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"Sometimes Heroes Get Beat... Badly!

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 19 January 2018

Last Updated 19 January 2018




“Oh, you think darkness is your ally.

But you merely adopted the dark.

I was born in it. Molded by it.

I didn’t see the light until I was already a man,

by then it was nothing to me but blinding…


The shadows betray you,

because they belong to me!”



--Tom Hardy as Bain confronting Batman

in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”

To see video, click here



All heroes make mistakes. All heroes at one point or another misread the situation or worse are betrayed by someone they trust. And, all heroes must deal with those moments when they get beat badly. It comes with the territory when you dare to try.


As with other years in my “DESTINATION TOUGHMAN” training, this is the point when the workouts get brutal. Right now, there is no amount of strength, anger, or grit that can close the gap between where I am and where I need to be. It’s tempting to go negative, checkout, or allow the hopelessness to paralyze me. Instead, I rely on my "Dark Optimism" to find a way forward.


So what’s next? What advice can I give others who are in a similar place? The first order of business is survival. Protect your body, if you are able. Use your mind to find safety, if you are able. And, above all else, guard your spirit, if you are able. Whether it's a person or circumstance, realize that spirit is the true prize your “opponent” is trying to take.



God Bless,



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Letters From Your Father –

“5-Dimensional Thinking”

“I get it. It’s nice up here. You can just shut down

all the systems, turn out all the lights,

and just close your eyes and tune out everyone.

There’s nobody up here that can hurt you. It’s safe.

I mean what’s the point of going on?

What’s the point of living?


Your kid died...

Doesn’t get any rougher than that.

But still, it’s a matter of what you do now.

If you decide to go, then you gotta just get on with it.

Sit back, enjoy the ride. You gotta plant both

your feet on the ground and start livin’ life…


Hey, Ryan?

It’s time to go home!”



George Clooney as Astronaut Kowalski in “Gravity”

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Dear Girls:



During your life you will face moments when you will wonder, “God, are you there?” From terrorist attacks, to the murdering of innocent children, to seeing loved ones face incurable diseases, I can tell you I’ve asked that question many times in my adulthood. I’m sure you will too.


But before you throw in the towel on your faith, I want you to ask yourself if you’ve ever had an experience where you saw a sign. You know, an event so impactful that came to you at the most unlikely, yet perfect time that it influenced your decision. I can name numerous examples of these moments of “intercession” in my own life, and they are the main reason why I know there is something happening well beyond the finite time we seem to have.


This awareness is the foundation of what I call “5-Dimensional Thinking.” As a leader, I use all of my God given abilities to “find a way” or “solve the problem.” But, what I also do is invite those on the other side to help me see blind spots and tell me things that they know need to be said. This goes well beyond the fundamentals I shared with you the last 2 weeks, regarding leading through uncertainty. I am asking you to open yourself up to receiving an intercession. This is the act of praying for and/or receiving help from the larger community of people and spirit who see your intent for serving God. Simply calm you mind, speak from your heart, and commit to multiplying any good you receive.


In your toughest moments, please remember to be open to the power of intercession. As mentioned in my earlier notes, others in this world and the next are rooting for you! Usually, an intercession will come to you in a brief and powerful message that is consistent to all that you know to be good and right.   Then, be optimistic! Give all your fears to God and take bold action to find your way home through the darkness.



Love You Forever,




"Wake Me Up Inside" – 2011 Freedom’s Light Journal Entry




This Week in Training

“The Show Must Go On!”




Empty spaces – what are we living for

Abandoned places – I guess we know the score

On and on, does anybody know

what we are looking for?


Another hero, another mindless crime

Behind the curtain, in the pantomime

Hold the line! Does anybody

want to take it anymore?


The show must go on,

The show must go on,

Inside my heart in breaking

My make-up may be flaking

But my smile still stays on



Queen performing “The Show Must Go On”

To listen to rest of the song, click here


Do you believe in “living angels” where they know their life’s purpose is to lead and help others? Just up the road in Nyack, NY is an example of what I am talking about. His story is best viewed than read. And his message to me was, “Everyone who can stand, stand now. If you can help others, do so.” He is known as "The Man in the Red Bandana"


When receiving a gift from one of these angels, it is our duty to act worthy of their sacrifice. No matter how bad it gets, we must tell ourselves, “The Show Must Go On!” With that in mind, here is this week’s workout plan.


Monday:         Swim 20 x 100m; Run 8 x 800m Hills

Tuesday:       Bike 1hr 45 min; Run 60 min

Wednesday: Swim 2 x 1000m; Bike 2 hr

Thursday:     Swim Drills & 15 x 50m; Bike 45 min (Drills)

Friday:           Bike 4 hrs; Run 45 min

Saturday:       Run 2 hrs

Sunday:        Long stretch / Core Strength Training

*Core strength training includes chin-ups, push-ups, planks, rock wall climbing

**Stretch 30 min each day to “injury-proof” and avoid becoming “brittle”


Tip of the week: After a 1.2 mile swim and spending over 3 hours on the bike, the 13.1 mile run is where I got beat badly in 2012. I learned in 2013 that to have a good run and a fantastic race, running technique is everything. The trick is to find that optimum running form that maintains a steady pace and allows the rolling hills on the course to pass through you.


Below are tips I’ve been using for an efficient run. It’s called the “Pose Method.” It’s used by endurance athletes who need to grow their ability to run long distance without causing injuries.


I am still struggling to find and hold my optimum race form after a long bike ride. The only way to find it will come is to continue testing my limits, learning from mistakes, and tweaking my form until I experience a smooth bike-run transition.

  • Introduction to the Pose Method, click here
  • To learn to “Basic Pose Movement”, click here
  • To learn to Run Without Injury (Pose),” click here
  • To learn to “How to Run Faster (Fall)”, click here
  • To learn to “How to Run Longer (Pull)” click here
  • Bring it all together with experts, click here