Two Years. Too Long.

I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like the news I was going to get today regarding my neck and my back. Everything feels off and the nausea from the headaches has been getting worse. The tightness in my back wont release even with foam rolling. It is as if my muscles have finally revolted against my skeletal system and said we are tired of holding you together! Well here is the result of my x-rays:
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Looks like waiting two years to address the issue was too long.

Time to put humpty-dumpty back together again in time for Ironman Lake Tahoe! Looking forward to getting back into the groove with the P90X Library (P90X, P90X2, and P90X3) too!

 

Morning Weigh-in:  168
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Dinner: 4 Fish Tacos with Cilantro, Pico De Gallo, Chipotle Sauce, and Tapatio

Ended the evening with a severe migraine and productive nausea. 🙁 Dang. And those tacos were excellent. What a waste. :-\

Was it Worth the Wait?

I went to the Neck and Back Specialist to take x-rays because I am tired of having at least a dull headache and latent nausea every waking moment, as well as the inconvenient movement issues related to my back misalignment. 2 years ago, after I lost my 60 lbs with P90X and P90X2, I went in to see the same Neck and Back Specialist and had these x-rays taken.
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As you can see, there is no curvature in my neck and my back is crooked in a few spots. Its been like this since I was rear-ended on PacificCoastHighway back in 1997. Even after seeing these x-rays I opted to not go through the corrective therapy. I am going back tomorrow to see if it has gotten better or worse since my return to the fitness and triathlon world. Regardless, I will be opting for the corrective action this time 🙂 I can’t imagine what it is going to feel like to live with less nausea and pain!

Morning Weigh-in:  169
Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon
Lunch: Chile Verde with Rice
Workout: Walking 2 Miles
Dinner: Fajitas, Ceviche, Chips and Salsa
Snack: Popcorn and 2 Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Caramels

Walking Wednesday followed by a Therapeutic Thursday Morning

Yesterday I was sore from Tuesday night’s race. I had a weird knee twinge which usually means something was tight and I didn’t stretch enough! Happy that it was Walking Wednesday and we were able to go have a Yummy Fajitas Adventure! The walking helped warm up the leg for sure, but it was the hour on the Rumbleroller and finding the hot spot at my left adductor that got rid of the twinge right away. I have been struggling with hip flexor, quadriceps, hamstring, gluteus, soleus, and calve flexibility lately. (Missing my weekly P90X Yoga) All of those muscles, and some others I have not mentioned, can attribute to knee pain. But just because something hurts doesn’t mean that I am injured right? Its if I continue to push those muscles without working on flexibility that ultimately leads to an injury. It was so awesome to feel the pain go away last night as I rolled my inner thigh on the Rumbleroller, it hurt like a son of a gun, but the result was so worth it! I am sure I’ll be revisiting the Rumbleroller and stretching more this evening as well.

After staying up as long as I could last night to watch Fallon (my Tonight Show Vice) I finally had to turn off the TV and go to sleep. I confirmed that I would be joining some guys for a 6 AM ride. Yeah, 5 am came early. Hit the snooze button 2 times. Rolled out of bed. Filled the water bottle. Aired the tires. Oh yeah, got dressed. Headed out the door at a deliberately slow pace while drinking my E&E. Arrived 5 minutes late :-\ Sorry! Luckily Brock and Aaron are cool and waited for me. Mike got an early morning flat and couldn’t make it. So the three of us went off on our ride up around the Panorama Bluffs. On our way back we were moving but it didn’t seem like we were going that hard. I could tell my legs were searching for fuel. Aaron and Brock were putting in some strong pulls. We all rotated to the front, taking turns, to keep the momentum going. And it paid off! Each of us got a piece of the KOM when we were through.
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Great ride this morning and what a great way to get the blood flowing for the rest of the day!

Now I am starving! Bring on Lunch!

Triathlon Training Log

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 171
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Primo Salad and Water
Workout: Walking Wednesday
Dinner: Fajitas, Beans, Rice, Corn Tortillas, Ceviche, Chips, Salsa, Guacamole
Recovery: 1 Hour Rumbleroller 
Midnight Snack: Chocolate Shakeology with Almond Milk and an Organic Peanut Butter Sandwich (Calories for 6AM Ride)

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 174
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 31.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Weigh-in: 171
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology

Stay tuned for Saturday the 24th’s Post Time Trial Blog Entry!

