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 www.22kill.com.

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

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, and Water
Workout:
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
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Tri-Tip, Salad, Potato Salad, & French Bread

Friday Morning Weigh-in:
 178.5
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and 2 Eggs, Bacon, Country Potatoes
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Insanity Max 30: Pulse 
Dinner:
Pepperoni and Jalepeno Pizza, and a few Potato Wedges
Post-Workout:
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
Workout:
10 Minute Freestyle on Bowswim.
Post-Workout:
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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

A Quiet Day at Home

A much needed quiet day at home with the kiddos. We watched a few movies. ET: The Extra Terrestrial was one of them. Been a while since I have seen that one. Finally saw Furious 7 too. Sad. Nice to spend some time with the kids. Way too hot to venture outside for any length of time but we ran a few necessary errands anyway. With so much going on I was still able to find some time to get in my Insanity Max 30 workout in 😉 Good thing too. Almost too hot to workout outside. We piled in the car and headed up to swim practice. I was melting on the deck so I decided to cash in on a perk of being a swim coach. I jumped into the pool and swam around while coaching the kids. Great way to cool down, and the kids like it when you get down into the pool and get on their level.

After swim practice we were starving and grabbed some dinner at Baja Fresh. It was yummy! Had to fuel up for tomorrow’s workout and possible afternoon heat ride. We hurried home for showers and to check out the Olympic Swimming Trials. Pretty neat watching some these amazing athletes after coaching some amazing kids who have the dreams of being at the trials and Olympics themselves. Even cooler to think that I may be coaching a kid who could grow up to be an Olympic Athlete. Makes me proud!

Finally, I did my 22 pushups. And now its time for bed! Big day tomorrow!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich with Dijon Mustard and a Handful of Sea Salted Crackers
Workout:
Day 3 of Week 2 Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power (Maxed Out at 20:14) used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – Mostly Breast Stroke and treading water – 25 Minutes
Dinner:
Chicken, Pinto Bean, Cheese, and Pico De Gallo, Burrito, Guacamole and Chips, and Root Beer.
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery, 8 ozs of Vanilla Yogurt, and lots of water!
Recovery: Foam Rolling with Rumble Roller while watching Swimming and Cycling 🙂

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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Fluffy Puppy

Started off the day with breakfast and my kids. Then we headed up to my parents’ house so that the kids could meet the new puppy. Addison and Davis couldn’t believe how fluffy Sofia is to the touch. They said she was fluffy and chubby. Definitely a happy puppy. I’ll give them that, and they can keep the puppy breath too!
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Davis found a new friend for sure!

After the introductions, I headed out to finish the puppy proofing of the pool. It was a bit warm but I don’t mind the heat. Plenty of water and a couple breaks here and there to admire the view,
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and the chore was done. Then it was off to my house to meet the exterminator and get in Day 1 of Week 2 for Insanity Max 30. The workout today was Cardio Challenge. Since I have been able to make it through this workout a few times now without having to stop, I decided to use the Elevation Training Mask to make me have to restrict my airflow.
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Somehow I managed to make it through the workout, but it definitely made it more difficult. Since I am taking the AB Maximizer option for this workout program, there was an additional 10 minute ab workout. This workout is rough and I ended up having to pause after 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This workout will be added to all of the Cardio days for the program.

I headed back to get the kids for swim practice. They were still tired from their 2 week vacation, but I convinced them that they needed to get back into the pool and that they would have fun! I was glad to get back to the deck too. I love coaching these kids and hearing their stories from the weekend. After practice we headed to Salty’s BBQ – Yum – for dinner and home to eat. We watched San Andreas. I did my 22 pushups. And now its time for bed!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 178
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout: Day 2 of Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge (Wore Elevation Training Mask simulated to +3000ft – Didnt Max Out) followed by Ab Attack (Maxed out at 2:40), used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Handful of Sea Salted Crackers
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner:
Pulled Pork Sandwich, Garlic Green Beans, and Chili Beans

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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Getting ready to Race!

 

Woke up this morning and stepped on the scale. Dropped 4 pounds. Yay! Kind of ridiculous how that works right?

Got my bike ready for tomorrow’s race! All dialed in and ready to go!
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Went for a ride to get the legs ready for tomorrow’s time trial and then did an alternate workout than what was planned. It was the recovery workout which is more about stretching and flexibility. Tomorrow I will do the regular workout as planned. The only reason I am diverting from the plan is because of the time trial tomorrow morning. I figured a nice cycling workout followed by a good flexibility workout would be better than trying to Max out on the Insanity Max 30 program.

