A perfect Ending to the Weekend!

Its a Rest Day. I thought about working out. But thats about as close as I got. I was too excited that my kids were coming back today. Had to make sure everything was ready! They got back this evening and it was straight to the pool for them!
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Talk about a perfect ending to a great weekend! I love my little water bugs! They are looking forward to getting back to swim practice tomorrow!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Cheers to a great next week!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology and a cup of Coffee
Lunch: A piece of Peperoni, Sausage, and Jalepeno Pizza, Baked Sea Salt Chips, and a Granola Bar
Pasta with Meat Sauce, and a Salad
Second Dinner: An Organic Hot Dog with Mustard and Baked Sea Salt Chips.

Disclaimer: As a triathlete, I am not always eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my activity. If you are not as active as I am, please don’t use my nutritional intake as your model. If you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sweat Intervals, Swimming, and Sushi

I spent the morning organizing my computer, while my girlfriend took care of some stuff for school. Organized folders and files, folders and files. Its the cleanest its been in a long time for sure. Productive time spent for sure. Then I ate entirely too much food for lunch. My Club Sandwich was borderline ridiculous and the fries were too good to pass up! After lunch we went home and took a power nap before jumping into the pool. 4:20 rolled around and it was time to hit my 30 minute workout before heading to swim practice.

Swim practice was hot. I was more than happy to demonstrate my technique for starting off the blocks, efficient freestyle stroke, and really any other reason I could think of. It was nice and refreshing.

After swim I headed home to find some of my favorite people waiting eagerly to go to dinner. We decided to get a little Sushi after a long day. We love Sushi!
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OK a bunch of Sushi, but in our defense, there were a few of us.

After almost too much Sushi, I hit my 22 Push-ups and now it is time to get some sleep!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and a Granola Bar (Missed my Shakeology)
Lunch: Club Sandwich, Fries, Water
Workout: Day 3 of Insanity Max 30: Sweat Intervals (Made it entire 30 Mins without stopping or modifying)), used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Sushi and Water

Disclaimer: As a triathlete, I am not always eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my activity. If you are not as active as I am, please don’t use my nutritional intake as your model. If you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!


From Trash to Treasure

My job today was to help my parents throw away some old stuff at my parents house. Little did I know that a hidden treasure had been waiting to be found. As I was picking through the items to load into the truck, I came across a drawer set that I had used in my youth. As I worked my way down through the drawers I found old bike parts and deteriorated swim caps. But then to my surprise I found a drawer with a bunch of old race bibs from when I first started doing triathlons up through my Senior year in cross country.
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As you may have guessed, I was pretty excited. they were in basically perfect condition surprisingly for have been left outdoors for who knows how long. As I looked through them so many old memories flashed back in my head. I never would have thought that I would have found something as treasured as these. It definitely brightened my day. I was like a little kid again and it helped me hurry through and get the dirty work done and over with.

I goth the truck all loaded and tarped and headed down the road, but I was starving. I needed to get something and stopped at Carl’s Jr., against my better judgement, but I was hungry and ordered a Charlbroiler Chicken Club, small fries, and a coke. I very rarely eat this stuff, but at this point it was hot and I was thirsty and it tasted good. Eating fast food isn’t the problem. Eating fast food every day is. I continued along on my trip to the dump, which was hot and dusty on this Bakersfield afternoon. Everything I had was recyclable so I made the rounds and distributed the items in their appropriate areas.

After the dump, I headed home to get my workout in, jumped in the pool to cool off, and headed to swim practice. It was pretty hot there too, but good thing I am a swim coach and can jump in to cool down every so often. Plus the kids love it when I jump in with them for a social recovery kick after a long set.

After swim I headed home to be greeted with an amazing dinner. Cajun Crab Cakes and a Parmesan Baked Artichoke. So Yummy!
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Followed up this delicious dish with a 50/50 Bar and a bottle of water. Time to do my 22 Push-ups and head to bed!

Hope you all had a great day!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Charbroiler Chicken Club, Small Fries, Small Coke (Treat Meal for Dump Duty)
Workout: Day 2 of Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power (Maxed Out at 10:20), used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery, Half a Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Chewy Granola Bar.
Crab Cakes and Baked Artichokes, 50/50 Bar, and Water

Disclaimer: As a triathlete, I am not always eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my activity. If you are not as active as I am, please don’t use my nutritional intake as your model. If you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!


What a Week!

