Project New Year – Day 47, 48, and 49 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Kind of a quiet weekend for me. Friday I went out for a little bike ride and did some Yoga. Saturday was quiet. Worked on the Falco V setup for Sunday’s race and then did some Yoga. Sunday morning came and it was time to race. My last race was about 8 weeks ago at the Bakersfield Triathlon. I have been working to keep my back in good working order through 6 weeks in Foundation and Recovery and then with this past week starting a 5 week Strength Phase in P90X2. I am so thankful that we have awesome race event holders here in Bakersfield so that I didn’t have to travel this past weekend. Its always nice to be able to sleep in your own bed, wake up, and have a race here in town 🙂 So much fun to see a bunch of people from the local running, cycling, and multi-sport community out and having fun on the home course of the Kern River Duathlon. The race went really well with help from the awesome volunteers and race coordinators from Kern Wheelmen.

As far as my race went? I knew that the run part of the race was going to be challenging for me based on how long running 5 miles a couple weeks ago put me out of commission. I am just not used to running anymore and really have not done much of it for the past year. That’s crazy right? How can a triathlete not run? I’ll tell ya, after being a really good runner as a kid and starting all over (after taking about 20 years off), in essence reteaching myself how to run, is one of the hardest things I have tried to do. At the beginning I was just scared of re-injuring my knee like I did in College (hyperextension), or tearing my hamstring like I did about 11 years ago when I tried to start running too fast with my dog Max (that sucked). Now its just uncomfortable to run. It doesn’t feel natural. I would rather get on my bike, jump in the pool, or do a 25 minute cardio video from Focus T25. But I know that once I start running faster, and feeling that float I used to when I was a kid, that all of these negative thoughts that manifest when I begin to think about a running workout, or a race, will begin to fade away. Its just about getting out there and doing it. Like the idea of doing the home video workouts, if you push play every day, the chances are you are eventually going to do the workout. So that is why I like to race, it forces me to run. Unfortunately this year I didn’t get to race that much, but I know that 2015 is a New Year and I am on track to getting out of my way and off towards learning how to enjoy running again. I am looking forward to working with my friends at Bakersfield Trispokes and getting faster as runners together. My bike time wasn’t fantastic (3rd fastest individual bike split on the day with Aaron Hebeler and Jack Nunn beating me out) but I’ll take it after sucking wind for 2 miles in a pair of running shoes 🙂 I had lowered my aero bars down about an inch the night before so I could try out a more aero position. Result: Faster bike time, painfully tight back, spent hip flexors 🙂 Summary: Yes you can be too aero! (See my Project New Year – Day 39 Blog Post which explains a little bit about playing with your cycling position.) The second run, it was all I could do to keep shuffling my feet. I new that it was only a couple miles and I could grunt it out and finish this thing. Problem was, I didn’t know if had I put enough distance between me and those great athletes I knew were closing in behind me with every stride? Luckily I pulled it off and eeked out another podium finish. I’de say its about time to leave the pity party and get this running party going. What do you think?

Kern Duathlon Nov2014

Friday, November 14, 2014 – Weigh-in: 173
Cycling 25.7 Miles and P90X2 X2 Yoga
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – Weigh-in: 172
P90X2 X2 Yoga
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Kern River Duathlon (2mi run / 11mi bike / 2mi run – 0:59:50) and P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility

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Project New Year – Day 33 thru Day 38 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Friday, October 31, 2014 through Wednesday, November 5, 2014
What a crazy past 6 days. Halloween. Flag Football. Wedding. I didn’t really have enough time to do any real training, and quite frankly, I was pretty much out of commission after running those 4 miles on Thursday. I am still sore today! I was so sore that I decided to take another Recovery Week before hitting the Strength Phase of P90X2.

I decided to stop keeping track of what I am eating for a while. I know what I should eat and I am generally good about it but if I am not going to follow a specific nutritional regiment, I don’t want to influence anyone with listing every calorie I ingest. I am not looking to lose weight or gain weight. I merely eat to fuel my activity. So in an effort to make things a little easier on me and less jumbled for you, I will start rating the quality of my food consumption in some way or fashion. Since I take the same supplements everyday, I am going to start listing them at the bottom of the blog.

Everything evolves and that is not a bad thing. I am looking to help make this chronicle easier for me to manage as well as mix it up a bit so it isn’t so boring for anyone who takes the time to read what I type 🙂

On a happy note, I received my replacement stem for my bike handlebars today! I put the Falco V back together and I can’t wait to go for a ride tomorrow and spend some time getting reacquainted. I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your week!


Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 – P90X2 X2 Yoga
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 – P90X2 X2 Balance + Power
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 – P90X2 Recovery + Mobility

(Started 6th week of Project New Year – Another Recovery Week)

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 – P90X2 X2 Recovery + Mobility
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 – P90X2 X2 Yoga
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 – Swimming 1600 yards, P90X2 Recovery + Mobility

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Project New Year – Day 30 and 31 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
After the kids finished their homework and went off to play, I got in my P90X2 workout and followed it up with 30 minutes on the EVOcx spin bike! I didn’t do the TriCore workout, but got in a good spin 🙂

Morning Weigh-in: 173
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Half a Chicken Sandwich, 1 1/2 Dolmathes, and Half Order or Feta Fries
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 Plyocide and 30 Mins (10.5 Miles) of Spinning on the EVOcx
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Breaded Chicken, Steamed Vegetables, and Rice Pilaf
 Bowl of Cheerios with Almond Milk, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and 8 oz’s Greek Yogurt

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Busy day today with the kiddos and family. Squeaked in my workout before midnight!

Morning Weigh-in: 173
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey and Avocado on Wheat and Coffee
Dinner: TriTip, Chili Beans, Salad, and 2 Rolls
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility
 Bowl of Cheerios with Almond Milk and a Peanut Butter Sandwich

Project New Year – Day 29 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Monday, October 27, 2014
Long day today. Didn’t get to my workout till 9 PM EEEK! No worries though. I got a little hungry, but thats a good thing! Working out in a caloric deficit facilitates fat burning. Yay! After this past weekend’s Saturday night ice cream fest a little fat burning is in order 😉 So, I decided to do one more Foundation Phase week before getting into the Strength Phase. I’ll work in the TriCore on the EVOcx tomorrow along with my Plyocide. So much fun!

Morning Weigh-in: 176
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Lunch: Chicken and Dumplings Soup
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 Core
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Chicken, Steamed Vegetables, and Brown Rice
 8 oz’s Greek Yogurt

Project New Year – Day 27 & 28 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

The Weekend of October 25-26, 2014
Morning Weigh-ins: No weigh-ins
Breakfasts: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workouts: P90X2 Balance + Power (Sat.) and Recovery + Mobility (Sun.)
Post-Workouts: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Busy weekend. Addison had a Volleyball game on Saturday morning. She and her teammates are learning the game and having fun. Fun to watch too!
Addison Volleyball
I came home after the game all excited to go for a bike ride. I decided to lower the handlebars a click. No big deal. Tightened it back up and gave it a good push down to make sure it wasn’t going to slip and “ping!” I snapped a bolt on the handlebar stem.
Broken Bolt
Lucky it didn’t get me in my eye or chip a tooth. Needless to say, the bike became unridable at that point. I was pretty bummed about that. I managed to wiggle the the broken bolt out and headed over to a local fastener shop. They had some replacements and I grabbed a few. Feeling a little better at this point.

Headed over to a Memorial service for Larry A. Wells. So beautiful to hear all of the stories from family and friends. What an amazing guy; he will truly be missed by so many people.

I came back to the bike a little later and “ping!” Another bolt bit the dust. Unfortunately though, this bolt wasn’t coming out. I was out of time at this point and headed over to Davis’ flag football practice. This was a good little break for me as I was thoroughly frustrated with the bike scenario. Watching him go all out is fun to watch!
Davis Football
After flag football I went and bought a Dremmel in hopes of slotting the top of the bolt to get it out with a screwdriver, that didn’t work. I went and picked up an extraction bit and that didn’t work either. Bummer! I emailed Binny Tan at Falco Bike and he said he would send me out a new stem and it would be here in 2 weeks. What an awesome sponsor! This will be just in time for the Kern River Duathlon on November 16. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be training on my EVOcx which isn’t a bad alternative, its just no where near as fun to operate as the Falco V.

Regarding nutrition this weekend? Well lets just pretend it didn’t happen. I mostly ate the wrong stuff except for Sunday Dinner (Chicken and Dumplings). I didn’t burn near the calories that I had planned to, and a little ice cream parlor action on Saturday night after picking up the girls from Talladega Frights. I seriously have a weakness for ice cream. Hoping to clean up my diet over the next couple of weeks in preparation for the upcoming race. It’s a sprint 2 mile run, 12 mile bike, and a 2 mile run. Gotta be ready!