Avoid Injury – Listen to Your Body

The last seven days have not gone per plan from a training perspective. When I get pain anywhere around my joints I seem to get a bit conservative. I have been pushing myself to go a little faster than I probably should with the cycling. And the Insanity Max 30 has me jumping a little more than I want to at my current weight. And really I shouldn’t be doing Speed Power Jumps for my training at this point anyways. There really is no point. Running would be less pounding than those. So After some good foam rolling days and taking it easy with the cross training for this past week, I should be able to resume the workouts as scheduled. Only this time I am choosing to modify the workouts a bit during the power jump segments. I should be able to perform slow, singular power jumps where I can focus on a nice absorptive landing. Unfortunately doing successive rapid power jumps isn’t great on my knees and I don’t think I can handle having to spend another week recovering with tight IT Band issues. The whole point of this is when you feel something isn’t right with your body, listen to your body and change what you are doing. In my case, I wasn’t foam rolling at all like I used to and I almost paid the price. I am just glad that I avoided an injury this time. All I know is that the foam roller is going to be a welcome part of my life and I’ll never stray again! Additionally, I am so happy to have been able to get into the pool and use the BowSwim to workout and also jump into the pool with the kids I coach. I love the non-impact workout from the pool. And now that I have the BowSwim to make my workouts more productive, I cant wait to see how it is going to translate into my open water swimming at my first triathlon back at some point this Summer.

Train Safe everyone!

Training/Nutrition Log – Sunday, July 3, 2016 through Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunday Morning Weigh-in: 181
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich
Workout:
10 Minutes on Bowswim
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – 400 Meters Mostly Freestyle
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Hamburger and 2 Hot Dogs and Chips

Monday Morning Weigh-in:
 182
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Salad
Workout:
15 Minutes on BowSwim  Finished up 22 Days of Pushups www.22kill.com.
Dinner: Pork Loin, Tri Tip, Potato Salad, and Bean Dip 
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery

Tuesday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich, Jalepeno Chips, Water
Workout:
Recovery Day – Foam Rolling
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Fajitas – Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp, Beans and Rice, Chips and Guacamole.

Wednesday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
Snack: Small Peanut Butter Sandwich, Pita Chips with Swiss Cheese
Workout: 300 Meters in Pool at Practice with Kids and about 30 Minutes Treading Water
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Chicken and Filet Mignon, Rice, and Vegetables Teppan Style, Mint Chip Ice Cream for Dessert.

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!

 

Cycling, Recovery, The Tour de France, and a Little Bit of Luck!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 / Friday, July 1, 2016 / Saturday, July 2, 2016

Thursday morning I woke up with a little twinge in my knee. Most likely from a speed jumping interval during Insanity Max 30 and a tight IT Band. I’ll have to take care of that this weekend with some foam rolling. But on this day, I decided to take advantage of my parents’ wanting to spend some time with the kids to meet with a company for an interview (call back for second interview next week) an to get some much needed saddle time before swim practice. One of my favorite training sessions is to go for a bike ride in the heat of the day. At temperatures over 100 I am good for about 25 Miles. I know about how much water I need to ingest during this time, about 3 ozs per mile, to keep myself from getting too dehydrated. So I loaded up the bike with 72 ozs and headed out for one of my favorite 26 mile rides. Since I have hooked back up with De Soto Sport, I have picked up some new cycling/triathlon apparel to try out. De Soto makes this line of products called Skin cooler™ SDS, this fabric helps keep you cool when you sweat or drench it with water.
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The ride went good and I had a few decent efforts – both in the first half – I kept hydrated and relatively cool wearing the long sleeve skin cooler top and the skin cooler helmet beanie. These products work really well. The temp opped out at 102 today but I am pretty sure with the reflection off the blacktop it was at least 10 degrees hotter. To give you an idea with some basic math, I weighed in at 179 before starting the ride. I consumed about 4.5 lbs of water.  When I got back to the house 1 hour and 16 minutes later, I weighed 177.5 lbs. It left me a little dehydrated after that ride so I grabbed some water bottles and headed up to Bakersfield Aquatics Club (BAC) for swim practice and jumped in with the kids for a few turns in the pool.

