The Golden Warrior

[caption id="attachment_2208" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="No.....Not This Guy"][/caption] My social networking life has sort of taken on a life of it's own. I say this because I am now involved in The League of Extraordinary Tri-Geeks. What's this you may ask? Well it was started by Jon of SwiCycloRun and named by Jeff of Dangle The Carrot.  Kevin of Ironman By Thirty doesn't want to take any credit for anything but he put up the first post (to my knowledge) and I cannot stop laughing at it.  It is incredible how this has grown to where it is today. You see each Thursday it starts out with one comment made by the country of Texas (yes, in case you missed it Jeff and I decided to remove Texas from the others because well....we are awesome that way and just could not stand to be part of mediocrity....that was a joke....laugh!!!)  Anyhow, it is made by somebody with the hashtag #Winning and then it blows up from there and comments are made left and right and I am usually getting the best core workout from laughter. It is so bad that our midwest friends (BDD, The One They Call Beal, Matty_O, The Kingery Klan) had to recruit Caratunk Girl and Jon into it.  It really wasn't a fair fight with those original 4 so Jeff and I let them have two more.  We will go so far as to let them know they can have more since they are going to need it. So Kevin gave us all nicknames and he cleverly came up with Sancho for me.  Which to this day I find hilarious and cannot stop laughing at.  It was a perfectly lobbed bomb into the Trash Talk Thursday conversation.  Seriously, it will be hard to find better. [caption id="attachment_2214" align="alignright" width="270" caption="That's My Girl....@CBKingery rocking the pee shirt."][/caption]   That was until Colleen and I were tweeting with @TriathlonRocks.  They have a shirt that says 'I Pee On The Bike.'  It's perfect in so many ways I can hardly begin to describe it but I will try. During my first Olympic Tri I had to go very bad and as I was heading back toward transition and T2 I played with the notion of stopping and running into the porto-potty before the run and fought myself the entire time.  I chose to skip it and just run.  I ran that 10k with some bladder pain and real mental strength as I easily could have stopped and relieved myself and kept going but I pushed through. When I was done I texted my coach about this incident and her words back to me read this way:  'YOU NEED TO LEARN TO PEE ON THE BIKE' I need to learn what?  Is she kidding me?  No way am I doing that.  All my first reactions until it dawned on me that I would save time and not be in bladder pain.  Operation Pee on the Bike was started, and when I went the first time on the bike it was like an awakening.  I sent coach a text that read:  'I DID IT! I DID IT!'  We joke around about the fact that I am talking about urinating with my coach as if we were having a conversation about how to use peanut butter in a recipe. I told her I was going to keep practicing and even walk around the house just peeing on myself until I felt comfortable enough to do it everywhere.  That never happened as my wife would have killed me and we are trying to sell this house.  What I have done is learn to not only pee on the bike, but also have learned to pee on the run.  I will not stop short of saying I am Master P. So now when people ask me if I wear socks on the bike or the run I tell them no.  They inevitably ask me if its because of a faster transition and I then have to launch into the reason why and that is because your socks will get soggy with urine and make the squishy sound as you run.  Not fun.  Their face contorts and they give me every reason in the world why they will never pee on themselves.  I agree with them that it is not for everybody but it saves me time on the bike and run. [caption id="attachment_2212" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="This is way worse than just going while you are riding."][/caption] How much time does it save?  Well, if you have to stop your bike, unclip, go to the bathroom, get back on the bike and clip and then get started again at the speed you were at before you stopped I would say it saves about 3 minutes per break.  Over the course of 56 or 112 miles there are bound to be 1 to 3 stops if not more.  So let's say there are 3 stops and you save 3 minutes each time that totals out to 9 FREE minutes.  How else are you going to chop off 9 minutes from your PR without having to truly exert yourself?  Wheels -- I can buy those.  Helmet -- I own one.  Next item?  There isn't one. Peeing on the run is a little bit more difficult to do but it is still manageable.  For me it is about getting your bladder so full to the point of explosion and then finding that perfect cadence and then letting go.  The hardest part is dealing with the thought process.  The mind can do many things and make you feel as if you should not be doing this.  Go ahead and do it.  It is most likely going to mingle with your sweat so you have no clue as to what it is anyway and you do plan on showering don't you? All of this is to say that peeing on the bike is not a big deal (just wash it after and do it more often than I do) and you can save valuable time in your next race.   Oh....The Golden Warrior....I think you get it now!!!!!  
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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