Tony and the Kids

This past weekend, I’m not going to lie, was pretty freaking amazing. My parents, kids, and I, along with a huge group of friends, colleagues, and fellow health and fitness enthusiasts, spent our Saturday at Cal State University of Bakersfield with Tony Horton. I think my kids, 7 years and 5 years old may have enjoyed it more than me! They have seen Tony on the TV screen over the past few years with my P90X, X2, and X3. They even have their own Tony and the Kids workout. My parents got in on the fun too! They have been working with Tony and the Folks and love it too! 20140517_135800 IMG_20140518_095427 Beyond the physical workout we all got to enjoy, the messages that Tony had to share I felt were more what I needed to hear. Especially when it comes to nutrition. I know that I let my physical activities give me an excuse to eat whatever I want over the past year. The problem is I know that eating fatty, salty, sugary, fried, foods isn’t good for me, but what is more important is that it is not properly fueling my body based on it’s demand. How can I expect to continually get better as an athlete if I am not fueling the body optimally, right? In fact, I have actually been setting myself up for injury. Luckily, the supplements I take have been carrying me through these moments of nutritional weakness. However with the addition of the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe goal, the supplements and a 60% / Clean 40% Dirty Eating rule just isn’t going to cut it. I can’t afford to get injured more than I already am hindered by this nagging left side tightness (which I am addressing with a Spring Stretch Challenge Group on Facebook). Flexibility is a key component of fitness. Flexible is something that I have never been. I know that it is going to be a painful journey, but I need to be flexible and know that it will open up a whole other level of fitness and health. Sunday I spent the day with the kids swimming and playing games. Kind of a Recovery Day of sorts. Much needed. Met the new puppy! IMG_20140518_115622 Today was a good day all around. Davis and I spent a little time in the morning together. I got in a quick swim, spent lunch with Addison at her classroom birthday party, got in some time at the office, hit the bike trail for a hot and windy ride, dinner with the girls, and a dog walk. Looks like the puppy is staying. The girls named her Scout after Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, after briefly being named, Ginger, Bella, Lola, Sasha, and maybe a few others. The remainder of this week I will be focusing on stretching, eating better, and getting better sleep…oh yes…and riding my Falco V! Group Race/Ride tomorrow night and a Time Trial this weekend!

Triathlon Training Log – May 17-19, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 171
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Snack:
Protein Bar, PowerBar
Lunch:
 Chicken Terriyaki, Noodles
Workout: 30 Mins Ultimate Warrior with Tony Horton
Dinner: Pepperoni pizza and Potato Wedges
Snack: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Popcorn

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 173
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich and Potato Chips
Workout: 5 Mins on BOWSWIM
Dinner: Penne Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli in an Alfredo Sauce
Snack: Bag of Popcorn and a Lime Popsicle

Monday, May 19, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 172
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Lunch: Pizza, 2 Cupcakes
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 18.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Steak Fajitas and Spanish Rice, 1/2 Pulled Pork Sandwich
Dessert: Bag of Popcorn and a Lime Popsicle
Snack: Turkey Sandwich

Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 – Taking a Different Path

Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 – Taking a Different Path

It’s OK to admit when you have been defeated. What you do after that determines your character. The past week or so has been rough getting over this cold / asthma / allergy thing. I feel like I am not at all in to my workouts like I should be. You definitely need to keep your mind in the game to do this type of a program. And its just not there. My nutrition has been off too. I feel like I am letting people down (mostly my challengers that I am coaching) by continuing to post the less than clean items that I continue to consume on a daily basis. Just cause I can and get away with it, doesn’t mean I should. Its so important for Coaches to lead by example and I have been falling short of my goals to help people. I mean if I am not following what I am asking others to follow, how can I expect them to tow the line as well?

I have decided that I am going to hold off on my Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 Challenge and add back in a second round of Focus T25 Beta Phase. This will give me some extra time to swim, ride, and run, as well get some things figured out this off season to be ready for the 2014 Triathlon Season. I’ll eventually work back in Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 and maybe some P90X2 next month while I eagerly await the arrival of P90X3. Until then I will be using the following supplements every day!

AcidCheck Caplets, Activit, Slimming Formula, Cordastra, Vanilla Shakeology, Energy and Endurance Formula, AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt, P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Buffering……….

No this isn’t a post about the annoying waiting involved when streaming video on your computer or handheld device, or having your car detailed with a high-speed, rotating chamois .. er .. wait, that’s buffing. Anyway the buffering I am talking about is characterized by putting something between two things you care to separate. In this case over the past 2 weeks I have been buffering (eating everything and only cycling) as a sort of Recovery from the 2013 Triathlon Season before I start Off-Season Training.

Let the Strength Training Begin! The 2014 Triathlon Season is going to be ridiculous! And as a Falco Bike Sponsored Triathlete I need to be ready! Beginning January 1, 2014 I move up into the 40-44 Age Group. Have I told you that many of the best endurance triathletes in the world are in this age group? Yeah, so I have my work cut out for me and I love that is is going to be a challenge!

