Project New Year – Day 26 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Friday, October 24, 2014
Got it in today. Nothing pretty but it will do. Substituted P90X3 Yoga for X2 Yoga. X3 Yoga is only 30 minutes. But the point is I pushed play today and tomorrow is another chance to get after it! So I did a little carbo-loading for some mileage tomorrow on the FalcoV!

Morning Weigh-in: 173
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey with Avocado on Wheat
Workout: P90X3 Yoga in lieu of P90X2 Yoga
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza, Hot Wings, and Potato Wedges 
Snack:
 4 Small White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies and Vanilla Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey

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. :-\

School’s Out Taper

Geez! It’s been almost a week since my last post. Well to be honest, its been about a week since I have put in a real workout too. I have wanted to work out and even made plans to work out, yet the plans simply have not come to fruition. I have the best intentions. I want to ride my Falco V. I want to run on the open trails. I want to swim endlessly on my Bowswim. But none of that has happened. I’ll tell you what has happened though. The kids have gotten out of school. I have spent everyday since Friday spending time with them one way or another. Birthday Party Slide Fun, Pool Fun, Playing Video Games, Snuggling, Seeing Maleficent, and Pizza. Really, it has been awesome! And all things being considered, I probably needed to take this little break anyways. Call it a School’s Out Taper!

Pool - Schools Out

 

Seriously though, I have been favoring my left side for a few months now. I figure that I don’t stretch enough. I took too much time off after last the 2013 Tri Season and gained about 16 lbs of ice cream, candy, and pastries. I must have pushed too hard too soon to drop that weight before the 2014 Season. Now I am in the season and I keep having to start and stop to avoid getting injured. Not the way I was expecting this season to go but I am hoping that these past few days off will allow for some healing. Now I am looking forward to some P90X3 Yoga and a good night’s sleep tonight. Gotta work on that flexibility!

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

Leg Day

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 02 of 70 – April 8, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Snack: Coffee
Pre-Workout:
 Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Focus T25 Speed 1.0
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Breakfast:  2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology with P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Swimming 1500 yds (kickboard, fins, and freestyle)
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Burrito (Black Beans, Spinach, Avocado in Wheat Tortilla), Chips and Salsa’s
Dessert: Lime Popsicle
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 30 mins

I woke up sore from yesterday’s workout, calves and glutes…yeoowwza! With Focus T25, almost everyday feels like leg day 🙂 So it sure did feel great to get moving with Speed 1.0 this morning. Tons of foot work, speed, and balance. Which was good because I have been having major issues with acidosis lately. Its seems however that with all of the sweating spawned by Focus T25, I am starting to feel better already after just a couple workouts. This workout in particular is a decent core workout as well which leaves me feeling solid from head to toe.

Can I just say that getting in the pool this evening was such a treat. I was in my pool earlier in the day with my kids, but it was so cold that I decided not to do my Bowswim workout. As luck would have it though, I was able to pull an evening swim session. So much fun working on the legs with the fins. I’ve used the fins in my pool with the Bowswim before, which is pretty fun too, but swimming fast with the fins sure is a pretty cool feeling! I worked on a breathing technique for maximizing oxygen saturation in the blood followed immediately by oxygen deprivation by swimming the length of the pool underwater. Crazy triathletes!

Time to Focus

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 01 of 70 – April 7, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: 171
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout:  Focus T25 Cardio
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Breakfast:  2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chicken Terriyaki
Snack: Coffee
Dinner: Ground Beef Tacos and Chocolate Shakeology
Recovery: Foam Rolling on Rumbleroller – 1 hour
Dessert: 
Lime Popsicle, Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk

What a great workout this morning! Alpha Cardio! Back to T25 and loved it! I forgot how much this program makes us sweat! So happy. P90X3 was a great off season strength conditioning workout, but I should have been back to Focus T25 2 months ago. It would have made a world of difference! I have been trying to run over the past week and even with dropping the winter weight, it has been pure hell, if you’ll excuse me please. My mechanics are way out of whack! Focus T25 is definitely set up for speed and agility which helps with cadence and feeling springy which I like when I run. So for the next 69 days Shaun T will be kicking me back into running shape! Which makes sense since he was a track star!

Find the Triumph in Every Failure

If I had followed the calendar and not taken any breaks from my P90X3 schedule, I would have finished the program by now. So yeah I made it most of the 90 days this time but I definitely did not follow the regiment as suggested. But please don’t take my not completing a predetermined schedule as a total failure. Yes if my main goal were to lose 40 pounds and go “from Flab to Fab” in 90 days, I am convinced that this program would have done an amazing job all while only working out 30 minutes a day, but that wasn’t my goal. So here I am reflecting on my choice to stop the program when I did and focus on the good that came from this program and view it as a personal triumph. My goal for this new program was to (1) become familiar with the product so that I could help other people who were going through it too, (2) work on my upper body strength to become a better swimmer for the 2014 season, and (3) to lose a winter layer of cushion and be at race weight for the start of the season. Pretty basic goals right?