So I had an awesome carbohydrate loaded meal to boost the glycogen in my muscles and I am ready for a good sleep!

Enjoy your evening! Talk more tomorrow!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 181
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich and a bag of Jalepeno Chips
Workout: Rode 26.5 Miles Day 5 of Insanity Max 30: Pulse (Substituted Pulse for Friday Night Fight due to tomorrow’s time trial) used Acid Check Granules, Himalayan Pink Salt mixed in water.
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: 
Pasta with Meat Sauce, Romaine Salad with Cucumber, Peppers, and Tomatoes, and Garlic Bread.

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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

From Trash to Treasure

My job today was to help my parents throw away some old stuff at my parents house. Little did I know that a hidden treasure had been waiting to be found. As I was picking through the items to load into the truck, I came across a drawer set that I had used in my youth. As I worked my way down through the drawers I found old bike parts and deteriorated swim caps. But then to my surprise I found a drawer with a bunch of old race bibs from when I first started doing triathlons up through my Senior year in cross country.
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As you may have guessed, I was pretty excited. they were in basically perfect condition surprisingly for have been left outdoors for who knows how long. As I looked through them so many old memories flashed back in my head. I never would have thought that I would have found something as treasured as these. It definitely brightened my day. I was like a little kid again and it helped me hurry through and get the dirty work done and over with.

I goth the truck all loaded and tarped and headed down the road, but I was starving. I needed to get something and stopped at Carl’s Jr., against my better judgement, but I was hungry and ordered a Charlbroiler Chicken Club, small fries, and a coke. I very rarely eat this stuff, but at this point it was hot and I was thirsty and it tasted good. Eating fast food isn’t the problem. Eating fast food every day is. I continued along on my trip to the dump, which was hot and dusty on this Bakersfield afternoon. Everything I had was recyclable so I made the rounds and distributed the items in their appropriate areas.

After the dump, I headed home to get my workout in, jumped in the pool to cool off, and headed to swim practice. It was pretty hot there too, but good thing I am a swim coach and can jump in to cool down every so often. Plus the kids love it when I jump in with them for a social recovery kick after a long set.

After swim I headed home to be greeted with an amazing dinner. Cajun Crab Cakes and a Parmesan Baked Artichoke. So Yummy!
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Followed up this delicious dish with a 50/50 Bar and a bottle of water. Time to do my 22 Push-ups and head to bed!

Hope you all had a great day!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Charbroiler Chicken Club, Small Fries, Small Coke (Treat Meal for Dump Duty)
Workout: Day 2 of Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power (Maxed Out at 10:20), used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery, Half a Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Chewy Granola Bar.
Dinner: 
Crab Cakes and Baked Artichokes, 50/50 Bar, and Water

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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

My Motivation and It Works For Me

Its been a little while since I have really made the effort to keep you all in the loop. I know that when I used to blog everyday about my workouts and what I ate, I definitely stayed more accountable for the things I put in my body. My motivation was that if I was going to be transparent and write about it, then I would watch what I ate and keep up with the training that I needed to get done to accomplish the goals that I have. Namely, I want to eat healthy things so I feel better, be the best triathlete I can be, help inspire people to set and reach goals in their lives, and while doing all of this I want to have a balanced family life and be a good influence for my children. So in an effort to reclaim a bit of what I may have lost over the past year or so since I deviated from what was working, I am back on the wagon. Its time to get back to doing what works. Doing a daily workout program, documenting my nutrition, and using this as a diary of sorts will help to keep me motivated to carry on and reach my goals. This has worked for others and it works for me, maybe it will work for you? Or maybe not? The question is what are you willing to do to ensure that you reach your goals? Are you willing to do something a bit out of the ordinary. Are you ready to be the person you want to be? All I can say is that I am tired of half-assing it and doing just enough to get by. Its time to go all in and be the person I know I can be. I owe it to myself, to my family, and to the kids and people I coach. This is my motivation and it works for me. Thank you for having me back!

Training Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 180 (Different Scale being used)
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Cliff Protein Bar and Bowl Honey Bunches of Oats with Unsweetened Almond Milk
Workout: Day 1 of Insanity Max 30: Cardio Challenge, used Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water 
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice
Dinner:
Taco Salad – Organic Ground Beef, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Shredded Cheese, Crumbled Corn Chips, Cilantro Dressing, and Tapatio drizzled on top. 2 Cups of Vanilla Yogurt for Dessert

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 www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

The Best Seconds Always Seem Like a They’re a First!

