Project New Year – Day 46 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Rested the Legs and Trashed the arms! First time doing Shoulders and Arms since 2012 (my first round of P90X2). I forgot how much I liked resistance workouts. I can feel myself getting stronger. Gettin’ all swole! ha ha ha! Totally not something I would say about myself. Getting swole is so far from my goal! I do want to get stronger, but without the bulk. So I do higher numbers of reps (15-20) at a slightly lower weight than if I was going for hypertrophy. I think next week I’ll be able to increase the band tension. I don’t use weights, I use the B-Line Resistance Bands. I like them because of their versatility in the workout as well as ease of traveling and storage 🙂 Believe me, you can get an amazing workout with the bands. They kick your butt. Just as with any exercise, make sure you are picking the right weight for you so that you are maxing out those last 2 or 3 reps and everything will be A-OK!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Weigh-in: 173
P90X2 X2 Shoulders + Arms and X2 Ab Ripper

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Project New Year – Day 45 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Got in a last minute ride before heading to the monthly Bakersfield TriSpokes Meeting. (What a great group of people!) Today I worked on relaxing and finding my positions in the saddle. If I have learned anything from all of the cross-training I have done over the past couple of years, its that core engagement, spine alignment, and finding the relaxation in the movement will help you get through just about anything. As a triathlete there is a fine line between energy conservation and blowing up. Beyond the goal of just completing a multi-sport event like a triathlon, there is the desire to go as fast as we can. In order to achieve the coveted Personal Best we must become comfortable with being uncomfortable. I find that the best way to do this is to concentrate on keeping my face relaxed and my toes relaxed. Any time we tense up, we are expending energy that could have gone to power the engine that keeps us going (conservation vs. blowing up). So the next time you feel like your body is tensing up and your muscles are burning, remember to breath, focus on posture, find a rhythm, and then just let your body flow. Eventually you will find that you will naturally begin to gain speed through the momentum you are generating. The key is to not think about going faster, it is to really not think at all beyond the mechanics of your movements. Can you do that?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Weigh-in: 174
Cycling 25.1 Miles and P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility

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Project New Year – Day 43 and 44 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

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

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough go for a Ride!

Today I was having a tough parenting day and I let it get to me. After diffusing the situation and getting the kids to listen I had to decompress. So I decided to go to my happy place and grind out a ride on my therapeutic Falco V 🙂
Falco V
It was hot and windy and I hadn’t eaten enough calories, but I grabbed some GU Energy Gels, loaded up the bottles of water and headed out on about the most boring stretch of riding I could find – The Northwestern Straights! Believe it or not this ride is great for me because I get to relax into my cadence and just go. The road isn’t that great in parts, but I only have two things to worry about: keep the road under my wheels and listen for vehicles behind me. Needless to say, the ride did me good. I hooked back up with the kids and everything is as it should be! Thank you all for your good thoughts and positive energy today!

Morning Weigh-in:  170
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: Peanut Butter on Wheat
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 33.9 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water. 2 GU Energy Gels.
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Baked Pork Chop with Carrots and Potatoes
Snack: Popcorn and 3 Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Carmels
Recovery: Foam Rolling on the Rumbleroller

Daily Log – Ironman Training – April 21 through April 23

Ironman Training – T-Minus 5 Months till 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe

Monday Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, 2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chicken Terriyaki
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Focus T25 Cardio added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Italian Sausage Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Peppers
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 1 hour
Spice Cake, White Cake, Honey Bunches of Oats with Chocolate Almond Milk

Workout felt great. So glad to be moving again after being sick and recovering for a week.

Tuesday Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Cycling 18.3 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Coffee
Dinner: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Garlic Green Beans, 2 Fish Tacos
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 1 hour
Spice Cake, White Cake, Honey Bunches of Oats with Chocolate Almond Milk

So happy I got out on a ride today with some of the guys! It was nice to ride the Falco V with XLAB Hydration Torpedo finally after being off of it for a week. I totally wanted to hit a Focus T25 workout too but didn’t get to it.

Wednesday Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chicken, Salad, Egg Roll, Potatoes au Gratin, White Cake
Snack: Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 12 miles Cycling  added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Fajitas, Beans, Rice, Chips, Salsa, Ceviche, Guacamole 
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 1 hour

Decided to jump on the bike today and see what it can do. What an amazing bike is all I can say. I am going to enjoy getting used to this bike for sure!

Spring Break 2014

Spring Break from April 11 to April 18, 2014

I usually don’t take a whole week off from training, but when I do, its usually for a good reason. No Focus T25 this week. Here is a quick synopsis of what has been going on for the past week:

Friday, April 11, 2014
I received my Falco V frame from Falco Bike and took it to Action Sports to begin bike build.
Falco PackagingFalco V Build Parts Falco V Build All Parts Falco V Coming Together

Saturday, April 12
Bike build is complete. Made a mistake by cutting the seat post too short. Since the triathlon on the 13th is a shorter race, I opted to move the seat back to take up some of the slack. Unfortunately this will put a big strain on my lower back during the race. Must get replacement from Falco Bike in order to optimize the bike’s set-up. Tested the bike out and found that it is indeed a fast bike!
Falco V All Put Together Falco V Home

Sunday, April 13
Headed to Bonelli Park early in the morning for my first triathlon of the 2014 Season – The Los Angeles Championship Triathlon Series. I was excited to have my new bike and people really seemed to enjoy seeing her for the first time. The air temperature was cooler than the water (67 degrees) and with a short 500 meter swim, I opted to swim without a wetsuit. I probably should have just worn it to practice transitions and get the added buoyancy, but it was also good to get the practice swimming without the suit too. I felt good during the race and thought I was turning in a good time, but it turns out I was off last year’s time by about 9 minutes. A couple of my triathlon friends also had slower times, but when I asked the Race Officials, they said that all of the course was marked exactly as it was last year and for years before.
Falco V at Bonelli

Got back to Bakersfield in time for the Condors Hockey game with the family! That was fun but I started to feel nauseous. Figured I was just tired, but the symptoms continued to get worse as the night went on.
Condors Game

Monday, April 14 thru Wednesday, April 16
Went through a couple days of being doubled over with gut pain. No fun. Nothing I ate helped. Wednesday I started to feel better and went out to eat. May have eaten way too much.

