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"D-Day Invasion - Starting the Journey"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few…” 

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill

 

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Today commemorates the 67th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.  Although the quote above reflects Winston Churchill’s sentiments after the Battle of Britain in 1940, I think nearly all would agree it could apply four years later during the Normandy Invasion.  It was on this day in 1944 where many nations came together and launched the largest amphibious assault in history to win back the continent of Europe.  At Normandy, German fortifications stood strong with their guns affixed on the horizon as they awaited the long anticipated Allied attack. 

I can only guess that on the day before the invasion, all must have felt an inconceivable amount of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and dread.  From the Allied perspective, the invasion had been postponed several times, the weather was far from ideal, and yet it was clear to General Eisenhower and his team of commanders that failure to act was not an option.  The people of Western Europe were either being suppressed or worse experiencing genocide in concentration camps.  The Russians on the Eastern Front had been making very slow, costly gains through the blood of their servicemen and civilians.  The Americans and British spent years fighting through Sicily and Italy (my grandfather being one of them in the 36th Infantry Division) over mountains and rivers against some of the toughest resistance the Axis powers had to offer.  No, waiting was not an option.  And so, the decision was made, the assault was launched, and many Allies were horrifically injured or paid the ultimate sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy in order to gain this initial foot-hold back on to the continent of Europe.   

This week, I encourage readers to watch a video of a speech given by President Ronald Reagan 27 years ago, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion (click here to watch). I listen to an audio version of the first 3 minutes on my iPod before each long distance run (10 miles or more).  Personally, it gives me the strength to overcome obstacles and persevere like those before me. 

My hope is that by watching the video and reflecting on this day you will see the importance of the journey you are about to embark on. You see, freedom does not come to the passive or the timid. It only comes to the brave. And, to be clear about my intentions, I am not committing myself to help you just as an act of charity alone. By investing in you, I am also investing in US.

Remember: BE-DO-HAVE! Until next week…

 

God Bless,

--Pat

 

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This Week’s Training Schedule

Last week, I felt a bit of strain on both knees and decided to take the last 3 days off for recovery. I am contemplating a strategy change of running a maximum of 2 times a week through June and July and supplement the rest with bike, swim, and the elliptical running machine. Additionally, I may add a challenging nutrition plan to cut another 10-15 pounds as well (getting me down to 230 pounds). More to follow…

 

Also, I am “throwing my hat in the ring” right away by competing in a SBR Sprint Triathlon (http://www.sbrshop.com/triathlons) this Saturday. Goal is “rip the band-aid off” and get a pulse of where I “really” am in my training. In the meantime, here is this week’s workout plan at a glance.

 

Monday: Swim 5 x 300m / Bike 90 min

Tuesday: Swim 10 x 100m / Elliptical Runner 20 min

Wednesday:  Bike 60 min / Run – 45 min

Thursday: Bike 2 hours

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

Saturday:  SBR Race: Swim ½ mile, Bike 16 miles, 3.1 mile run

Sunday: Stretch / Recovery / Ice