Add Some Heat for a More Intense Workout

Started off the day with 1 1/2 hours of Hot Yoga! Vinyasa Flow is supposed to leave you feeling grounded, calm, and free of tension after a sequence of poses flowing from one to the next. This was the first time that I have taken this class and I can attest to the fact that it will leave you calm and free of tension. Adding the heat helped with my flexibility but overall it just made the workout that much more intense. Its been a while since I have done any Yoga and after I that was done. All I wanted to do was prop myself up into a recliner, drink water, and watch Stage 7 of the Tour de France. So thats what I did 🙂 at least for a little bit while I gathered up the energy to head out for a ride. By that time came around it was about 97 degrees. Not super hot, but hot enough for sure. Today’s ride was intended to be at moderate intensity. I felt petty relaxed after Yoga and didn’t want to push it too hard leading into the weekend, but best intentions, you know, I was feeling good so I decided to push the pace a bit and try to maintain about 90% and focus on breathing, hydration, and performance in a hot environment. It worked out good. I ended up turning out my fastest time for one of my favorite Strava segments in over a year. Its nice to be hitting some good times again and settling back in to my old Trek.

Something that I have realized since I was a kid, growing up in Bakersfield (which can reach very hot and very cold temperatures for California) and competing in different cities around the US, is that working out in the heat at a high intensity prepares me to perform at a higher level during races which are typically held in the morning when temperatures are much cooler. My theory has been that if I can work hard and maintain a high level of output in temperatures of 100 degrees plus, then I should be able to maintain that same high level of output or better when the temperatures are lower. In essence pushing my body to some type of threshold preparing me to acclimate and adapt to various environments. Now I am fully aware that in hotter environments an athlete (or anyone for that matter) needs to hydrate and replace electolytes while exercising. Obviously in a hotter environment this is even more important and not doing so could prove to be dangerous. So while I exercise in these onditions I make sure that I take enough water with supplements to keep me hydrated and safe. So far this theory has proved to be useful since I was in Triathlons and Cross Country as a young athlete and today in my training as an older age group triathlete. I have found various articles and even a study that backs up my findings. I just ask that if you begin to employ this practice in your training, be smart about it, take plenty of hydration and electrolytes to sustain the planned workout, and listen to your body. If you begin to feel light headed, or stop sweating, or feel anything other how you think you should be feeling, take a break, find shade, and don’t feel bad if you need to call someone to come and pick you up. No training is worth risking your health. So train hard, but train smart as well!

Have a Happy Weekend!

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
 180
Workout: Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Amber
Breakfast:
  
Coffee, 3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout:
Rode 28.4 Miles used Acid Check Granules and Himalayan Pink Salt.
Recovery Swim:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Sushi
Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s – Karamel Sutra

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!

 

Today was a Good Day

Today was a good day. It began with a good night’s sleep (the body recovers during sleep). Woke up to a good cup of coffee, my favorite breakfast shake, the Tour de France, and then a morning ride. I came home to finish watching the Tour and have some lunch.

I picked up the kids a little early for swim and headed up to my parent’s house to have them play with my parent’s puppy before heading off to swim. They really love the new puppy and the puppy really likes them too. #PuppyLove

Practice was good tonight. My group is Age Group Performance and today we focused on the Butterfly. The kids worked very hard on the mechanics of this stroke and in turn it takes a bunch of energy out of them. But they did a great job and I am looking forward to seeing them on Monday to work on some more!

I finished up the night with some good Mexican food and a frozen yogurt. Pretty good day! Looking forward to another good day tomorrow! Starting off with some Hot Yoga!

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  Coffee, 3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Rode 36.2 Miles used Acid Check Granules and Himalayan Pink Salt.
Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Jalepeno Chips, and Water
Snack:
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Recovery Swim:
Swam 200 meters with the kids during swim practice
Dinner: 3 Carne Asada Tacos, 1 Jalepeno Popper, 1/2 Bean and Cheese Burrito
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dessert: Vanilla Yogurt with Peanut Butter Cup

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!

 

Yoga and Metabolism: Myths and Truths

Here is a really cool article I stumbled upon by Brittany Costa at www.fix.com Check it out!
Source: Fix.com

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 – Day 47, 48, and 49 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Kind of a quiet weekend for me. Friday I went out for a little bike ride and did some Yoga. Saturday was quiet. Worked on the Falco V setup for Sunday’s race and then did some Yoga. Sunday morning came and it was time to race. My last race was about 8 weeks ago at the Bakersfield Triathlon. I have been working to keep my back in good working order through 6 weeks in Foundation and Recovery and then with this past week starting a 5 week Strength Phase in P90X2. I am so thankful that we have awesome race event holders here in Bakersfield so that I didn’t have to travel this past weekend. Its always nice to be able to sleep in your own bed, wake up, and have a race here in town 🙂 So much fun to see a bunch of people from the local running, cycling, and multi-sport community out and having fun on the home course of the Kern River Duathlon. The race went really well with help from the awesome volunteers and race coordinators from Kern Wheelmen.