So here I am sitting behind my computer on a Sunday afternoon reflecting on this past week in anticipation for the week to come. What a week! I have to tell you how energizing, productive, and fulfilling it was, but I really don’t know where to start. When in doubt, begin at the beginning right?

Monday the 22nd was a great beginning to the week with a good training ride and the start of the fifth and final week of Focus T25 Alpha Phase.

Tuesday was the first day of being a substitute teacher with the Kern High School District at Bakersfield High School (BHS). Later that evening I was honored to begin coaching Age Group Performance swim at Bakersfield Aquatics Club (BAC). In both cases I was impressed by the kids and their eagerness to have someone believe in them and their abilities. Somewhere in the mix of the day’s activities I managed to spend a little time with my kids at the skate park and a late workout.

Wednesday, it was another day at BHS, but this time I was honored to spend my first day helping out with the AFJROTC. These classes are generally student led but I managed to get in some conversations with these young adults. Definitely looking forward to spending a few more days on this assignment. This day was my first coaching swim all by myself. Such a pleasure and fun filled hour and a half with these awesome kids!

Thursday was PT day for the AFJROTC. Right up my alley! Fortunately I am still a bit sore today after five periods of push-ups and sit-ups from their friendly competition and my workout before coaching swim practice later that night.

Friday was another day of subbing AFJROTC and my last double day workout for Focus T25 Alpha Phase. No swim coaching on Fridays 🙁

Saturday started with a two hour morning swim workout with BAC. I had two kids show up and they had a great workout! It was good to hear that they were sore for the workouts earlier in the week and even better to see them perform so well during an interval rich workout on this day. I took some time to talk with the kids and their parents about the importance of recovery and nutrition. Later that afternoon I jumped on my bike for a quick recovery ride from the week’s activities.

And that brings us to Sunday! A well deserved rest day and the Oscars! Enjoy!

Until next week, may your training be strong, and your rest be enjoyable!

Warning from a Parent Who’s Kids Use the Internet

Parents, in this day and age of technology and increased personal access to each other, please be ever vigilant and intrusive with your children’s personal electronic devices. Know which apps they are using and take the time to look through their posts, followers, and those they follow. There are too many people out there who wish to do harm to our children. And without knowing what they are doing or with whom they are sharing information, it’s only a matter of time before they become another statistic.

Keep your children safe! Be ever present in their lives.

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Please feel free to add any links you feel are appropriate in the comments.

Thank you!

New Beginnings

Has it really been over six months since I have written anything?

It’s seriously crazy how fast time flies. Way too many events and happenings to catch up on but here are some of the highlights: I turned 41; I had a few triathlon races to start off the early season; My daughter turned 9; My son turned 7; I was able to spend some quality time with the kids during the summer; We made a few fun family trips; and I was able to take some personal trips too. In all seriousness though, the past six months have been a time for me to reflect on the recent (last 4 years) my life. There is a saying that “hindsight is 20/20” and life definitely throws us some curve balls, but I also believe that our lives, actions, reactions, feelings, and emotions shape us into the person that we are today; good or bad. And even though I have made plenty of mistakes in my thoughts, actions, and words, throughout my life, today is a new day to make a difference in the lives of the people that surround me.

Everything has changed so much over the past 4 years and accepting that change has definitely led me on an interesting path. After leaving Lake Tahoe in 2011, and effectively ending my career in construction management, I began a journey towards something. I had no idea as to what or to where this new path would lead me, all I knew was that I wanted to be a changed person when I got there. As I began this change, I started working with friends, family, and customers using health and fitness products that are proven and practical. They helped me lose a bunch of weight and get me to where I needed to be to feel like I could run, bike, and swim again – Something that I have wanted to do for a while – but never had the courage to really get after until I started to lose the weight that had been anchoring me to a sedentary lifestyle. And so with the successful transformation from overweight to athletic, I began to enjoy a love affair from my youth, and the sport of triathlons quickly blossomed again into my passion. Over the last 3 years I was able to compete and do well in a sport that had one time meant so much to me and continues to hold a special place in my heart. Through all of this, my parents have been very supportive of my personal progress. They have helped me to be able to spend time with my kids and they are there to help when life prevents me from being present. I am thankful that I have been able to be here in Bakersfield to help my parents with anything they need too.

