Monday, November 10, 2014
Tuesday being Veteran’s Day sure made Monday a toss up. How many people took off Monday? I tried to. Not on purpose though. I took the kids to school in the morning and came back home, saw the bed, laid down for a minute and woke up at 11. Big whoops right? I ended up getting all of my work done, but talk about leaving no room for delays.
Started my first day of the Strength Phase with P90X2. This is the phase where the most visible body composition change occurs and is recommended for 3 to 6 weeks. The original plan was 4 weeks in Phase 2 then go to 4 weeks in Phase 3, but I took an extra 2 weeks in Phase 1. So now I have a dilemma. One which I will solve right now. I am taking 5 weeks in Phase 2, throwing in a Recovery Week (Last week of year 🙂 ), and then go into 4 weeks of Phase 3 – Post-Activation Potentiation to start the New Year off right! This is one of the reasons why I love this program. With the week-at-a-time scheduling, it allows me to be flexible with the lengths of the training blocks, or even throw in a recovery week if I want to focus on cycling mileage, or if I just need a break (not that doing X2 Yoga 3 times in a week is much of a break 🙂 ).
So back to the first strength workout. It was a tough one and I remember it all too well from 2012. You know if Sean Callahan is in the workout, there will be a bunch of push-ups and pull-ups. For sure I’ll be sore tomorrow. I haven’t done that many push-ups and pull-ups since the last time I did P90X3 The Challenge. Rough! But, I got it done!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Went downtown to see the Veteran’s Day parade with the kiddos and my parents. 3 hours of tribute to the men and women who have served, continue to serve, and will serve to defend this great country of ours. Thank you! I continue to have the utmost respect for your willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Today was a good day! Kids, a bike ride on the Falco V, a swim, a recovery session, and a feeding frenzy 🙂 (I have been catching up on calories this evening.) Went for a quick ride around Northwestern Bakersfield after only having a Shakeology in the morning, a Gu Energy Gel, and Energy and Endurance Formula. I ate another Gel halfway through the ride. It worked out good I think. I really just wanted to go out and ride and feel good; relax and push on the pedals for a while. I was supposed to do X2 Plyocide, but I really didn’t want to jump around today, so I opted for a bike ride and swapped tomorrow’s Recovery + Mobility for today’s Plyometric beating 🙂 Glad I did, the ride felt good despite having to stop at the most red lights I think I have ever experienced. Crazy! Somehow I managed to set a PR anyways 🙂 Very pleased with that! (It sets a good base line for an Energy Bits product test next week where I will try to recreate similar conditions and see how it helps my energy levels.) I also got in a short swim to stretch out my sore arms and that felt amazing! Especially the hot tub directly thereafter. And finished off the evening with X2 Recovery + Mobility which helped open up my shoulders after yesterday’s workout. Looking forward to tomorrow 🙂
Monday, November 10, 2014 – Weigh-in: 175
P90X2 X2 Chest + Back + Balance, X2 Ab Ripper, and 30 Minutes Foam Rolling
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – Weigh-in: 173
Cycling 33.4 Miles, Swimming 1000 yards, and P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility