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River Forest Family Photography: Kirk Family

There’s something to be said about endurance athletes. It’s one thing to sprint and know in a matter of seconds the push will be over. I’ve known Spencer since high school. Back then, he (and his family) were well known as elite athletes in Track & Field. Sure, many people have claim to fame’s from back in the day. But Spencer, he competes in Iron Man races! What!? Who does that!? If you’re not familiar… An Iron Man Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. Yes. Impressive. Meanwhile…He’s a doctor. Also impressive. He’s a husband. A quality one. That is a feat these days. And now…He’s a dad! Best accomplishment of them all. His beautiful wife, Krista, can keep up in the stride of life with her own medical, physical, and parental accomplishments. Oh! And amongst having an infant, they are moving! Yeah…How on earth they do it all I literally have no idea!

But one thing I do know as an athlete; hard work is one of the only factors you can control. You can’t control the conditions, the elements, or even how you may feel on a particular day. You can however, put in work. Essentially, stride by stride, effort by effort, investing in your bank of no regrets. So at the end of the race, or challenge in life, when you’re spent have nothing left to give, you can know without a shadow of a doubt that you did the best you could. To me, no regrets beats the clock or the score board any day.

One could say, this family comes from a long line of success (in many ways). Yes, that’s true. But Spencer and Krista have put in the work. When goodness knows I would have cracked, they are still standing. And in a matter of days, (if they haven’t closed already!) they’ll be standing at the doorstep of their new home with accolades, successes, degrees by the plenty, but most importantly, each other and baby Quentin!

So happy for you guys! You’ve put in the work. You’ve had life by the pavement for so long. Hope you’re able to sit back for even a short while and soak in the journey you’ve had!

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