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.

Will you consider joining me to help ZERO continue to save men’s lives? Just think, you may just help someone you know too!

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