Valley Air Dictates Safer to Workout Inside

I’ve lived in Bakersfield, Ca on and off all of my life. My family is from here and it is where I am from as well. Bakersfield will forever be a part of who I am. Unfortunately I have also grown up with asthma. So I know that when the wind is blowing, all of those particulates get kicked up and it messes me up pretty good. I wanted to go for a ride in the 102 degree weather so bad, I was even a suited up to go after kid shuttling, but I opted for the safe route once i saw the dust in the air. So I figured out how to make my workout tougher than just T25 – Cardio in the pain cave (fancy name for garage conversion to workout area). I figured a one hour brick workout would do nicely. Obviously hot outside the uninsulated garage leaves temps inside the garage a little more tolerable. I already had my skin cooler gear on and tri-shorts so I was ready to go. The workout was rough even with hydrating plenty but I didn’t overheat. The skincooler gear definitely helped! Time for some recovery (sleep)!

Focus T25 Day 18 – Alpha Phase

Morning Weigh-in: 184
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets and Cafe Latte Shakeology
Lunch: Left over Fajita Bowl (no tortillas), carrots, and a nutty Clif Bar.
Workout: Cycling 14.8 miles followed immediately by Focus T25Cardio added Beachbody Hydrate to water.
Post-Workout – Beachbody Performance Recover
Dinner: Slice of Turkey Meatloaf, 6 baby potatoes
Snack: 2 Oreos

Skin Cooler: Its the Coolest!

I don’t know if you have ever been to Bakersfield, California but chances are if you are a fan of football, movies, petroleum, NASCAR, or music you’ve at least heard of it. Besides being the hometown to Frank Gifford, Earl Warren, David Carr, Buck Owens, KORN, Kevin Harvick, and a long list of other celebrities, athletes, and entertainers, its also where I was born and continue to call home today. Bakersfield has the unique distinction of being geographically located at the southern bowled end of the San Joaquin Valley which subjects it to unfortunately poor air quality and fairly hot summers. In fact I can remember some summers where we have had 30 days in a row of temperatures over 100 degrees. Growing up in Bakersfield I have become used to working out in the heat. High School Cross Country practice usually took place after school, so running in the heat of the day was something that became normal to me. Its very possible that this shaped me into the athlete I am today. For instance, I think that training in the heat (as long as it is done safely) can be highly useful. Being able to perform in extreme conditions better prepares you for performing at a higher level when the conditions aren’t as extreme.

In an attempt to minimize the affect of the elements during training I am constantly searching for ways to improve my performance and endurance. Because I am open to trying new things, I have been lucky enough to be paired up with a few companies over the years to try out new products in the way of supplements, apparel, and accessories to serve this end. Of all the products that I have tested since returning to the triathlon scene, I have found a few that really work well and do what they say they are going to do. One of the products that I have come to love is Skin Cooler fabric from De Soto Sport. De Soto Sport is a company that started back in 1990 making cool products geared towards triathletes. And they are still at it today making some of the “coolest” products I use!

If you didn’t know, the production of sweat is our bodies way of cooling us down. Our sweaty skin is hit by the air and produces a cooling effect as the air passes over it. However, in extreme heat, that sweat evaporates quickly and reduces the duration of the cooling effect. So if there was a product that slowed the evaporation of sweat then that would help us stay cooler for a longer period of time, right? Luckily, my favorite triathlon gear company happens to have such a product in their arsenal of awesomeness. As athletes we commonly see products that are moisture wicking in an attempt to keep our bodies dry. In a cold environment I totally see the practical application for these materials, but when we are trying to stay cool, keeping the moisture near the skin seems like it would be more beneficial. De Soto Sport utilized this thought process in their Skin Cooler product line.

This past summer I had the opportunity to purchase some Skin Cooler products to try out. I picked up a Skin Cooler SDS Long Sleeve Shirt, a SDS Helmet Beanie, a Riviera Tri-Top, and a Skin Cooler Run Cap.

