A Year In Reflection and Perspective

This weekend I will be running the Bold In The Cold 15K and I am excited to make an attempt to put myself back on the podium as I did last year.  When this notion hit me I began to reflect on all the things that occurred in 2011 that went right that I will apply to 2012.  With anything right there are plenty of wrongs as well and I will work on those to apply to 2012 as well. So what went right?
  • I found my mojo on the bike and really embraced riding the trainer and found myself going from 18.0 mph at 70.3 California in April to 20.o mph at 70.3 Austin in October.  They were completely different courses but I know I felt much better after the ride in Austin.
  • Thanks to Jeff Irvin I discovered EFS Liquid Shot and that I can cover the 56 miles of a 70.3 on liquid alone.
  • I set a PR of 3:31 at the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon which beat my previous best by 8 minutes and finish the season on a high note.
  • I found the best pizza in Texas and have desires to take 3 hour road trips for a slice.
  • This blog got a make over and has become what you see before you today and continues to evolve.
So what went wrong?
  • Marathon training at the end of a long season beat me up mentally and physically.
  • Not learning how to sight well for open water swims and losing at least 4-6 minutes trying to navigate.
  • Not knowing how to pace myself in the pool when it comes to Threshold Pace, Moderate Pace, Easy Pace.  Seems like all swims are the same time.
  • Not adding yoga into my routine to help me with flexibility and core work.
There are other items that I will be working on in 2012 that are related to triathlon but involve family.  I know that I will be gone for long hours on the weekend and so I have to make sure that my time with my family has meaning.  Meaning does not mean that we are going out all the time but it means that I engage with them when we are at home.  It means that I put value into the time spent as opposed to taking it for granted. I want to focus more on helping Shape Up America raise funds.  Your donations have truly helped and I want to keep that momentum going in 2012 and using different ideas to help raise money.  If you remember the Cupcake Marathon, then you might be interested in a fund-raiser for a virtual 70.3 or 140.6.  I will be working on the details of that in the very near future. 2012 has a lot to offer and I plan on taking advantage of each and every moment.  I will not allow a day to go by without meaning.  I have a journal that I am keeping as I go down this road to Ironman Texas and Ironman Arizona.  Keeping track of my attitude and physical feeling so that I don't burn out.  At the end of 2011 I felt burnt out and learned that marathons will not be run in December ever again unless the previous 11 months are not as labor intensive.  

When you reflect on your 2011 what do you see?  What lessons are you taking from 2011 and applying to 2012?

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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