Ironman Chattanooga 'Challenge' Issued

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Source: Ironman[/caption] Ironman Chattanooga is far away and at the same time is closer than I think.  Having not raced since Ironman Texas in May as well as not having a structured training program to follow I have felt a bit distant from the sport.  I have followed all the stories with regards to Kona but the fire was lit a bit this past weekend with all the friends I followed that were racing Ironman Florida. In two weeks I will be heading out to Arizona to spectate and cheer on friends at Ironman Arizona and I suspect that the blood will flow through my veins with the thoughts of Ironman Chattanooga.  I will not be jumping into structured training program until after November is over with eyes on 70.3 Texas (Galveston), 70.3 Buffalo Springs leading up to IMTN.  Knowing my body and what I need to do to be ready for IMTN I am very happy with what has transpired over the off-season.  I have been riding my bike far more than I ever have before.  In October I rode 809.75 miles which was after riding 747 miles in September.  Over 1500 miles in two months has given me a great bike base and I will use November to focus on my running. All of this is to say that I was conversing with KC of 140 Point 6 Miles about her incredible race at IMFL and about the upcoming training for IMTN.  Yes, KC was discussing training the day after the race and that does not surprise me.  When she has a goal in mind she chases it and doesn't make excuses.  One of the reasons I followed her blog when I started mine and one of the reasons that I stay in touch with her today.  When you have somebody as determined as KC following her passion it creates this desire inside of you to push yourself to chase your dreams.

Ironman Chattanooga 'Challenge' Issued

In our conversation we discussed keeping each other accountable with our training.  We didn't go into much detail about it so I am going to issue a challenge to KC in regards to Ironman Chattanooga training.  This is not going to be about how many miles she biked or ran, or how many yards I swam.  We will both put in the work but I am challenging KC to blog with me on a weekly basis about the ups, downs and sideways scenarios we face as we go through our off-season, our build, our overload, our taper, race and finally recovery. My plan is to provide those of you that read this blog with a bird's-eye view of two 'seasoned' triathletes pushing themselves to the starting line of an Ironman race.  Along the way there will be bumps and bruises (hopefully very few of these) along with triumphs and joy.  There will be days when getting out of bed is the last thing that I want to do, or run 3 miles for recovery because WHY?  It is only 3 miles. When training for an Ironman you go through a rather large swing of emotions and I want those that are thinking about signing up for one to see, first-hand, what it actually entails.  I have read blog posts about how wonderful people feel and how great they are doing when in reality that is a load of sh*t.  Training for an Ironman is hard.  Blending that with your personal life and responsibilities makes it even harder.  This weekly review will not be sugar-coated and will come to you in all it wonder glory and pitiful defeats, because there will be both. I encourage you to go on Twitter and tell KC to accept the challenge to send me a paragraph of the week that transpired along with her volume so you, the reader, can match the feelings with the work.  I also encourage you to join in on the challenge if you are going to be racing Ironman Chattanooga in September 2014.  You can use the Contact Me form to send me your information and I will assemble it into a neat little blog post for all to follow.  The plan is to post on Sunday evening/Monday morning so if you want to participate send me the information by Sunday afternoon.

Ironman Chattanooga 'Challenge' Is Now In Your Hands KC

Jason Bahamundi

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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.