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

Training:
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

Supplements:
ShakeologyBeachbody Whey, Beachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastraSuper SumaEnergy and Endurance FormulaP90X Results & Recovery Formula

Race Weekend – April 26 and 27, 2014

Saturday Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Bacon, Eggs, Wheat Toast, Pain Perdu
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Brick – Cycling 11.2 Miles followed by Running 2.1 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Fajitas, Chips and Salsa, Water
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 1 hour
Dessert: Cheez-its

Sunday Morning Weigh-in: ?
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Race:  Kern River Duathlon added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: Pizza, Potato Wedges, 2 Sprites
Dinner: Pizza, Potato Wedges, 2 Sprites (Finished off the Large Pizza 🙂 )
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 2 hours
Dessert: Chocolate

What a great weekend! Saturday morning was spent watching my son play tee ball. I think he is going to be a good ball player (Click here for video) and I am so proud of him! He’s 5.

After a good lunch and some work, I headed out to Hart Park and familiarized myself with the Duathlon course with a little race pace brick workout (cycling and running close together). Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I need the training and since the race is a sprint I figured it would be a good idea. Plus I am enjoying getting used to my Falco V and even set another climbing PR! Impressed to say the least. I really need all the help I can get on my climbing.

Sunday Race Day: So happy to have a race in town. I don’t normally get to bed too early (bad habit) so being able to sleep in to 6 AM on a race day is a real treat. The race was awesome! Put on by Kern Wheelmen and was done so with professional precision. The course was well marked and intersections were safe thanks to a great group of volunteers. A special thanks to all of the sponsors who made the event possible as well. Its great to be able to race in Bakersfield – great camaraderie in this town!

Tomorrow I start using Insanity: The Asylum Volume 1 and Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 in my triathlon training 🙂 Time to step it up!

Disclaimer: I am a triathlete with a full racing season which includes training for the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe (my first Ironman). I am not eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my addiction to the sport, plus I have a wicked sweet tooth ;-). So here is a simple rule of thumb, if you are not as active as I am, don’t eat everything that I eat. But 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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 28 of 91 – Week 1 Phase 2 – Strength

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 28 of 91 – Week 1 Phase 2 – Strength

B – Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon and Activit

W – 47 Miles Cycling (3.5 Warm-up / 40 Ride / 3.5 Cool-down) http://www.strava.com/rides/35185117

S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula (during the ride and after)

D – Cajun Chicken Alfredo

W – X2 Recovery + Mobility

This morning I did a New Year’s Day ride with Kern Wheelmen. Luckily I didn’t cause an accident and actually enjoyed the ride! The first part I rode in the pack and the second half somehow I rode all alone. My legs were toast by the end of the ride though. I really felt the burn! So happy that this evening was Recovery + Mobility. Stretching is so important. The strongest muscle is a flexible muscle.

Also, let me say once again, Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 allow you to dream big and reach all of your goals!

I have decided to take the rest of this week off from P90X2 so that I can enjoy a family ski trip in Alpine Meadows, CA. Just because I am not doing the workouts, doesn’t mean I won’t be working out. Skiing and snow-shoeing with my brother are in my near future. I look forward to posting some pictures! I’ll be back on the regular schedule for P90X2 on Monday the 7th.

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 27 of 91 – Week 1 Phase 2 – Strength

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 27 of 91 – Week 1 Phase 2 – Strength

B – Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon and Activit
L – Italian Submarine Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, Water
W – X2 Base + Back and X2 Ab Ripper
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
D – Chocolate Shakeology with Cinnamon
S –  Peanut Butter Pretzels, Raw Almonds, Popcorn, and Sour Patch Kids (shhhh!)

Last workout of 2012 and what a great workout it is. I forgot about how great this leg and back workout is from the first time I did P90X2. Basically Plyo and Pull-ups. I love that I am able to jump higher now. I really feel that I am getting do much more out of this workout now that I have completed Insanity: The Asylum. I am just able to get up off of the ground so much easier. I haven’t felt this light since I was playing Volleyball in High School. Probably jumping higher now than I was then too. How about that?

Tomorrow is a New Year’s Day ride with Kern Wheelmen that I am going to do. Since I am a triathlete and not used to riding in packs or a pace line, I hope I don’t cause an accident 😉 Since it is a Recovery + Mobility Day the ride will make the training day much more exciting. I am definitely going to need a good stretch after a 40 mile ride!

Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 allow you to dream big and reach all of your goals!

Good Night and God Bless!