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

Find the Triumph in Every Failure

If I had followed the calendar and not taken any breaks from my P90X3 schedule, I would have finished the program by now. So yeah I made it most of the 90 days this time but I definitely did not follow the regiment as suggested. But please don’t take my not completing a predetermined schedule as a total failure. Yes if my main goal were to lose 40 pounds and go “from Flab to Fab” in 90 days, I am convinced that this program would have done an amazing job all while only working out 30 minutes a day, but that wasn’t my goal. So here I am reflecting on my choice to stop the program when I did and focus on the good that came from this program and view it as a personal triumph. My goal for this new program was to (1) become familiar with the product so that I could help other people who were going through it too, (2) work on my upper body strength to become a better swimmer for the 2014 season, and (3) to lose a winter layer of cushion and be at race weight for the start of the season. Pretty basic goals right?

So here I am today, sitting around 170 lbs, leaned out, and stronger than ever. So yes, what some would consider a Failure in one respect, I am seeing as a Triumph. Everyone has different goals in their life. When you embark on a personal journey, whether it be fitness, professional, or anything, its important to state your goals and make daily efforts towards their completion. And what do you do when achieve your goals? Yep, set new goals and get back to work! Brilliant!

My new goal is somewhat of an audacious one. I decided to raise money for Zerocancer.org and complete the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe! This is my major goal for this year. In preparation for this monumental event, I am pulling out all of the stops. As I basically discussed in Water Break?, starting Monday April 7th, I am dusting off my Focus T25 program (in lieu of P90X3 – I feel T25 is better suited for help with running), I’ll also be adding Tri-Core on the Evo Fitness Bike to the mix for cycling, and using the Bowswim for the majority of my swim training. To round out this multi-faceted training schedule, I’ll be tackling a fairly prolific racing season as a sponsored triathlete for Falco Bike while maintaining to be a faithful advocate for the following supplements: ActivitSlimming Formula, CordastraShakeologyVector450, and AcidCheck.

What are your goals?

Swimming with the Kids!

P90X3 Day 69 of 90 – March 21, 2014

Weigh-in: 172
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Granola Bar
Dinner: Rotini Pasta Primavera with Breaded Chicken
Snack: Popcorn, Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk, Granola Bar

Dropped weight a bit last night after yesterday fasted cycling and caloric deficit. Loved having those morning Abs! However, I missed a workout today. I haven’t been so good with the P90X3 workouts this month. Not the right way to start out the first day training for the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe but I had fun with my kids so that is all that matters, right? I was able to be active with the kids though which is good. We spent some time in the pool and played with the BowSwim. Hoping I’ll be able to get into the pool tomorrow and get in some swimming time again 🙂

On another note and possibly a reoccuring theme you will see for the next 6 months is the fact that I am extremely excited about helping Zerocancer.org raise some money to increase awareness for Prostate Cancer at the IM Lake Tahoe. I love that I am getting to do something good while training for such a milestone event in my life. I hope that people will help me make a difference!

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2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe Anyone?

P90X3 Day 67 of 90 – March 20, 2014

Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast: Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 36.2 Miles Cycling
Post-Workout:  2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology with P90X Results & Recovery Formula mixed in.
Lunch: Protein Bar and Water
Dinner: 3 Pieces of Pizza
Snack: A Few Sour Patch Kids, a Small Bag of Pretzels, Handful of Trail Mix

Somehow this morning’s group ride turned into only a few of us going out for a nice ride out to CALM and up Rattlesnake Canyon and then my first time up to and down Dump Road. then we came back up to Panorama and home. We ended up riding about 36 Miles which is good because I need to up my mileage anyway. You see I made the decision to do the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 21. I must be crazy right? Not really. I turn 40 next week I have been thinking about doing this distance (2.4 Mile Swim / 112 Mile Bike / 26.2 Mile Run) but I hadn’t figured that it was going to be this year, until I saw that one of the charities I could race for was Zerocancer.org and there is a way that I can raise money and give a little more meaning to just racing. Taking on this distance is way out of my comfort zone for this season, but I know that I will be training to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.

