Cheers to the end of a long hibernation?

It’s Friday! I’m 12 days into getting back into shape and things are starting to feel good again! After taking about 2 years off from racing in triathlons, I am finally ready to find a race again. I mean yes there were other times in the recent past that I may have said I was ready, but now I am really ready. My workouts are getting better and I’m feeling the motivation kicking in. I’m eating better and making sure that my efforts in the workouts are at the highest level of my current ability. I know that its going to take me the rest of this Spring and through the Summer to get back to where I was a few years ago, but my determination is there! I want to get into the best shape that I have ever been before the beginning of the 2018 triathlon season. As with any long term goal, I need to set incremental goals along the way. I am looking at doing a series of sprint triathlons this Summer and get into some longer races in the Fall. Can’t deny it, I am so excited! This hibernation is finally over!

In the spirit of getting back into shape, I have found that accountability to myself helps me to stay on top of my nutrition as well as my training. My goal is to post my nutrition, supplements, and workouts everyday (both the good and the bad days – full disclosure) as long as school, work, family time, and coaching allow for it. Sound good?

The format will be the same as it has been in previous years per the following format:

(This is a part of my post from 2014 when I was doing P90X2 and enjoying my time riding for Falco Bike. See the actual post here http://wp.me/p2pRzM-Ff )

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Got in some time on the Falco V just as the sun was going down. That felt nice. Got a little dark at the end ūüôā Finished up in time to get asked out for Sushi. I Love Sushi! I didn’t eat enough at dinner though. Should have gone for some sashimi. Oh well, peanut butter and almond protein works too!

Morning Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey, 2 РSlimming Formula, 2 РCordastra, and Coffee
Lunch: 2 Pieces of Chicken Quesadilla
Snack: 2 Breaded Chicken Bits
Pre-Workout: 
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 
Cycling 18.6 Miles
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner:
 1 Fresh Sushi Roll and Cucumber Salad
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility
Snack: A Handful of Almonds, 2 Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Pretzels

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My hope is that through sharing my journey that some of you may find some inspiration to do something to help you become the best version of yourself. Thank you for taking the time to read this! I look forward to reading any comments you may have and meeting any new readers as well!

As always, Tri Hard!

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 РSomething that I have wanted to do for a while Рbut 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!!!!

2015 Triathlon Season – The Year of the Half……and a Full!

Last year was plagued by injuries and spinal rehab. This year is starting off slowly and is building nicely. I am looking forward to some redemption this year for sure! And with that I give you the tentative 2015 Triathlon Season – The year of the Half….and a Full!

January 24, 2015 –¬†Bena Rd Time Trial¬†– Bakersfield, CA – 20k

March 7, 2015 –¬†Bayshore 70.4¬†– Long Beach, CA –¬†Half¬†(70.4)

April 4, 2015 –¬†Visalia Triathlon¬†– Visalia, CA – Sprint

April 19, 2015 –¬†LA Triathlon Championship Series¬†– San Dimas, CA – 2/3 Olympic

May 2, 2015 –¬†Wildflower Triathlon¬†– Bradley, CA – Half¬†(70.3)

May 9, 2015 –¬†LA Triathlon Championship Series¬†– San Dimas, CA – Olympic

May 30, 2015 –¬†Bass Lake Triathlon¬†– Bass Lake, CA – Olympic

June 28, 2015 – Pacific Crest Triathlon – Sunriver, OR – Olympic

July 26, 2015 –¬†Donner Lake Triathlon¬†– Truckee, CA – Half¬†(70.3)

August 8, 2014 –¬†USAT Age Group National Championship¬†– Milwaukee, WI – Olympic

August 16, 2015 –¬†Hansen Dam Triathlon¬†– Sylmar, CA – Olympic

September 20, 2015 –¬†Ironman Lake Tahoe¬†– Lake Tahoe, CA – Full (140.6)

October 11, 2015 –¬†BOD¬†– San Dimas, CA – Olympic

November 15, 2015 –¬†REV3 Florida¬†– Venice, FL –¬†Half¬†(70.3)

December 5, 2015 –¬†HITS¬†– La Quinta, CA – Half¬†(70.3)

Hope to see you at the races!

