Awesome Day Today

Had a very productive day today.  I haven't posted in some time so there is a lot to catch up on.

As you know I was laid off on Friday but I am not letting that stop me from moving forward in life.

On Friday I made some calls and emails to begin working my network and contacts list so that come Monday I was not just starting the process.  No time like the present I say.

So over the weekend I created a to-do list and did some taper training and really got mentally prepared for the race on Sunday.....Disco Triathlon.

The race would be my first entry into open water swim starts, and man it was nuts.  I couldn't begin to imagine the chaos that ensues when that gun goes off.  There are arms and legs and heads and splashes and waves everywhere.  I got caught up in the hype and tried to stay with everybody which was a huge mistake.  By the time I reached that first buoy I was toast.  I had to float between the buoys as my HR was sky high.  I made the turn at the second buoy on the way home and I was still getting past.....this time no doubt by the 40+ men and probably some 39 and under women.

I got out of the water and looked at my watch and it was at 14 minutes.  That is a long time to be in the water for a 500 meter swim.  I saw one guy in front of me with his age of 36 on his leg and he was walking and I said that will not be me and just ran to the transition area.  I was in and out as fast as I could go and started peddling like mad.

I had driven the course the day before and it did not seem bad, but once on the course that proved to be false.  It was a tougher ride then I imagined especially because the road was uneven.  I made a promise to myself to pass as many people as possible and never give up no matter how bad I was hurting.  I was going to keep on pushing.  Every time I saw an age older then mine I said now way I'm letting that old man beat me, if he was in my age group I said I caught him after a horrible swim and I am going to bury him, if he was younger I would say I am going to prove to you young man that older is better and then of course any female was just not going to beat me.....although I did get chicked once.

I was passed 3 times on the bike by older guys but never by anyone in my age group and had to have passed about 20 racers.

On the run course I was in a zone.  I was passing people left and right and handling the course with relative ease despite the unevenness and the heat.

When I sniffed the finish line I turned it on.  I saw my buddy Juan cheering me on and that just pushed me harder.  Then I heard them call my name and they butchered it.  I became known as Jason Bonaduchi.  Oh well, the race was great and I wound up setting PRs in the bike and the run and since this is my first open water race in the swim as well.

I was 3rd to last out of the water at a time of 14 minutes.  My bike was at 19.0 MPH over the course of 17.6 miles and the run was a 5K done at an average pace of 7:49 per mile.  Training is paying off.

Come Monday I ran some errands and wound up meeting up with one of my best friends Jill to do a job search.  She was laid off on July 1st.  It was great to have a partner here to work with me on finding a job.  We were able to help look and critique jobs and make suggesstions.  We decided that every Monday was going to be job searching day.

On Monday I had a training session of  an easy spin that I did on the trainer in the house and then strength so a great day for recovery.

Worked on some items on my to-do list and tried to relax as much as possible

Tuesday was back at working hard.  Had a tough swim workout which included the longest continuous swim I have ever had to do.  800 yards without stopping.

After that I had 8x100 descending.

My time for the 800 was 15:54 which is great for me as that is just ever so slightly below 2:00/100y and I did not feel fatigued, although at times I did feel bored.

For the 8x100 I did times of

I was happy with the way the workout went and wound up swimming a total of 2600 yards.  I have the endurance and ability to swim that distance but I need to develop that killer instinct and wiseness of not getting caught up in the pack at the opening bell.

After that I had a 1 hour run with negative splits.  Meaning that my out was to be one time and my in was to be faster.  I went out and turned around at 30 minutes.  I got back to my starting point in 25 minutes and did not feel fatigued at all despite the high temps.

Prior to working out I went on a quasi-interview with a head hunter.  She was obviously interviewing me to help me find a job, but at the same time interviewing me for a job with her company.  She had lauded praise on me and I finally said to her instead of finding me a job for somebody else why not hire me for your company.

I would not have been successful at her job after talking with her as I don't have a true background in accounting or finance and that is who she places.  I sent her a list of agencies that I would be interested in working for and hopefully she finds something for me.  At the same time I am working my network to try and find a job.  They say when all hope is lost is when good things happen.  I haven't lost hope at all but maybe if I fake like I have I will land a job.  I would love to earn a dual income starting September 1st to help me build my nest egg even more but this point I am not panicking and the right job will come along at the right time.
Today I got my training partner back.  We decided to do the training at 8:30a as I had a lunch with another buddy and his dad scheduled for 11:30a.

Our session today was a 1h30m ride with hill climbs followed by a 30m recovery run.  We went up to Flower Mound and started riding the race course for The Caveman Tri since that had plenty of hills.  During the ride we figured out that we did not have to climb for a certain time but to ride hard.  We wound up finding a route all the way to Grapevine and did the Grapevine Tri route for the most part and came back.  It was a great ride and this route is perfect as it has hills but is all blacktop and very smooth.  At one point on the dam we were around 22.5 - 23.0 MPH easy with no fatigue.

After the ride the 30 minute run was not bad for about 25 minutes but then the fatigue kicked in for me.  It was the middle of the day and the heat was intense.  My HR climbed steadily during the run b/c of the heat as it was really a conversational pace that normally would not have had the effect it was having.

Went and had a relaxing pedicure with my buddy and his dad.  As usual I fell asleep during the pedicure and after that went to have Mexican.  I needed the carbs because after the training I weighed myself and was down to 139.  I lost a lot of water weight and even though I had a bottle of HoneyMilk and a Promax protein bar it just wasn't enough.  I have spent this afternoon rehydrating as I have a pyramid swim tomorrow.  The distances aren't bad but the timing is going to be tough as I have almost no time between the sets.  This is going to really push my concentration on form, but I'm excited for it.

Until my next post remember that it is you who can make a difference in your own life as well as the life of others and don't leave it to somebody else to do.
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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