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"I Am Titanium..."

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 2 Days Until Race Day

 

I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose

Fire away, fire away

Ricochet, you take your aim

Fire away, fire away

 

You shoot me down but I won’t fall

I am titanium

You shoot me down but I won’t fall

 

I am Titanium…

 

 

David Guetta – Featuring Sia singing “Titanium”

To watch official video, click here

 

 

With only 2 days left, I am constantly rehearsing in my mind how I want the race to go. I see myself covering the 1.2 mile swim and running to the transition area in 38 minutes. Then, I remove my wetsuit, put on all of my bike gear, and take off maintaining ~90 RPMs for the entire 56 miles. The bike course places me back in front of the transition area just short of the 4-hour mark.

 

My muscles and bones are aching from sitting on the bike for nearly 3 ½ hours. I decide to take a full 5 minutes in the transition area for stretching. Other competitors are passing me by. To manage my fear of falling behind, I tell myself, “Patience! Allow your body to adjust. Run your race...”

 

Now, I am on the run course. I take it easy for the first mile, ensuring proper body alignment, purposeful arm swing, and a slight lean forward. I know small things will add up to a lot over the next 2 hours, so it’s important to get this right. My mind is in control, listening to the signals my body gives off for when to best speed up and slow down. However, that’s only for the first 10 miles. During the remaining 3.1 miles, I shift from thinking to fighting. It’s all heart and instincts from this point forward.

 

Once this transition happens, a steady increase in both speed and breathing cadence naturally occurs. My instincts are trusted to manage the rate of acceleration and to maintain a ceiling of 85% max speed. With body-mind-spirit now aligned, I’m steady, calm, and keenly aware of my surroundings. Ironically, my eyesight becomes very blurry but I can almost swear I can sense everything around me. Within this state of hypersensitivity, my senses are fixated on hearing my left foot hitting the ground 90 times per minute. I know this seems odd, but the habit has become a byproduct of months of training. It’s how I can tell if things are going well or if an adjustment is needed.

 

With about 400 meters left, I can see the final turn. It’s a sharp right into a 0.1 mile stretch of banners and people, cheering racers all the way to the finish line. As I turn, I roll my right shoulder downward, lean in, and exclaim, “Let’s go!” I trained for this precise moment over the past few weeks on the track, listening to the song “Titanium” as positive reinforcement. This is the last sprint to the finish line. Just steps away from completion, I hear the race announcer reading the blurb I submitted for him to read. “Here's Patrick Curran representing Freedom’s Light, a charity supporting military, first responders, and 9/11 victims. Congratulations, Patrick. You’re now a TOUGHMAN!”

 

After crossing the finish line, I grab my left wrist to stop my watch. It reads 6 hours 25 minutes, a personal best time for me. I give a relaxed, quiet smile as a TOUGHMAN finisher medal is placed around my neck by a race volunteer. It feels pretty good to know that there is a part of me that can still “go there” with nothing held back.

 

Now, I am back in the present. Just 48 hours until race start. Being able to see success is one the most critical final steps in my training. That is why I will go through this “rehearsal” about a dozen more times before Sunday morning. There will be no doubt in my mind what winning looks like. With this blueprint engrained in my psyche, every action I take during the race will be for bringing this vision to life.

 

Tested – Rested – Ready! Donation links below…

 

God Bless,

--Pat

 

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