TRIATHLON TRAINING DADDY : Addicted to Triathlons? Me too. Follow along as I navigate faith, family, work and triathlon in every day life, share some tips and secrets, and help others fit it all in without missing out on life.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Where would you like to run on impulse? Share and you could win the all new @asics #fuzeX shoes -> #fuzeXplore

ASICS has graced me with another shoe delivery of yet another new model for 2016!

The fuzeX!


Wait for it

Getting there


Versatile and polished, fuzeX™ shoes provide optimal cushioning with a contemporary appeal. Introducing ASICS newest midsole technology, their proprietary fuzeGEL™ technology is a fusion of GEL® property and foam for the ultimate rearfoot shock absorption that transfers to the forefoot during takeoff. This exciting addition offers a unique ride with full ground contact and a quick responsiveness to keep you moving.

It is a new line for ASICS and is a “shoe for any distance”. Runners can “run long, short, and anywhere in between with the perfect combination of lightness and cushioning with fuzeGel™ technology.” fuzeX™ shoes are for underpronator and neutral runners. Some features include:
  • Fusion Foam
    • fuzeGEL™: ASICS newest GEL® cushion technology creates a lightweight adaptable comfort
  • Lightweight
  • Adaptive Comfort and Fit
  • Seamless Construction
    • The user of seamless materials reduces the potential for irritation and friction caused by traditional stitches and seams.

Want to win a free pair of the new ASICS fuzeX™ shoes? Participate in the fuzeXplore photo contest by sharing where fuzeX™ will take you beginning February 1 at an ASICS retail location. Here’s how:
  • 1. Navigate. Go to to find a participating retailer near you
  • 2. Try fuzeX™ shoes. Head to a retail location and try on a pair of fuzeX™ shoes.
  • 3. Share. Tell them where fuzeX™ shoes will take you:
  • a. In the try-on area at the store, find the floor mat featuring the fuzeX™ shoes arrows.
    • b. Place your foot wearing the ASICS fuzeX™ shoes onto the floor mat
    • c. Upload your photo or “shoefie” to Instagram or Twitter and complete the caption “fuzeX™ shoes will take me____” paired with the #FuzeXplore hashtag.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Where does the time go!? Spending time with @LifeTimeTri

I'm here!  I swear!
I didn't fall off the face of the earth, but I did have a kid!

She arrived 5 weeks early which required a mandatory stay in the NICU for a week to make sure all was ok, but we are home and finding a new normal with 3 kids and 2 jobs for me!

Great lesson learned was being packed at all times for swim, bike, run and street clothes.  Went straight from work to hospital when we found out and luckily I had a change of clothes to get me through.  Thank goodness for a grotesquely large duffel bag.

I recently also saw some articles about how birth is like running a marathon.  Now my wife truly knows the suffering I go through... finally.  Maybe it's the other way around and I need to times marathon running by 10 or 20.  Naaaaa.

And nothing beats painting bedrooms at midnight since your daughter decided you get shorted 5 weeks to get ready.  It's all good.

Hope she likes pink...
Have to keep the older kids moving!
Volleyball anyone?
 The next Shaq?

On top of all that I managed to get USAT re-certified.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute to get my recert for USAT level 1 coaching to go with my Lifetime Triathlon coaching gig!
It was a lot of hours at the last minute that I'll never get back, but I wanted to stay current.  It was all good stuff and I'm ready to kick butt.

To go along with Lifetime I hosted and directed my first indoor triathlon at my club in Kansas.  I would say at 55 athletes it was a success!  Thanks to Bikesource and ASICS for throwing some goodies our way for top finishers.  It was taxing, but rewarding!

Speaking of coaching, training and nutrition...
Do as I say, not as I do.

IHOP endless pancakes.  Challenge accepted.  Mission failed.

First attempt - 10 pancakes
Second attempt - 12 pancakes
My kids even made fun of how little I could eat.

I'm coming back for another attempt and taking no prisoners.