To be honest though, I am not one who is very fond of “strength” training. I am very wired for slowtwitch activities such as swimming, cycling, and running, to name a few 😉 . Alas, strength training is very important to increase sustainable and explosive power. To accomplish this goal, I will be doing all of the following at various times, intensities, and durations:  Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 , TriCore on the EVOcx , Yoga, Kettle-Bells, and Stretching combined with the functional training of Swimming (laps and on BowSwim), Cycling, Running (indoor and on road/trails). This will start tomorrow and continue through the remainder of the year.

Sounds like fun! Check in from time to time and see how its going! These next few months I’ll be rolling out some different posts. Ones that are more entertaining than the standard Accountability Posts. Back to the recipes, product reviews, and eventually pictures of the Falco V TT Bike build in December. That’s is going to be exciting!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Week Apart

I think a week is too long to take off eating healthier. I say “eating healthier” because I certainly haven’t said that I am “eating healthy” in a while. Since deciding to take a week off of training and nutrition after last Sunday’s Bakersfield Triathlon, I can tell you I don’t feel wonderful and rejuvenated. Even though I probably have not gained much weight, I feel heavy, slow, and tired. A high sodium and carbohydrate enriched diet combined with inactivity is an energy killer for me. I guess its a good thing I’ll be back in action tomorrow. Looking to tidy up my nutrition too and eat clean again. I know the holidays are coming, but what a better excuse than to eat clean than Christmas goodies. Oh my, the goodies! For sure though, I won’t be taking a whole week off of feeling good and healthy – maybe just a day or two 😉 So tomorrow, back at it but I won’t make it so boring this time. Starting fresh!

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 71 of 98 – Week 3 Phase 3 – Performance – (Recovery Week)

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 71 of 98 – Week 3 Phase 3 – Performance – (Recovery Week)

Back into the Challenge today. I ended up adding a Recovery Week for this week instead of going back into the Performance Phase. With my Triathlon at Edwards Air Force Base coming up this weekend, I figured the rest of this week should be devoted to swimming, biking and running as well as flexibility and getting back to my nutrition which has been off a bit for the past week.

B – AcidCheck Caplets, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon, Activit, and Cordastra
L – Salad with Chicken, Chips and Guacamole
S – Energy & Endurance Pre-Workout Formula
W – 18.8 Mile Bike Ride added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water  tracked on Strava.com
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
W – X2 Recovery + Mobility
D – Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon, Oatmeal with Flax Seed, 2 Large Glasses of Orange Juice

Strong ride this afternoon followed by a good stretch session. The allergen index was super high today in Bakersfield so I was hating life earlier but getting better now. I am hoping that Neil Med, Flonase, and Symbicort, and a little Benadryl tonight will put the Kibosh on it!

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 68 of 91 – Week 2 Phase 3 – Performance

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 68 of 91 – Week 2 Phase 3 – Performance

B – AcidCheck Caplets, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon, Activit, and Cordastra
L – Turkey and Pepper Jack Sandwich, Tall glass of Almond Milk
S – Clif Bar
S – Energy & Endurance Pre-Workout Formula
W – 6.7 Mile Run tracked on Strava.com added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
D – Macaroni and Cheese, Asparagus, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Popcorn

Decided to put a good run effort in today instead of P90X2 Lower Body workout. I ran the Bakersfield Triathlon Run Course. It’s supposed to be 10k but Strava.com tracked it at 6.7 miles. Either way, I am happy with my performance today. It’s the fastest I believe I have run that course to date. And it is HILLY! My race next weekend is completely flat and mostly on asphalt, so after today’s run, I can’t wait to see how that goes!

Here is a picture of the Lake when I started (a bit windy out there):

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Here is a picture at the top of Hang Glider Hill – Sunset:

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P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 67 of 91 – Week 2 Phase 3 – Performance

P90X2 (Rnd. 2) – Day 67 of 91 – Week 2 Phase 3 – Performance

B – AcidCheck Caplets, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon, Activit, and Cordastra
L – Pulled Pork Sandwich, Bean and Cheese Burrito
S – Energy & Endurance Pre-Workout Formula
W – 12 Mile Bike Ride added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water followed immediately by a 2.6 Mile Run Both tracked on Strava.com
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
D – Since it is Valentine’s Day and dinner is a surprise, all I can say is that there will be meat, vegetables, and carbs on my plate tonight!

Today is a scheduled X2 Recovery + Mobility Day in the P90X2 Performance rotation. This program give you two rest or stretch days a week since it is designed to work more efficiently than its predecessor P90X (which is still an amazing program to this day and highly recommended for body transformation). So since today was a rest day, I thought it was fitting to go out and ride and run (back to back) as fast as I could. Seems restful enough, right? This is known as a brick workout, because after you get off of the bike, your feet feel like bricks hitting the pavement. This is a great way to get practical triathlon training since there is no rest between the three legs of the sport (swim/bike/run). Today I was happy with my performance especially after the ride I did yesterday. I am definitely looking forward to a yummy filling dinner tonight! Happy Valentines Day!