Skin Cooler: Its the Coolest!

I don’t know if you have ever been to Bakersfield, California but chances are if you are a fan of football, movies, petroleum, NASCAR, or music you’ve at least heard of it. Besides being the hometown to Frank Gifford, Earl Warren, David Carr, Buck Owens, KORN, Kevin Harvick, and a long list of other celebrities, athletes, and entertainers, its also where I was born and continue to call home today. Bakersfield has the unique distinction of being geographically located at the southern bowled end of the San Joaquin Valley which subjects it to unfortunately poor air quality and fairly hot summers. In fact I can remember some summers where we have had 30 days in a row of temperatures over 100 degrees. Growing up in Bakersfield I have become used to working out in the heat. High School Cross Country practice usually took place after school, so running in the heat of the day was something that became normal to me. Its very possible that this shaped me into the athlete I am today. For instance, I think that training in the heat (as long as it is done safely) can be highly useful. Being able to perform in extreme conditions better prepares you for performing at a higher level when the conditions aren’t as extreme.

In an attempt to minimize the affect of the elements during training I am constantly searching for ways to improve my performance and endurance. Because I am open to trying new things, I have been lucky enough to be paired up with a few companies over the years to try out new products in the way of supplements, apparel, and accessories to serve this end. Of all the products that I have tested since returning to the triathlon scene, I have found a few that really work well and do what they say they are going to do. One of the products that I have come to love is Skin Cooler fabric from De Soto Sport. De Soto Sport is a company that started back in 1990 making cool products geared towards triathletes. And they are still at it today making some of the “coolest” products I use!

If you didn’t know, the production of sweat is our bodies way of cooling us down. Our sweaty skin is hit by the air and produces a cooling effect as the air passes over it. However, in extreme heat, that sweat evaporates quickly and reduces the duration of the cooling effect. So if there was a product that slowed the evaporation of sweat then that would help us stay cooler for a longer period of time, right? Luckily, my favorite triathlon gear company happens to have such a product in their arsenal of awesomeness. As athletes we commonly see products that are moisture wicking in an attempt to keep our bodies dry. In a cold environment I totally see the practical application for these materials, but when we are trying to stay cool, keeping the moisture near the skin seems like it would be more beneficial. De Soto Sport utilized this thought process in their Skin Cooler product line.

This past summer I had the opportunity to purchase some Skin Cooler products to try out. I picked up a Skin Cooler SDS Long Sleeve Shirt, a SDS Helmet Beanie, a Riviera Tri-Top, and a Skin Cooler Run Cap.

Now I have used the Skin Cooler Run Cap before and loved it, but sadly I donated my last one to an Irish Pub in Milwaukee back in 2013 during the USAT National Age Group Championship weekend. I thought it was a great running cap and loved the fact that it kept my head cool when it was hot outside. In fact, its replacement worked really well this past weekend at the Bakersfield Marathon, especially in the second half when it started to get hot!
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(Shown here wearing the Skin Cooler Run Cap and Riviera Trisuit – Sleeved 2016)

The Skin Cooler SDS Long Sleeve Shirt was definitely a favorite of mine this past summer. It not only kept me cool, it also helped to save me from getting burnt in the afternoon sun. I chose the all white version of this shirt.
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It looked great up until the point I used it with my aero bars on the bike. Unfortunately the elbow pads on the bike stained the elbows with a black smudge. If I could go back in time and order the blue and black version of this top, I probably would, but all things considered, this top definitely served its purpose this past summer.

The 2017 versions of this top are all white with different colored graphics on the front. They are also made with Skin Cooler 90 material which is a bit more durable and aerodynamic than its predecessor Skin Cooler SDS.
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A very useful design of this shirt is the use of pockets in the back to hold ice or wet sponges to help aid in cooling.

The last two skin cooler items I used this summer are the SDS Helmet Beanie and the Riviera Tri Top. (Shown being used in the following picture)
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The Skin Cooler Helmet Beanie is one of my favorite items in the Skin Cooler line. It really helps keep the head cool underneath the helmet. When your extremities (head, hands, and feet) are kept cool, it helps to keep your whole body cooler. This beanie also keeps the wind out of the ears which can be nice if you have sensitive ears. I also like it because it keeps the sun of the tops of my ears which tend to get burnt on hot and sunny days.

The Riviera Tri Top is a great option for triathletes or “cyclists looking for a sleeveless option for hot days.” It uses compression fabric and Skin Cooler panels to provide support, comfort, cooling, and slimming effect. The neck does ride high to deter scooping air when in the aero position, but you can unzip it while on the run or when its under your wetsuit if you prefer a loosened fit.

Overall I feel that De Soto Sport provides quality products that are useful to their intended customers at a fair price. I am one of those people who will wear the heck out of something if it fits and looks good. If you know someone like me who enjoys quality apparel for swimming, cycling, and running, then they would really love anything from De Soto Sport! Check out their website to find something for yourself or for that special triathlete in your life today!

www.desotosport.com

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!

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!

 

What a Week!

So here I am sitting behind my computer on a Sunday afternoon reflecting on this past week in anticipation for the week to come. What a week! I have to tell you how energizing, productive, and fulfilling it was, but I really don’t know where to start. When in doubt, begin at the beginning right?

Monday the 22nd was a great beginning to the week with a good training ride and the start of the fifth and final week of Focus T25 Alpha Phase.

Tuesday was the first day of being a substitute teacher with the Kern High School District at Bakersfield High School (BHS). Later that evening I was honored to begin coaching Age Group Performance swim at Bakersfield Aquatics Club (BAC). In both cases I was impressed by the kids and their eagerness to have someone believe in them and their abilities. Somewhere in the mix of the day’s activities I managed to spend a little time with my kids at the skate park and a late workout.

Wednesday, it was another day at BHS, but this time I was honored to spend my first day helping out with the AFJROTC. These classes are generally student led but I managed to get in some conversations with these young adults. Definitely looking forward to spending a few more days on this assignment. This day was my first coaching swim all by myself. Such a pleasure and fun filled hour and a half with these awesome kids!

Thursday was PT day for the AFJROTC. Right up my alley! Fortunately I am still a bit sore today after five periods of push-ups and sit-ups from their friendly competition and my workout before coaching swim practice later that night.

Friday was another day of subbing AFJROTC and my last double day workout for Focus T25 Alpha Phase. No swim coaching on Fridays 🙁

Saturday started with a two hour morning swim workout with BAC. I had two kids show up and they had a great workout! It was good to hear that they were sore for the workouts earlier in the week and even better to see them perform so well during an interval rich workout on this day. I took some time to talk with the kids and their parents about the importance of recovery and nutrition. Later that afternoon I jumped on my bike for a quick recovery ride from the week’s activities.

And that brings us to Sunday! A well deserved rest day and the Oscars! Enjoy!

Until next week, may your training be strong, and your rest be enjoyable!

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!!!!

De Soto Sport Liftfoil – Product Review

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Back in April of 2013 I ordered the De Soto Sport Liftfoil Speedsuit to be used in all of the races I had scheduled for that season. It was my first full year back racing triathlons after a 20 year hiatus and man oh man had the technology changed. Not only was my Kestrel 2000 (circa 1989) with Dura-Ace 7 Speed out of date, but I didn’t see too many “Speedo’s” out on the courses either. And the one’s I did see, I wish I could have unseen 🙂 But alas, seasons change and so shall trends. Thankfully for me, and countless other triathletes, swimmers, cyclists, and runners, De Soto Sport had been connecting advances in technology with style and comfort to develop the best gear available on the market for the previous 23 years! (Happy 25th Anniversary De Soto Sport! Keep up the impeccable work!)

Upon receiving the Liftfoil I was so excited, I put it on and went for a ride. The compression material was awesome. It fit like a glove but still allowed for unrestricted movement, and the 5mm Float Pad (Integral Non-Absorbent Cycling Chamois – see picture below, new 7mm Float Pad shown) was super comfortable.
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My first big race where I used the Liftfoil was the Wildflower Triathlon – Olympic Distance. This was a race that I had not completed since 1988 (as a 14 year old). It was a windy day, but I finished the race with the help of my new De Soto Sport Gear. I thought the pictures that were taken at the race were decent so I sent them to De Soto Sport. They must have like them too since they later used them online to promote this trisuit. I didn’t even know about it until one of my friends sent me a link, and there I was wearing the Speedsuit, Compression Leg Sleeves, Skin Cooler Run Cap, and Race Belt!
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Such a cool gesture on their part! I was and still am surprised that those pictures are up today at https://www.desotosport.com/collections/forza/products/riviera-mens-liftfoil-w-7mm-ceramico-pad. Thank you De Soto Sport for recognizing some of the age-groupers in the sport. Your products help us all to be the best the we can be while we train and on race day. I love wearing your gear and look forward to upgrading the arsenal for this year’s race schedule!

Infact I like wearing the Liftfoil so much that it is my primary outfit for training as well as racing and has remained so for the last 2 years. After wearing this trisuit well over 200 times I can report that it has held together beautifully. The flatlock-stitching has kept the panels together and the float pad in place with only minor thread breakage. The float pad has also remained comfortable and has not broken down due to the heavy use it has received. It has never become waterlogged and has kept me virtually rash free as it’s design intended. I look forward to using the remaining life out of this trisuit and upgrading to the new model in the next few months. Maybe before the next Wildflower as I attempt the Long Course this time? Who knows?

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Here is the info from De Soto Sport on the 2015 Model:
The 2015 Liftfoil has the Patent Pending Integrated 7mm Ceramico™ Pad.
USAT approved, WTC Legal and now with coldblack®

WHY BUY THIS PRODUCT?

This suit will help you swim faster in triathlons that do not permit wetsuits. Unlike similar “swimskins” that require you to remove them after the swim portion, the Liftfoil, with its Floatpad™, is designed so that you can swim, then bike, then run, all in complete comfort and without having to change. This pad floats and stretches which means it can be used as a race piece in a triathlon. On the bike, the pad stretches with the short and follows your skin as it moves with every pedal stroke, eliminating the friction that can cause irritation or rashes. It has no pockets and is ideal for shorter triathlons where you do not need pockets, and where you ultimate goal is to finish faster without ever changing. It also works well for longer triathlons that do not permit the use of wetsuits. In this case, we suggest the use of a fuelbelt, or changing from swim to bike to run given that the time required to change is minimal compared to the rest of the race.

This speedsuit has no rubberized material, no polyurethane, and no neoprene. It abides to WTC’s recent ruling on swimskins, speedskins, swim apparel…whatever WTC wants to call it.

The Liftfoil has no pockets and no lining. It is designed to help you swim faster during non-wetsuit swims. Designed with a front zipper (16-inch YKK® zipper) which allows you to ventilate by unzipping during the run. Our front-zipper design for men swims better and faster than rear zipper suits. We are the only company that has figured out how to do this so we are the only company with a front-zipper Speedsuit. Hydrolinear™ seamlines hug your body while allowing for maximum reach and glide in your stroke, with no friction against your skin.

Our tests have shown varied improvements of swim times of about 2-4 seconds per 100 meters, depending on the individual, over a conventional swimsuit. This translates to 1’00” for 1500 meters and 2’40” for a swim of 4000 meters. Of course, as with all our products, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Test it for yourself. If you do not find it performs to your expectations, you may return it for a complete refund.

To summarize:

  • 1. Swim faster in it and use it either as a speedsuit or a trisuit in triathlons.
  • 2. Swim, bike and run it it.
  • 3. Made for races that do not allow wetsuits.
  • 4. No rubberized material, no polyurethane, no neoprene.
  • 5. Now offered with coldblack® cooling and UV protection technology!
  • 6. 100% satisfaction guarantee!
  • 7. Approved for all USAT sanctioned races, and WTC legal for all Ironman and 70.3 races.

