[caption id="attachment_6883" align="alignright" width="272"]change_coaching_triathlon_ironman Source: Get Plant Fit[/caption] Changes are already taking place over here at the blog and in my life.  I am not waiting for New Year's to write resolutions.  Instead I am just plowing forward and seeing what happens on the back-end.  If something doesn't work then I will change it. As many of you know I have chosen to go the route of wheat-free.  This has been harder than I thought as there is wheat in EVERYTHING.  Seriously the only thing that you can be sure (maybe?) that doesn't contain wheat is air.  That being said I am making a concerted effort to keep this 'diet' going and am enjoying it.  The hardest part was making bread and in the time since the change occurred I have tried and failed using brown rice flour.  Instead I am now making nut butter and jelly open-faced 'sandwiches' on slices of pears and apples. Another change I have decided to undertake is with the blog.  I am going to do more video in 2013 as a way to make this more interactive and hopefully helpful to you.  Yesterday I posted about a talent search / casting call and have gotten some good feedback.  So much so that I have contacted some people about scheduling our first show on December 20th.  If that is a date that works for all we will be streaming live on the CTER YouTube channel and then I will post it here as well with some editing if need be.  If all goes well I may pursue sponsors for the show.  This show is going to be fun and I will also do one on one interviews like I did with Mandy, which you can view [HERE] and [HERE]. Now here comes the news of the biggest change I have done.  As I was progressing through my Ironman Arizona training I found myself getting resentful of the training.  I would look at my training schedule and see the same thing I had seen for three years and was getting bored with it.  It was during this period of time that I talked to Karen about making a change in coaching.  We talked a lot about this and decided that it was probably the best idea because of how I was feeling. For the remainder of the training I thought about it a ton.  It was on my mind with every training session and it was a difficult decision.  I looked at the Pros of staying with Claudia as well as the Cons.  As I laid out the list I kept coming back to my feeling of boredom with the schedule.  I felt I needed a change to spark my love of the sport of triathlon and the pursuit of Ironman races. Claudia had done so much for me and I had spent so much time with her that it was tearing me apart.  When I started with her I had done a sprint triathlon with an open water swim of 500m that took me 14:40 and 98% of the swim was on my back.  Today I am a 2x Ironman with finishingl times in the sub-12 hour range.  I have come a long way since we started.  In addition to that we had been together longer than only two other relationships in my life.  My first marriage lasted 7 years and my current relationship with Karen has been nearly 5, so being with Claudia with three years was a long time for me. The decision did not come lightly but it finally came and it was time to interview new coaches.  I spoke with friends in the sport about who they were coached by and who they would recommend for somebody of my ability with goals of qualifying for Vegas and/or Kona.  This was going to be a decision that launched the next part of my triathlon life and I was not going to take it lightly.  I spoke with a handful of coaches and each one felt like the right fit so I went to my voice of reason, Karen.  Again we laid out the good, bad and ugly.  We laid out my goals.  We laid out my dreams.  We laid out what we were able to gather of each of these coaches and finally settled on one.  When the decision was made I sent out an email with the subject:  Decision Made. I can only imagine what they must have thought when the email was received.  If they wanted to coach me they probably thought about the possibility of me wanting them as well, but at the same time thinking that I was going to tell them that I was going in a different direction.  The response email was so positive that I could feel the smile coming through.  It seemed like a match made in heaven, or at least through social media. Now that I have kept you waiting for this long I am happy to announce that I am now being coached by Maria and John of No Limits Endurance.  That may mean nothing to you but check out their Facebook page and Maria's blog.  You may recall that Maria penned the blog post Being The Athlete I Have To Be and its profound effect on me from a motivational and inspirational point of view.  After reading that post Maria and I became friends and then we found out that we were born exactly one day apart and from there our friendship blossomed. I have a deep respect for Maria and John and am very happy that they were willing to take me on as an athlete.  I believe that they will be able to push me and pull me and hold me back on our way to reaching the goals I laid out for them.  I am no longer nervous about this change and have embraced it in full and look forward to doing different workouts in different ways than I have for the past three years.  The fire for triathlon has been relit and I am looking forward to the next 6 months before Ironman Texas takes place. Thank you to Claudia for taking this neophyte and molding me into a triathlete.  Thank you to Maria and John for taking me on and being able to create a 'finished' product.  


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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