As far as my race went? I knew that the run part of the race was going to be challenging for me based on how long running 5 miles a couple weeks ago put me out of commission. I am just not used to running anymore and really have not done much of it for the past year. That’s crazy right? How can a triathlete not run? I’ll tell ya, after being a really good runner as a kid and starting all over (after taking about 20 years off), in essence reteaching myself how to run, is one of the hardest things I have tried to do. At the beginning I was just scared of re-injuring my knee like I did in College (hyperextension), or tearing my hamstring like I did about 11 years ago when I tried to start running too fast with my dog Max (that sucked). Now its just uncomfortable to run. It doesn’t feel natural. I would rather get on my bike, jump in the pool, or do a 25 minute cardio video from Focus T25. But I know that once I start running faster, and feeling that float I used to when I was a kid, that all of these negative thoughts that manifest when I begin to think about a running workout, or a race, will begin to fade away. Its just about getting out there and doing it. Like the idea of doing the home video workouts, if you push play every day, the chances are you are eventually going to do the workout. So that is why I like to race, it forces me to run. Unfortunately this year I didn’t get to race that much, but I know that 2015 is a New Year and I am on track to getting out of my way and off towards learning how to enjoy running again. I am looking forward to working with my friends at Bakersfield Trispokes and getting faster as runners together. My bike time wasn’t fantastic (3rd fastest individual bike split on the day with Aaron Hebeler and Jack Nunn beating me out) but I’ll take it after sucking wind for 2 miles in a pair of running shoes 🙂 I had lowered my aero bars down about an inch the night before so I could try out a more aero position. Result: Faster bike time, painfully tight back, spent hip flexors 🙂 Summary: Yes you can be too aero! (See my Project New Year – Day 39 Blog Post which explains a little bit about playing with your cycling position.) The second run, it was all I could do to keep shuffling my feet. I new that it was only a couple miles and I could grunt it out and finish this thing. Problem was, I didn’t know if had I put enough distance between me and those great athletes I knew were closing in behind me with every stride? Luckily I pulled it off and eeked out another podium finish. I’de say its about time to leave the pity party and get this running party going. What do you think?

Kern Duathlon Nov2014

Training:
Friday, November 14, 2014 – Weigh-in: 173
Cycling 25.7 Miles and P90X2 X2 Yoga
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – Weigh-in: 172
P90X2 X2 Yoga
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Kern River Duathlon (2mi run / 11mi bike / 2mi run – 0:59:50) and P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility

Supplements:
ShakeologyBeachbody Whey, Beachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastraSuper SumaEnergy and Endurance FormulaP90X Results & Recovery Formula

Project New Year – Day 40 thru 42 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Friday, November 7, 2014 thru Sunday, November 9, 2014

Busy weekend with the kids 🙂 but I had a couple opportunities to get in some rides and make this a great weekend all around. Riding the Falco V is fun. Getting to know more about this bike every time I get a chance to ride it. I am also learning about myself, mostly about my weaknesses. Cycling can be a very unforgiving sport  If I don’t put in the work, I won’t get to be a strong cyclist.

I have been eating a bunch of calories. Not all high quality, but mostly good. I have not checked my weight in a few days. I’ll check it tomorrow. Starting the Strength Phase of P90X2 tomorrow which includes a bunch of resistance workouts. Some people say train heavy, race light. Quite frankly, I am looking forward to the just getting stronger part. This Foundation phase has been good for my flexibility and core stability. Now its time to build some lean muscle 🙂

Training:
Friday, November 7, 2014 – Cycling 18.5 Miles and P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Cycling 6.1 Miles and P90X2 X2 Yoga
Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Cycling 29.3 Miles and P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility

Supplements:
ShakeologyBeachbody WheySlimming FormulaCordastraSuper SumaEnergy and Endurance Formula, and P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Project New Year – Day 39 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Thursday, November 6, 2014
I’m gonna talk about my bike for a minute. First let me say how thankful and honored I am to be riding such an amazing machine. The Falco V is a phenomenal bike and I couldn’t ask for a more amazing sponsor than Falco Bike. Truly a dream come true for me.
FalcoV
For the past 6 months or so I have been riding with the stem rotated up which allowed me to ride a little higher but not as aerodynamic. (See picture below – Notice elevation of neck)
Riding High
I had been planning on rotating the neck down to improve my aerodynamic positioning, but when I made the adjustment (was planning on reducing my elevation incrementally by a centimeter at a time and ease into a more flat position) and went to test the tension on the handlebars, the downward thrust popped a bolt head. Needless to say, that was not a good day for me 🙁 But the guys at Falco Bike are awesome and Fed-Ex’d me a new stem, which I received on Wednesday! Of course I couldn’t wait to put my bike back together and get out for a ride. I popped the stem back on and went to loosen the bolts on the elevation adjustment and found that one of the bolts was stripped where I would have inserted the allen key (Hex Head Wrench) preventing me from adjusting the height.
Stripped
After trying to loosen the bolt with no success, I decided to just give the fate suggested position a try. Coming down about 4 centimeters and forward about the same, this is what the new configuration looks like. Its not extreme, but definitely more aerodynamic.
slamthatstem
So what did I find as I began my ride? I found that in the new, lower position I opened my chest, flattened my back, rotated my hips, relaxed my abdominals a bit, and engaged my hip flexors. Its weird, but I felt more comfortable even though I was a bit fidgety in the saddle (but that could be because I haven’t ridden in a week or so). My shoulders no longer shrugged to achieve a more aero position and that allowed me to relax my neck and shoulders. The result? I threw down my second fastest time for 25.8 mile segment 1:05:02 only 2 minutes off of my PR of 1:02:58 (June 11, 2013). Happy dance! Looks like all of that Rehab, P90X2, is starting to pay off 🙂

Training:
Cycling 29.3 Miles
P90X2 X2 Yoga

Supplements:
ShakeologyBeachbody WheySlimming FormulaCordastraSuper SumaEnergy and Endurance Formula, and P90X Results & Recovery Formula