When I left Tahoe to be here I left the construction life. Everything that I had known for 15 years was just out of reach. I left a project before it was completed, and I had only done this one time before, again for the love of family, last time for my grandparents, and this time for my kids, however something happened this time. When I left I knew that I didn’t want to be involved in the construction industry anymore. Luckily I found something that worked for me and I have been working with people on their health and fitness ever since. I got certified in this workout program and that workout program, blogged about health and fitness and racing, and got certified as a Personal Trainer in an attempt to reach and help as many people as I could in an effort to help them feel better; similar to how I felt after my transformation. Even though I had good initial success in building a business, the realization for me was, I didn’t transform until I was ready to do it. My “Why” had to be louder than my “Not now”. And nobody was going to get me going until I realized that for myself. No matter what I do, unless it is the right time for someone to commit, I am never going to be able to help someone. Seriously, it didn’t take a coach to tell me that I needed to lose weight; I knew that. It didn’t take a coach to tell me that my energy level was on empty and that I needed to exercise to bring it back up; I knew that. It didn’t take a coach to tell me I was eating and drinking crap; I knew that. It took a divorce and the loss of time with my kids every night to understand that I had been checking out on life and merely punching the clock for far too long. Once I realized that something had to change and it started with taking care of myself, it didn’t take a coach to check in with me every day to make sure I was pressing play and doing my workout; I wanted to. It didn’t take a coach to help me make better choices for my nutrition; I wanted to. It didn’t take a coach to tell me that I was ready to get back into running, biking, and swimming; I wanted to. What it did take however was a great support group of friends and family and I am very thankful to everyone for being there during my time of change. Change is good! But little did I know that over the last 3 years I have been working towards another change, something much greater than my own transformation.

My girlfriend, Annaliesa Lovan, is the Activities Director at Bakersfield High School. She is responsible for coordinating, advising on, and planning all of the events at her school. Being able to help her at the school events opened my eyes to how amazing the youth of today can be. Seeing how the kids light up when they are around her; how excited they are in anticipation of the events she plans, and helping to make events memorable and fun for these pretty incredible kids at BHS, has all been quite emotionally rewarding. It has been so rewarding in fact, that after some serious discussions I began to look into a career in education. I knew that I was going to have to go back to school and it may take a little time to find a position, but I seriously began preparing myself to pursue this path. One way or another, I was going to become a teacher. And no sooner than me making this decision did I find out about an option that would fast track me into this second chance at fulfilling this new calling. After a couple interviews, I was offered a position as an instructor at my high school alma mater and I said yes!

I am pleased to now introduce myself to you as the new Statistics Instructor, Publications Journalism (Yearbook) Instructor/Advisor, Technology Specialist, Assistant Cross Country Coach this Fall, and Assistant Swim Coach in the Spring at Garces Memorial High School. I am one month in and I love being a Teacher/Coach!!!!

Project New Year – Day 54, 55, and 56 – Ryan Out

This may not be the post you were expecting to see from me, but here it goes. Seems to be a trend that I don’t blog on the weekends. Lots of stuff happens on the weekends and I just don’t seem to get to it. This weekend it has been especially tough to swallow. Friday I was thankfully busy with the kids and their school activities. They are so awesome! Since I had a Time Trial on Saturday the kids stayed with my parents. My parents and the kids always seem to enjoy their time together. I had some conditioning to take care of, so it all worked out. The time trial went well. Somehow I set a personal best even though I hadn’t eaten anything but Shakeology since Thursday night (2 Shakes on Friday and one Saturday morning before the race). Emotionally I am a wreck. Financially I am nonexistent. But physically somehow I am enduring even though I know at some point if I keep going like this, surely that will fail as well. Even though it may not seem like it on the surface or through my Facebook feed, I have been avoiding something for a while. I have not been taking care of me and there is nothing of me left to give. I am tapped out. I am sorry if I am letting anyone down but I need to stop this charade. I am not happy. I am not doing well.

And I am done putting on that facade. I had every intention of taking this thing through 120 Days and I may very well complete it, but if I do, I am going to do it for me and no one else as it should be. Life is hard. Being a dad is hard. Being a good ex-husband is hard. Being a significant-other is hard. Success is hard. Getting in shape is hard. Staying in shape is hard. Eating healthy is hard. Being accountable is hard. If you can do it and you really want it, anything is possible. But if you don’t take care of yourself and do the things you need to do to provide a stable foundation for yourself and for the people you love and care about, it can all come crumbling down when the balance gets too far off. Unfortunately, sometimes that crash comes a bit too late and everything you have worked for is suddenly gone or just out of reach. I guess that is where I am right now. Starting over from the beginning.

