Welcome Back!

So much has happened since the last time I posted something in here. Seems like forever! Here is a quick recap of where my life has taken me over the past twenty months.

In August of 2017 I embarked on my new journey as a full time business teacher with a Preliminary Career Technical Education (CTE) credential teaching Virtual Enterprise, Business Leadership Development, and Keyboarding (Typing and Computer Programs) at East Bakersfield High School. This allows me to use my experience in business as subject matter competency to teach students about business. As is typical being a new teacher, schools seem to always try and add coaching to the list of duties. Knowing that my life would already be crazy with being in school to clear my credential in business and math as well as taking courses to clear my CTE credential as well, of course I jumped at the opportunity when they said they would like me to take over the cross country and track programs because I am crazy like that.

After an amazing first year in cross country, Virtual Enterprise, and track wherein I was lucky to have the honor of working with some amazing kids. Since I was introduced to a life in education, from starting out as a mentor, to becoming a substitute teacher, to now working full time and coaching in high school, I have felt this sense of fulfillment in my career choice that I never really felt in construction management. Luckily, I was asked to return for another year. I love what I get to do! Regardless of how much work it has been to get to this point, I can honestly say it has been worth it!

Now I am halfway through this school year. I am finishing off my credential classes, working towards clearing my CTE credential in business and construction, single subject business, a supplementary in math, and a Masters of Education in Teaching Math. Facilitating the Virtual Enterprise class and coaching are my outlets. I love helping the students and student/athletes work towards being the best they can be in the classroom and on the field. I truly believe that I am where I am supposed to be right now and I am looking forward to being in this role for years to come!

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 31 of 91 – Week 2 Phase 2 – Strength

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 31 of 91 – Week 2 Phase 2 – Strength

B – Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon and Activit
L – 1/2 Turkey and Avocado Sandwich on Dark Wheat, Side Garden Salad, Soda Water with Lemon
W – Cycling 42 Miles (Here is the Map)
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula, a Power Bar Triple Threat, and a handful of Raw Almonds
W – Recovery + Mobility
D – Salad with Chicken and Vegetables, Small Frozen Yogurt

Last day before a winter storm comes into the Central San Joaquin Valley and what a great day it was for a ride in the foothills of Bakersfield!


But what I want to know is how do I take a picture of myself while riding and have my eyes closed? Here is the proof! ****Warning! Definitely not my best picture!*****


The glasses are Vintage 80’s A’ME, gotta love the 80’s! Hey they still work great! My thighs started burning about 60% through the ride and that is when I really had to start working. As Shaun T says in Insanity, the work doesn’t start until you get tired. Well here I guess my legs were yelling at me, but fortunately I didn’t listen. Ended up riding a Personal Best time for the route, can’t complain when you turn in a personal best.

I was thinking about going for a swim after my ride, but decided against it since I burned so many calories on my ride (1600) and I want to avoid over-training as I am getting back into the swing of things after such an off day this past Monday. Back to the Resistance training tomorrow with P90X2. So I’ll have more for you then. Maybe I’ll find a few recipes and some health topics to add over the next few days as well. I do owe you all some Recovery topics too, I have not forgotten!

Train Smart!

SRAM Red – 2012 Gruppo – Product Review

SRAM RED CHANGES EVERYTHING. New SRAM RED represents the pinnacle of road racing technology and delivers countless performance advantages to the professional and enthusiast alike. For 2012, the new RED continues in the SRAM tradition as the leader in light weight, flawless shifting, and ergonomic advantage with gorgeous aesthetic styling. How did we improve on the world’s best mechanical gruppo? We started with everything we knew, and then designed a brand new drivetrain from scratch. Each part was engineered with the twin goals of eliminating the superfluous while focusing on an overall synergy that translates into unmatched performance. Elegant and simple, RED perfects the riding experience through genuine innovation. SRAM RED changes everything.” – http://www.sram.com/sram/road/family/sram-red-_-2012

