Back Home from Charlotte

I have not posted in a few days because I was out in Charlotte visiting family and it was a great time.  I not only got to see my mother and Bill, my sister and her son but I wound up getting together with fraternity brothers from college that I have not seen in 15 years.  What a great time all around.

1- Going to Duke University for the first and certainly not the last time.  I have been a Duke basketball fan for as long as I can remember so getting the opportunity to step foot on the campus was incredible.  The building are gorgeous.  The trees and leaves of a college campus was inspiring.  This was orientation week so seeing all those big-eyed freshman was a trip down memory lane.  Wound up spending some money in the book store b/c I had to get apparel and I do not regret spending one penny.

Heading towards the gorgeous chapel

2- Going to UNC-Charlotte for a 1 hour run around the campus.  We went to UNCC prior to going to Duke so I was impressed at the time time with the campus and again all the freshman setting foot on the campus for the first time.  I ran for an hour around the school and everything felt like academia all over again.  Hopefully some of the brainwaves from the students found their way into my head.

Sigma Phi Epsilon at the Panthers-Jets Game
3- Attending a Panthers preseason game with my fraternity brothers whom I had not seen in 15 years.  The game was the secondary part of the experience.  Being around guys I had not seen in 15 years was incredible.  We told stories of our past and how our lives had changed.  Talked about Duke playing the 1991 game against Kentucky and how I was so loud that we all got in trouble.  It was a great time and great to see those guys.

4- Having a few moments with my mother and my wife discussing everything in life from the building of a mosque near the World Trade Center site to business to faith and who knows what else we talked about, but it was great.

5 - Having a dance party at the house with my nephew, Bill, Mom, Julia and Karen after the wine club with some of my mother's friends (who were very nice and a joy to be around.)  We were dancing in the living room and just goofing off the entire time.  Took away all the stresses I have had for the past few weeks in a moment.  Children can be so grounding sometimes.

The absolute worst part was leaving.  Forget about the fact that we had to leave the house around 4:30am but the fact that I was leaving my family after such a fun time.  I truly need to schedule more of these trips and now that I have the fellas in Charlotte it will certainly be easier to do.

The Ironman training has continued but it is getting more and more difficult for a number of reasons.  The training itself is getting longer and more wearing on the body for sure, but throw in the fact that I have this stress of finding a new job and it makes the training that much worse.

The funny thing about this is that when I am on the bike or on a run I don't feel that stress, but once I am in the pool it comes out.  I think the pool makes it worse b/c it is just back and forth, back and forth with nowhere to go.  Had I been in a 50m pool or the open water I would have less time to think about the stress and more  time to focus on the swimming.

Strength has been coming along just fine and I have been increasing my weight levels about once a week.  Today I went down slightly in some b/c I did a swim session prior to the weights.  The best part is I have a bike session this evening as well.

Yesterday I spent 1hr45m on the bike and today I get to spend 1h30m on the bike.  The cool part is that I am going to ride up by Jeff's house this way I can shower and head to the movies with he, Tiff and Brad.  Should be a good time.  I am excited about getting out on the bike again and seeing what my legs can do.  Yesterday in my time I did 31.18 miles which came out to 17.8 MPH.  Hopefully I can be a tad faster today.  This coming weekend I have a 3 hour ride to do and I'm hoping that nets me the distance of the 1/2 Ironman.  If I can do the 56 miles in 3 hours then I know when I am doing the Old College Tri, Cooper and Toyota that those distances will seem like nothing.

On the job front:

I have not heard back about a 2nd interview from the one place I have been pinning my hopes on.  I know it isn't smart to put all my eggs in this one basket but I know that I can do some great work for them.  I was supposed to hear back on Friday and have not.  I figured maybe Monday but nothing yet today and it is 2:32p.  Oh well, maybe if I don't have expectations then things will happen.

I am supposed to have another phone interview for a sales position.  I'm not 100% sure I want the job but I do need to pay bills and I can do the gig for a bit while I'm still looking and bring some money in.

I am also going to talk to a business about whether or not we can partner up or buy them outright or figure something out with them.  It is a wine business and from the outside it looks promising.  I am sure that I will have to get some sort of financing but I will cross that bridge when I come to it and figure it out then.

I guess you can say I have a lot of irons in the fire.  Just need to get one of these to ignite now.
Smile and the whole world smiles with you.
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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