I apologize to everyone I have let down over the past few years. I thought I was doing what I needed to be doing but apparently that was not the case. I don’t blame any of you for jumping ship, not doing the things I may have asked you to do, or even not wanting to be involved in what I was so excited about sharing with you. I get it. I mean the stuff I do really does work. Health and Fitness wise I have never been in better shape. Mentally and Financially I was never ready to let it work as it has worked for so many of my friends and mentors. And that is where I have failed so many of the people who were closest to me. I am somewhere underneath all of the rubble and it is time to start digging my way out.

I am going to take some time away. Not exactly sure what that means yet, but it is my intention to come back strong and ready to help those people that are ready to accept my help and do what it takes to get to where they want to be. I am not giving up. I know it is possible. We just have to be ready to make it happen for ourselves without any reservations. So for now this is my last blog post. I wish you all the Happiest of Holidays and a Wonderful New Year! I hope to see you on the other side……good journey!

Friday, November 21, 2014 – Weigh-in: 173
P90X2 X2 Shoulders + Arms and X2 Ab Ripper and X2 Yoga
Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Weigh-in: 170
12.9 Mile Time Trial and Foam Rolling Recovery
Sunday, November 23, 2014 – Weigh-in: 168
P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility

ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastraEnergy and Endurance FormulaP90X Results & Recovery Formula

Project New Year – Day 27 & 28 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

The Weekend of October 25-26, 2014
Morning Weigh-ins: No weigh-ins
Breakfasts: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workouts: P90X2 Balance + Power (Sat.) and Recovery + Mobility (Sun.)
Post-Workouts: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Busy weekend. Addison had a Volleyball game on Saturday morning. She and her teammates are learning the game and having fun. Fun to watch too!
Addison Volleyball
I came home after the game all excited to go for a bike ride. I decided to lower the handlebars a click. No big deal. Tightened it back up and gave it a good push down to make sure it wasn’t going to slip and “ping!” I snapped a bolt on the handlebar stem.
Broken Bolt
Lucky it didn’t get me in my eye or chip a tooth. Needless to say, the bike became unridable at that point. I was pretty bummed about that. I managed to wiggle the the broken bolt out and headed over to a local fastener shop. They had some replacements and I grabbed a few. Feeling a little better at this point.

Headed over to a Memorial service for Larry A. Wells. So beautiful to hear all of the stories from family and friends. What an amazing guy; he will truly be missed by so many people.

I came back to the bike a little later and “ping!” Another bolt bit the dust. Unfortunately though, this bolt wasn’t coming out. I was out of time at this point and headed over to Davis’ flag football practice. This was a good little break for me as I was thoroughly frustrated with the bike scenario. Watching him go all out is fun to watch!
Davis Football
After flag football I went and bought a Dremmel in hopes of slotting the top of the bolt to get it out with a screwdriver, that didn’t work. I went and picked up an extraction bit and that didn’t work either. Bummer! I emailed Binny Tan at Falco Bike and he said he would send me out a new stem and it would be here in 2 weeks. What an awesome sponsor! This will be just in time for the Kern River Duathlon on November 16. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be training on my EVOcx which isn’t a bad alternative, its just no where near as fun to operate as the Falco V.

Regarding nutrition this weekend? Well lets just pretend it didn’t happen. I mostly ate the wrong stuff except for Sunday Dinner (Chicken and Dumplings). I didn’t burn near the calories that I had planned to, and a little ice cream parlor action on Saturday night after picking up the girls from Talladega Frights. I seriously have a weakness for ice cream. Hoping to clean up my diet over the next couple of weeks in preparation for the upcoming race. It’s a sprint 2 mile run, 12 mile bike, and a 2 mile run. Gotta be ready!

Project New Year – Week 1 Day 4 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Thursday, October 2, 2014
This morning I woke up sore but not as stiff as I thought I would be two days after Plyocide. X2 Recovery + Mobility really helped with my flexibility yesterday. This Active Recovery video employs Neuro Integrated Stretching (NIS) which takes you through movements which “combines two stretching principles, mechanical elongation and reciprocal inhibition in a time-effect pattern with aid of an exercise band.” (P3; https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=544025875626852) In other words, its fancy stretching that works better than old fashioned stretching 😉 and you learn all about it in P90X2. Pretty cool stuff!
I picked up the kids from school today. We headed home to do homework after picking up a couple Vanilla Bean Frappuccinos from Starbucks.
Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
Then it was computer time for the kids while I did my Total Body workout!

