The Struggle is Real, but Its All Good

Today was a busy day. Its no secret that I have been looking for a new job. The substituting gig was over at the end of May and coaching the kids up at Bakersfield Aquatics Club (BAC) is the only thing keeping me going right now. So yeah you could say that applying to jobs in the hopes of getting at least an interview is a high priority for me right now. Unfortunately Bakersfield hasn’t been giving out much love to me in the way of options. I either have too much experience or not enough, or ridiculously over-qualified so they don’t want to “waste their time” and hire someone who may just leave as soon as they find something better. I don’t know how to change that mentality but I am open to suggestions. Any one? All I want to do is work and provide for my family anyway I can at this point. USC Grad, MBA, 18 years and $500 Million in Construction Management experience, and it seems that I am un-hirable. Whatever, I am not going to let it get me down. I had and interview today, an invitation to come back, and I sent off another application I received in the mail today. So all in all I am doing the stuff I need to do to find the opportunity that is meant for me. The only thing I am bummed about is the fact that I didn’t get to go for a ride in this crazy heat we have been having here in Bakersfield. I had a conversation with our new head coach today at BAC (he’s a transplant from Kentucky) that I like riding in this heat. He said 104? I said yes because if I can perform efficiently in this heat then I can do really well at 75 degrees. He understood that logic. At least i got in my Insanity Max 30 workout and a good little swim with the kids. All in all the day went pretty well! My kids enjoyed their their time with my grandparents and their new puppy, we had a good dinner, spent some good quality time with the kids, and watched some awesome swimming by our new Olympians, and some old ones too!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich with Avocado, Baked Potato Chips, and Water
Workout:
Insanity Max 30: Sweat Intervals (I didn’t max out but sweated quite a bit) used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – Mostly Freestyle Drills today and treading water – 40 Minutes
Dinner:
Ate the kids’ leftovers, Steak Fajitas, Pinto Bean, Rice, piece of Quesadilla, Guacamole and Chips.
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Recovery: Foam Rolling with Rumble Roller while watching Swimming.

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!

 

A Quiet Day at Home

A much needed quiet day at home with the kiddos. We watched a few movies. ET: The Extra Terrestrial was one of them. Been a while since I have seen that one. Finally saw Furious 7 too. Sad. Nice to spend some time with the kids. Way too hot to venture outside for any length of time but we ran a few necessary errands anyway. With so much going on I was still able to find some time to get in my Insanity Max 30 workout in 😉 Good thing too. Almost too hot to workout outside. We piled in the car and headed up to swim practice. I was melting on the deck so I decided to cash in on a perk of being a swim coach. I jumped into the pool and swam around while coaching the kids. Great way to cool down, and the kids like it when you get down into the pool and get on their level.

After swim practice we were starving and grabbed some dinner at Baja Fresh. It was yummy! Had to fuel up for tomorrow’s workout and possible afternoon heat ride. We hurried home for showers and to check out the Olympic Swimming Trials. Pretty neat watching some these amazing athletes after coaching some amazing kids who have the dreams of being at the trials and Olympics themselves. Even cooler to think that I may be coaching a kid who could grow up to be an Olympic Athlete. Makes me proud!

Finally, I did my 22 pushups. And now its time for bed! Big day tomorrow!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich with Dijon Mustard and a Handful of Sea Salted Crackers
Workout:
Day 3 of Week 2 Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power (Maxed Out at 20:14) used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – Mostly Breast Stroke and treading water – 25 Minutes
Dinner:
Chicken, Pinto Bean, Cheese, and Pico De Gallo, Burrito, Guacamole and Chips, and Root Beer.
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery, 8 ozs of Vanilla Yogurt, and lots of water!
Recovery: Foam Rolling with Rumble Roller while watching Swimming and Cycling 🙂

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!

 

6 Pounds in One Day – Its All Part of the Process

 

As you can imagine when I weighed myself this morning and the scale read 185, I had to reweigh myself another two times. But alas to my surprise I was up six pounds from yesterday morning’s weigh-in. I knew that I was probably not going to be lighter after yesterday’s salty food intake, but six pounds was a head shaker.

Here’s the deal, when you begin a new work out as I have done this week you can expect to gain weight within the first few days. Even though you are burning more calories and your body is using up the fuel you eat, you are also building new muscle. Part of the process of building muscle is that you micro-tear the muscles you are working. When this happens, water rushes in to the muscles to help with the repair process which can be noticed as the muscles become swollen, or as some like to say “swole”. Really the repair process is what we know as the adaptation stage of working out. Our muscles are freaked out by this new workout and the body is trying to adapt to this new routine. So combine this process with a large lunch meat club sandwich, salty fries, and top it off with a sodium time bomb like sushi roles and soy sauce, and congratulations you are going to hold on to ever little bit of water it can find.

So if you happen to gain weight soon after beginning a new workout, don’t worry it is a natural process. Keep going, its quite possible that you wont actually lose any real weight for a week or two, and if you are a woman, its quite possible that you wont lose any weight for more than a month. But the weight isn’t something you should really be concerned with right away. There is truth to the fact that muscle weighs more than fat. As you change your body composition (muscle to fat ratio) your weight will fluctuate. The real proof in the process is how you feel. Your energy levels should begin to increase after a couple days. Your posture will begin to get better. clothes will begin to fit looser. And stress levels should be perceived to be lower as well.

All in all today’s surprise is all just a part of the process and tomorrow is another day closer to my goal!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 185 (Up 6 lbs. – A reason why you shouldn’t weigh yourself daily)
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: 1/2 Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Granola Bar
Workout: Day 4 of Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power (Maxed Out at 10:40 and videoed my 22 Push-ups during that workout) used Acid Check Granules, Himalayan Pink Salt, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water. Rode 10.3 miles to Swim Practice.
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice. Rode 10.3 miles home.
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: 
Turkey, Feta, Romaine, and Dijon Mustard on Wheat Bread Sandwich and a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk.

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:
 180
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
Dinner: 
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:
 179
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.
Dinner: 
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!

 

My Motivation and It Works For Me

Its been a little while since I have really made the effort to keep you all in the loop. I know that when I used to blog everyday about my workouts and what I ate, I definitely stayed more accountable for the things I put in my body. My motivation was that if I was going to be transparent and write about it, then I would watch what I ate and keep up with the training that I needed to get done to accomplish the goals that I have. Namely, I want to eat healthy things so I feel better, be the best triathlete I can be, help inspire people to set and reach goals in their lives, and while doing all of this I want to have a balanced family life and be a good influence for my children. So in an effort to reclaim a bit of what I may have lost over the past year or so since I deviated from what was working, I am back on the wagon. Its time to get back to doing what works. Doing a daily workout program, documenting my nutrition, and using this as a diary of sorts will help to keep me motivated to carry on and reach my goals. This has worked for others and it works for me, maybe it will work for you? Or maybe not? The question is what are you willing to do to ensure that you reach your goals? Are you willing to do something a bit out of the ordinary. Are you ready to be the person you want to be? All I can say is that I am tired of half-assing it and doing just enough to get by. Its time to go all in and be the person I know I can be. I owe it to myself, to my family, and to the kids and people I coach. This is my motivation and it works for me. Thank you for having me back!

Training Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 180 (Different Scale being used)
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Cliff Protein Bar and Bowl Honey Bunches of Oats with Unsweetened Almond Milk
Workout: Day 1 of Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge, used Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water 
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice
Dinner:
Taco Salad – Organic Ground Beef, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Shredded Cheese, Crumbled Corn Chips, Cilantro Dressing, and Tapatio drizzled on top. 2 Cups of Vanilla Yogurt 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!

 

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!

Let’ Try This Again!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 01 of 70 – December 7, 2015

It’s December and the weather is getting colder here in Bakersfield. The cross country season is now over and its time for me to divert my focus away from the student-athletes for a bit and back on my training for the next  few months. I learned a few things about my personal training this cross country season while running with the kids – one being that I am a faster runner when I don’t just train by running alone. I’ll share my thoughts on diversification of workouts in a follow up post this weekend. For now though, let me start off this triathlon training log with Day 1 of my 70 day, get back in competition shape, effort 🙂

Now that I am teaching full time, finding the time to work out has been tricky. Luckily I was in a position while coaching the cross country team to workout with them. Historically I am not a morning work-er-out-er. I like to workout mid day or in the afternoon. That is why working out with the cross country team was great for me these past few months. But now I am not coaching for a couple months until the swim season starts up so its time for me to get back to a system that has proven to be successful for me in the past – Focus T25 coupled with spinning and sporadic swims. This time however, I am going to get in some additional run training to keep my legs used to the miles.

So here it goes! Let’s try this again!

Last night I didn’t get the best sleep. Sleep is important to be able to train at your best as well as to ensure proper recovery on a daily basis. I need to make sure that I am keeping to a decent sleep schedule from now on. I am a night owl, so hopefully this wont be too much of an issue. The following is my weigh-in, nutritional intake, and exercise regiment:

Morning Weigh-in: 179
Breakfast:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, and Coffee
Lunch: Ham and Turkey Sandwich
Workout:  Focus T25 Cardio
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner:  3 Tacos and a Sprite

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!!!!

De Soto Sport Liftfoil – Product Review

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Back in April of 2013 I ordered the De Soto Sport Liftfoil Speedsuit to be used in all of the races I had scheduled for that season. It was my first full year back racing triathlons after a 20 year hiatus and man oh man had the technology changed. Not only was my Kestrel 2000 (circa 1989) with Dura-Ace 7 Speed out of date, but I didn’t see too many “Speedo’s” out on the courses either. And the one’s I did see, I wish I could have unseen 🙂 But alas, seasons change and so shall trends. Thankfully for me, and countless other triathletes, swimmers, cyclists, and runners, De Soto Sport had been connecting advances in technology with style and comfort to develop the best gear available on the market for the previous 23 years! (Happy 25th Anniversary De Soto Sport! Keep up the impeccable work!)

Upon receiving the Liftfoil I was so excited, I put it on and went for a ride. The compression material was awesome. It fit like a glove but still allowed for unrestricted movement, and the 5mm Float Pad (Integral Non-Absorbent Cycling Chamois – see picture below, new 7mm Float Pad shown) was super comfortable.
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My first big race where I used the Liftfoil was the Wildflower Triathlon – Olympic Distance. This was a race that I had not completed since 1988 (as a 14 year old). It was a windy day, but I finished the race with the help of my new De Soto Sport Gear. I thought the pictures that were taken at the race were decent so I sent them to De Soto Sport. They must have like them too since they later used them online to promote this trisuit. I didn’t even know about it until one of my friends sent me a link, and there I was wearing the Speedsuit, Compression Leg Sleeves, Skin Cooler Run Cap, and Race Belt!
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Such a cool gesture on their part! I was and still am surprised that those pictures are up today at https://www.desotosport.com/collections/forza/products/riviera-mens-liftfoil-w-7mm-ceramico-pad. Thank you De Soto Sport for recognizing some of the age-groupers in the sport. Your products help us all to be the best the we can be while we train and on race day. I love wearing your gear and look forward to upgrading the arsenal for this year’s race schedule!

Infact I like wearing the Liftfoil so much that it is my primary outfit for training as well as racing and has remained so for the last 2 years. After wearing this trisuit well over 200 times I can report that it has held together beautifully. The flatlock-stitching has kept the panels together and the float pad in place with only minor thread breakage. The float pad has also remained comfortable and has not broken down due to the heavy use it has received. It has never become waterlogged and has kept me virtually rash free as it’s design intended. I look forward to using the remaining life out of this trisuit and upgrading to the new model in the next few months. Maybe before the next Wildflower as I attempt the Long Course this time? Who knows?

