just_triathlete_definition_enduranceathleteJust is a word I hear quite often when discussing endurance sports with others.  Let's list a few of the things that get the adjective (it is in this case, trust me) JUST:
  • I just ran 3 miles.
  • It was just a half-ironman.
  • It was just a 45 minute swim.
  • I did well but it was just a short race.
The list can go on and on and it is the one word, besides the word like, in the English language that I probably dislike the most. If I were to use the word just to describe how I was just a few short years ago this would have been the description:
  • I am just a divorced man living in New York going to work in the city.
  • I am just a sports fan.
  • I am just a person who cooks to feed himself.
  • I am just.....
I am not going to use creative writing but I do not think these are accurate descriptions. I am a vegetarian triathlete who has not had a drink of alcohol in nearly 1.5 years.  I am a husband and a step-father.  I live in Dallas, Texas and write a blog while also being a partner in a web design and internet marketing company. I am a running coach.  I love sports and movies.  I enjoy reading books and magazines.  I enjoy talking to people.  I enjoy being around other people and hearing their stories and learning from them.  I enjoy having a different opinion so that there can be a conversation.  I am not JUST one thing. I am that and a whole lot more.  When I hear the words just it lights a fire in my belly because we are not just. There were a couple of comments left on this blog that didn't use the word just but they might as well have and they got me fired up this past weekend.  They lit a fire in me that will stay with me for a long time.  Whenever I was getting tired those words would ring in my ears and they would get me going again.....thank you. Next time you are having a conversation listen to what you are saying and what the other person is saying and if they insert the word just into the sentence stop them or yourselves.  You are more than the next few words that are going to come out of your mouth.
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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