Back in December 2009 my father Gary Olson was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. He had a radical prostatectomy in March 2010 and is in remission. He is having amazing results on his yearly check ups. His last PSA was .004 which is basically nothing! Without groups like ZERO, its possible that he might not be with me today. He is my biggest fan and I love him dearly! I want to take this opportunity to make him proud! So I can’t think of a better way to do it than to bring more attention to prostate cancer, a disease that affects 1 in 6 American men. So I’m joining ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer at the 2014 IRONMAN LAKE TAHOE with the ZERO Prostate Cancer Endurance Team to help end this horrible disease.

Will you consider joining me to help ZERO continue to save men’s lives? Just think, you may just help someone you know too!

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Sometimes The Best Intentions Don’t Get It Done, But #WalkinWednesday Sure Helps!

P90X3 Day 66 of 90 – March 19, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Lunch: Chile Verde Bowl (Chile Verde, Rice, Corn Tortillas)
Workout: Walking 1.1 Miles
Dinner: 2 Shredded Chicken Tacos, 1 Shredded Beef Taco, Root Beer
Workout: Walking 1.1 Miles
Snack: Butterfinger Ice Cream

No excuses, I just didn’t get a traditional workout in today. I was working, working, working, and then I was done working and just wanted to spend time with my girlfriend. We enjoyed a nice evening walk to and from our favorite restaurant and even snuck in a little ice cream for the walk home. The weather was beautiful!!

Looking East from the Allen Rd. Westside Parkway OverpassEast

Looking West from the Allen Rd. Westside Parkway OverpassWest

 

What a beautiful way to close the day!

Just Because You Work Hard Doesn’t Mean You get an Award!

P90X3 Day 65 of 90 – March 18, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 18.2 Miles Cycling
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: 2 Soft Tacos and a Bean Burrito
Dinner: 2 Soft Tacos, Beans and Rice, Chips and Salsa
Snack: 2 Lemon Cookies

Today’s group ride was one of the hardest rides I have experienced in a while. It seemed like no matter what direction we were riding, the wind just wouldn’t let up. We took turns leading the group and cycled through our pulls quickly to conserve our energy but it seemed like personal records for the majority of us was not in the cards. Even though I didn’t get any personal awards for today’s effort, I will put money on the fact that the workout was beneficial for my strength and speed. I was spent after that ride and so were my friends. Some days its not about the awards, its about getting the work done and investing in the future. And the future looks mighty fine!

St. Patrick’s Day 2014

P90X3 Day 64 of 90 – March 17, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X3 Decelerator
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: 2 Soft Tacos and a Bean Burrito, 1 Smith’s Cookie
Dinner: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots
Snack: 2 Smith’s Cookies, 1 Piece Guinness Chocolate Cake, 2 Mini Bagels with Salami and American Cheese

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What a good food day! Even though the Corned Beef is a bit fatty. Its still yummy! Got a little crazy with the sweets but hoping to burn that off tomorrow on the group ride and playing with the kiddos!

On another note, I received a picture of a new Falco V that is slated to go to Kona, Hawaii this week. The pic here shows the V with a red fade like in Tron. The unit that will be arriving next week will not have the pin striping. Clean black with red Falco and V. It is going to look so clean! If you want this one, I am sure I can set that up for you 😉

Falco V Red Fade

 

Beautiful!

Hot and Windy Ride Made for a Thirsty Thursday

P90X3 Day 60 of 90 – March 13, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast:  2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 23.7 Miles
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: Turkey Meatloaf, Asparagus and Broccoli
Dinner: Chicken Kabob, Hummus, Mediterranean Rice, Pita, Salad with Oil and Vinegar Dressing
Snack: Ice Cream Sandwich and Popcorn

Good hot and windy Thursday for a group ride! We worked well together today and pushed through the wind to get within 5 seconds of the fastest time on a Strava segment we track. I’ll take that any day of the week. Knowing how hard we had to push to get there makes me feel good 🙂 No X3 Yoga for me today. I’ll do a double tomorrow as I get ready for a Time Trial on Saturday. Here are some pics from our ride!

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