Valley Air Dictates Safer to Workout Inside

I’ve lived in Bakersfield, Ca on and off all of my life. My family is from here and it is where I am from as well. Bakersfield will forever be a part of who I am. Unfortunately I have also grown up with asthma. So I know that when the wind is blowing, all of those particulates get kicked up and it messes me up pretty good. I wanted to go for a ride in the 102 degree weather so bad, I was even a suited up to go after kid shuttling, but I opted for the safe route once i saw the dust in the air. So I figured out how to make my workout tougher than just T25 – Cardio in the pain cave (fancy name for garage conversion to workout area). I figured a one hour brick workout would do nicely. Obviously hot outside the uninsulated garage leaves temps inside the garage a little more tolerable. I already had my skin cooler gear on and tri-shorts so I was ready to go. The workout was rough even with hydrating plenty but I didn’t overheat. The skincooler gear definitely helped! Time for some recovery (sleep)!

Focus T25 Day 18 – Alpha Phase

Morning Weigh-in: 184
Breakfast: AcidCheck Caplets and Cafe Latte Shakeology
Lunch: Left over Fajita Bowl (no tortillas), carrots, and a nutty Clif Bar.
Workout: Cycling 14.8 miles followed immediately by Focus T25Cardio added Beachbody Hydrate to water.
Post-Workout – Beachbody Performance Recover
Dinner: Slice of Turkey Meatloaf, 6 baby potatoes
Snack: 2 Oreos

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

Let’ Try This Again!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 01 of 70 – December 7, 2015

It’s December and the weather is getting colder here in Bakersfield. The cross country season is now over and its time for me to divert my focus away from the student-athletes for a bit and back on my training for the next  few months. I learned a few things about my personal training this cross country season while running with the kids – one being that I am a faster runner when I don’t just train by running alone. I’ll share my thoughts on diversification of workouts in a follow up post this weekend. For now though, let me start off this triathlon training log with Day 1 of my 70 day, get back in competition shape, effort 🙂

Now that I am teaching full time, finding the time to work out has been tricky. Luckily I was in a position while coaching the cross country team to workout with them. Historically I am not a morning work-er-out-er. I like to workout mid day or in the afternoon. That is why working out with the cross country team was great for me these past few months. But now I am not coaching for a couple months until the swim season starts up so its time for me to get back to a system that has proven to be successful for me in the past – Focus T25 coupled with spinning and sporadic swims. This time however, I am going to get in some additional run training to keep my legs used to the miles.

So here it goes! Let’s try this again!

Last night I didn’t get the best sleep. Sleep is important to be able to train at your best as well as to ensure proper recovery on a daily basis. I need to make sure that I am keeping to a decent sleep schedule from now on. I am a night owl, so hopefully this wont be too much of an issue. The following is my weigh-in, nutritional intake, and exercise regiment:

Morning Weigh-in: 179
Breakfast:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, and Coffee
Lunch: Ham and Turkey Sandwich
Workout:  Focus T25 Cardio
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner:  3 Tacos and a Sprite

New Beginnings

Has it really been over six months since I have written anything?

It’s seriously crazy how fast time flies. Way too many events and happenings to catch up on but here are some of the highlights: I turned 41; I had a few triathlon races to start off the early season; My daughter turned 9; My son turned 7; I was able to spend some quality time with the kids during the summer; We made a few fun family trips; and I was able to take some personal trips too. In all seriousness though, the past six months have been a time for me to reflect on the recent (last 4 years) my life. There is a saying that “hindsight is 20/20” and life definitely throws us some curve balls, but I also believe that our lives, actions, reactions, feelings, and emotions shape us into the person that we are today; good or bad. And even though I have made plenty of mistakes in my thoughts, actions, and words, throughout my life, today is a new day to make a difference in the lives of the people that surround me.

Everything has changed so much over the past 4 years and accepting that change has definitely led me on an interesting path. After leaving Lake Tahoe in 2011, and effectively ending my career in construction management, I began a journey towards something. I had no idea as to what or to where this new path would lead me, all I knew was that I wanted to be a changed person when I got there. As I began this change, I started working with friends, family, and customers using health and fitness products that are proven and practical. They helped me lose a bunch of weight and get me to where I needed to be to feel like I could run, bike, and swim again – Something that I have wanted to do for a while – but never had the courage to really get after until I started to lose the weight that had been anchoring me to a sedentary lifestyle. And so with the successful transformation from overweight to athletic, I began to enjoy a love affair from my youth, and the sport of triathlons quickly blossomed again into my passion. Over the last 3 years I was able to compete and do well in a sport that had one time meant so much to me and continues to hold a special place in my heart. Through all of this, my parents have been very supportive of my personal progress. They have helped me to be able to spend time with my kids and they are there to help when life prevents me from being present. I am thankful that I have been able to be here in Bakersfield to help my parents with anything they need too.

When I left Tahoe to be here I left the construction life. Everything that I had known for 15 years was just out of reach. I left a project before it was completed, and I had only done this one time before, again for the love of family, last time for my grandparents, and this time for my kids, however something happened this time. When I left I knew that I didn’t want to be involved in the construction industry anymore. Luckily I found something that worked for me and I have been working with people on their health and fitness ever since. I got certified in this workout program and that workout program, blogged about health and fitness and racing, and got certified as a Personal Trainer in an attempt to reach and help as many people as I could in an effort to help them feel better; similar to how I felt after my transformation. Even though I had good initial success in building a business, the realization for me was, I didn’t transform until I was ready to do it. My “Why” had to be louder than my “Not now”. And nobody was going to get me going until I realized that for myself. No matter what I do, unless it is the right time for someone to commit, I am never going to be able to help someone. Seriously, it didn’t take a coach to tell me that I needed to lose weight; I knew that. It didn’t take a coach to tell me that my energy level was on empty and that I needed to exercise to bring it back up; I knew that. It didn’t take a coach to tell me I was eating and drinking crap; I knew that. It took a divorce and the loss of time with my kids every night to understand that I had been checking out on life and merely punching the clock for far too long. Once I realized that something had to change and it started with taking care of myself, it didn’t take a coach to check in with me every day to make sure I was pressing play and doing my workout; I wanted to. It didn’t take a coach to help me make better choices for my nutrition; I wanted to. It didn’t take a coach to tell me that I was ready to get back into running, biking, and swimming; I wanted to. What it did take however was a great support group of friends and family and I am very thankful to everyone for being there during my time of change. Change is good! But little did I know that over the last 3 years I have been working towards another change, something much greater than my own transformation.

My girlfriend, Annaliesa Lovan, is the Activities Director at Bakersfield High School. She is responsible for coordinating, advising on, and planning all of the events at her school. Being able to help her at the school events opened my eyes to how amazing the youth of today can be. Seeing how the kids light up when they are around her; how excited they are in anticipation of the events she plans, and helping to make events memorable and fun for these pretty incredible kids at BHS, has all been quite emotionally rewarding. It has been so rewarding in fact, that after some serious discussions I began to look into a career in education. I knew that I was going to have to go back to school and it may take a little time to find a position, but I seriously began preparing myself to pursue this path. One way or another, I was going to become a teacher. And no sooner than me making this decision did I find out about an option that would fast track me into this second chance at fulfilling this new calling. After a couple interviews, I was offered a position as an instructor at my high school alma mater and I said yes!

I am pleased to now introduce myself to you as the new Statistics Instructor, Publications Journalism (Yearbook) Instructor/Advisor, Technology Specialist, Assistant Cross Country Coach this Fall, and Assistant Swim Coach in the Spring at Garces Memorial High School. I am one month in and I love being a Teacher/Coach!!!!

Happy 2015! Commence #ProjectNewYear!

‪‎Happy New Year‬! Three 3 years ago I started P90X and completed the 90 Day Program, only missing one consecutive day, with the help of my Friend and Coach Michael Ryan.
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Well 2015 is here and it’s time for ‪#‎ProjectNewYear‬. I will set activity based goals and systematically achieve successful completion of those goals through daily dedication.
This year one of my goals is to do at least 25 minutes of logged exercise everyday in the ‪Team Beachbody‬ ‪‎Online Super Gym‬. ‪FocusT25‬ is going to be my baseline workout because I know what a great workout it is for me. If you would like to join me in this goal and already have a Beachbody Program, let’s commit to the ‪Beachbody Challenge‬ and get together on Facebook and make sure we ‪#‎pushplayeveryday‬!

If you don’t have a program, contact me or comment on this post and I’ll help get you started!

P90X2 – 13 Weeks to the New Year!