I'm also still running MetaRun through the paces.
We have been getting cold, rain, snow, sleet, ice and all kinds of wintry goodness in Kansas City.  I have been taking the MetaRun out when possible and have a few opinions formed and will share more since they are a huge advancement and have a hefty price tag.

Are they worth it?  Stay tuned.

So there you have it.  I'm not that busy really, just lazy, right?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Day-Off Diet + New Years = all show and no go for Dr Oz?

So there I was... watching Dr Oz on the trainer...

It's an interesting story.  I was riding the trainer at a later than normal time and happen to catch the Dr Oz show.  Normally my inner monologue goes as follows:
  • Dr Oz show starts.
  • Look at it for a minute and digest what garbage he has now.
  • Think to self, this dude is a quack.
  • Change the channel to something more inspiring or informative.
But, this time was different.

He announced his Day-Off Diet.  He packaged it up like it's something new, but in reality it's been around for a while in the dark little circles of the inner webs you talk about at triathlete Christmas parties and stuff of legends.

Simply put, you eat a sensible diet for 6 days, and 1 day you can eat what you want.
Finer print:
  • Not really counting calories
  • Eat healthy fats
  • Eat within reason on your day off
  • Pick your day off to work with your life - parties, gatherings, etc
It was actually simple and straight forward.  I didn't get into the fine details, but on the surface it makes is reasonable to not count calories, weigh food and eat clean 100 percent of the time.  That's a recipe for disaster when Burger King is offering death on a plate for $4.  But, with his plan, you can eat that BK crap on your day off.

Here's the catch, it's not that new.  Dr Oz just put some marketing on it and now sells it as a diet plan to compete with the other 1000 out there.

I've been subscribing to this method since over a year ago around Dec 2014.

Before that I was racing IM distance events, eating freely while trying to keep the bulk of it "healthy", but when you burn thousands of calories in one day, two Chipotle burritos won't hurt you.  Problem was I did lose weight while in the highest volume phase, but it was blind luck trying to remember if I ate too much junk in what days and how often.

Ask any triathlete that's been doing it for a while about race weight and sit back for a 3 hour diatribe into what that means.

Before IM distance races, I clocked in from 190 to 195.  Not bad as I was more into weight lifting, but bulky for wanting to go long course.  I focused on eating a little better and while training for IM Lake Tahoe, I was around 185 to 190.  Not bad.  Problem was it was hard to maintain in off season and I got to 190 to 195 again.

Flash forward to 2014 IM Chattanooga and getting some insight into macronutrients and food tracking.  I'm an avid MyFitness pal tracking daily eating.  I track calories, carbs, fat and protein.  You need them all in the right balance to function optimally and once you get into the habit, it's easy to meet your weight goals and adjust for training and off season.  I was clocking in around 170 to 175 and I wasn't starving!!!

6 days I eat pretty clean.  Some traveling days for work are hard to meet the goals, but these days you can find options on the road, in airports and at hotel restaurants.  It can be done.

The chosen off day, it's game on!

Challenge accepted, IHOP.

So what's the point of this post?

I always raise an eyebrow when you see the fast food deals for so much crap food for so little money when you have to pay $4 for a little tub of blueberries.  Eating intentionally and being healthy about it is HARD WORK.  Well worth it, but hard.

For once, a "fad" Dr Oz show was worth it's salt to watch.

The Day Off diet should be the Day Off Lifestyle.

Lets face it, fast food and crap food that tastes great and is in plentiful supply is not going away anytime soon.

Why torture yourself by cutting it completely out?

This gives you some actual real life tools to cope with trying to maintain a healthy weight and being able to enjoy the fun things as well.  I'm in my offseason and I survived Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas eating like a pig for 1 day a week and I'm still keeping 170 to 175.  It's not rocket science, but it takes dedication and a decision to stay on track.

Results are real, you just have to find a lifestyle that works for you and stick with it.

Just keep in mind what season you're in whether or not your day off includes 10,000 calories... it's easy to do.

Good luck!