Definition of an Ironman

What is the definition of an Ironman?
When I first started training I thought of an Ironman as somebody who could do something that others would not dream of doing.  Something that puts the body through such rigors as to force one to contemplate the thought of 'why am I really doing this?'  This is a valid question for which there are so many answers and for each person their answer is the right answer.
For me being able to complete and compete in an Ironman event means that I have persevered, I have trained, I have toughed it out when others quit, I have transformed myself into an everything and more is possible person.  I have not sat on the sidelines and watched, but got my hands dirty.  I have fallen off my bike and got up to keep on riding.  I have sprained an ankle but did not stop running.  I have lost more weight in water then I weigh right now.  I have slept like a rock only to wake up 6 hours later to do it again.  I have seen the sun come up while on my bike, and the sun go down while on a run.  I have seen the sandy shores of Cozumel in 90% humidity while running 6 miles and also seen the water tower of Castle Hills in the pouring rain.  I have lived an experience and to tell a tale of that experience and to help guide others who wish to follow in my path.
Why am I thinking of this today?  Well, yesterday I lost my job of 13 years.  I worked for ITN for a very long time and gave them everything I had, the same way that I give to my training.  I am always going full steam ahead and never looking back in regret and with this turn of events I will continue to do the same thing.  I spent a great deal of time roaming the halls of that office and enjoying each and every person I met and had the pleasure to work with.  I walk away from that job knowing that I built a very strong foundation upon which they can continue to grow the company and the department.  I started there as a buyer from an outside company which was unheard of at ITN.  I managed to work my way up to Senior Buyer, then Planner, then Sr Planner and eventually to become Vice President of Planning.  All along the way I took the time to 'meet' the people who worked for me and those that I worked for.  When you are in an office it is not just about the work, but about the relationships as well.  How you treat people is a big indication of who you are as a person and I have always shaken hands with people while looking them in the eye because that is what I expect as well.  Respect is earned and the first step in earning that respect is to treat others with respect as well.
So, now I look at myself and I say that I am an Ironman.  I am dealing with a bad situation,  but one that is not insermountable.  One that I will not only overcome but surpass with great flair.  As they say when life gives you lemons you squeeze themuntil they give you every last ounce of juice and make the best tasting lemonade around.  Then you take the zest and add it to your steak or chicken to add extra flavor and with what is left you put in your garbage disposal to sharpen the blades.  Nothing goes to waste and you get everything you can out of those lemons the same way you get everything out of life.  Not time to waste.
Cliche`s are cliche` for a reason.  Lemonade out of lemons.  Box of chocolates, etc, etc.  Well they are true and I plan on living every one of those statements to its fullest.  No time to cry or worry about what could have been, and only time to make plans and go forward.  Life is not over, it is only just begun.  Not everbody gets a second chance at life before the age of 40, and having this opportunity to re-invent myself is one I plan on taking and running with.
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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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