Hard Work: Nothing To Be Afraid Of

I wrote this post as a guest writer for Sisters Running The Kitchen.  They were gracious enough to post my words on what is a terrific site, and one that I turn to for inspiration and motivation in the kitchen.  Look at the header and tell me your mouth isn't drooling just a bit. In case you don't follow their blog, just click on the link above, and start following them.  I also wanted to repost the article here for you to read as well. ====================== This past weekend I raced the Capital of Texas Triathlon (CapTexTri) and completed it in 2 hours 45 minutes, which beat my previous personal best by 8 minutes.  It is an accomplishment to be happy with but my first reaction when I saw my time was:  How can I get better and the only answer was to work harder. Now there are people out there who will say that I work hard already so how much harder can I work.  Truth be told that was my second reaction as well.  I was on the verge of tears because I put everything I had into my training and my results were two minutes off of my goals and the initial results showed me in 38th out of 45 racers. I spoke to my coach and my wife and they both assured me that come race day anything can happen and I can’t compare myself to the others in my field but only to myself and see where I improved and where I need work and then put everything I had into those areas. [caption id="attachment_2502" align="alignleft" width="255" caption="Now That Is Hard Work"][/caption] It is with this mindset that I think to myself that nothing is impossible.  If you really want something you have to work for it.  Sometimes the results will come easy and sometimes it may take what seems like an eternity but if you keep working at it the results will come. An example of that is my swimming.  When I started this endurance lifestyle the thought of swimming 1.2 miles sent me packing.  The idea of swimming faster than 2 minutes 15 seconds per 100 yards in a pool was a dream.  It wasn’t until I realized that I needed to work at my swim technique in order to improve that I realized all things were possible.  I worked very hard at my swim to the point of being in the water 3 days a week. Where did all this swimming get me?  How about the ability to swim 1500 meters in 31 minutes and 40 seconds or a pace of 1 minute 55 seconds per 100 yards in the OPEN WATER.  How about the fact that I now regularly swim 4 times per week with one of the swims being an open water swim of at least 1.2 miles.  I am now looking forward to training for an Ironman event where the swim is 2.4 miles. It was with this mindset that I recently had a conversation with a gentlemen at a local running store.  I had popped in to quickly grab some goggles for my wife when he and I started talking.  After about 30 minutes of conversation I realized I had to leave. This conversation was filled with the topic of hard work and how some people work harder to not work hard than to just do the task at hand.  We discussed the prospects of losing weight and how people will come up with excuses as to why they can’t do something.  It seemed to us that it was harder to come up with the excuses than to just get out there and lose the weight. Have we become a society so enamored with instant gratification that if we have to work  even remotely hard at it we don’t want it?  Whatever happened to patience is a virtue?  Whatever happened to greatness is not achieved overnight?  Whatever happened to the idea that you get out of it what you put into it?  Have we forgotten all these messages that we were taught as children and what are we teaching our children today? I have a saying and it goes like this:

Greatness is never achieved without the WANT TO!

  By this I mean you have to want to be great and in order to be great you have to put in the work to get there.  

So are you afraid of Hard Work or do you do whatever it takes to accomplish your tasks and realize your dreams?

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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