No Regrets

Do you find that you ask yourself the question What If?  As in what if I had taken that job instead of the one I have now?  Or what if I had moved to Boulder instead of Tampa?  How about what would have happened if I had taken up triathlon 10 years ago instead of last year? Can you see that the common factor in all of those questions is regret?  You are asking yourself a question that inevitably puts you behind the 8 ball.  I don't ask myself what if questions unless its a positive connotation to it.  I ask questions like What if I qualify for Boston in Vegas?  What if I am have the stars align and race to a sub 5:30 half-ironman, where does that put me against the competition?  What if failure is not an option? I don't dwell on the past.  There is nothing I can do about it.  I don't dwell on the things I can't control because that is unnecessary stress and it isn't going to change with you sitting there thinking about it all day long.  I focus on the positive.  I focus on the good.  I might be a bit naive but I believe that we all have good in our hearts and it just takes one ounce of positive influence to bring that out in us.  When I run or ride or swim I always say hello to the person next to me.  I always say good job and have a great day.  Who knows if there is an impact but what if that person is having a rotten day and a stranger said hello and it lifted their spirits?  What if... And that question was on my mind when I saw in my twitter stream a retweet of a Chrissie Wellington tweet (you got all that?)  I was so inspired by what was in this link that I smiled and I re-tweeted the link (confused yet?)  The link took me to a magazine I had never heard of, and I signed up for the digital version.  The magazine is 3/GO Magazine (which has some awesome articles by the way) and I pulled the page down and read it for yourself: [caption id="attachment_3471" align="alignnone" width="599" caption="What if..."]Chrissie_Wellington_Ironman_3GOMagazine[/caption]   I found this tremendously inspirational and I wanted to share it with you and I hope that you are able to ask yourself What If questions from a positive standpoint as opposed to a regret standpoint. ================================== A few other items to point out:
  • I know of three awesome people racing 70.3 Boulder tomorrow and I would appreciate you wishing them good luck:  Beth, Nora, and Ryan.  If you are racing this weekend please let me know so I can wish you good luck.
  • Yesterday I posted the donation button for the Shape Up America $20,000 Fund Raising Odyssey I am on.  I am asking for a minimum of 5 cents per mile I will be racing between today and May 19, 2012 in Ironman events (70.3 Longhorn, 70.3 Puerto Rico, 140.6 Ironman Texas) and that totals out to $14.  Please consider donating to this worthy cause to help fight obesity in America.  Just click the donate link below and thank you for donating:
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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