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Congratulations! Now, Leave Your Legacy...

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

Motivational Message:


C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !

Now, leave your legacy…


Today marks the end of our 12-week action plans. For those of you who took the leap with me, CONGRATULATIONS! By dreaming big and taking action, you are well on your way to living the inspired life you were born to have. For those who were “passively reading” from a distance, thank you for doing so. I hope you enjoyed the insider view of how I prepare each year for my big fundraising race.


Next on the Agenda:

From September 1st – September 11th, I will be launching my 2011 Freedom’s Light Fundraising Drive. We’ve been in correspondence for a while, so the window for giving has been intentionally made short. More information about the charities and how to give will be provided in my September 1st email. After that, expect only 2-3 reminders which will include my “last call” for donations just before I start my 70.3 Mile Toughman race early on September 11th. Just a reminder, 100% of any donation provided goes directly to the organization you select. Freedom’s Light does not see a single penny. My role is to simply run races, inspire those around me with my newsletters, and help connect patriotic donors to some of our best Americans in their time of need.  


To conclude our time training together, I am going to provide you one more challenge. I want you take some time to leave your legacy. Take a few moments and think about what you learned about yourself over the past 12 weeks. Then, write a note to reference someday or to someone you care about. If interested, you can view the first letter I wrote to my girls last year titled, “Life is a Game of Inches.”


So now, here we are at the fork in the road. It’s time to shake hands and wish each other good luck on our respective journeys. Thank you for all of the kind notes you’ve provided during my training period. My hope is that I’ve also provided you something of value in return. If you need any help or would just like to share a story, feel free to send me a note at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I would absolutely love to hear from you...


Good luck on your journey & God Bless!!








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This Week’s Training Schedule

Last week I was able to complete 4 out of 6 workouts. Good news is that I accomplished my 3000 meter swim with relative ease. The race only requires less than a 2000 meter swim before transitioning to the bike. The bad news is that I only completed 2 ½ of my 4 hour bike ride on Saturday without the 5 mile run. With the hurricane coming, I decided to cut the workout short and prepare for the unexpected at home.


I did complete my 9 mile run Sunday afternoon after the hurricane. It was a great opportunity to test how to endure with high winds, wet trails, and down trees. The pain in my knees and hips went away in less than 3 minutes. A few weeks back it took about 10 minutes, so things are really looking up! Since I feel great about the swim and the run but a bit “untested” for the long bike ride, my strategy for the race will be to take it easy on the 56 mile bike and spend any excess energy holding a sub-9:00 min/mile pace (plus 30 sec for water) as long as I can for the 13.1 mile run.


These next 2 weeks before the race are tapper weeks. The only gains to be had are in the areas of recovery (joints and muscle) and practicing transitions in my weakest area: Bike to Run. There is no value with any strenuous workouts now. The true focus for me will be on nutrition planning which includes drinking lots of water and following a strict structure of what I can and can’t eat at specific times of the day. In the meantime, here’s this week’s plan. I’ve added a few chin-ups and push-ups to keep things interesting.


Monday:  Stretch / Ice Knees / 25 chin-ups & 100 push-ups

Tuesday:  Stretch / Ice Knees / 25 chin-ups & 200 push-ups

Wednesday:  Bike 45 min / Run 30 min / 25 chin-ups & 250 push-ups

Thursday: Stretch / Ice Knees / 50 chin-ups & 250 push-ups

Friday:  Bike 1 hour / Run 1 hour / 25 chin-ups & 100 push-ups

Saturday:  Fun Run with Kids / Pool

Sunday:  Run 3-mile Loop at Rockland Lake (while kids bike)