Do You Have Something To Fall Back On?

Wondering what the title is all about?  Worry no more. On Sunday, May 1st I was watching Karen race a 1/2 Marathon.  It was cold, windy and raining.  I thought about what Karen, and for that matter all endurance athletes have put themselves through.  I am talking about the process of getting to the starting line.  As you know I believe the race is the reward for the hard work that has been done for days, weeks, months prior to the event. In that process you have had to endure quite a bit or have you?  I am asking if you always push your envelope or if you pull back.  I am asking if you find that next gear or do you put it into cruise control.  I am asking if you question yourself about what it is you are about to do or you just accept it. I am asking these questions because I find myself always looking for the next gear.  I always ask myself if I have what it takes to not just reach my goal but to surpass it.  Why do I do this?  I do this because self-improvement is my number one goal.  Not just in athletics, but in life.  I want to be a better husband, step-father, employee, co-worker and athlete.  I honestly don't know what my limitations are because I am always pushing my envelope. Sometimes this is to my detriment at that moment but I believe it gives me something to fall back on when that moment in any race shows up. You know that moment. The moment when you don't think you can go any further. At that point the work you put in pays off. If you haven't pushed yourself then you have nothing to fall back on, but if you have you know you have what it takes. Maybe you don't set a PR, or go longer but you know deep inside you have it. You've got what it takes to keep going where others will quit. THOSE WHO CAN'T QUIT. THOSE WHO CAN DO. A spark. A light bulb. A bead of sweat. Getting passed. All of these things provide the push I need to keep going when the impossible seems like it could happen. I remember that bead of sweat in the gym during bench press. I remember that pink KT taped leg and blue hat wearing woman at the White Rock marathon almost quitting 5x then crushing me on the final stretch. I remember that my spark into triathlon was caused by a simple Facebook message. I remember these items and situations because they give me something to fall back on. This weekend I added another moment. I had just run a 10k in 47:22 and then rode Windhaven for 2.5 hours and averaged almost 17 mph on the hilliest area of where I live. It was now time to run for 40 minutes. My goal in those 40 minutes? To run 5.5 miles maybe 6. I was going for broke. I wound up running 4.1 and running is an exaggeration. My legs were heavy. It was almost 90 degrees. It was humid. I had all the elements against me not to mention I was running where I just finished cycling. Tons of hill climbing and quad burning action. I ran out of water, but I finished. I thought to myself.....'That is how champions are made'. There is nothing in training that is going to be as hard as that was. In the next training session when I don't think I can go another step I will be reminded of that moment and be able to accomplish anything. Do you have something to fall back on? do you find the path of least resistance day in and day out OR do you challenge yourself?
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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