 

Energy Bits – Product Review

The time has come! Its finally time to review Energybits! Made from 100% organicallly grown, NON GMO¬†spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits¬ģ algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world¬†(64%) all for just one calorie per tab.”¬†I have been talking with the very good and patient people at energybits.com since July and so much has happened since then. Originally I was l was looking for a nutritional supplement for the Ironman Lake Tahoe. It seemed like a few days after we spoke, I signed up for two months of rehabilitation for my spine. Not the most opportune time to test out a new product right? Needless to say, after a few weeks of tweaking my spine, I¬†postponed my hopes of completing the Ironman Distance for at least another year. The rehabilitation went well and eventually all of the little pains dissipated and allowed me to be physically active again without making me feel like I was going to pull a muscle or leave me with an excruciating headache.

Towards the end of September I figured¬†I had been holding on to this Energybits product long enough, so I went out for a baseline, caloric deficit ride.¬†¬†About 10 days later I went out for the same ride in a caloric deficit (the only difference was I ate 30 of the 100% Spirulina Algae energybit tabs) and was able to ride the 20.9 miles 1 minute and 23 seconds faster.¬†http://www.strava.com/segments/1411240/compare/NDgyOTAyMzY4MSw0NzIxMTI3NTcw¬†The weather conditions were similar. Towards the last 30% of the second ride I noticed that my¬†energy level was running higher than the previous ride but I started to get some algae burps. It wasn’t really bad, but definitely a noticeable issue. (I am assuming that with continued use of this product I can learn to adjust the dosage so as to minimize the this issue.) So I thought that this was good information to know. Eating these 30 tablets of Spirulina Algae at a whopping 1 Calorie a pop gave me added energy for just less than 1 hour’s worth of cycling. Now this information could have been slightly skewed because I had just started up another round of P90X2 and just finished the first week of Core Strengthening. (Oct 8. Blog¬†http://wp.me/p2pRzM-EH¬†) So I was reluctant to show this information as I didn’t really feel it was doing any justice to the testing of the actual product. So again I sat on the remainder of the product, looking for the right time to try it out and scientifically show whether or not this product really gives you a boost in energy and performance as is claimed.

Then came Thanksgiving Break. I had a window of a few days where the weather was perfect and I could control my eating. I said to myself, “Its finally time to review Energybits for real!”

Recently I have been doing really well for 5 to 6 miles of sustained riding. There is a 5.8 mile segment on Strava from Beach Park to Derrells Mini Storage on Alfred Harrel Hwy. This is a technical ride but it has some good straight aways too. I though it might be a good segment to focus on while testing the product. You can see the comparison link at the bottom of this blog. In the interest of keeping the conditions of the testing similar, I tracked my food from the night before, only had my regular supplements prior to riding (except on Day 2 and 3 with the addition of Energybits) and ate nothing else until dinner before starting all over again the next day.

And here it is:

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Dinner: Tri Tip, Pasta, and Vegetables with Marinara Sauce, Dessert

Wednesday Nov. 26
Breakfast: Shakeology, Beachbody Whey, Beachbody Fuel Shot, Slimming Formula, Cordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Ride #1, Ride #2
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Tri Tip, Manicotti, Broccolli, Bread, and Dessert

This is the base line ride for testing without the energy bits. I rode the 5.8 mile segment in 14:50. This was my 3rd fastest time ever recorded on this segment and the fastest I had ridden this segment¬†in over a year (Oct. 7, 2013). This is good because it shows that I am operating at a peak performance without limitation ūüôā

Thursday Nov. 27
Breakfast: Shakeology, Beachbody Whey, Beachbody Fuel Shot, Slimming Formula, Cordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs EnergybitsWorkout: Ride #1, Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits
Dinner: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Yams, Bread, and Dessert

Today’s ride I added the energy bits. I pushed along this ride and put in a nice little sprint at the end to put myself 2 seconds ahead of yesterday’s time. I don’t monitor my time as I ride so I had no way of knowing how close I was to the time of the prior day. But, I usually just ride as hard as I can all of the time anyways, so I’ll take 2 seconds faster. I did notice towards the end of the first ride that I had a bit of the algae burps. Only real negative issue I have noticed with this product so far. Energy-wise, I think it helped me power out that little sprint at the end of the segment.

