Meet the FlapJacked Ambassadors: Jason Bahamundi
Hey there- my name is Jason and I am proud to be a FlapJacked Ambassador! I am a native New Yorker who moved to Dallas, Texas over 7 years ago and am enjoying everything that Texas has to offer although I do miss the fast-paced lifestyle of New York. By day, I work as a Sales and Marketing Consultant. By morning and by night I am an endurance sports athlete who doesn't know his limitations (and does not want to find out because then life would be boring).
I stay fit and active by MERELY running 100 mile races and by competing at Ironman distance triathlons. It sounds ridiculous to say that I look forward to running just 50k, 50 mile and 100k races but that is the truth. The 100 mile distance and Ironman distance is a chance to not only test my physical ability but to also go deep into the crevices of my own mind and try to figure out who I am.
The training for these races is where all the magic happens. Day in and day out I'm up at 3:56 in the morning and head out the door by 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. to get in a 1-2 hour workout in before going to the office. At the office I will routinely take my lunch hour to go to our company gym and work on my core, balance and stretching to prepare my body for the[ next day's activities.
While this may sound like I am on the go 24 hours per day 7 days per week my favorite part of training is the rest and recovery days. That is where the strength and endurance are built and that allows me to keep getting out the door and pushing the envelope further than I ever expected I could.
All of this training pays off! As of today I am ranked 9th in the state of Texas in the Ultra Trail Series Championships which is something I did not know existed when the year started but now that it is on my radar my goal is to finish in the Top 10 at the end of the year. As far as performance is concerned the past year has given me has given me the fastest 100 mile race time (19:22 at Rocky Raccoon 100) and fastest Ironman time (11:00:50 at Ironman Chattanooga).
I learned early on in my endurance sports career that you cannot out train a bad diet. If you are putting junk into your system then you can expect junk to come out. When I realized this I changed a handful of things. I quit drinking alcohol and decided to go to a vegetarian lifestyle. Both changes, coupled together, gave me extreme energy and ability to get up early and work harder than I had ever before. If I do not pay attention to my nutrition on a daily basis I can guarantee that the next day's activity is going to suffer. By fueling, refueling and recovering properly, from a nutrition stand-point, I am capable of pushing my body when the training calls for it.
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