Thursday, April 17 (My Dad’s Birthday)
Headed down to Escondido to get the Falco V outfitted with XLAB hydration and storage systems. What a wealth of knowledge at XLAB – Great people who understand what their customers need and want! This is why XLAB is the leader in hydration and storage solutions for cycling. Keep up the great work!
Falco V at XLAB

During the day, I made the mistake of not eating much and ate a late lunch at In-n-Out. Bad idea. I immediately started to feel horrible and by the time I got home, my stomach was in full revolt again. This was a most unfortunate situation to be in when you are supposed to go to your father’s birthday dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. I ended up not being able to eat, went home, and got into bed. Disgusted.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Average Morning Weigh-in: 168
3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, 2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Chocolate Shakeology
Dinner: Macaroni and Cheese and Sourdough Bread
Snack: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Spent the morning in bed trying to recover from my gut issues. I was off of Vector 450 for a few days. Too bad I ran out before my new order came in. I can just imagine how bad this stomach bout would have been if I hadn’t had the immunoglobulin on board. Finally able to eat some food without disturbing my stomach. Well at least not more than eating macaroni and cheese would upset it normally. 🙂 Getting to bed early tonight to help continue with recovery.

Have a Happy Easter!


Pepper’s Last Hoorah!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 04 of 70 – April 10, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Snack: Coffee
 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Turkey on Wheat, Pasta Salad
AcidCheck Caplets and Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Cycling 32 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water, GU Energy Gel
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Workout:  Focus T25 Ab Intervals
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Carnitas Fajitas Tacos (Soft Corn Tortilla), Chips and Guacamole
Dessert: Lime Popsicle, Water
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 1 hour

Pretty amazing day all the way around. The kids had “Pause and Read” at their school. Their Mom and I spent some time reading to them (Addison read her new Spider Magazine) so much fun!

Addison ReadingDavis listening to Amy Read

After work I was able to join up with a Thursday Group Ride session for a 30ish mile ride. There were rider’s from different ability levels which was awesome. I am sure that most of them set some PR’s today. We were all going after it! Definitely some good hard riding!

Pepper's Last Hoorah

It was the last ride on my Trek Speed Concept TT Bike (affectionately known as Pepper). She has been a great whip and has definitely helped in my training and racing. But as with most thing in life, there is a point at which we all must grow, change, and evolve. And on that note, my new Falco V frame has arrived in Los Angeles as of today and should be making it to Bakersfield mid-day tomorrow. You can be sure that I’ll be posting some pictures when she gets here!

Focus T25 Day 43 of 70 – August 5, 2013

Focus T25 Day 43 of 70 – Beta Phase – August 5, 2013

Morning Weigh-in: 166 
Breakfast: Coffee, AcidCheck Caplets, Activit, Cordastra, Replenex, Vitality Coldwater Omega 3, and Vanilla Shakeology with Cinnamon
Lunch: Salad with Breaded Chicken Breast, a Few Peppers, Pico De Gallo, Lite Feta, and Balsamic Vinaigrette and a Small Side of Plain Cold Bow-tie Pasta
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Focus T25 Dynamic Core and Cycling 27.2 Miles no AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt added to Water, Citrus Flavor Clif Shot Energy Gel
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Late Dinner:  Vanilla Shakeology with Cinnamon, Chocolate Shakeology with Peanut Butter
Snack: Bowl of Watermelon, and 1 Cup of Yogurt

Today was a great day which started out with my daughter’s swim practice. My son and I had fun watching (He said that he wants to do it too so he can get better like her. She wants to do Gymnastics next. SO I guess I’ll be purchasing a leotard or something like that soon! I love that my kids want to be active 🙂 !

Started the second week of Focus T25 Beta Phase with Dynamic Core. This workout sneaks up on you and makes you work hard. After that workout I headed out for a 27 mile bike ride in some pretty hot weather with light wind. I turned out my third best time ever for a 20 mile segment despite a little issue with a case of sour stomach. I have been using the AcidCheck Caplets which will most likely save me from some serious burning muscles tomorrow, but I ran out of AcidCheck Granules to put into my water 🙂 No bueno! I got out on the bike about 5 miles in and could feel the water sitting in my stomach, which just kept me from drinking more water. Then halfway into the ride I ate a Citrus Flavored Clif Shot Energy Gel. I quickly began to feel a burning sensation in my stomach and was acid burping. Something I have not felt since December of 2011 when I used to eat Zantac every day (before Shakeology). I have taken the Citrus Flavored Clif Shot before and it was OK (I prefer plain flavored GU Energy Gel when training). The only thing I did differently was I didn’t take the AcidCheck Granules. Thankfully my shipment is coming in tomorrow and I’ll have some for my race this weekend. I don’t ever want to train or race again without AcidCheck in my water. I seriously can’t recommend anything more than Acid Check when you are working out. It helps that much!