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"You Gotta Be Willing to Take the Hits..".

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

Motivational Message:

“It aint about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s about how much you can take and keep moving forward! That’s how winning is done!!"

Rocky speaking to son in the movie “Balboa”

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Now that we are entering into our 3rd week of our journey, there is a tendency for people to start “checking-out.” What this means is that the adrenaline has worn off and life seems to provide us “reasons” to give up on our dreams all together.  

Considering that I am struggling on my own journey right now (see “Weekly Training Schedule” section below), I actually have some empathy. So, let’s all take a moment this week to collectively feel sorry for ourselves. Ready? Pause… OK, are you done yet!! If you’re not, then here’s what I want you to do next. Send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , titled “I AM A QUITTER!” and list all the reasons why staying the same is better than being the person you were born to be.  

Please know that I care about you deeply. With that stated, if my life experiences have taught me anything it’s that sometimes a little “timely tough love” can go a long way. Don’t be a “quitter” when it comes to fulfilling your dreams. If you have found that your short term goals created a few weeks back were a little too ambitious then that’s fine. Tweak them today! That’s called adaptation and not quitting. Recognize that as long as the tweaks are still aligned with your dreams, then you are simply just finding a way to stay the course. The key is to continue to find ways to progress and make it happen.  

Next week, I will start you on the path for tapping into your “superpowers” referenced in my kickoff message titled "The Man of Steel is Back!" posted on May 1st. Until then, continue to work the plan, be creative, and most importantly never quit.


God Bless,




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This Week’s Training Schedule

Last week’s race felt great. However, the excitement has passed, and I am left thinking about 2 major realities that I have to face, if I have any chance of achieving my goal of being a top 10 finisher for the Clydesdale Division at the Westchester Toughman in September.


First, my endurance on the bike needs a lot of work when confronting hills. Yes, I have improved since last year, but I am going to have to work even harder. I’ve adjusted my training plan to attack some of the largest hills in the area and will bike them over and over again until my body adapts. That’s not going to be easy but that’s just the way it has to be.  


The 2nd reality, on the other hand, is far more dreadful for me to face. Let me just state it. Currently, my knee cannot take the pounding of running 13.1 miles after the 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike. So, now what? Well, intellectually, the answer seems simple.


When doing some research, I’ve found that for every pound a person weighs, approximately 4 pounds of pressure is added to their knees when they run. I currently weigh 250 pounds. To qualify for the Clydesdale Division, I have to weigh just above 200 pounds. That means I have the ability to reduce 200 pounds of pressure on my knees for each step I take as a runner and still qualify for my division. Great information! I actually feel hope inside!! However, knowledge is not enough.


The true test of my character will not come from just being “intellectually well-informed.” It will come down to what actions I take to improve my situation. So, here’s the new short term goal I have added on to all of the others: Weigh 225 pounds by August 9th when competing in the NYC Nautica Triathlon. Reduce pressure by 100 pounds per step when running and give everything I have the entire race with no excuses. After the race, reassess and decide on next steps between then and my final race in September.


I have a difficult road ahead and actually feel a bit queasy wondering if I am up for it. That stated, I’ve been here before. It looks way too big right now, so I’m just going to have to break this all into chunks and keep moving forward. Here’s this week’s workout.


Monday: Strength Training: “The 300 Workout” / Swim 16 x 40 m

Tuesday: Swim 5 x 400m / Bike 90 min

Wednesday: Bike 60 min / Run 45 min

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

Friday: Run 80 min: 

Saturday: Bike 2 hrs 30 min

            Sunday: Pilates / Run with Kids / Kickball in Driveway