Competitor: It Is One Word To Describe Me.

[caption id="attachment_8718" align="alignright" width="259"]competitor - triathlon - ironman Competitor: One Word To Describe Me[/caption] Competitor has been used to describe me in the past and to this day I think it is still an adjective that can be used to not only describe me but define me.  It doesn't matter what it is either.  I compete with my step-son in board games and I don't believe in the letting him win theory because nobody in life let's you win.  You win when you work hard enough.  I compete with my business partner to see who can bring in the most revenue.  I compete with myself to see if I can get better and better at all things. Today I was reading an article by Peter King on about Bill Parcells and at the end I just stared and stared and stared.  Bill Parcells was the coach of my favorite football team, The New York Giants, and I hold him party responsible for my competitiveness.  He coached the Giants the way my high school football coach coached us and that is with a no-nonsense type of approach.  You did something wrong you were corrected and told about it.  You kept doing it wrong you got replaced.  It happened to me my senior year in a game against Mount Vernon. I went for an interception and the ball slipped through my hands and the opponent caught it.  I was taken out of the game because during that week of practice I had butter fingers.  I didn't get back into the starting lineup until our championship game but the lesson was taught and learned.  Do it right or we will find somebody who can. That thought process has led me to where I am today with triathlon.  I am going to keep doing it and doing it and doing it until I get it right.  I foresee that getting it right is never going to happen because there is always something that can be done to get better.  I have no races on my schedule but I am itching to race and have started to ramp up my training.  I am doing a double today with a 1mi swim/6mi run at 630a and a 1mi swim/20mi bike at 4pm.  Why?  That is where this article from Peter King comes in.  Here is the quote that made me stare and realize that this is 100% true when it comes to my performance and Ironman:

The end

 “Winning the Super Bowl represents a great sense of satisfaction. Team satisfaction, personal satisfaction. You can’t deny that. But you know what? Bobby Knight told me two days after the first Super Bowl we won, ‘You’re gonna want to win the second one more than you wanted to win the first one.’ He was right.”

Now Parcells is talked out. He’s sat on the Saratoga patio on this postcard afternoon for three hours, and he’s getting more clipped with his answers. This game’s over.

“You ought to end the article with that, from Knight. You win one, you want to win the second one worse. Because that’s the trap. You can very seldom satisfy yourself. I was with a guy this morning. His name is Wayne Lukas. You know him? This guy won more horse races, more Breeders Cups—he’s won 14 or 15 major Triple Crown races and Breeders Cups. For the last six or seven years he’s been down. Well, this year, he comes back and he has a horse finish second in the Belmont Stakes and win the Preakness. Okay? So he’s back on top. Now this sumbitch is 77 years old, and he’s up on this horse every morning at 4:30. Every day. He’s out there this morning, this Hall of Fame trainer, at 4:30 riding a horse. He can’t stop. He can’t get enough. It’s like, you can’t win enough to make yourself happy. You win, and it’s just momentary.

“You can’t win enough. That’s the trap.”

Racing the first one was great.  It was a sense of accomplishment but I had already registered for my second.  Crossing the finish line in the dark at Arizona was even more satisfying, coming of a bike wreck during the race, but it still wasn't enough.  I raced a third this past May and while it was the slowest it was the most rewarding because of the heat and how many people DNF'd that day.  It isn't enough to have finished that race and finished it the way I did as I know that I have more in me and the last sentence above applies:  "You can't win enough. That's the trap."

I have other races that I will do but the lure of Ironman will always be there.  The thrill of pushing my body one more mile on my bike and then getting off and running will challenge me.  It will be in my face telling me I can't and I will shout back, not with words but actions, that I can and I will.  I will not back down from the race.  The miles don't scare me.  The effort doesn't scare me. The training doesn't scare me.  What scares me is the idea that I have done all that I can because when I look back at it I don't know that I can ever say that. I will always think there was more that I could do.  That's my trap.

What One Word Describes 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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