Now I have used the Skin Cooler Run Cap before and loved it, but sadly I donated my last one to an Irish Pub in Milwaukee back in 2013 during the USAT National Age Group Championship weekend. I thought it was a great running cap and loved the fact that it kept my head cool when it was hot outside. In fact, its replacement worked really well this past weekend at the Bakersfield Marathon, especially in the second half when it started to get hot!
(Shown here wearing the Skin Cooler Run Cap and Riviera Trisuit – Sleeved 2016)

The Skin Cooler SDS Long Sleeve Shirt was definitely a favorite of mine this past summer. It not only kept me cool, it also helped to save me from getting burnt in the afternoon sun. I chose the all white version of this shirt.
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It looked great up until the point I used it with my aero bars on the bike. Unfortunately the elbow pads on the bike stained the elbows with a black smudge. If I could go back in time and order the blue and black version of this top, I probably would, but all things considered, this top definitely served its purpose this past summer.

The 2017 versions of this top are all white with different colored graphics on the front. They are also made with Skin Cooler 90 material which is a bit more durable and aerodynamic than its predecessor Skin Cooler SDS.
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A very useful design of this shirt is the use of pockets in the back to hold ice or wet sponges to help aid in cooling.

The last two skin cooler items I used this summer are the SDS Helmet Beanie and the Riviera Tri Top. (Shown being used in the following picture)
The Skin Cooler Helmet Beanie is one of my favorite items in the Skin Cooler line. It really helps keep the head cool underneath the helmet. When your extremities (head, hands, and feet) are kept cool, it helps to keep your whole body cooler. This beanie also keeps the wind out of the ears which can be nice if you have sensitive ears. I also like it because it keeps the sun of the tops of my ears which tend to get burnt on hot and sunny days.

The Riviera Tri Top is a great option for triathletes or “cyclists looking for a sleeveless option for hot days.” It uses compression fabric and Skin Cooler panels to provide support, comfort, cooling, and slimming effect. The neck does ride high to deter scooping air when in the aero position, but you can unzip it while on the run or when its under your wetsuit if you prefer a loosened fit.

Overall I feel that De Soto Sport provides quality products that are useful to their intended customers at a fair price. I am one of those people who will wear the heck out of something if it fits and looks good. If you know someone like me who enjoys quality apparel for swimming, cycling, and running, then they would really love anything from De Soto Sport! Check out their website to find something for yourself or for that special triathlete in your life today!

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

Happy Training! And have a Happy 4th of July weekend!

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, and Water
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
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Tri-Tip, Salad, Potato Salad, & French Bread

Friday Morning Weigh-in:
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and 2 Eggs, Bacon, Country Potatoes
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology
Insanity Max 30: Pulse 
Pepperoni and Jalepeno Pizza, and a few Potato Wedges
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
10 Minute Freestyle on Bowswim.
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 Looking forward to hearing from you!


De Soto Sport Liftfoil – Product Review


Back in April of 2013 I ordered the De Soto Sport Liftfoil Speedsuit to be used in all of the races I had scheduled for that season. It was my first full year back racing triathlons after a 20 year hiatus and man oh man had the technology changed. Not only was my Kestrel 2000 (circa 1989) with Dura-Ace 7 Speed out of date, but I didn’t see too many “Speedo’s” out on the courses either. And the one’s I did see, I wish I could have unseen 🙂 But alas, seasons change and so shall trends. Thankfully for me, and countless other triathletes, swimmers, cyclists, and runners, De Soto Sport had been connecting advances in technology with style and comfort to develop the best gear available on the market for the previous 23 years! (Happy 25th Anniversary De Soto Sport! Keep up the impeccable work!)

