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!

 

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!

 

Fluffy Puppy

Started off the day with breakfast and my kids. Then we headed up to my parents’ house so that the kids could meet the new puppy. Addison and Davis couldn’t believe how fluffy Sofia is to the touch. They said she was fluffy and chubby. Definitely a happy puppy. I’ll give them that, and they can keep the puppy breath too!
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Davis found a new friend for sure!

After the introductions, I headed out to finish the puppy proofing of the pool. It was a bit warm but I don’t mind the heat. Plenty of water and a couple breaks here and there to admire the view,
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and the chore was done. Then it was off to my house to meet the exterminator and get in Day 1 of Week 2 for Insanity Max 30. The workout today was Cardio Challenge. Since I have been able to make it through this workout a few times now without having to stop, I decided to use the Elevation Training Mask to make me have to restrict my airflow.
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Somehow I managed to make it through the workout, but it definitely made it more difficult. Since I am taking the AB Maximizer option for this workout program, there was an additional 10 minute ab workout. This workout is rough and I ended up having to pause after 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This workout will be added to all of the Cardio days for the program.

I headed back to get the kids for swim practice. They were still tired from their 2 week vacation, but I convinced them that they needed to get back into the pool and that they would have fun! I was glad to get back to the deck too. I love coaching these kids and hearing their stories from the weekend. After practice we headed to Salty’s BBQ – Yum – for dinner and home to eat. We watched San Andreas. I did my 22 pushups. And now its time for bed!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 178
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout: Day 2 of Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge (Wore Elevation Training Mask simulated to +3000ft – Didnt Max Out) followed by Ab Attack (Maxed out at 2:40), used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Handful of Sea Salted Crackers
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner:
Pulled Pork Sandwich, Garlic Green Beans, and Chili Beans

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!

 

Getting ready to Race!

 

Woke up this morning and stepped on the scale. Dropped 4 pounds. Yay! Kind of ridiculous how that works right?

Got my bike ready for tomorrow’s race! All dialed in and ready to go!
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Went for a ride to get the legs ready for tomorrow’s time trial and then did an alternate workout than what was planned. It was the recovery workout which is more about stretching and flexibility. Tomorrow I will do the regular workout as planned. The only reason I am diverting from the plan is because of the time trial tomorrow morning. I figured a nice cycling workout followed by a good flexibility workout would be better than trying to Max out on the Insanity Max 30 program.

So I had an awesome carbohydrate loaded meal to boost the glycogen in my muscles and I am ready for a good sleep!

Enjoy your evening! Talk more tomorrow!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 181
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich and a bag of Jalepeno Chips
Workout: Rode 26.5 Miles Day 5 of Insanity Max 30: Pulse (Substituted Pulse for Friday Night Fight due to tomorrow’s time trial) used Acid Check Granules, Himalayan Pink Salt mixed in water.
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: 
Pasta with Meat Sauce, Romaine Salad with Cucumber, Peppers, and Tomatoes, and Garlic Bread.

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!