Have you ever had such an amazing meal that you just had to have seconds? Well this past week was full of seconds and I loved it! And even though it wasn’t actually about the food, it definitely fed me as a person. This was my second week as a substitute teacher and as a coach for Bakersfield Aquatics Club. It was also the start of the second phase of my commitment to Focus T25. Now I have done T25 before so I know what to expect there, but what is really cool is I have never been a substitute teacher or a swim coach before, so every day still feels like a new experience. The kids that I have been lucky enough to work with have been so amazing. The high school students make it so easy to wake up for in the morning and the little swimmers leave me fulfilled in the evening when I go home. Maintaining a high level of energy is going to be of utmost importance to keep their interest. Staying active and working out is the only way that this is going to be able to happen. Maintaining one’s health and energy levels can be accomplished by eating properly and a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise per day. I am just happy that I am entering my seventh week in a row of following this routine and now that I am back in the swing of things, I plan on continuing with this strategy for a long time to come. This week promises to be another great one with some variation as well as building on what has come before. Cheers to the coming week! May all yours be enjoyable and bright!

What a Week!

So here I am sitting behind my computer on a Sunday afternoon reflecting on this past week in anticipation for the week to come. What a week! I have to tell you how energizing, productive, and fulfilling it was, but I really don’t know where to start. When in doubt, begin at the beginning right?

Monday the 22nd was a great beginning to the week with a good training ride and the start of the fifth and final week of Focus T25 Alpha Phase.

Tuesday was the first day of being a substitute teacher with the Kern High School District at Bakersfield High School (BHS). Later that evening I was honored to begin coaching Age Group Performance swim at Bakersfield Aquatics Club (BAC). In both cases I was impressed by the kids and their eagerness to have someone believe in them and their abilities. Somewhere in the mix of the day’s activities I managed to spend a little time with my kids at the skate park and a late workout.

Wednesday, it was another day at BHS, but this time I was honored to spend my first day helping out with the AFJROTC. These classes are generally student led but I managed to get in some conversations with these young adults. Definitely looking forward to spending a few more days on this assignment. This day was my first coaching swim all by myself. Such a pleasure and fun filled hour and a half with these awesome kids!

Thursday was PT day for the AFJROTC. Right up my alley! Fortunately I am still a bit sore today after five periods of push-ups and sit-ups from their friendly competition and my workout before coaching swim practice later that night.

Friday was another day of subbing AFJROTC and my last double day workout for Focus T25 Alpha Phase. No swim coaching on Fridays 🙁

Saturday started with a two hour morning swim workout with BAC. I had two kids show up and they had a great workout! It was good to hear that they were sore for the workouts earlier in the week and even better to see them perform so well during an interval rich workout on this day. I took some time to talk with the kids and their parents about the importance of recovery and nutrition. Later that afternoon I jumped on my bike for a quick recovery ride from the week’s activities.

And that brings us to Sunday! A well deserved rest day and the Oscars! Enjoy!

Until next week, may your training be strong, and your rest be enjoyable!

Week 2 off to a good start!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 08 of 70 – December 14, 2015

Back to a somewhat normal schedule after a crazy week/weekend. Last Wednesday my girlfriend went into the hospital for an emergency so naturally I spent Wednesday and Thursday night in the hospital too. The procedure went well and she is recovering. Somehow I managed to get a couple workouts in on Wednesday (Total Body) and Thursday (Ab Intervals). Friday I was supposed to get in a double workout for T25 but was unable to and couldn’t make up the workout over the weekend. I was helping her with her High School’s Winter Formal and worked enough to suffice as a workout ;-). I did get in a little foam rolling for Recovery though which is important.

My nutrition definitely fell off towards the end of last week. This week I am dialing it back in and hope to get some good workout days in the books. I don’t plan on weighing myself this week. I just want to focus on doing what I need to do.

Today’s workout (Focus T25 – Cardio) was a little easier to complete than last week. Going in the right direction!

Supplements:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – CordastraChocolate Vegan Shakeology, and P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Day Two! Got it Done!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 02 of 70 – December 8, 2015

The following is my weigh-in, nutritional intake, and exercise regiment:

Morning Weigh-in: 176
Breakfast:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, and Coffee
Lunch: Ham and Turkey Sandwich
Dinner:  1/2 Chicken Breast, Small Helping of Pasta with Marinara sauce, 1 Piece of French Bread with Butter, and a Garden Salad
Workout:  Focus T25 Speed 1.0 at 11:00 PM (Got it in!)
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 2 Bowls of Honey Bunches of Oats