Training gets going with a race around the corner

Last post was Jul27th and today is August 2nd so it has been some time and in that time I have had a couple of ups and downs in regards to my training.

I had a pyramid swim training session planned that I cut off after about 30 minutes because I was just not into the swim.  I think it has to do with the fact that I started later then normal (not being employed right now allowed me to delay the swim start until 8am) and thus I had the opportunity to look for jobs and really to think about life.  Those thoughts interfered with my swimming as for me swimming is almost 90% mental.

I was also afraid of injury since I was not keeping my focus and getting hurt just wasn't worth it and so I stopped, but it picked right back up with me going to strength training and it going very well with me pushing my weight up.

I have also had a very successful couple of training rides.  Robert and I rode up in Sanger and had a blast.  We went from Sanger to Eva, Texas and it was just a smooth ride.  It was scenic, smooth and challenging which is the best kind of ride.



We also rode from Flower Mound to Argyle, Texas.  Again we found a route that was very smooth and scenic and challenging.  These rides really test our abilities to climb and to sustain speeds for a long time.

The runs have been going very well too, although on Saturday after a 1h45m ride we were supposed to do a 1hr run and it was cut short at 40 minutes b/c it was so hot outside.  Temps here have routinely been 100+ in the past week or so and some days the humidity has been very high as well.  Coach wants me to refuel as if in a race and while I did that in my last run it was still so hot outside that no matter how much liquid or gel you put in your body it was leaving just as fast.

I will say that I feel as if my overall fitness is going up but one item I'm disappointed in is my eating habits.  Since getting laid off I have not been under control of my eating until today.  Today was the first day that I was determined to maintain a quality diet and I have.

The issue has been that my mind has convinced my body/mouth that I need to really replenish and recover after training and so I tend to overeat and load up.  While it is healthy foods the quantities are not equal to the amount of exertion that I have put forth.  Today I had two slices of toast and coffee before working out, then after the workout I had a protein shake.  My lunch was tuna on a whole wheat tortilla and a mid-afternoon snack of fruit and granola with honey.  Dinner was two sliders on ciabatta with a salad.  All along I have been drinking water and I feel like this has been a good way to get myself back on track.  Especially since I have a 1 hour training ride left to do.  Should be a ton of fun as I do nothing but sweat when I'm riding the trainer.
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Job search is going as best as can be expected.  I am hoping that a couple of leads come though in the next week.  One I would love to get as a friend of mine works at the company (law firm) and they also sponsor a team that participates in the MS150 bike ride which I have done for the past two years.

One day the calls will come flooding in and it will most likely happen at the most inopportune time.  Maybe on Wednesday when I'm driving to Houston to meet my cousin whom I haven't seen in about a year.  I miss him and his family and the 4 hour ride is so worth it.

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I am going to cut this short right now and go hit the bike and get my ride in, and mostly because I don't want to be riding so late that my endorphins are fired up and I can't sleep but also because it is Monday and my wife and I watch The Closer on monday nights.

Not to mention that tomorrow at 5:15am I will be on the road running a negative split 45 minute run with the Castle Hills Running Club.
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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.

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