Taco Tuesday

Tuesdays are busy! Glad that I was able to get in a quick workout and spend some quality time with the kids! Homework and swimming on a hot Bakersfield afternoon. We are in the middle of a heat wave here, after a workout, I’m so happy to have a pool! Great for the kids to practice their meditation too!

Focus T25 Day 16 – Alpha Phase
Morning Weigh-in: None Taken
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets and Cafe Latte Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Carrots, Peppers, Potato Chips, and a KIND Bar
Workout: Focus T25 – Speed 1.0 added Beachbody Hydrate to Water
Post-Workout – Beachbody Performance Recover
Dinner: 2 Chicken Fajita Tacos on Flour Tortillas
Snack – 2 Handfuls of Mini Nilla Wafers and 2 Oreos (needed carbs during homework)

Cheers to the end of a long hibernation?

It’s Friday! I’m 12 days into getting back into shape and things are starting to feel good again! After taking about 2 years off from racing in triathlons, I am finally ready to find a race again. I mean yes there were other times in the recent past that I may have said I was ready, but now I am really ready. My workouts are getting better and I’m feeling the motivation kicking in. I’m eating better and making sure that my efforts in the workouts are at the highest level of my current ability. I know that its going to take me the rest of this Spring and through the Summer to get back to where I was a few years ago, but my determination is there! I want to get into the best shape that I have ever been before the beginning of the 2018 triathlon season. As with any long term goal, I need to set incremental goals along the way. I am looking at doing a series of sprint triathlons this Summer and get into some longer races in the Fall. Can’t deny it, I am so excited! This hibernation is finally over!

In the spirit of getting back into shape, I have found that accountability to myself helps me to stay on top of my nutrition as well as my training. My goal is to post my nutrition, supplements, and workouts everyday (both the good and the bad days – full disclosure) as long as school, work, family time, and coaching allow for it. Sound good?

The format will be the same as it has been in previous years per the following format:

(This is a part of my post from 2014 when I was doing P90X2 and enjoying my time riding for Falco Bike. See the actual post here http://wp.me/p2pRzM-Ff )

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Got in some time on the Falco V just as the sun was going down. That felt nice. Got a little dark at the end 🙂 Finished up in time to get asked out for Sushi. I Love Sushi! I didn’t eat enough at dinner though. Should have gone for some sashimi. Oh well, peanut butter and almond protein works too!

Morning Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Coffee
Lunch: 2 Pieces of Chicken Quesadilla
Snack: 2 Breaded Chicken Bits
Pre-Workout: 
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 
Cycling 18.6 Miles
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner:
 1 Fresh Sushi Roll and Cucumber Salad
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility
Snack: A Handful of Almonds, 2 Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Pretzels

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My hope is that through sharing my journey that some of you may find some inspiration to do something to help you become the best version of yourself. Thank you for taking the time to read this! I look forward to reading any comments you may have and meeting any new readers as well!

As always, Tri Hard!

Triathlete in Hibernation – Use it or Lose it!

“Use it or Lose it!” is a well known adage that has been adopted by pretty much any situation where attrition leads to non-utility. I am sure you can think of a number of situations where this may be the case. A coupon that expires, muscle tone after an injury, loss of libido….well you get the picture. The basic idea is the less you use something, do something, or are reminded of something, that something tends to disappear and the less you miss it. Unfortunately in my case, the same goes for racing in triathlons.

Its been a while since I have talked about my history with the triathlon, swimming, cycling, and running.  When I was in my early teens, it seemed like I was racing in a triathlon every other weekend. I was pretty fast for my age. At 14 I placed 4th at the Ironkids National Championship. At 15 I ran a 15:03 5k. By the time I was 16 I had dreams and aspirations of going to the Olympics so I gave up triathlons to focus on running. My last 2 years of high school went fairly well and I decided to go run for USC. 3 days before the start of my Freshman year I hyper-extended my knee in practice and that sidelined me for the majority of the Cross Country season. I competed at the PAC 10 Championship at the end of the season and took last place over all of those who finished that day. USC shut down their Men’s Varsity Cross Country program after that year and I think that was the nail in the coffin for me. I wasn’t mentally in it anymore. I took some time off and tried to get back into triathlons again a year later when I was 19, but I had been out for too long and didn’t have the motivation to train anymore. I didn’t understand it then, but I was in the downward spiral of a deep depression. The likes of which I didn’t fully understand until 2011. It wasn’t until I decided to lose some weight and get healthy again that I realized the source of my pain and anger. I lost 60 pounds and got back into “running” shape. I decided that it was time to try my hand at the triathlon again. It was like I had returned to a world that I had forgotten. The feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself. The camaraderie. The sportsmanship. The family of crazy people who enjoy pushing themselves beyond any normal amount of physical exertion. I was back with my people and it felt good. 19 years is a long time to go without doing something that you love, but the next few years were great! I enjoyed a busy race schedule with decent outcomes. I was able to travel to Milwaukee for the Age Group National Championship in 2013 which was an awesome experience. Being around some of the best in the sport brought out the best in me and everything seemed to be falling right back into place. I had become a faster swimmer and cyclist than I had ever been but my running seemed to be my new weakness. Weird that something I had been so good at when I was younger is now my Achilles heal when it comes to competitions. Makes sense though, I didn’t and don’t spend much time on developing myself back into a runner. I think I still to this very day hold that fear of getting injured again from truly unlocking my best potential.

