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"Take Me Away"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 20 Days Until Race Day

 

“There’s a place that I go that nobody knows

Where the rivers flow and I call it home

And there’s no more lies in the darkness there’s light

And nobody cries, there’s only butterflies…

 

Take me away, a secret place

A sweet escape, take me away

Take me away to better days

Take me away, a hiding place”

 

--Natasha Bedingfield singing “Pocket Full of Sunshine”

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Over the past 3 months, I have successfully trained my body to withstand the requirements of completing the 70.3 Mile Toughman race coming up in less than 3 weeks. But, being physically prepared to endure the distance only makes you a participant. Up until yesterday, there was still one final aspect of training required in order to call myself a competitor.

 

Every competitor knows that at some point in a race you have to be able to postpone your exhaustion in order to achieve your goal. It’s an escape or a hiding place where you push your body beyond its limits while somehow detaching yourself from feeling the pain. You know there will be consequences later, but you don’t care. You just get it done. And as a result, you have a feeling of inner peace, knowing that you gave everything you had toward something you cared about deeply.

 

Going into the West Point Triathlon yesterday, my goal was to achieve this moment. All week, I visualized an experience where I earned a personal best in swim and the bike without fear of how “spent” my legs would be for the run. Then, my job was to throw myself completely at the run and cross the finish line at near collapse. I’m proud to say, “mission accomplished.” Now, I will spend the next 3 weeks, training at this peak level of intensity while the distances begin to tapper down. It’s clear sailing from here…

 

As my last training message for the year, I want to thank you for all of the support and encouragement over the past 3 months. Starting next week and through September 9th, I will publish short “Call to Action” notices, asking you to consider donating to any of the 5 Freedom’s Light Charities. There will be online links in the notes for you to use and you can email me for any support you may need. 100% of your donation goes directly to the charity. I cover all of the administrative costs. My role in this process is to help inspire and connect patriotic donors to these trustworthy charities.

 

Until next week…

 

God Bless,

--Pat

 

www.freedomslight.org

 

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Letters From Your Father – “Honestly”

 

 

“Honestly

I believe in you

Do you trust in me?

 

Patiently

I will stand by you

I will stand beside you faithfully

 

And through the years

I will be a friend for always

And forever!

 

Call on me and I will be there for you

I’m a friend who always will be true

And I love you can’t you see

That I can say I love you

 

Honestly…

]

 

Stryper singing, “Honestly”

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Dear Girls:

 

Over the past 12 weeks, I have tried to write some of the most important decision points that shape my thinking and beliefs as your father. Also, I tried to pull out some lessons I learned, so you can consider how it applies in your own life someday. At this point, you might be asking yourself, why would your Dad spend so much time doing this? The simple answer is that I am asking you to trust me to teach you how to trust yourself.

 

My goal is to raise you as beautiful, smart, kind, and confident girls. I want you to possess a strong independent streak in which you make your own decisions and create the life that you want, with whom you want. And to do this well, a strong sense of self-trust will be required for this to happen for you.

 

From your early years through high school, I am going to do everything I can to help you to discover who you are, what you love, and what purpose you believe you have. At first, there will be clear boundaries in order to provide you the necessary safety and security as you begin exploring. As you become older, wiser, and more independent, my role will shift, where I will become less directive and more supportive. That means more listening and helping you think through options while minimizing risks. It also means more ownership on your part for how your decisions turn out. That’s nothing to be afraid of. Learning to make good, timely judgments will be something you will become good at over time.

 

Let me close with this. I’ve been told that as a Dad the two greatest gifts I can give my daughters is showing a deep respect toward their Mom and providing a safe, secure environment for my girls to grow their confidence. By staying engaged and focusing on both of these things, the three of you will see what being a “real man” is all about. I fully agree; however, I think the experts are missing one other important piece. It’s not all sacrifice! As a Dad, I think it’s absolutely critical to let your kids inspire you as well! If you do, you just may regain some of that lost innocence from your past and become the person your daughters imagine you to be. Then, the circle is complete.

 

Thank you for reading these letters. I hope you enjoyed them. More to come next year…

 

With Love,

--Dad

 

 

 

 

This Week in Training:

The West Point Triathlon proved to be a worthwhile experience and everything I thought it would be. Reliving the past. Remembering a time of intense training and pure dedication toward becoming a Platoon Leader. And getting back to giving everything I have toward something I believe in.

 

I finished 14th out of 29 competitors in my division. There was about 4 minutes between me and the 10th place finisher. I am going to continue to push myself these last 3 weeks to practice hitting that competitive zone I discussed in the first section. This week has the longest bike/run workout of the program. During the last two weeks, the distances tapper down significantly until race day.

 

Here’s this week’s workout schedule:

 

Monday: Recovery; Stretch

Tuesday: 14 x 1 Mile Repeats

Wednesday: Bike 60 min; Run 30 min

Thursday: Long Stretching Routine; Ice Knees

Friday: Bike 65 miles; Run 8 miles

Saturday: Long Stretching Routine; Ice Knees

Sunday: ToughKids Training w/ Girls

 

 

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