After practice we had a coaches meeting and enjoyed an awesome dinner with new friends and we talked about BAC and what’s in store for us as a Team. Pretty excited to be a part of this group. The kids are in store for some great things!

On another high note, I received an email related to a job application I sent in and it requested me to come to an oral exam interview in a couple weeks! Pretty exciting stuff!

Friday I woke up and was pretty dehydrated and my knee was really tight. I knew that I wasn’t going to be working out this day. Sometimes recognizing that taking a recovery day is just as important as a really strong workout. Lots of hydration and Insanity Max 30: Pulse which is an active recovery workout. Cool thing is I spent about an hour talking to a recruiter about a position they are trying to fill and it resulted in setting up a meeting for Tuesday.

I have to say that I am feeling lucky and excited about all of these opportunities finally showing up, but I need to stay centered and composed. Nothing is set in stone and I am very thankful for these chances and hopeful that they translate into choices very soon.

Today was a mellow day. The Tour de France started this morning, so of course I had to watch that! It was awesome to see Mark Cavendish finally pick up the Yellow Jersey after all of these years and stage wins. Congratulations!

I installed a new BowSwim in our pool. The kids a re super excited! And I am too! I got to do a quick 10 minute swim on it and it killed me. Swimming under direct tension like that is such a great workout!

Ended the evening with an awesome dinner with the family and finishing it of with my 19th Day of push-ups for www.22kill.com.

Happy Training! And have a Happy 4th of July weekend!

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, and Water
Workout:
Rode 26.3 Miles used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – 400 Meters Mostly Freestyle
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Tri-Tip, Salad, Potato Salad, & French Bread

Friday Morning Weigh-in:
 178.5
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and 2 Eggs, Bacon, Country Potatoes
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Insanity Max 30: Pulse 
Dinner:
Pepperoni and Jalepeno Pizza, and a few Potato Wedges
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery

Saturday Morning Weigh-in: 181
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich and Water
Workout:
10 Minute Freestyle on Bowswim.
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Breast, Corn on the Cob, Rice Pilaf, and Garlic Bread
Dessert: Ice Cream Drumstick

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!

 

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!

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

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

Monday, September 29, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast:
 
Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma
Lunch: Pasta with Meat Sauce
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 X2 Core
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Red Potatoes, Green Beans
Snack: a few Pita Chips with Hummus and Bag of Popcorn

Day 1 of a 13 week commitment. I’ve done this twice before (2012) so I know I can do it again. Looking to strengthen my core, increase my flexibility, and develop the connective tissue to make me a better triathlete. P90X2 has been used by Elite Athletes to train them for the Olympics and the Ironman, so its time to take one out of their playbook and push right on into 2015. This is my Project New Year. It consists of Full Disclosure on Nutrition and Supplements, P90X2, Swimming (Tethered on BowSwim, Pool, and Open), Cycling (Spin and Road), and Running (Treadmill, Road, and Trail). This first week I’ll be focusing on the P90X2 Foundation Phase and work in a little swimming when appropriate. The other stuff will be added as I progress and get stronger.

Here are my Day 1 Pics:
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Lets see what happens!

Rushing Things Can Be Foolish

This past week was a rough one. I finished my 9th Physical Therapy treatment to remove the s-curve from my back as well as to replace the natural cervical curvature to my neck. The therapy is aggressive and has been painful at times. Now that the spine is being manipulated and trained back to its intended posture, my left shoulder weakness (or scar tissue) has been rearing its ugly head. I guess that my spine had moved to compensate for my left shoulder after its injury, subsequent surgery, and 4 months of excruciating physical therapy. Now that spine is being forced to abandon that compensation, and it is forcing the shoulder to release, the tendons, ligaments, and muscles are lengthening and I am knotting up. Spasms suck. So needless to say, this has not been easy. Lidocaine shots into trigger points has been all but daily occurrence in an effort to get these spasms to release. I have been foam rolling with the Rumbleroller using a trigger point ball to work on these areas too. I know that when I was doing Yoga in P90X and X2 I always felt better and stronger in basically everything. I have to believe that it was because I was more flexible. So on that note, in an effort to become more flexible I have started playing with PiYo and have decided to run through the whole program starting tomorrow!

