Call Me Crazy

A couple days ago I set out on a path to what most sane people would describe as crazy. Heck I even think I am a bit crazy. But if I am ever going to get a marathon under my belt, the one in Bakersfield next month is my best bet. I mean really, since I haven’t been able to get to a marathon in any other city, I had better take advantage of the one being brought to us here in Bakersfield. Its been in the process for a while now, but the Bakersfield Marathon is finally going to happen. It’s inaugural running is going to be on November 13, 2016; a little less than 4 weeks away. So I guess its better late than never to get my conditioning up so I don’t completely die. I wouldn’t suggest that people only train for a month to complete a marathon, and I am not trying to minimize the effort that it takes to complete a goal such as a marathon. But if you know me and know a little about my recent past, then you know I have a decent athletic base on my side. My biggest issue is going to be keeping my pace slow enough so that i don’t blow-up and end up with a DNF (that’s a “Did Not Finish” for those of you who were wondering). I figure that if I can work up my conditioning to allow myself to be able to workout for 4 hours steadily, then I should be able to shuffle a marathon at a 9 minute mile pace. That should bring me across the finish line in just under 4 hours. I really just want to finish and be out there with everyone else who is supporting this local event. The running community in Bakersfield is awesome and I can’t wait to be a part of this!

So with that goal being set, this week I started the only workout I know that can get me into running shape fast. Focus T25. Over the next month I’ll be logging all of my workouts and nutrition because I know if I don’t it will be difficult to keep myself accountable.

Workout/Nutrition Summary

Day 1 – Monday October, 24, 2016
Morning Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 3 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey with Deli Mustard on Sourdough, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Focus T25 – Cardio and 1500 yards swimming with the swim team kids.
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Bean, Cheese, Rice, and Chicken Burrito, 2 Asada Tacos
Snack: Bag of Popcorn

Day 2 – Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 3 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey with Deli Mustard on Sourdough, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Cycling 30 Miles (Warm-up and Main Ride used AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himilayan Salt in Water), Focus T25 – Speed 1.0
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: 3 Homemade Ground Beef Tacos
Snack: Granola Bar and 4 small Shortbread Cookies

Day 3 – Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 3 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Swimming 500 Yds with the swim team kids, Focus T25 – Total Body Circuit
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Part of a Bean, Cheese, Rice, and Chicken Burrito, Bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk
Snack: Bag of Popcorn

The workouts have been going good. Very sore after on the second day as expected. Day 3 the soreness wasn’t as bad but a small fatigue factor played into my workout in the evening. All in all I am feeling good and looking forward to pushing through the conditioning and getting into some real distance training soon!

The Best Seconds Always Seem Like a They’re a First!

Have you ever had such an amazing meal that you just had to have seconds? Well this past week was full of seconds and I loved it! And even though it wasn’t actually about the food, it definitely fed me as a person. This was my second week as a substitute teacher and as a coach for Bakersfield Aquatics Club. It was also the start of the second phase of my commitment to Focus T25. Now I have done T25 before so I know what to expect there, but what is really cool is I have never been a substitute teacher or a swim coach before, so every day still feels like a new experience. The kids that I have been lucky enough to work with have been so amazing. The high school students make it so easy to wake up for in the morning and the little swimmers leave me fulfilled in the evening when I go home. Maintaining a high level of energy is going to be of utmost importance to keep their interest. Staying active and working out is the only way that this is going to be able to happen. Maintaining one’s health and energy levels can be accomplished by eating properly and a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise per day. I am just happy that I am entering my seventh week in a row of following this routine and now that I am back in the swing of things, I plan on continuing with this strategy for a long time to come. This week promises to be another great one with some variation as well as building on what has come before. Cheers to the coming week! May all yours be enjoyable and bright!

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!

Week 2 off to a good start!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 08 of 70 – December 14, 2015

Back to a somewhat normal schedule after a crazy week/weekend. Last Wednesday my girlfriend went into the hospital for an emergency so naturally I spent Wednesday and Thursday night in the hospital too. The procedure went well and she is recovering. Somehow I managed to get a couple workouts in on Wednesday (Total Body) and Thursday (Ab Intervals). Friday I was supposed to get in a double workout for T25 but was unable to and couldn’t make up the workout over the weekend. I was helping her with her High School’s Winter Formal and worked enough to suffice as a workout ;-). I did get in a little foam rolling for Recovery though which is important.