WOW! I just came to the realization that September is almost over! Only 13 more full weeks before the end of 2014! This time last year I was recovering from the Bakersfield Triathlon (Olympic Distance). That was the last race of my 2013 Season and probably the start of my physical decline in 2014. At the time I was thinking that I could just take a few months off and get back into it slowly. One excuse after another allowed me to undo much of the training I had spent that season gaining. Since then I have not completed a full Beachbody Training Program, I slipped back into eating some of the foods that are not good for me, and my functional triathlon training took a back seat. About the same time (October) my hamstring issue started to rear it’s ugly head. I began to pull away from all training. After a few months, I started to justify to myself that I wasn’t riding my bike since I had yet to receive my Falco V from my new sponsor Falco Bike. I lied to myself and said that I didn’t feel right riding the Trek because I was “sponsored” by another company. I started and stopped a bunch of the programs I had already completed before, but I didn’t get anything going enough to get me out of my funk. So now here I am a year later, having gone through rehab on my spine, I am a little slower and justifiably so, but I am focused and determined to make this next season count. This past June, when I thought I was going to power out the Ironman Lake Tahoe, I had pledged to start and finish at least 13 weeks of P90X2. Well I am going to renew this pledge. I have completed this program before and it led me to amazing results physically and mentally. Yes mentally. There is something about committing to, and completing, a 90 Day Health and Fitness Program that makes you feel like you can do just about anything. Working out every day, eating clean, and focusing on personal development is just about as good as it gets when you are trying to get yourself on the right track regardless of being an athlete or not. And by starting today I will be done with the 13 weeks just before New Years! Insuring that I finish off this year by being stronger, faster, and healthier than I have ever been. That is the goal and I am sticking to it this time. No more excuses. There is an Ironman course with my name on it in 2015 and I will kick its ass! Bring it!

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The Weekend is Over – Stop Eating Everything and Back to Work!

Memorial Day Weekend

I didn’t track what I ate. Thursday and Friday I ate good in preparation for my race on Saturday, but after that it was a bunch of really tasty food and cake for a birthday and graduation party. I gained 5 pounds. Perfect excuse to go for a ride right? But it was too windy for me to ride my racing wheels and I was so looking forward to going for a ride, but when I went to change my front wheel something happened with my front brake and made my bike unrideable. 🙁 Spent half the day fixing what I could but still having trouble getting the break to center. I guess I’ll be headed into the bike shop today to get schooled. In the grand scheme of things, I really need to rest my leg and focus on stretching. The left leg is still tight and the run part of the race on Saturday still gave me problems. It all wouldn’t be that bad if my pool wasn’t green with algae again because then I could get in and do some swimming on the Bowswim, but it looks like the pool will be out of commission until next weekend with the chemicals its going to take to bring it back from the dead!

Speaking of bringing it back from the dead, its time to get moving on the running and swimming. Cycling isn’t an issue for me right now. Swimming really won’t be that big of an issue for either, but right now running is the sport that is giving me the biggest problems. I need to somehow bring back the fun I once enjoyed in running. I expect that as we get older and our bodies change somethings get easier and others more difficult. I guess it all comes down to putting in the work to get the results. If I don’t put in the work, how can I expect to get better? That is so true for so many situations in our lives. It’s time to Work!

 

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!

Tuesday Night World Championship #1

Pretty neat day! My daughter received some awards at school for meeting her AR (Accelerated Reader) Goal as well as a certificate for Mathematics. Headed into the office to get a few things done and then it was off to get the kiddos for our Tuesday. The kiddos played at home while I cleaned the drive train on my Falco V to get it ready for the Tuesday Night World Championship. We all piled in the car and headed up to my parent’s house. The kids went swimming and I stretched. I kissed them both and headed off to warmup for the start!

The race was crazy! The wind was whipping around up on the Bakersfield bluffs and with my bike set up the way it is (high profile wheels) I was a bit hesitant to gun it down the first descent. I started to get passed and then was completely dropped off the back as we began the first hill. The peloton left me in the dust. Not necessarily where I want to be, but it was probably the safest position for me to be in with all of the wind. So I just put my head down and ground it out to try and catch the group. I finally caught up with everyone about 8 miles into the ride. We had a lead group of 4 for a couple miles then I got dropped again. I caught back up with one of my friends Zach Griffin at about Mile 18 and we ended up working together for the next 6.5 Miles down Rattlesnake, through Hart Park to Goodmanville Rd. before we caught up to Jim Pappe, and then these hill climbers took off again and left me alone in 4th position through to the end. Luckily this is about the time my family caught up to me and began cheering giving me one last burst of energy to finish the race out strong. Unfortunate side note: The rider who was in first place for most of the ride cut off the course with about 20 meters to go and bowed out of the podium spot. So looks like I placed third! Wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it! Looking forward to the next race!

Triathlon Training Log – May 20, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 172
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Bean and Rice Burrito, Water
Pre-Workout: 1 Hour Stretching and Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 27.9 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water 
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula 
Dinner: Pork Chop, Half a Baked Sweet Potato, Half an Ear of Corn, Taco Salad
Dessert: Chocolate Shakeology with Almond Milk and a Lime Popsicle
Snack: Organic Peanut Butter Sandwich

Working on the nutrition!

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