Friday Nov. 28
Breakfast: Shakeology, Beachbody Whey, Beachbody Fuel Shot, Slimming Formula, Cordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs Energybits Workout: Ride #1, Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits

Today was just a little bonus ride. I had an extra bag of 30 tabs so I decided to finish them off and head out for another ride. The conditions were identical with weather and nutrition so what the heck! And Boom! A Personal Best by 30 seconds from the year before and I retook the¬†KOM for that segment! 30 seconds over 5.8 miles is huge. I didn’t expect such a huge margin of change. I felt strong the whole way and knew that I was moving but to improve that much is not something I expected at all. I can only attribute the benefit to added energy after taking energybits and recoverybits. I can only imagine the added benefit of taking this product everyday and additionally when exercising.

Strava Segments for Comparison:
Beach Park to Derrells 5.8 Miles
http://www.strava.com/segments/1749733/compare/NTI5NzIxNTg4OSw1MjkwMjU3OTAwLDUyODQ4NzEyNTQ= BC Rush .5 Miles http://www.strava.com/segments/6346316/compare/NTI5NzIxNTk3MCw1MjkwMjU3OTcxLDUyODQ4NzEyOTA=

If you would like to try out EnergyBits, you can go to the www.energybits.com website and enter the PROMOcode: BLOG and you will get 10% off of your order! Also on Cyber Monday they are having shipping deals!

Project New Year ‚Äď Day 54, 55, and 56 ‚Äď 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!

Training:
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

Supplements:
Shakeology, Beachbody Whey, Beachbody Fuel Shot, Slimming Formula, Cordastra, Energy and Endurance Formula, P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Project New Year ‚Äď Day 30 and 31 ‚Äď P90X2 Triathlon Training

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
After the kids finished their homework and went off to play, I got in my P90X2 workout and followed it up with 30 minutes on the EVOcx spin bike! I didn’t do the¬†TriCore¬†workout, but got in a good spin ūüôā

Morning Weigh-in: 173
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey, 2 РSlimming Formula, 2 РCordastra, and 2 РSuper Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Half a Chicken Sandwich, 1 1/2 Dolmathes, and Half Order or Feta Fries
Pre-Workout:
 
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 Plyocide and 30 Mins (10.5 Miles) of Spinning on the EVOcx
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Breaded Chicken, Steamed Vegetables, and Rice Pilaf
Snack:
¬†Bowl of Cheerios with Almond Milk, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and 8 oz’s Greek Yogurt

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Busy day today with the kiddos and family. Squeaked in my workout before midnight!

Morning Weigh-in: 173
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey, 2 РSlimming Formula, 2 РCordastra, and 2 РSuper Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey and Avocado on Wheat and Coffee
Dinner: TriTip, Chili Beans, Salad, and 2 Rolls
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility
Snack:
 Bowl of Cheerios with Almond Milk and a Peanut Butter Sandwich

Project New Year ‚Äď Day 12 ‚Äď P90X2 Triathlon Training

Friday, October 10, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey, 2 РSlimming Formula, 2 РCordastra, and 2 РSuper Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich
Dinner: Deep Pit Beef Sandwich with BBQ Sauce, Chili Cheese Dog, some Sour Skittles
Workout: P90X2 Yoga
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Busy day with Family stuff! Love it! Gonna be a great weekend with some cool stuff going on! Got in my Yoga at Midnight. Full day tomorrow! Ironman World Championships on livestream http://new.livestream.com/ironman/kona, volleyball, flag football, another P90X2 workout in the afternoon, and USC Trojan football at 7:30pm PST!