My nutrition definitely fell off towards the end of last week. This week I am dialing it back in and hope to get some good workout days in the books. I don’t plan on weighing myself this week. I just want to focus on doing what I need to do.

Today’s workout (Focus T25 – Cardio) was a little easier to complete than last week. Going in the right direction!

Supplements:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – CordastraChocolate Vegan Shakeology, and P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Day Two! Got it Done!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 02 of 70 – December 8, 2015

The following is my weigh-in, nutritional intake, and exercise regiment:

Morning Weigh-in: 176
Breakfast:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, and Coffee
Lunch: Ham and Turkey Sandwich
Dinner:  1/2 Chicken Breast, Small Helping of Pasta with Marinara sauce, 1 Piece of French Bread with Butter, and a Garden Salad
Workout:  Focus T25 Speed 1.0 at 11:00 PM (Got it in!)
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 2 Bowls of Honey Bunches of Oats

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

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

On the Road Again

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The opportunity presented itself to forego P90X2 Yoga and get back on the Falco V. Even though the wind factor was decent I headed out for a quick ride. With the wind and being the first time back on a bike since I laid it down 11 days ago, I rode a little conservatively around the corners. No sense in pushing it the first day out. But it sure felt good to get out there. Super sore today from the running yesterday. I ran out of Acid Check Caplets about a week ago and I am starting to feel the acidosis. No fun. I still have the granules so i should be ok for a while. Time to restock! So yeah, no P90X2 Yoga for me tonight, however I did end up doing a little Focus T25 Stretch video. Shaun T does a great job at getting you moving in this video and getting in some great functional stretching. So needed this evening! I feel so much better!

Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: 1/2 Primo Baja BBQ Chicken Salad and a Grilled Ono Taco
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 18.7 Miles  added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Recovery: Focus T25 – Stretch
Snack: Turkey and Mustard on Wheat Flatbread

Sit and Spin!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Finally got back on the pedals today! Figuring out the geometry on the bike at In-Shape was a wild guess and using the toe cages with straps was a blast from the past, but it didn’t stop me from laying down some watts. I don’t have a power meter on my Falco V so it was nice to see what I could generate for a change. (I really need to invest in a computer for my bike I guess.) I felt really good after spinning my sore legs out from the past two days of Focus T25. So much so that I decided to get on the treadmill and see how the old running legs were doing. I really don’t like running on a treadmill, or a stationary bike for that matter, but it was hot outside and I need to keep the sun off of this new skin as much as possible for a little while. So treadmill it was. I have to admit, I felt a little weird running at speed when to my left and right were people barely moving. I often wonder if people really think that walking 1.5 mph on a treadmill actually does anything for them at all. I know that everyone is on their own health and fitness journey and I have no idea what people are going through so I am not going to be judgmental. Believe me, I am the last person to be judgmental on anyone, I took 20 years off of focused health and fitness.  Maybe they were rehabbing an injury or something valid like that and ultimately, at least they are doing something, right? But still, turn the speed up a bit and break a sweat! If they were laboring and walking with purpose that would be one thing, but when someone is walking on a treadmill like they are taking a slow stroll in line at Disneyland, then I start wondering. It’s moments like this that I am so thankful for the Beachbody Suite of Programs. The DVD’s focus you on a scientifically developed regiment that is designed to give you healthy results as fast and safely as possible. No guessing! Pretty cool stuff! All I know is I am looking forward to some P90X2 Yoga tomorrow night!

Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich and Water
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Spin Bike 25 Minutes – 14 Miles Variable Tension followed by 3.3 Miles on Treadmill 5k average at 7:30 minute mile pace
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Muscle Burrito (black beans, chicken, spinach, guacamole), Chips and Salsa
Snack: 2 Fudge Dipped Coconut Chewy Granola Bars and a Peanut Butter on Wheat Sandwich
Recovery: Foam Rolling on the Rumbleroller