When the going gets tough…..

the tough resort to ice cream......OK not really and I don't think we have any ice cream in the house anyway.

Obviously the answer to that is that the tough get going and that is what I'm doing.  I'm going, going, going.  I don't have time to waste or sulk about what coulda, shoulda, woulda been.  I only have time to focus myself forward.  Forward thinking, forward actions.....moving life forward.

That is why I have treated being unemployed as if it is a job.  I get up each morning and have breakfast and coffee like any other morning and then it is job hunting time.  I research jobs from 7am to 9am.  After 9am I get going on painting Jackson's room (which is almost done.)  After that it is time to workout and then back home for either a dog walk or more job hunting.

I believe I have sent out about 20 resumes so far and I feel good about that especially after I talk to other people who seem shocked that I would not be wasting time and enjoying time off.  My response to them is.....'wouldn't it be better to collect severance and get a paycheck simultaneously.  Make twice the money.'  That is how I'm looking at this.  I have gotten great compliments on my resume and most people who have read it say that it won't be long before I have a job.  From their mouths to the hiring manager's ears.

The hardest part comes now in that Karen was let go of her job duties today.  She sort of expected it, but it is still a blow to one's ego.  You have to consider making changes and really have to remove your emotional ties to the company.  They made a business decision and now so do you.  Your time to shine will be with somebody else and the firing company is not as strong as it was with you.  Karen will be fine as she has a lot of go get 'em and spirit in her to get something else and to get it quickly.

One positive out of the many positives is that this is as hard as life should get for us.  It would be hard for it to get worse no matter how long we live (and I plan on living a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy long time.)

We will survive and come out the other side stronger.

As far as training is concerned, it is still going strong.  I had my first session in the pool since I met Coach C and got some one on one time in the water with her.  What a great help it was.  She showed me that my hips were rotating too much, that my arms were not pulling properly, that my legs scissored open, etc.  All sounds like I was doing it wrong, but my take is that I was moving pretty good through the water and can still improve so not all is lost.

Today, Karen and I are heading to the gym together to get some work in and really get the stress of life out.  It will be nice to workout together even though we will be doing completely different things.  I'll be on the bike and she will be on the treadmill, but in the end we will be at the gym together.

I will say that training is getting longer and longer.  1.5 hr bike ride and 1 hr run on Saturday, and I'm repeating it this week.  This past Sunday was a 1hr45m run and this upcoming Sunday is a 10 miler in Z2.  I can see the training changing and I'm happy about that since you must always add variety to your life otherwise it gets stale and so the training switch is coming at the perfect time.  I'm excited for it and excited to get out there for long periods of time.

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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