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Here is the info from De Soto Sport on the 2015 Model:
The 2015 Liftfoil has the Patent Pending Integrated 7mm Ceramico™ Pad.
USAT approved, WTC Legal and now with coldblack®

WHY BUY THIS PRODUCT?

This suit will help you swim faster in triathlons that do not permit wetsuits. Unlike similar “swimskins” that require you to remove them after the swim portion, the Liftfoil, with its Floatpad™, is designed so that you can swim, then bike, then run, all in complete comfort and without having to change. This pad floats and stretches which means it can be used as a race piece in a triathlon. On the bike, the pad stretches with the short and follows your skin as it moves with every pedal stroke, eliminating the friction that can cause irritation or rashes. It has no pockets and is ideal for shorter triathlons where you do not need pockets, and where you ultimate goal is to finish faster without ever changing. It also works well for longer triathlons that do not permit the use of wetsuits. In this case, we suggest the use of a fuelbelt, or changing from swim to bike to run given that the time required to change is minimal compared to the rest of the race.

This speedsuit has no rubberized material, no polyurethane, and no neoprene. It abides to WTC’s recent ruling on swimskins, speedskins, swim apparel…whatever WTC wants to call it.

The Liftfoil has no pockets and no lining. It is designed to help you swim faster during non-wetsuit swims. Designed with a front zipper (16-inch YKK® zipper) which allows you to ventilate by unzipping during the run. Our front-zipper design for men swims better and faster than rear zipper suits. We are the only company that has figured out how to do this so we are the only company with a front-zipper Speedsuit. Hydrolinear™ seamlines hug your body while allowing for maximum reach and glide in your stroke, with no friction against your skin.

Our tests have shown varied improvements of swim times of about 2-4 seconds per 100 meters, depending on the individual, over a conventional swimsuit. This translates to 1’00” for 1500 meters and 2’40” for a swim of 4000 meters. Of course, as with all our products, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Test it for yourself. If you do not find it performs to your expectations, you may return it for a complete refund.

To summarize:

  • 1. Swim faster in it and use it either as a speedsuit or a trisuit in triathlons.
  • 2. Swim, bike and run it it.
  • 3. Made for races that do not allow wetsuits.
  • 4. No rubberized material, no polyurethane, no neoprene.
  • 5. Now offered with coldblack® cooling and UV protection technology!
  • 6. 100% satisfaction guarantee!
  • 7. Approved for all USAT sanctioned races, and WTC legal for all Ironman and 70.3 races.

This garment is not designed for repeated use as a swimsuit in a chlorinated pool.

coldblack®: Sun Reflector – UV Protector

Dark colors heat up stronger when exposed to direct sunlight compared to light colors. This no longer needs to happen! Now there is coldblack®, a special finishing technology for textiles which reduces heat build-up and provides reliable protection from UV rays.

coldblack® technology offers two innovative benefits:

1. Effective heat management

Light colored textiles reflect both visible and invisible rays of sunlight, meaning both heat and light. Dark colored textiles absorb both types of rays and therefore absorb heat. coldblack® reduces this absorption of heat rays, particularly in the case of darker colors, and in all types of textiles. The result is tangibly better heat management. Because textiles finished with coldblack® heat up less in all colors compared with material without a coldblack® finish.

2. Reliable protection from UV rays

The coldblack® technology guarantees a minimum UPF 30 protection (blocks 70% of UV rays) when applied to any textile in any color without affecting the look or feel of the product. As a result, textiles with coldblack® can make an effective contribution to protecting against harmful UV rays.

Riviera Ceramico™ Pad Dimensions:

     Max Thickness: 7 mm (0.275 in)

     Min Thickness: 1.25 mm (0.05 in)

     Total Length: 28.5cm (11.25 in)

     Front Max Width: 11.5cm (4.5 in)

     Waist Width – most narrow point: 8.5cm (3.5 in)

     Back Max Width: 16.5cm (6.5 in)

Inseam lengths:

     Small: 10″ (25.5cm)

     Medium: 10.5″ (26.75cm)

     Large: 11″ (28cm)

     XLarge: 11.5″ (29.25cm)

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