Monday, August 4, 2014
Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Pasta, Salad, and Steak
Snack: 4 Sea Salted Chocolate Caramels
Workout PiYo Align – The Fundamentals

Not such a healthy day of eating, but so happy I pushed play this evening! The fundamental video really stretched me out!
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Lunch: Tacos and a Burrito
Dinner: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
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Wednesday August 6, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  172
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Workout: PiYo: Define Lower added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Fajitas Chips and Salsa
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Thursday August 7, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Workout: PiYo: Define Upper added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Sushi and a Blizzard

Starting to feel better. But now that the majority of my body is in good shape, the things that are trouble spots have amplified pain. Step in the right direction though!
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Friday, August 8, 2014
Weigh-in:  172
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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Saturday August 9, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich
Workout: Swimming on Bowswim 20 Minutes added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Chicken Fajita Tacos, Guacamole and Chips
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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Sunday August 10, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  170
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Swimming on Bowswim 15 Minutes, PiYo: Define Lower, and Cycling 20.5 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Brown Rice, Black Bean, Guacamole, and Pico De Gallo Burrito
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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School’s Out Taper

Geez! It’s been almost a week since my last post. Well to be honest, its been about a week since I have put in a real workout too. I have wanted to work out and even made plans to work out, yet the plans simply have not come to fruition. I have the best intentions. I want to ride my Falco V. I want to run on the open trails. I want to swim endlessly on my Bowswim. But none of that has happened. I’ll tell you what has happened though. The kids have gotten out of school. I have spent everyday since Friday spending time with them one way or another. Birthday Party Slide Fun, Pool Fun, Playing Video Games, Snuggling, Seeing Maleficent, and Pizza. Really, it has been awesome! And all things being considered, I probably needed to take this little break anyways. Call it a School’s Out Taper!

Pool - Schools Out

 

Seriously though, I have been favoring my left side for a few months now. I figure that I don’t stretch enough. I took too much time off after last the 2013 Tri Season and gained about 16 lbs of ice cream, candy, and pastries. I must have pushed too hard too soon to drop that weight before the 2014 Season. Now I am in the season and I keep having to start and stop to avoid getting injured. Not the way I was expecting this season to go but I am hoping that these past few days off will allow for some healing. Now I am looking forward to some P90X3 Yoga and a good night’s sleep tonight. Gotta work on that flexibility!

The Weekend is Over – Stop Eating Everything and Back to Work!

Memorial Day Weekend

I didn’t track what I ate. Thursday and Friday I ate good in preparation for my race on Saturday, but after that it was a bunch of really tasty food and cake for a birthday and graduation party. I gained 5 pounds. Perfect excuse to go for a ride right? But it was too windy for me to ride my racing wheels and I was so looking forward to going for a ride, but when I went to change my front wheel something happened with my front brake and made my bike unrideable. 🙁 Spent half the day fixing what I could but still having trouble getting the break to center. I guess I’ll be headed into the bike shop today to get schooled. In the grand scheme of things, I really need to rest my leg and focus on stretching. The left leg is still tight and the run part of the race on Saturday still gave me problems. It all wouldn’t be that bad if my pool wasn’t green with algae again because then I could get in and do some swimming on the Bowswim, but it looks like the pool will be out of commission until next weekend with the chemicals its going to take to bring it back from the dead!

Speaking of bringing it back from the dead, its time to get moving on the running and swimming. Cycling isn’t an issue for me right now. Swimming really won’t be that big of an issue for either, but right now running is the sport that is giving me the biggest problems. I need to somehow bring back the fun I once enjoyed in running. I expect that as we get older and our bodies change somethings get easier and others more difficult. I guess it all comes down to putting in the work to get the results. If I don’t put in the work, how can I expect to get better? That is so true for so many situations in our lives. It’s time to Work!