to do. And they've lost hope. And that alone helps me that day get through that day. And in addition to God's tender mercies," said Rod.
Hello, I'm Rod Hutchins. I'm happy to have you visit!
This site was created to respectfully introduce myself, the Iron Dream Team, Veteran Dream Team Alliance, International Dream Team Alliance, our Community Resource Model for Veterans & Survivors of Trauma and Health Crisis, our Training and Mentoring Programs, our 120 Day Wellness & Weight Loss Challenge, our Legacy Vision University, Legacy Endowment Scholarship program and our Prayer Warrior Ministry.
In the near future this website will also share information with you about our "Global Legacy Wellness Ranch" (Global Collaborative Project), which is currently under development.
This site is for all those who are led here and who have a desire to learn more about the path of my journey, the collective journey of the Dream Teams and our Mission of Servant-based leadership. We are excited and grateful to have you travel along with us on this path; a path of 'Elevating lives worldwide through Servant-based leadership', thus establishing genuine heart-centered life-long friendships.
In my calling to inspire and serve others, I have learned that it is never too late to "Take your dreams off the shelf, dust them off and pursue your journey of making your dreams come true", as displayed through my own life's journey. I have learned that in such a journey there exists the path to healing, regaining of one's health, growth in consciousness, discovery of authentic True-being, life transformation and Higher-purpose realization.
It is my belief that there is a purpose for everything that we experience in life. I personally believe that if we just look deep enough that this purpose will be revealed to us. I believe that most often in life it is the journey of our most significant pain that leads us to where we discover our Higher-purpose. I choose to utilize the experience and knowledge that I have gained in my own life's journey to help others in their life journeys.
I dedicate My Race at My Pace Life's work to...
~ All those who... Seek truth, light, higher consciousness.
~ All those who... have the desire to overcome obstacles challenging them in their life .
~ All those who... desire healing of body, mind and spirit.
~ All those who... have 'lost their voice' innocently due to freedom of their True-being being stolen from them.
~ All those who... live (survive) in fear.
~ All those who... have the desire to reconnect to their True-being.
~ All those who... desire to reclaim their life & live empowered, happy and in fulfillment of their Higher calling.
~ All those who... take action to "Be the change that they wish to see in the world."
~ All those who... desire to love & shine light.
It is my hope that as you take a journey through this site that you will seek understanding, be inspired and feel the heart and soul that tangibly exists in the the lives of those who we touch globally. It is also my hope that you consciously seek truth and are inspired as you gain a deeper understanding of what presents itself to you at this very moment in time, and that you feel the depth of the messages that the photos, videos and podcasts residing on this site speak.
There truly has never been a better time in our lifetime than NOW... to seek for truth, to use the gifs that we were born with and to re-awaken our dreams and allow them to come true! It is my hope that you will enjoy and respect your journey, respect the journey of others and have gratitude for all things!
We hope that you will join us in traveling this amazing and inspirational journey of "Caring Enough To Make a Difference" in the lives of millions, worldwide!
On the pages residing within this website you will be introduced to the 'WHY' I do, what I do. You will learn that the reason I've chosen to accomplish my goal of successfully completing the IronMan Course in Kona, Hawaii in 2021 actually has a much deeper purpose than solely crossing the Finish line.
It is my hope that as you view this website that you will be provided with insight to the paramount foundational reason to why I am passionate of succeeding in my 2021 Kona, Hawaii goal. In short, that reason is to "Positively touch and transform the lives of millions of people, worldwide!"
I invite you to join me on my journey of transforming lives!
Always... Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart and Soul to Soul.
Rod J. Hutchins
Peace, Freedom & Empowerment Advocate
The Iron Dream Team
The Veteran Dream Team Alliance
The International Dream Team Alliance
To Elevate Lives through Servant-based Leadership.
Awakening of Innate Gifts
Fulfillment of Dreams
Collaborative Synergistic Mentorship
To Foster and Grow an Environment of Safety, Understanding,
Clarity, Heartfelt Acceptance of Genuine Authenticity, Vision,
Healing and Wellness.
To Be a Presence That Inspires Others to...
Live Life Fully in “Their Race at Their Pace”,
"Strive Daily to Meet Their Next and Highest-Best-Self”.
To Listen to God’s Inspired direction through Spirit.
To be a Presence that Lights the Path on the Journey of Life Transformation
and Higher Purpose Realization… In All Those Whose Lives We Touch, Worldwide.
To Be Thankful To God, Always.
If you would like to receive updates and follow Rod in his Health, Wellness and Fitness Journey as he prepares for his 2023 Kona, Hawaii Iron Man 'Course Completion'... "His Race at His Pace" and if you'd like to join us in "The Wellness & Weight Release 120 Day Program", please enter your email below. We'd love to have you take part with us in this amazing journey! Thank you. Blessings
It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude that I give my heartfelt thank you to my beautiful and amazing daughter, "TeAnna Hutchins" for her love and dedication.
"Thank you dear TeAnna for all you have done, and continue to do for me as I travel through my journey.
Thank you for your incredible depth of unconditional love and care you have given, and continue to give me. Thank you for your on-going amazing support.
Thank you for the sacrifice in your own personal life that you have given in order to be with and assist me through the difficult health and emotional journey I have been on.
Thank you for the dedication and numerous hours you have taken to personally photograph my journey, as to be able to share it with others in the hope that it may give even one person... HOPE! Hope and courage to continue on, no matter how difficult of time they may be going through in their life journey.
For a daughter to even just 'see' with her own eyes the depth of immense pain and difficulty that her father is going through would be very difficult in and amongst itself... let alone photograph/film the journey as you have so courageously done and continue to do. Doing so is an entirely different and heightened level of understanding, love, dedication and caring.
Photographing this journey of me, (your own father), in itself is a great sacrifice on your part,
and I so very much thank you.
Your depth of understanding of the importance and reason behind filming/photographing my journey humbles me and makes me even more proud of you than what I already am.
Thank you dear TeAnna, my amazing daughter.
I always have been, and always will be so very proud of you.
I will never be able to express the depth of love and gratitude that I have for you TeAnna".
I love you,
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