This garment is not designed for repeated use as a swimsuit in a chlorinated pool.

coldblack®: Sun Reflector – UV Protector

Dark colors heat up stronger when exposed to direct sunlight compared to light colors. This no longer needs to happen! Now there is coldblack®, a special finishing technology for textiles which reduces heat build-up and provides reliable protection from UV rays.

coldblack® technology offers two innovative benefits:

1. Effective heat management

Light colored textiles reflect both visible and invisible rays of sunlight, meaning both heat and light. Dark colored textiles absorb both types of rays and therefore absorb heat. coldblack® reduces this absorption of heat rays, particularly in the case of darker colors, and in all types of textiles. The result is tangibly better heat management. Because textiles finished with coldblack® heat up less in all colors compared with material without a coldblack® finish.

2. Reliable protection from UV rays

The coldblack® technology guarantees a minimum UPF 30 protection (blocks 70% of UV rays) when applied to any textile in any color without affecting the look or feel of the product. As a result, textiles with coldblack® can make an effective contribution to protecting against harmful UV rays.

Riviera Ceramico™ Pad Dimensions:

     Max Thickness: 7 mm (0.275 in)

     Min Thickness: 1.25 mm (0.05 in)

     Total Length: 28.5cm (11.25 in)

     Front Max Width: 11.5cm (4.5 in)

     Waist Width – most narrow point: 8.5cm (3.5 in)

     Back Max Width: 16.5cm (6.5 in)

Inseam lengths:

     Small: 10″ (25.5cm)

     Medium: 10.5″ (26.75cm)

     Large: 11″ (28cm)

     XLarge: 11.5″ (29.25cm)

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2015 Triathlon Season – The Year of the Half……and a Full!

Last year was plagued by injuries and spinal rehab. This year is starting off slowly and is building nicely. I am looking forward to some redemption this year for sure! And with that I give you the tentative 2015 Triathlon Season – The year of the Half….and a Full!

January 24, 2015 – Bena Rd Time Trial – Bakersfield, CA – 20k

March 7, 2015 – Bayshore 70.4 – Long Beach, CA – Half (70.4)

April 4, 2015 – Visalia Triathlon – Visalia, CA – Sprint

April 19, 2015 – LA Triathlon Championship Series – San Dimas, CA – 2/3 Olympic

May 2, 2015 – Wildflower Triathlon – Bradley, CA – Half (70.3)

May 9, 2015 – LA Triathlon Championship Series – San Dimas, CA – Olympic

May 30, 2015 – Bass Lake Triathlon – Bass Lake, CA – Olympic

June 28, 2015 – Pacific Crest Triathlon – Sunriver, OR – Olympic

July 26, 2015 – Donner Lake Triathlon – Truckee, CA – Half (70.3)

August 8, 2014 – USAT Age Group National Championship – Milwaukee, WI – Olympic

August 16, 2015 – Hansen Dam Triathlon – Sylmar, CA – Olympic

September 20, 2015 – Ironman Lake Tahoe – Lake Tahoe, CA – Full (140.6)

October 11, 2015 – BOD – San Dimas, CA – Olympic

November 15, 2015 – REV3 Florida – Venice, FL – Half (70.3)

December 5, 2015 – HITS – La Quinta, CA – Half (70.3)

Hope to see you at the races!

 

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.
10897864_10204614575916006_7322144930559614280_nThank you so much for your continued coaching and support Mike.

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!

Energy Bits – Product Review

The time has come! Its finally time to review Energybits! Made from 100% organicallly grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits® algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab.” I have been talking with the very good and patient people at energybits.com since July and so much has happened since then. Originally I was l was looking for a nutritional supplement for the Ironman Lake Tahoe. It seemed like a few days after we spoke, I signed up for two months of rehabilitation for my spine. Not the most opportune time to test out a new product right? Needless to say, after a few weeks of tweaking my spine, I postponed my hopes of completing the Ironman Distance for at least another year. The rehabilitation went well and eventually all of the little pains dissipated and allowed me to be physically active again without making me feel like I was going to pull a muscle or leave me with an excruciating headache.