Upon receiving the Liftfoil I was so excited, I put it on and went for a ride. The compression material was awesome. It fit like a glove but still allowed for unrestricted movement, and the 5mm Float Pad (Integral Non-Absorbent Cycling Chamois – see picture below, new 7mm Float Pad shown) was super comfortable.
My first big race where I used the Liftfoil was the Wildflower Triathlon – Olympic Distance. This was a race that I had not completed since 1988 (as a 14 year old). It was a windy day, but I finished the race with the help of my new De Soto Sport Gear. I thought the pictures that were taken at the race were decent so I sent them to De Soto Sport. They must have like them too since they later used them online to promote this trisuit. I didn’t even know about it until one of my friends sent me a link, and there I was wearing the Speedsuit, Compression Leg Sleeves, Skin Cooler Run Cap, and Race Belt!
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Such a cool gesture on their part! I was and still am surprised that those pictures are up today at Thank you De Soto Sport for recognizing some of the age-groupers in the sport. Your products help us all to be the best the we can be while we train and on race day. I love wearing your gear and look forward to upgrading the arsenal for this year’s race schedule!

Infact I like wearing the Liftfoil so much that it is my primary outfit for training as well as racing and has remained so for the last 2 years. After wearing this trisuit well over 200 times I can report that it has held together beautifully. The flatlock-stitching has kept the panels together and the float pad in place with only minor thread breakage. The float pad has also remained comfortable and has not broken down due to the heavy use it has received. It has never become waterlogged and has kept me virtually rash free as it’s design intended. I look forward to using the remaining life out of this trisuit and upgrading to the new model in the next few months. Maybe before the next Wildflower as I attempt the Long Course this time? Who knows?

Here is the info from De Soto Sport on the 2015 Model:
The 2015 Liftfoil has the Patent Pending Integrated 7mm Ceramico™ Pad.
USAT approved, WTC Legal and now with coldblack®


This suit will help you swim faster in triathlons that do not permit wetsuits. Unlike similar “swimskins” that require you to remove them after the swim portion, the Liftfoil, with its Floatpad™, is designed so that you can swim, then bike, then run, all in complete comfort and without having to change. This pad floats and stretches which means it can be used as a race piece in a triathlon. On the bike, the pad stretches with the short and follows your skin as it moves with every pedal stroke, eliminating the friction that can cause irritation or rashes. It has no pockets and is ideal for shorter triathlons where you do not need pockets, and where you ultimate goal is to finish faster without ever changing. It also works well for longer triathlons that do not permit the use of wetsuits. In this case, we suggest the use of a fuelbelt, or changing from swim to bike to run given that the time required to change is minimal compared to the rest of the race.

This speedsuit has no rubberized material, no polyurethane, and no neoprene. It abides to WTC’s recent ruling on swimskins, speedskins, swim apparel…whatever WTC wants to call it.

The Liftfoil has no pockets and no lining. It is designed to help you swim faster during non-wetsuit swims. Designed with a front zipper (16-inch YKK® zipper) which allows you to ventilate by unzipping during the run. Our front-zipper design for men swims better and faster than rear zipper suits. We are the only company that has figured out how to do this so we are the only company with a front-zipper Speedsuit. Hydrolinear™ seamlines hug your body while allowing for maximum reach and glide in your stroke, with no friction against your skin.

Our tests have shown varied improvements of swim times of about 2-4 seconds per 100 meters, depending on the individual, over a conventional swimsuit. This translates to 1’00” for 1500 meters and 2’40” for a swim of 4000 meters. Of course, as with all our products, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Test it for yourself. If you do not find it performs to your expectations, you may return it for a complete refund.

To summarize:

  • 1. Swim faster in it and use it either as a speedsuit or a trisuit in triathlons.
  • 2. Swim, bike and run it it.
  • 3. Made for races that do not allow wetsuits.
  • 4. No rubberized material, no polyurethane, no neoprene.
  • 5. Now offered with coldblack® cooling and UV protection technology!
  • 6. 100% satisfaction guarantee!
  • 7. Approved for all USAT sanctioned races, and WTC legal for all Ironman and 70.3 races.

This garment is not designed for repeated use as a swimsuit in a chlorinated pool.

coldblack®: Sun Reflector – UV Protector

Dark colors heat up stronger when exposed to direct sunlight compared to light colors. This no longer needs to happen! Now there is coldblack®, a special finishing technology for textiles which reduces heat build-up and provides reliable protection from UV rays.

coldblack® technology offers two innovative benefits:

1. Effective heat management

Light colored textiles reflect both visible and invisible rays of sunlight, meaning both heat and light. Dark colored textiles absorb both types of rays and therefore absorb heat. coldblack® reduces this absorption of heat rays, particularly in the case of darker colors, and in all types of textiles. The result is tangibly better heat management. Because textiles finished with coldblack® heat up less in all colors compared with material without a coldblack® finish.

