Today is the Day

The registration for Oceanside opens today at 11am.  I couldn't be more excited about this race.  And yes I'm calling it a race b/c I plan on finishing at a competitive time.  Not to be completely exhausted and hurting like after the San Antonio marathon.  I EXPECT to finish strong and to cross that finish line with my hands in the air.  Grab a banana a drink and Karen and my step-son.  I am beside myself right now and have goose bumps just thinking about signing up for this race. Not to mention that yesterday I booked my hotel at the Hilton for the Toyota Open Championships.  I just think the more stuff I can remove from going wrong the better and being able to wake up at 5am and walk out the front door to the event is better then waking up at 4am and having to drive to the event.  It honestly didn't matter what it cost for the room I was booking it.  I want to be able to remove any hindrances from a good race, especially one of that length that I would never have done before. Onto today's training.  Another 1500 meter day in the pool.  Another successful day in the pool.  I love having the drills as it breaks up the monotony of going back and forth and following the line and seeing the end and turning around.  So much better for the psyche. For the second swim in a row the pull buoy was my favorite drill and the fist stroke my most hated.  The fist stroke makes me feel as if I'm almost drowning.  I have to ask Coach C the point of this stroke and what I should be focusing on so that I don't feel like I'm drowning and just trying to get through the drill. The hard part of today's swim was the 1x200 after the warm-up.  I was tiring at that point being that I just swam 500 yards and was not trying to swim a straight 200.  About halfway through I started pulling my head up and the swim became even harder.  I had to focus on putting my head down and slowing down like Coach C told me to do in our email exchanges after the first swim.  It was not as easy as I expected.  After the 1x200 I had to do 2x100 and on the second 100 I felt better and slowed myself down and concentrated on the swim.  I tried to emplore the catch method so that I would glide through the water.  In the 4x50 I was able to actually swim that portion with my head down more so then in the first 200 and this was after 900 yards. During the 4x50 though on the 2nd 50 I did a pull bouy drill and that allowed me to focus on my breathing and stroke count.  The 3rd and 4th 50 were so much better.  The next set of 50 was the catch-up drill and I was doing that better then I did on day 1 so that is progress.  The 4x25 Hard was again one of the best parts as that is all out with :20 RI but it forces me to keep my head down and focus on the swim and not let anything else get in my way. One of the items of today's swim that I'm most proud of is that there were 4 women in the pool who swam competitively and I did not let that get in my head.  I focused on my technique and my drills and the plan from Coach C and not about racing or beating these 'competitors' in the pool.  A much better way to attack the training. My RHR this morning was 78.  I keep forgetting to take while in bed but take it pretty much 5 minutes after waking up while eating breakfast.  During the swim at one point it was up to 138.  After the swim training it was back down to 96.  Right now it is at 90.  Slwoing down and not racing......good stuff. ------------------------------------------------ Tonight we are going to Karen's parents to bring her Dad a birthday card since today is his b-day.  Lastt night on the way to softball I bought him a card that had to do with farts.  To any lady reading this, no we don't ever grow up when it comes to passing gas.  That is who we are and it makes us laugh.  We are not mature when it comes to this and that will never change. Last night our team won again this time by a score of 16-4.  We have only lost two games all season and we are looking good.  The team is playing as a unit and we are hitting the ball hard and at opportune times.  Gloves have started to play much better as well.  We could make some noise in the playoffs which is something we haven't done since spring of 2008.  Go Magically Delicious. When I got home from softball last night Karen greeted me at the door and told me she had just gotten off the phone with Coach C. They spoke for about an hour regarding a training program and an elevated HR and how Coach C can help Karen out training for a marathon.  I couldn't be happier about this.  Karen and I can't 'coach' each other.  We are just not wired for that.  This way Karen will have a training program of her own and can follow that and ask Coach C questions without my getting involved and I can just be the encourager and provider of love.  I'm good at that as my coach style is militaristic and what I say goes and that doesn't work in a marriage. Tonight is strength/core again and I'm fired up.  I have lost 3 lbs since Monday and I can see the definition in my shoulders starting to take place already (3000m of swimming will do that.)  I feel stronger then ever and losing the weight is helping me.  I have thought that at 145 lbs I am at my strongest and fastest but I have been hovering between 150 and 152 for almost 4 months and not able to shed those pounds.  Now they are coming off and not because I'm eating any less but because the training is burning so many calories.  I eat all day long to rehydrate and replenish and it is still burning off.  Once I get to that 145 I will have to think about my caloric intake and make some adjustments.  Maybe bigger meals then the ones I eat now during the day. Till later tonight after the strength/core portion or tomorrow morning after the bike-run brick.
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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