Now I find myself in a new predicament. The last time I competed in a triathlon was April of 2015. I didn’t stop racing because of an injury or because I was sick of the sport, financially I just couldn’t justify the cost any longer. Triathlons aren’t cheap, especially when you are looking at half and full triathlon distances — these races range in cost from $300 to $2000 — and frankly I just don’t have that kind of money to spend. So instead I focused on finding more gainful employment. A year and a half later I am still struggling to find the cash flow to get back into the race. Working a few jobs to make some of my ends meet has been rough and has taken up the time I used to have for training. So I have been in what I would call a hibernation phase. Sure I have been able to get out and ride here and there or swim with the kids I coach, but the goal of competing in an Ironman seems so far off now. There is so much training involved and my hat goes off to all of those people who have completed this goal. But in my case, I guess if you don’t use it, eventually you do lose it. Even though I may not be as fast as I used to be a few years ago or even close to the shape I was in, I do know that it wont take me that long to get back to where I was a few years ago. I think my major issue is that I haven’t had a goal set to kick start my training regiment back into gear.

So with that being said, I am setting a goal to complete the Bakersfield Marathon next month. It’s the inaugural running of this race and I would be remise to not take advantage of such a great opportunity here in my hometown. I have just over 4 weeks of training time left to mount an attack on the completion of this, my first marathon attempt. Now I am not going into this marathon with the hopes of winning over all or even placing in my age group. My goal is to simply finish in less than 4 hours which translates to an average of a 9:09 minute mile for 26.2 miles. Now this isn’t going to be easy by any means, but I believe it is a goal that I can achieve within the next 5 weeks of training. I think my biggest issue is, after paying for the entry fee of course, is going to be with pacing at that speed and maintaining enough caloric intake to get through it. Regardless of these challenges, I am ready to set this goal into motion and use this as a stepping stone towards completing my first Ironman someday in the next year. Now all I need to do is figure out which career path I want to follow (go back to construction or keep moving forward with teaching) and maximize my earning potential in that field so I no longer feel this financial pinch and get to enjoy life just a little bit more freely!

All I know is, I don’t want to lose the feeling I get when I think about racing again. So its time for me to make my way back into the groove!

Thank you for reading! I look forward to seeing you at the races!

Mondays aren’t Bad

This morning I received a text from an old friend who happened to be in town. He wondered if I would like to go for a ride. Any chance to go for a ride with an old triathlon buddy is as good a reason as I need. So we met up and headed out for a 40 mile ride. Nothing fast, just some nice saddle time and conversation to catch up. Definitely looking forward to more rides in the future with this guy!

Finished the day with coaching the swim kids and fueling up for another full day tomorrow!

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
 182
Breakfast:
  
Coffee, 3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout: Rode 43.1 Miles used Acid Check Granules and Himalayan Pink Salt.
Lunch: Submarine Sandwich, Baked Potato Chips, Water
Recovery:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Bean, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Burrito, Carne Asada Taco, Chips and Guacamole

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!

 

Today was a Good Day

Today was a good day. It began with a good night’s sleep (the body recovers during sleep). Woke up to a good cup of coffee, my favorite breakfast shake, the Tour de France, and then a morning ride. I came home to finish watching the Tour and have some lunch.

I picked up the kids a little early for swim and headed up to my parent’s house to have them play with my parent’s puppy before heading off to swim. They really love the new puppy and the puppy really likes them too. #PuppyLove

Practice was good tonight. My group is Age Group Performance and today we focused on the Butterfly. The kids worked very hard on the mechanics of this stroke and in turn it takes a bunch of energy out of them. But they did a great job and I am looking forward to seeing them on Monday to work on some more!

I finished up the night with some good Mexican food and a frozen yogurt. Pretty good day! Looking forward to another good day tomorrow! Starting off with some Hot Yoga!

Training/Nutrition Log
Thursday Morning Weigh-in:
 179
Breakfast:  Coffee, 3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Rode 36.2 Miles used Acid Check Granules and Himalayan Pink Salt.
Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Jalepeno Chips, and Water
Snack:
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Recovery Swim:
Swam 200 meters with the kids during swim practice
Dinner: 3 Carne Asada Tacos, 1 Jalepeno Popper, 1/2 Bean and Cheese Burrito
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dessert: Vanilla Yogurt with Peanut Butter Cup

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!

