2011 Review and 2012 Preview

Today on my run I was thinking a lot about what 2011 meant to me and what I have coming up in 2012.  On a cool crisp day I was out there for an hour with nothing but my thoughts and I smiled the entire time.  2011 was just a terrific year in terms of racing and one that provided lots of challenges and a way for me to learn to overcome those challenges.  As I put my 2012 race calendar together I realized how much better 2012 was going to be and self high-fived myself. Here is a recap of what happened in 2011:
  • Started the year with an easy PR at the 15k distance.  It was easy because I had never raced that distance before.  I wound up finishing 3rd in my age group with a 1:09 finish (7:21/mi pace) but bigger than that was that I got to race with Shannon and Allison.
  • In February I ran the Stonebridge Half Marathon where I finished 6th in my age group with a time of 1:36 (7:22/mi) and started what has turned out to be a great friendship with Greg.
  • [caption id="attachment_4850" align="alignright" width="290" caption="First 70.3 Race In 2011"]ironman_california_2011[/caption] Competed in and finished my first 70.3 Ironman race in Oceanside, California.  I had a blast and realized how important all the friends on Twitter, Facebook and through this blog are.  The amount of well wishes before, during and after was truly amazing and humbling.
  • In May I travelled to The Woodlands to volunteer for Ironman Texas.  Jeff and his wife Annie were gracious enough to allow me to pug-sit and what a weekend.  The energy of the race was incredible.  The ability to see Shannon during the event was awesome as well as high-fiving Jeff in T2 and then seeing Juan come across the finish line.  This was the even that wet the appetite to race Ironman distances in 2012.
  • In June I travelled to Boulder, Colorado for the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference and got to meet some awesome people who include Beth, Amanda and Jill.
  • In July I raced the Disco Olympic triathlon in a revenge match with the event.  This event was my first open water swim event and was handed my lunch, but in 2011 I broke through and finished 5th in my Age Group.  I also learned from Jeff Irvin about the beauty that is EFS Liquid Shot.
  • In September and October I raced Olympic distance events in Austin, Texas and Rockwall, Texas to help me prepare for 70.3 Austin in late October.  At both races I had great company in my coach, Greg, Robert or Juan.
  • Late October I raced 70.3 Austin as my second half-ironman race of 2011.  My goal for this race was to go sub 5:30 and I accomplished that with a finishing time of 5:28:06
  • Ran the Las Vegas Marathon in December to a time of 3:31:28.  The race itself was a mess but I set and 8 minute PR and met so many bloggers that it made up for the disaster that the race was.
A Preview of what I am going to call:  2012 The Year Of Epicness
  • [caption id="attachment_4851" align="alignright" width="184" caption="First 140.6 Distance of Year and Career"]ironman_texas_triathlon[/caption] I am going to start the new year by trying to defend my Top 3 status at Bold in the Cold as well as try to improve upon my 6th place showing at the Stonebridge Half Marathon
  • In March I am heading to Puerto Rico to race 70.3 San Juan.  I am Puerto Rican so this is a special race for me as I'll get to race on the island upon which my father was born.
  • In May I will be heading to the start line of Ironman Texas.  I have a terrific support crew that will be showing up and I will be able to race with Juan again.
  • In August I am heading to Maine to race 70.3 Old Orchard Beach and much cooler than that is that I will be able to spend an entire weekend with her and her.  I am actually staying with Jen's parents so I am very excited to take in all of Maine and spend quality time with two people I highly respect and whose friendship I value tremendously.  There is also a rumor that Team Oravec (Matt and Heather) will be there.....doesn't get more epic than that?
  • In October I will head back to Austin to get another training day in prior to the big race in November.
  • [caption id="attachment_4852" align="alignright" width="300" caption="November 18, 2012 will be epic for many reasones"]ironman_arizona_triathlon[/caption] November brings with it Ironman Arizona.  This race was on my list of races for 2012 since prior to 70.3 California in 2011.  I was fortunate to get in and cannot wait.  The race is taking place on November 18, 2012 which happens to be my father's birthday.  My father passed away on November 8, 1996 just 10 days prior to his 50th birthday.  Racing on what would have been his 66th birthday will hold special meaning.  In addition to that I am going to have the pleasure of staying with Emily, Pita and Peanut.  I have promised EMZ that I will learn every song from Cheap Trick between now and then.  Why you are asking yourself right now and the answer is that at the Las Vegas marathon they headlined.  I looked at Emily and asked who they were because I never heard of them and the face she game me was priceless.  Oh and let's not forget that I will be able to hang out with Colleen and Tom of Team Kingery while out in Tempe since Tom is racing IMAZ as well.
So 2012 has been setup and I look forward to traveling the country to meet as many people as I can and along the way put some miles on my bike and running shoes as well as swim farther than I ever have.

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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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