Lots of equipment required for this workout. Medicine Balls, Rumbleroller (or foam roller), Resistance Bands, Pull up Bar (if desired – I am using resistance bands for now), and a Stability Ball all play a roll in this 67 minute workout with a 17 minute X2 Ab Ripper workout directly after 🙂 Every muscle got worked out. This is where the micro tearing of the muscle fiber really happens in this first Foundation phase of X2. I am expecting that tomorrow my weight will go up a little. When your muscles begin the hypertrophy phase of fitness training, water rushes in to help aid in the repairing process. This is why I tell people when they start a program that they will most likely gain a little weight before they lose weight. My goal with working out does not include losing weight but I don’t really want to pack on more muscle than I need to either. Excess weight and bulk doesn’t help much with endurance sports such as triathlons, but I am sure I could give up a little fat and add a little muscle here and there 😉

All I know is, I am looking forward to some X2 Yoga tomorrow night after the kids get to bed! Super busy weekend with the kiddos! Feel free to leave comments about the cool stuff you are going to do this weekend!

Here is my Accountability Breakdown:
Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Heart Smart Turkey Sandwich on Wheat with Red Onions, Peperoncinis, and Dijon Mustard
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 X2 Total Body and X2 Ab Ripper
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Fajitas, Beans, and Rice, Lemon-aid
Snack: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk

Cheers to making the right choices!

Where to start? Today marks 31 days until the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe. Up until today I have been visualizing this race. I have swam the 2.4 miles in my head so many times that I have lost count. I have cycled the 112 miles so much that I know how amazing it is going to feel to get my butt off that saddle. But for some reason I have never been able to visualize running the 26.2 miles and finishing this true testament to intestinal fortitude. I thought that maybe its because after 22 years I still have a mental block from hyperextending my knee 3 Days before my College Running Career was able to start and began the dark spiral into my subsequent deep depression. But alas, it seems as if I am not supposed to finish the race this year. You see, I have been fighting my spine and neck misalignment for a long time which up until October of 2013 was still functional. As this misalignment started to worsen I started to feel pulling in my hamstring, uncontrollable headaches, and significant lower back pain. It began to affect my performance in races but I continued to ignore the warning signs and pushed through out of sheer Ego. I was not going to admit that I was broken. I didn’t work this hard to get back in shape after so many years of being unhealthy to have it all undone by some silly s-curve in my back and a neck without and curve. It just wasn’t going to happen. I was getting ready to turn 40 and I needed to do something to prove that I was ready to tackle a monumental task. The IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. I mean really, I can totally do this, right? So I found this awesome cause in ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and I set out to raise the money to do my part. Unfortunately my spinal condition got worse, my training suffered, and to top it off I think with my bike wreck a couple months ago aggravated everything. My condition went down hill really quick. I sought out the Physical Therapy it was going to take to put me back together at Neck And Back Integrative Medicine. Started the rehab and quickly found that this is not going to be the slam dunk I was expecting. Over the last month I have been through some crazy decompression and manipulation, trigger point injections, and chiropractic adjustments. Along with this realignment and introducing curvature back into my neck I have been trying to get back into training, but I am finding that with this realignment comes a need for patience and a dose of reality. I WILL NOT be able to complete the Ironman with my current level of fitness. Heck, I can barely ride 36 miles without getting a spasm in my back at this point. So it is with great humility that I put Ego aside (getting good at this lately) and respectfully withdraw from the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe 140.6 and look forward to 2015 to tackle this beast.

Zero and I appreciate all of those who have donated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and funding programs to help those who are in need. There are so many worth while causes out there and the fact that you had supported me in this cause is truly a blessing. Please know that your donation was not made in vain. I will be working with Zero over the next year to raise money for this noble cause and I look forward to our partnership as we work to raise awareness for this disease which affects so many people that are near and dear to our lives.

I have not determined whether or not I will be attempting to salvage some part of this opportunity to race in such an amazing venue (Lake Tahoe). If so, it would be at the Half Ironman distance which is still a great challenge for me at this point in my recovery. I’ll be talking with the doctor’s over this next week to determine if this is feasible or not.

Thank you again to all of you who have been following my journey towards fulfilling this goal. You are all very special to me. I only hope that I will be able to do you all proud and eventually cross that line carrying the names of the many who have suffered and continue to suffer to this day with Prostate Cancer.

Until then, I will continue to plug along and help as many people as possible reach their personal goals. You are the ones that matter to me. Its so much easier when we help each other. Through your success we all become stronger! Let’s keep going in the right direction! Cheers to making the right choices!