2. Reliable protection from UV rays

The coldblack® technology guarantees a minimum UPF 30 protection (blocks 70% of UV rays) when applied to any textile in any color without affecting the look or feel of the product. As a result, textiles with coldblack® can make an effective contribution to protecting against harmful UV rays.

Riviera Ceramico™ Pad Dimensions:

     Max Thickness: 7 mm (0.275 in)

     Min Thickness: 1.25 mm (0.05 in)

     Total Length: 28.5cm (11.25 in)

     Front Max Width: 11.5cm (4.5 in)

     Waist Width – most narrow point: 8.5cm (3.5 in)

     Back Max Width: 16.5cm (6.5 in)

Inseam lengths:

     Small: 10″ (25.5cm)

     Medium: 10.5″ (26.75cm)

     Large: 11″ (28cm)

     XLarge: 11.5″ (29.25cm)


Update from Fityak

Hi all!

Its not very often that I sit down to write something without me being in the middle of a Challenge or to review some race or product but here it goes. There are a bunch of things going on right now; Summer with the kids; Beachbody Coaching; Working with my Dad on his Projects; Triathlon Training for Nationals in August; Working with Companies that produce Products I love (, Evo Fitness Bike, De Soto Sport,, Olson Design Studio, Action Sports, and of course Team Beachbody); and Studying for my NASM CPT. All of these things are very important to me and I would like to give as much time to each as I possibly can. Now I highly doubt that there are many people out there who absolutely can’t wait for the next thing that I write or share, but on the off chance that I am actually reaching people or providing them with useful information or motivation I want to make sure that you are not being left in the dark! I am going to start mixing it up more. Product reviews, Book reviews, Exercise logs, Supplement reviews, and the like should be coming out with more frequency. Things are getting very exciting for me and I can’t wait to share and hopefully motivate someone to do something they never would have done before.

If you have been motivated by one of my posts before, please share with me so that I know I am on the right track. Who knows? I might just be able to help you more!
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TriCore – Day 28 of 28

TriCore – Day 28 of 28

B – Activit, and Cordastra, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Cinnamon, Coffee
L – Salad with Chicken
W – TriCore Day 28 – Rest – Swam 1000 Meters added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
D – Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Cinnamon and Popcorn, a few bites of Tri Tip (Late Dinner)

Foam Rolling with the Rumble Roller

Today was the last Day of the TriCore Program. Interesting that the last day is a Rest day. I fully took advantage and worked out in the pool for a little bit. My upper body needed the time to loosen up. Big ride tomorrow. 46.2 Miles Looking forward to a hot afternoon ride! Last time I rode this I stopped at the summit and took a pic. Sure hope the sky is interesting for good detail!

The bike is weighted down with training wheels as well as bottled up with water and spare tubes in the Draft Box (its the thing at the back of the saddle with the De Soto Sport sticker on it. 🙂

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TriCore – Rest Day

TriCore – Rest Day

B – AcidCheck CapletsActivit, and Cordastra, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Cinnamon, Coffee
L – 2 Hot Dogs, Watermelon, Powerbar Protein Bar
D – 2 Pieces of Lasagna, Pita with Hummus and Feta, Salad with Chicken and Peppers
S – Powerbar Protein Bar, Peppered Beef Jerky, Water

Today should have been Day 6 Workout 4 of the TriCore Workout, but I made a slight modification and substituted the workout for tomorrow’s Rest day instead. I have been training pretty hard and went with the Recovery Day so I am fresh for tomorrow’s race. Tomorrow’s post is available here at Wildflower Triathlon . Tonight was a travel night. I love the fact that I am not driving my car anymore until after the race. I am staying only about a mile away from the transition area! Sleeping in my car with Pepper!

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Cosy. Good night!