When I first started training I was told by friends and family that I was an inspiration and that I motivated them.  I can barely think of one person that followed in my footsteps and joined me along this path because Karen was already there. Recently my sister started to make good on her words but nobody else.  Sure others would start but they would stop for a multitude of reasons. Today I get emails, Facebook messages, Tweets that go something like this: Dude, you are crazy with your training.  Why, again, are you getting up so early?  Why do you make me feel like I'm lazy.  The list goes on and on and I thought about that on Saturday February 26th while doing a 1 hour and 50 minutes Zone 2 run. The answer came down to one word:  discipline.  I was inspired by Bid Daddy Diesel's post about aspiring and how he used that one word to define and tell a story. I wanted to try to come up with one word to define and tell my story.  That one word is discipline. Now when somebody asks me a question I can give them a one word descriptive answer:  discipline.
  • Why do you get up so early?  I am disciplined.
  • How can you maintain a vegetarian diet?  I am disciplined.
  • Why are you not drinking tonight?  I am disciplined.
  • What is with all this swimming, biking, running?  I am disciplined.
I decided to look up the definition of the word.  The definition even has the word training in it:   dis·ci·pline   [dis-uh-plin] noun, verb, -plined, -plin·ing. –noun
  1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
  2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
  3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
  4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
  5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
  6. a set or system of rules and regulations.
  7. Ecclesiastical . the system of government regulating the practice of a church as distinguished from its doctrine.
  8. an instrument of punishment, especially a whip or scourge, used in the practice of self-mortification or as an instrument of chastisement in certain religious communities.
  9. a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics.
–verb (used with object)
  1. to train by instruction and exercise; drill.
  2. to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
  3. to punish or penalize in order to train and control; correct; chastise.
I am disciplined to get up at 3:30am everyday and drink a glass of water first then a small breakfast then a 1 hour workout.  I am disciplined to have only skipped a handful on workouts in the past year.  I am disciplined enough to know that when coach wants Zone 2 I run in Zone 2 and don't push it. I am proud of who I am and what I represent.  I am proud to say that this is my lifestyle and don't feel guilty because others interpret it as being crazy because I am not.  


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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