Skies Will Always Be Blue

Just when you think the skies are darkest they have an uncanny way of turning blue.  Being an optimist I have always believed that to be true.  There are no problems so big they don't have a solution, no challenges too difficult to tackle.  Staying positive has allowed me to move through the most difficult of times and come out shining.

That same mind set is helping me today through my job search as well as my training.  Just when I think that it will take another 2 weeks to find a job something happens.  Just when I think I can't go any further in the pool or on the bike I find another gear.

Yesterday I had a phone interview with a company that I am really interested in.  The position will open up my experiences and allow me to help people and speak for people who feel they have no voice.  There are only 6 candidates for this position and I was the  first to get a phone interview.  During the interview the HR manager said I passed the HR test and that I would be recommended to go onto the 2nd round of interviews.  I'm trying not to get too high but I think this position will not just lead to employement but lead to the opportunity to have a great career.  A career where the impact is not just measured in profit and loss, but measured in how you touched other people's lives.

Today I had a swim training session that was not a long one but one in which I had to continually get faster.  I did 5x100 descending.  My first 100 was at 2:00 and my second was at 2:00.  The third was at 1:56 and the fourth was at 1:47 followed by one at 1:44.  I had pushed myself to the point of being at 1:43 which I would believe translate to a much faster time in the 50m pool that I did the Pioneer Power Sprint Tri.

After a 2 minute rest I was scheduled to do 2x100 at the 1:43 with 20" rest interval.  I went out and did the first one in 1:39.  I was crusing through the water.  I felt on top of the water and gliding and moving at a pace that was faster then I ever have gone before and was not hurting when done.  My form must have been spot on b/c I wasn't fatigued and felt great.  After the 20" RI I went out and did the 2nd 100 in 1:43.  This one was more difficult then the first but I still cranked it out by using my form and gliding on the top of the water.

Next up was a 200 steady kick effort.  After the first 50 I did not think I could do the full 200 but I thought about Coach C and her motivation and then I chunked it down to 50s.  Get through the next 50 then only 100 to do, then one more 50 and only 50 left to do.  Once I had my mind squared away the fatigue in my legs went away and I cruised through the remaining work and followed that up with an easy 200.

All the training has given me confidence in the water that my easy sets are just that.  Instead of worrying about how fast I'm going during my easy sets I'm working on form and breathing.

The triathlon events and training have truly prepared me for being undemployed even though I was not planning on that translation.  I went into tri training thinking that I wanted to compete at a 70.3 Ironman in 2011 and a 140.6 Ironman in 2012.  Now I am thinking of doing 3 70.3 Ironman events in 2011.

The translation is easy in retrospect though.  You train and push and work hard and the race is the easy part.  Well I am working very hard in finding a job, and getting interviews and pushing and motivating myself to continue the search and when I land that interview it is easy b/c I have the skills and experience and personality to get the job.  I will go through the training and working hard once I am hired just like I will push and work hard at 140.6 once I am done with 70.3.

Having discipline in tri training is the same as having the discipline to get up every morning and train then head to the coffee shop to research positions and make calls to land the perfect career.  I don't want a job today, I want a career in the future.

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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