Towards the end of September I figured I had been holding on to this Energybits product long enough, so I went out for a baseline, caloric deficit ride.  About 10 days later I went out for the same ride in a caloric deficit (the only difference was I ate 30 of the 100% Spirulina Algae energybit tabs) and was able to ride the 20.9 miles 1 minute and 23 seconds faster. http://www.strava.com/segments/1411240/compare/NDgyOTAyMzY4MSw0NzIxMTI3NTcw The weather conditions were similar. Towards the last 30% of the second ride I noticed that my energy level was running higher than the previous ride but I started to get some algae burps. It wasn’t really bad, but definitely a noticeable issue. (I am assuming that with continued use of this product I can learn to adjust the dosage so as to minimize the this issue.) So I thought that this was good information to know. Eating these 30 tablets of Spirulina Algae at a whopping 1 Calorie a pop gave me added energy for just less than 1 hour’s worth of cycling. Now this information could have been slightly skewed because I had just started up another round of P90X2 and just finished the first week of Core Strengthening. (Oct 8. Blog http://wp.me/p2pRzM-EH ) So I was reluctant to show this information as I didn’t really feel it was doing any justice to the testing of the actual product. So again I sat on the remainder of the product, looking for the right time to try it out and scientifically show whether or not this product really gives you a boost in energy and performance as is claimed.

Then came Thanksgiving Break. I had a window of a few days where the weather was perfect and I could control my eating. I said to myself, “Its finally time to review Energybits for real!”

Recently I have been doing really well for 5 to 6 miles of sustained riding. There is a 5.8 mile segment on Strava from Beach Park to Derrells Mini Storage on Alfred Harrel Hwy. This is a technical ride but it has some good straight aways too. I though it might be a good segment to focus on while testing the product. You can see the comparison link at the bottom of this blog. In the interest of keeping the conditions of the testing similar, I tracked my food from the night before, only had my regular supplements prior to riding (except on Day 2 and 3 with the addition of Energybits) and ate nothing else until dinner before starting all over again the next day.

And here it is:

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Dinner: Tri Tip, Pasta, and Vegetables with Marinara Sauce, Dessert

Wednesday Nov. 26
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Ride #1, Ride #2
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Tri Tip, Manicotti, Broccolli, Bread, and Dessert

This is the base line ride for testing without the energy bits. I rode the 5.8 mile segment in 14:50. This was my 3rd fastest time ever recorded on this segment and the fastest I had ridden this segment in over a year (Oct. 7, 2013). This is good because it shows that I am operating at a peak performance without limitation 🙂

Thursday Nov. 27
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs EnergybitsWorkout: Ride #1Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits
Dinner: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Yams, Bread, and Dessert

Today’s ride I added the energy bits. I pushed along this ride and put in a nice little sprint at the end to put myself 2 seconds ahead of yesterday’s time. I don’t monitor my time as I ride so I had no way of knowing how close I was to the time of the prior day. But, I usually just ride as hard as I can all of the time anyways, so I’ll take 2 seconds faster. I did notice towards the end of the first ride that I had a bit of the algae burps. Only real negative issue I have noticed with this product so far. Energy-wise, I think it helped me power out that little sprint at the end of the segment.

Friday Nov. 28
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs Energybits Workout: Ride #1Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits

Today was just a little bonus ride. I had an extra bag of 30 tabs so I decided to finish them off and head out for another ride. The conditions were identical with weather and nutrition so what the heck! And Boom! A Personal Best by 30 seconds from the year before and I retook the KOM for that segment! 30 seconds over 5.8 miles is huge. I didn’t expect such a huge margin of change. I felt strong the whole way and knew that I was moving but to improve that much is not something I expected at all. I can only attribute the benefit to added energy after taking energybits and recoverybits. I can only imagine the added benefit of taking this product everyday and additionally when exercising.

Strava Segments for Comparison:
Beach Park to Derrells 5.8 Miles
http://www.strava.com/segments/1749733/compare/NTI5NzIxNTg4OSw1MjkwMjU3OTAwLDUyODQ4NzEyNTQ= BC Rush .5 Miles http://www.strava.com/segments/6346316/compare/NTI5NzIxNTk3MCw1MjkwMjU3OTcxLDUyODQ4NzEyOTA=

If you would like to try out EnergyBits, you can go to the www.energybits.com website and enter the PROMOcode: BLOG and you will get 10% off of your order! Also on Cyber Monday they are having shipping deals!