Ironman Texas 2012 - I Am _______________

REGISTERED .....The gauntlet has been thrown down and I am racing my first Ironman.

Three different words to describe my feelings that could have gone into the post:  I AM NERVOUS?  I AM EXCITED?  I AM SCARED? But what I really am is SPONSORED.  On Friday I was able to land, what I hope to be the first of many, sponsorship deals.  I had wanted to race Ironman [caption id="attachment_2932" align="alignright" width="324" caption="I Am Registered!!!!!"]Ironman-Texas-2012-Woodlands-Triathlon[/caption] Texas from the moment I was down in The Woodlands volunteering.  The camraderie amongst the athletes, the smiles and pain on the athletes faces, the joy and euphoria of finishing was all something I wanted.  And then reality set in and the cost became more and more daunting to pay. I thought about how I could race these events with a sponsor and how awesome that would be.  I thought that if I could get one sponsor I could be enjoying my time training instead of worrying about the fact that the race cost as much as it did.  Well, it has happened and I want to tell you about how it all happened. As you may know I work as the head of sales and marketing (sounds more glamorous than it is) for a social media company in Bedford, Texas.  As the head of sales I go to a number of different networking meetings trying to meet business owners and leaders to market to them about our service.  It was at a networking meeting where I met Susan Seddon and Eddie Weber.  I did my elevator pitch to them about our services and they were quite interested.  We setup a meeting at their club and I could not wait to present our product. When I showed up to the meeting I was provided a 200 calorie protein shake that filled me up like never before.  How did 200 calories just make me feel like I ate 7 plates of food?  I was impressed, but I was not here to eat but to present and present I did.  I went through the pitch and there were smiles and head nods and I just knew I had them. They then presented to me what they do and I shook my head and nodded, and I'm sure they felt the same way.  We got him. As the meeting was breaking up they asked me for a proposal, but not just any proposal.  They asked to not only supply them with a proposal for social media services but also how we could work together to sponsor me as a triathlete.  Sure I said as calmly as I could but in my mind I thought:  REALLY!?!?! I got home and did my job first and put together the proposal for social media services, then sat starting at the laptop screen.  What do you ask for?  What is enough?  Do I believe in this product?  Do I want to be sponsored by this company?  Do I want to pigeon hole myself so no other sponsors come along? [caption id="attachment_2924" align="alignright" width="230" caption="David Beckham On cover Of Sports Illustrated"]David-Beckham-Herbalife-Los-Angeles-Galaxy-Sponsor[/caption] I thought about it for a while then just started typing.  It was all coming out so fast that I did not want to stop.  I typed and typed and typed then read.  Great Jason, this is all about what you get but what do they get?  I then typed it all out for them on what I would do for them.  I did not hit send.  I read and re-read and thought ok I can live with this and hit send. A few days, maybe even a week, goes by and I thought well that was great practice but nothing is coming of this.  I called and asked about social media, I showed up at the club and asked about social media.  Sponsorship was a pipe dream so why go down that road.  Then the phone rang and it was Eddie and we chatted.  I thought I got a sale on social media and his statement to me was we are interested in working with you as a triathlete and sponsoring YOU!!!  You want to do what? Calmly (probably not but it makes for a better story) I said that is great news.  I am excited and I am looking forward to working with you as well. I put my proposal down on a formal contract and sent it out to them then didn't hear back.  Man, this is tough.  Finally the phone rang and Eddie asked me to come down to the club on Friday to finalize everything but to first have a conference call with his wife Carla.  I did as asked and when we finished the conversation and they still wanted me to come to the club on Friday I was ecstatic. I am happy to say that I am sponsored by Carla and Eddie Weber of Nutrition Addiction of Grapevine, Texas which is fueled by Herbalife.  You may know of Herbalife since David Beckham and the LA Galaxy are sponsored by them.  There are a number of athletes sponsored by Herbalife that you can see here, or if you are just interested in the triathletes click here. In addition to racing Ironman Texas in 2012 because of the sponsorship I will be able to register for Ironman Arizona as well and looking to make 2012 an epic year of racing. Wonder what I will be wearing?  Well wonder no more as this is my racing suit for the rest of 2011 and all of 2012. [caption id="attachment_2911" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Herbalife Triathlon Race Suit"]Herbalife-Triathlon-Trisuit[/caption] Thank you again to Carla and Eddie.  I am excited about this sponsorship and I hope that it goes past 2012. Well, since you can't get something that you don't ask for I will end with this:  If you are a company and want to be a sponsor of Team Baha in 2012 please contact me using the contact form on this page. Let the training commence.
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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