This is the gruppo of the future today! SRAM said it best when they used the word “gorgeous”. I must agree! In triathlons or time trials, the name of the game is light and fast  almost to the point of sacrificing strength. This translates into $ – bottom line. Without spending the money, you rarely get the benefit. I believe that SRAM provides an exceptional product at a fair price. SRAM Red are the components that I will be upgrading to as soon as possible with some minor exceptions. I won’t need the brakes or the shifters. The Trek Speed Concept 7.0 has an integral rear Bontrager brake and the existing SRAM Apex brake is sufficient for the cause. Also SRAM manufactures another shifting component I will be recommending, the R2C Aero Shifters, and with which I am completely enamored.

The following is a list of links to the components that I recommend for immediate purchase (all items can be ordered at Action Sports in Bakersfield):

SRAM RED Crankset – 2012 

SRAM RED Front Derailleur – 2012

SRAM RED Rear Derailleur – 2012

 R2C Aero Shifters

SRAM XG 1090 Cassette

SRAM PC 1091R PowerChain™

Happy Racing!

Lake Castaic Sprint Triathlon: Race II – Aug. 11, 2012

Last weekend I competed in the second of two races that make up the Lake Castaic Sprint Triathlon Series. The distances were a 400 meter swim, a 10 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run, the same course that we ran on July 14, 2012 and which I talked about in my blog Knowing your Weakness is a Strength. Back in July, I completed the course in 55 minutes and 15 seconds. This month I completed the course in 54 minutes and 45 seconds. You know it is funny how even though we know that something is supposed to be the same as it was, something in us when we get in race mode leads us to follow the person in front of us (even if they are going in the wrong direction – I may have to blog about “blindly following our leaders” at some future blog in time). Even though I knew the course was the same I ended up following the runner in front of me on the run course and added an extra minute on this course. So I ran a little farther than some of the other racers, but the time difference wouldn’t have mattered in my age group since I was bested by 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Regardless of this fact, the point of this race is that I went faster than I did just the month prior and that is what I am the happiest about. Of course taking second in my age group (35-39) and 13th overall made this older Triathlete feel pretty good as well (I was third in age group and 22nd overall in July).

Here are the results from this race.


Going in the right direction for sure! My next race is going to be the Bakersfield Triathlon – Olympic Distance put on by Kerry Ryan at Action Sports in Bakersfield . This race is about  twice a far, but I am hoping this might actually help me out with the final standings. Check out the blog on that upcoming race! here Bakersfield Triathlon .

First Performance


Merry Munchkin Smiles!

The opening performance of The Wizard of Oz was this afternoon at The Gaslight Melodrama in Bakersfield, CA.  My 6 year old daughter was the Merry Munchkin and I am such a proud father. The performance was the first of three that I’ll get to watch. So much fun! You can tell that the kids all worked very hard learning their parts. The performances were great. My daughter was funny, since her part was only in the begging and the end, she would periodically peek out from behind the side curtain and you could see her cute little face trying to catch a peek of the crowd. I told her later that she was super cute, but she probably shouldn’t do that in the next two shows. Secretly I hope she does so I can get a picture of it.

The Melodrama has been a favorite of my family for at least 25 years. If you live in Bakersfield and have ever thought of going to the Melodrama, I highly recommend it. And if you don’t live here, happen to find yourself in Bakersfield and would like to experience one of only four Melodrama and vaudeville shows in the State of California, you should visit the website, secure some tickets, and enjoy a show while you are here. Believe me, you will be in for quite a show!




Waiting in Line at The Gaslight Melodrama

My daughter is going to be in a play at The Gaslight Melodrama in Bakersfield. She is 6 and has a part as a Merry Munchkin in their rendition of the Wizard of Oz. Tickets go on sale at 11 am today. I am very excited for her, she has been working so hard to remember her lines. I have been in line since 8 am and its now 9:07. Meeting some great parents! The Gaslight Melodrama is a great locally owned theatre that puts on great shows. If you are ever in Bakersfield, you should definitely check out a show if you have time. http://www.themelodrama.com/