Finishing Off the First Week of Focus T25

Finished off this busy week. Only 14 Days until the Bakersfield Marathon! I changed up the days of the workout, but still got them all in sans one (the second workout scheduled for Friday) however I did do some additional workouts that I feel more than took the place of the one that I missed. This next week I’ll be more regimented in my workouts. This week will e important to get in some good long workouts in order to get ready for the marathon.

Workout/Nutrition Summary

Day 4 – Thursday, October, 27, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 2 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Chips, Granola Bar, Water
Workout: Swimming about 1300 yards with Kids from Swim Practice – Practicing Backstroke Flip-turns and Starts. No Focus T25 today.
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Pizza and Potato Wedges

Day 5 – Friday, October 28, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 2 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey with Deli Mustard on Sourdough, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Focus T25 – Ab Intervals
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: 2 – Burritos and 1 Soft Taco
Snack: 2 – Hard Tacos and 1 – Burritos

Day 6 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 2 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Rode 6 Miles with my son 🙂
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Jack-O-Lantern Cheeseburgers and Fries
Snack: Root Beer Float

Day 7 – Sunday, October 30, 2016
Breakfast: Pancakes and Coffee
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology and 2 – AcidCheck Tablets
Workout: Focus T25 – Lower Focus with Elevation Training Mask (simulated +3000 ft.)
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Tri Tip, Mac and Cheese, Asparagus
Snack: 2 – Chocolate Cupcakes

Call Me Crazy

A couple days ago I set out on a path to what most sane people would describe as crazy. Heck I even think I am a bit crazy. But if I am ever going to get a marathon under my belt, the one in Bakersfield next month is my best bet. I mean really, since I haven’t been able to get to a marathon in any other city, I had better take advantage of the one being brought to us here in Bakersfield. Its been in the process for a while now, but the Bakersfield Marathon is finally going to happen. It’s inaugural running is going to be on November 13, 2016; a little less than 4 weeks away. So I guess its better late than never to get my conditioning up so I don’t completely die. I wouldn’t suggest that people only train for a month to complete a marathon, and I am not trying to minimize the effort that it takes to complete a goal such as a marathon. But if you know me and know a little about my recent past, then you know I have a decent athletic base on my side. My biggest issue is going to be keeping my pace slow enough so that i don’t blow-up and end up with a DNF (that’s a “Did Not Finish” for those of you who were wondering). I figure that if I can work up my conditioning to allow myself to be able to workout for 4 hours steadily, then I should be able to shuffle a marathon at a 9 minute mile pace. That should bring me across the finish line in just under 4 hours. I really just want to finish and be out there with everyone else who is supporting this local event. The running community in Bakersfield is awesome and I can’t wait to be a part of this!

So with that goal being set, this week I started the only workout I know that can get me into running shape fast. Focus T25. Over the next month I’ll be logging all of my workouts and nutrition because I know if I don’t it will be difficult to keep myself accountable.

Workout/Nutrition Summary

Day 1 – Monday October, 24, 2016
Morning Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 3 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey with Deli Mustard on Sourdough, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Focus T25 – Cardio and 1500 yards swimming with the swim team kids.
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Bean, Cheese, Rice, and Chicken Burrito, 2 Asada Tacos
Snack: Bag of Popcorn

Day 2 – Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 3 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Turkey with Deli Mustard on Sourdough, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Cycling 30 Miles (Warm-up and Main Ride used AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himilayan Salt in Water), Focus T25 – Speed 1.0
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: 3 Homemade Ground Beef Tacos
Snack: Granola Bar and 4 small Shortbread Cookies

Day 3 – Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology, 3 – AcidCheck Tablets, and Coffee
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Corn Chips, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Swimming 500 Yds with the swim team kids, Focus T25 – Total Body Circuit
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and  3 – The Final3 Capsules
Dinner: Part of a Bean, Cheese, Rice, and Chicken Burrito, Bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk
Snack: Bag of Popcorn

The workouts have been going good. Very sore after on the second day as expected. Day 3 the soreness wasn’t as bad but a small fatigue factor played into my workout in the evening. All in all I am feeling good and looking forward to pushing through the conditioning and getting into some real distance training soon!

Leg Day

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

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

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

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

Time to Focus

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

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

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

Find the Triumph in Every Failure

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

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

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

What are your goals?

Swimming with the Kids!

P90X3 Day 69 of 90 – March 21, 2014

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

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

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

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2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe Anyone?

P90X3 Day 67 of 90 – March 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

P90X3 Day 66 of 90 – March 19, 2014

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

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

Looking East from the Allen Rd. Westside Parkway OverpassEast

Looking West from the Allen Rd. Westside Parkway OverpassWest

 

What a beautiful way to close the day!

Just Because You Work Hard Doesn’t Mean You get an Award!

P90X3 Day 65 of 90 – March 18, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 18.2 Miles Cycling
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: 2 Soft Tacos and a Bean Burrito
Dinner: 2 Soft Tacos, Beans and Rice, Chips and Salsa
Snack: 2 Lemon Cookies

Today’s group ride was one of the hardest rides I have experienced in a while. It seemed like no matter what direction we were riding, the wind just wouldn’t let up. We took turns leading the group and cycled through our pulls quickly to conserve our energy but it seemed like personal records for the majority of us was not in the cards. Even though I didn’t get any personal awards for today’s effort, I will put money on the fact that the workout was beneficial for my strength and speed. I was spent after that ride and so were my friends. Some days its not about the awards, its about getting the work done and investing in the future. And the future looks mighty fine!

St. Patrick’s Day 2014

P90X3 Day 64 of 90 – March 17, 2014

Weigh-in: 174
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology, Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X3 Decelerator
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Lunch: 2 Soft Tacos and a Bean Burrito, 1 Smith’s Cookie
Dinner: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots
Snack: 2 Smith’s Cookies, 1 Piece Guinness Chocolate Cake, 2 Mini Bagels with Salami and American Cheese

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What a good food day! Even though the Corned Beef is a bit fatty. Its still yummy! Got a little crazy with the sweets but hoping to burn that off tomorrow on the group ride and playing with the kiddos!

On another note, I received a picture of a new Falco V that is slated to go to Kona, Hawaii this week. The pic here shows the V with a red fade like in Tron. The unit that will be arriving next week will not have the pin striping. Clean black with red Falco and V. It is going to look so clean! If you want this one, I am sure I can set that up for you 😉

Falco V Red Fade

 

Beautiful!