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"2011 Season Kickoff: The Man of Steel is Back!"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018


Welcome to the 2011 Freedom’s Light Newsletter!  This year I have 3 charity races to train for and hope to inspire you along the way. Each Monday morning I will try to share a short story or insight intended to start your week off with a bang. With that stated, let’s get started!



Motivational Quote:

“I took a walk around the world to ease my troubled mind,

I left my body laying somewhere in the sands of time.

I watched the world float to the dark side of the moon,

I feel there is nothing I can do. Yeah…”


“If I go crazy then will you still call me Superman,

If I’m alive and well, will you be there holding my hand,

I’ll keep you by my side with my super human might,




“Kyrptonite” by 3 Doors Down (See video by clicking here)


So after watching the video, I have a few questions for you. What is your superhero power? Have you used it lately? And, if so, what overall purpose does it serve?


If you have a hard time answering, you’re not alone. Most people don’t believe in superheroes, much less think of themselves as having any special powers. This season, I am going to challenge that.  And for some readers, today may be the day that changes the rest of your life.


Are Superheroes Real?

To me the answer is a clear, “Yes!” A superhero is a human construct made in our mind that appeals to the absolute best of who we aspire to be. One can argue that just the popularity of the “Superman Logo” worldwide suggests that the concept of a “superhero” transcends any specific culture. Expand this concept further and you can see that the “superhero” profile is present in nearly all cultures West and East within their earliest texts and most beloved stories. Even more incredible is the common theme, as written by the late Joseph Campbell, of what he called the “Hero’s Journey.” Within this journey are the trials all heroes must face in order to fulfill their destiny.

Over the course of the 2011 season, I am going to write about the fears, risks, rewards, and realities of taking the Hero’s Journey. I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Wow, Pat has really lost it. A Hero’s Journey? Really???” Yeah, I know (hence the song selection above). Here’s the deal: I know it seems that the “hero’s journey” is not for everyone. But, my conclusion is the complete opposite. I’ve discovered that everyone who is alive is actually on their own hero’s journey, whether they accept it or not. Unfortunately, here’s the typical experience. Most of us start with great enthusiasm in our youth. Then something happens where we hit the wall. The vast majority of us become distracted or fatigued from life’s obstacles. And, as the world floats to the dark side of the moon, nearly all of us fall into life’s matrix with time, the only thing truly given to us, passing us by.


Next week, I will introduce you to some of the initial steps I’ve taken over the past 5 years in order to get back on the horse and advance myself further on the path. It builds upon a self-promise I recommitted to back in 2007 to be 3 things for my growing family: Physically Fit – Mentally Tough – Morally Straight. Those 6 words embody the spirit of the great Americas Freedom's Light serves through our charities. Well, until then, enjoy the rest of the week and remember to take some time to dream again! It will do the soul some good…


God Bless,





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This Week’s Training Schedule

First section of the newsletter was a little long this week, so I’ll write more about my current fitness level, challenges, and path forward in the future. Below is this week’s workout plan.


Monday: Strength Training: “The 300 Workout” (modified)

Tuesday: Swim 10 x 100m / Test Run – 2 min intervals 1-3 sets

Wednesday: Bike 60 min / Test Run – 2 min intervals 2-5 sets

Thursday: Swim 5 x 300m / Bike 90 min

Friday: Swim 10 x 40 m

Saturday: Bike 2 hours

Sunday: Test Run – 1 mile jog