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"NYC Triathlon / Launch of Tuesday's Children Campaign"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

President George W. Bush

 

 

Introduction:

From July 18th – September 12th, I will be fundraising for Tuesday’s Children, a New York City based charity with a long-term commitment to help every individual directly impacted by September 11, 2001. Our goal is to raise $2,500. As of this email, $350 has been raised. THANK YOU!

To donate to this charity visit https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TuesdaysChildren/OnlineDonation.html or feel free to respond back to me through this message. To learn more about Tuesday’s Children, go to www.tuesdayschildren.org .

 

Launch of the Tuesday’s Children Campaign

On July 18th, I had the great fortune to be a part of the Tuesday’s Children Triathlon Team at the NYC Nautica Triathlon. This event acts as the official launch of my fundraising efforts for their cause. The campaign concludes on September 12th with my completion of the 70.3 mile Toughman competition at Croton-on-the-Hudson.

I happy to report that my first Olympic distance triathlon went far better than I expected. My goal was to finish my 1 mile swim, 26 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run in less than 3½ hours. I reached the finish line at Central Park in 2 hours and 52 minutes instead. More importantly, my family was able to make it to see me get through the finish line and earn my finisher’s medal. Enclosed are some pictures of me with the girls.

In terms of results, I came in 46th out of the 143 people in the Clydesdale Division. This division is made up of male athletes above 200 lbs. Being 46th may not sound great to some, but it certainly was a stronger outcome than I expected. I remember going to the start line seeing quite a few people that looked very lean for 200+lbs. Oh, what did I weigh? Well, no worries about me failing to qualify… I weighed-in at a “thick” 262 lbs. Anyway, when I looked around at the people before we started the swim, I had a big smile. I thought, “You may be younger and leaner, but I’m hard to kill. I will learn today and give you all a run for your money…”

So all in all, I am very pleased with the results. It was a great “test run” for the event on September 12th. I’ve already conducted a review of lessons learned from the race and have incorporated a few things into my training plan. But to be clear, I continue to keep training simple, focused, and adaptive. I have 3 simple principles: Listen to your body, adapt it to the environment, and be mindful of form.

Training Schedule:

Below is my training schedule for this week. I have entered the most challenging part of my 6 months of training thus far. It’s a lot but I can tell you that anyone who wants to do this can if they are patient and disciplined with their time. As far as benefits, it will change you, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You’ll see more of what I am talking about in the upcoming newsletters.

Monday: Swim 20 x 100m (15sec rest); 8 x200m hills

Tuesday: Brick Workout – Bike 1.75 hours; Run 1 hour; strength training

Wednesday: Swim 2 x 1000m (30sec rest between sets); Bike 2 hours

Thursday: Run 2 hours

Friday: Swim 16 x 25m (10sec rest), 10 x 50m (15sec rest); Bike 45 min

Saturday: Bike 4 hours; Run 45min

Sunday: Advanced Pilates

Note: Warm-up, cool-down, stretching, ice must occur for every workout

Last Thoughts:

I will likely be sending shorter newsletters for the next few weeks until I get through this phase of my training. I’ve already drafted a few and the insights have frankly been quite visceral in nature. My hope is that, through reading them, you will be inspired to overcome any hard times you might be facing and shatter any barrier in your path.

More to follow…

God Bless,

--Pat