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Are You the "Quitting" Kind?

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 December 2017

Last Updated 17 December 2017

Motivational Moment - 

"Are You the 'Quitting' Kind?"

Hey, hey, hey, hey… What are you doing here?
Don’t you have practice?

Rudy: Not anymore. I quit.

Fortune: Oh… Well, since when are you the quitting kind?



 Sean Astin and Charles S. Dutton in “Rudy”

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Now that we are 3 weeks into our journey, people typically start to checkout. What this means is that the adrenaline has worn off and life seems to provide “reasons” for us to not press on.  

Believe it or not, I have some empathy. Let’s take a moment to feel sorry for ourselves… OK, ready? (5 second pause) So, are you done yet? If not and you still want to quit, 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 of the reasons why staying the same is better than being the person you dream to be.

Look, I know it’s hard. And I know first hand how the ups and downs can be draining. But don’t get “weak-kneed” or “spaghetti-spined” on me now. Combine a little love and anger and get passionate about being successful. Aim it all toward your purpose. Trust me. You won’t regret it.

Keep going…    

God Bless,


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This Week in Training –

“No Days Off!”

So, you say you want it as bad as you want to breathe?

Then, it’s show time… It’s examination time…


It’s time to get tested.


--Eric Thomas (The “Hip Hop” Preacher) in
“How Bad Do You Want It 2”

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Not satisfied with the progress you’ve made so far? If so, then I have a question for you. What did you think was going to happen at this point of the training? Did you think creating some goals and a few days of focused effort was going to be enough?


If you are tired and unhappy with the progress you are making that means you’re ready for the next step. This week, we begin to accelerate the skills development portion of your triathlon training.

I want you to obsess about the techniques you are using during your swim workouts. Pay close attention to how you are cutting and gliding through the water with minimum resistance or drag. Watch videos to get the next set of tips for learning efficiency.


  • To begin to learn how to master your swim technique and use every bit of your concentration to perfect the details, click here. 
  • To dig deeper into swim technique, check out the Total Immersion video collection by clicking here. 

Do not fear success. Take the time to make incremental improvements from study and practice. For the swim, you will know you are on the road to being successful by achieving faster times with less energy spent.


Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Monday: Swim 8 x 100m; Run 8 x 200; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: Bike 60 min ; Run 40 min; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: Bike 60 min; Core Strength 1

Thursday: Swim 6 x 200m; Core Strength 2

Friday: Swim 10x 50m; Bike 90min; Core Strength 1

Saturday: Run 60min; Core Strength 2
Sunday: Long Stretch; Sports with Daughters 


*Core Strength 1 focus on chin-ups, pushups, planks, lower back/abs

**Core Strength 2 focuses on squats, hip strengthening, and stretching
***Questions: Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it      


The Transformation Challenge
“Beliefs - What Do I Stand For?”

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck,

Some nights, I call it a draw…


Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle

Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off


But I still wake up,

I still see your ghost,

Oh Lord,

I am still not sure,

what I stand for oh-oh


What do I stand for?

What do I stand for?

Most nights, I don’t know,




“Some Nights” Performed by FUN on Saturday Night Live

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A few months after leaving the military, I started to realize how different my view of the world was compared to those around me. Logically I understood why. I had been in an Army culture with a very clear focus and set of values for approximately 10 years. Returning back to civilian life, I was shocked by the diversity of opinions, values, and “fact patterns” people used to form their judgments. Some of the experiences were great for learning. However, some insights cut so deep that it questioned many of the core beliefs that I built my life around.


Does this seem familiar? Sure your details maybe different, but managing transition is something we all go through at many stages of our life. Whether it’s graduating from school, becoming a parent, being forced to find a new job, dealing with a medical condition, or a traumatic event, we all experience life-changing moments that compel us to question our beliefs and assumptions. If no one is there to help, life can start to feel a little rudderless with no clear direction.


For this week’s transformational challenge, I am asking you to perform a “gut check.” I want you to ask yourself, “What do I stand for?” Create a simple list of what you truly believe and why it matters. Rely on your faith and those lessons you chose to carry forward from last week’s challenge to inform you.


In effect, this exercise is helping you move to more solid ground where you can act with confidence and boldness. Next week, the journey for strengthening mind-body-spirit continues when we clearly define the values that pull our moral compass.


Don’t stop now!