 

Avoid Injury – Listen to Your Body

The last seven days have not gone per plan from a training perspective. When I get pain anywhere around my joints I seem to get a bit conservative. I have been pushing myself to go a little faster than I probably should with the cycling. And the Insanity Max 30 has me jumping a little more than I want to at my current weight. And really I shouldn’t be doing Speed Power Jumps for my training at this point anyways. There really is no point. Running would be less pounding than those. So After some good foam rolling days and taking it easy with the cross training for this past week, I should be able to resume the workouts as scheduled. Only this time I am choosing to modify the workouts a bit during the power jump segments. I should be able to perform slow, singular power jumps where I can focus on a nice absorptive landing. Unfortunately doing successive rapid power jumps isn’t great on my knees and I don’t think I can handle having to spend another week recovering with tight IT Band issues. The whole point of this is when you feel something isn’t right with your body, listen to your body and change what you are doing. In my case, I wasn’t foam rolling at all like I used to and I almost paid the price. I am just glad that I avoided an injury this time. All I know is that the foam roller is going to be a welcome part of my life and I’ll never stray again! Additionally, I am so happy to have been able to get into the pool and use the BowSwim to workout and also jump into the pool with the kids I coach. I love the non-impact workout from the pool. And now that I have the BowSwim to make my workouts more productive, I cant wait to see how it is going to translate into my open water swimming at my first triathlon back at some point this Summer.

Train Safe everyone!

Training/Nutrition Log – Sunday, July 3, 2016 through Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunday Morning Weigh-in: 181
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich
Workout:
10 Minutes on Bowswim
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – 400 Meters Mostly Freestyle
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Hamburger and 2 Hot Dogs and Chips

Monday Morning Weigh-in:
 182
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Salad
Workout:
15 Minutes on BowSwim  Finished up 22 Days of Pushups www.22kill.com.
Dinner: Pork Loin, Tri Tip, Potato Salad, and Bean Dip 
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery

Tuesday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich, Jalepeno Chips, Water
Workout:
Recovery Day – Foam Rolling
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Fajitas – Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp, Beans and Rice, Chips and Guacamole.

Wednesday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
Snack: Small Peanut Butter Sandwich, Pita Chips with Swiss Cheese
Workout: 300 Meters in Pool at Practice with Kids and about 30 Minutes Treading Water
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Chicken and Filet Mignon, Rice, and Vegetables Teppan Style, Mint Chip Ice Cream 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 Struggle is Real, but Its All Good

Today was a busy day. Its no secret that I have been looking for a new job. The substituting gig was over at the end of May and coaching the kids up at Bakersfield Aquatics Club (BAC) is the only thing keeping me going right now. So yeah you could say that applying to jobs in the hopes of getting at least an interview is a high priority for me right now. Unfortunately Bakersfield hasn’t been giving out much love to me in the way of options. I either have too much experience or not enough, or ridiculously over-qualified so they don’t want to “waste their time” and hire someone who may just leave as soon as they find something better. I don’t know how to change that mentality but I am open to suggestions. Any one? All I want to do is work and provide for my family anyway I can at this point. USC Grad, MBA, 18 years and $500 Million in Construction Management experience, and it seems that I am un-hirable. Whatever, I am not going to let it get me down. I had and interview today, an invitation to come back, and I sent off another application I received in the mail today. So all in all I am doing the stuff I need to do to find the opportunity that is meant for me. The only thing I am bummed about is the fact that I didn’t get to go for a ride in this crazy heat we have been having here in Bakersfield. I had a conversation with our new head coach today at BAC (he’s a transplant from Kentucky) that I like riding in this heat. He said 104? I said yes because if I can perform efficiently in this heat then I can do really well at 75 degrees. He understood that logic. At least i got in my Insanity Max 30 workout and a good little swim with the kids. All in all the day went pretty well! My kids enjoyed their their time with my grandparents and their new puppy, we had a good dinner, spent some good quality time with the kids, and watched some awesome swimming by our new Olympians, and some old ones too!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich with Avocado, Baked Potato Chips, and Water
Workout:
Insanity Max 30: Sweat Intervals (I didn’t max out but sweated quite a bit) used Acid Check Granules, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water.
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – Mostly Freestyle Drills today and treading water – 40 Minutes
Dinner:
Ate the kids’ leftovers, Steak Fajitas, Pinto Bean, Rice, piece of Quesadilla, Guacamole and Chips.
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Recovery: Foam Rolling with Rumble Roller while watching Swimming.

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!