So here I am today, sitting around 170 lbs, leaned out, and stronger than ever. So yes, what some would consider a Failure in one respect, I am seeing as a Triumph. Everyone has different goals in their life. When you embark on a personal journey, whether it be fitness, professional, or anything, its important to state your goals and make daily efforts towards their completion. And what do you do when achieve your goals? Yep, set new goals and get back to work! Brilliant!

My new goal is somewhat of an audacious one. I decided to raise money for Zerocancer.org and complete the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe! This is my major goal for this year. In preparation for this monumental event, I am pulling out all of the stops. As I basically discussed in Water Break?, starting Monday April 7th, I am dusting off my Focus T25 program (in lieu of P90X3 – I feel T25 is better suited for help with running), I’ll also be adding Tri-Core on the Evo Fitness Bike to the mix for cycling, and using the Bowswim for the majority of my swim training. To round out this multi-faceted training schedule, I’ll be tackling a fairly prolific racing season as a sponsored triathlete for Falco Bike while maintaining to be a faithful advocate for the following supplements: ActivitSlimming Formula, CordastraShakeologyVector450, and AcidCheck.

What are your goals?

Swimming with the Kids!

P90X3 Day 69 of 90 – March 21, 2014

Weigh-in: 172
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Granola Bar
Dinner: Rotini Pasta Primavera with Breaded Chicken
Snack: Popcorn, Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk, Granola Bar

Dropped weight a bit last night after yesterday fasted cycling and caloric deficit. Loved having those morning Abs! However, I missed a workout today. I haven’t been so good with the P90X3 workouts this month. Not the right way to start out the first day training for the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe but I had fun with my kids so that is all that matters, right? I was able to be active with the kids though which is good. We spent some time in the pool and played with the BowSwim. Hoping I’ll be able to get into the pool tomorrow and get in some swimming time again 🙂

On another note and possibly a reoccuring theme you will see for the next 6 months is the fact that I am extremely excited about helping Zerocancer.org raise some money to increase awareness for Prostate Cancer at the IM Lake Tahoe. I love that I am getting to do something good while training for such a milestone event in my life. I hope that people will help me make a difference!

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2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe Anyone?

P90X3 Day 67 of 90 – March 20, 2014

Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast: Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 36.2 Miles Cycling
Post-Workout:  2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology with P90X Results & Recovery Formula mixed in.
Lunch: Protein Bar and Water
Dinner: 3 Pieces of Pizza
Snack: A Few Sour Patch Kids, a Small Bag of Pretzels, Handful of Trail Mix

Somehow this morning’s group ride turned into only a few of us going out for a nice ride out to CALM and up Rattlesnake Canyon and then my first time up to and down Dump Road. then we came back up to Panorama and home. We ended up riding about 36 Miles which is good because I need to up my mileage anyway. You see I made the decision to do the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 21. I must be crazy right? Not really. I turn 40 next week I have been thinking about doing this distance (2.4 Mile Swim / 112 Mile Bike / 26.2 Mile Run) but I hadn’t figured that it was going to be this year, until I saw that one of the charities I could race for was Zerocancer.org and there is a way that I can raise money and give a little more meaning to just racing. Taking on this distance is way out of my comfort zone for this season, but I know that I will be training to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.

Back in December 2009 my father Gary Olson was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. He had a radical prostatectomy in March 2010 and is in remission. He is having amazing results on his yearly check ups. His last PSA was .004 which is basically nothing! Without groups like ZERO, its possible that he might not be with me today. He is my biggest fan and I love him dearly! I want to take this opportunity to make him proud! So I can’t think of a better way to do it than to bring more attention to prostate cancer, a disease that affects 1 in 6 American men. So I’m joining ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer at the 2014 IRONMAN LAKE TAHOE with the ZERO Prostate Cancer Endurance Team to help end this horrible disease.

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Sometimes The Best Intentions Don’t Get It Done, But #WalkinWednesday Sure Helps!

P90X3 Day 66 of 90 – March 19, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Lunch: Chile Verde Bowl (Chile Verde, Rice, Corn Tortillas)
Workout: Walking 1.1 Miles
Dinner: 2 Shredded Chicken Tacos, 1 Shredded Beef Taco, Root Beer
Workout: Walking 1.1 Miles
Snack: Butterfinger Ice Cream

No excuses, I just didn’t get a traditional workout in today. I was working, working, working, and then I was done working and just wanted to spend time with my girlfriend. We enjoyed a nice evening walk to and from our favorite restaurant and even snuck in a little ice cream for the walk home. The weather was beautiful!!

Looking East from the Allen Rd. Westside Parkway OverpassEast

Looking West from the Allen Rd. Westside Parkway OverpassWest

 

What a beautiful way to close the day!