Dec 29

Holiday and Training Catchup

Pardon this interruption from the Hawaii pictures for an actual workout related post.  I figure I better post about Christmas too before we are officially in 2011.


Jennie and I had a great Christmas this year.  Despite lots of traveling around the state, we enjoyed spending time with each of our families.  Between Christmas Eve and the 26th, we had 5 Christmas celebrations.  And we still have one more when my dad gets back in town.

Santa sure did his triathlon research this year and loaded me with lots of goodies.  This year was the year of the water bottle.  Every year, I somehow end up getting multiples of one item on my list.  The first year it was crowbars – I got 3.  The next year it was headlamps for running – another 3.  This year, I had the Camelbak Podium Chill bottle on my list.  I reviewed this bottle not too long ago and joked about replacing all my water bottles with this one.  Well, I have now received 4 more of them so maybe that will be possible!

Other than that, I was lucky enough to get:

  • A bicycling t-shirt
  • A plethora of Gatorade powder (lemon lime, orange, and fruit punch)
  • Polyester jammer
  • A box chock full of Gu, Chomps, Shot Blocks, etc.
  • A pair of Serfas Sike-Out sunglasses with interchangeable lenses
  • A set of Michelin Krylion bike tires
  • Another Performance cycling jersey
  • A new saddle bag
  • Speed laces
  • And one more big item (scroll down)

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A awesome shirt that Jennie got me.  It says City MPG and
Highway MPG both with the infinity symbol below them.

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A ton of nutrition products.  Hopefully this will help me figure out what works and what doesn’t


Despite the holiday craziness, I have tried to keep up my training as much as I can.  The pool has funky hours during Christmas break, but I have still managed to get in 2 or 3 swims a week.  I am generally shooting for around 2500 yards at medium effort.  My running has been lacking the most, but I made it out for an 8 mile run yesterday at a 7:30 pace followed by a 3 mile run with Jennie.  The run went very well so I don’t feel like I am losing my base at all despite the days off.  Jennie and I are signed up to do a 4 mile Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve.  After that, I really need to sit down and start a marathon training schedule.

I’m also back to doing P90X after a couple weeks off.  I “finished” my first 90 days and am starting over with the program.  I say “finished” because I really slacked off towards the end and really only did the lifting and ab workouts.  That gave me 3 solid days of strength training a week and I really can’t see myself doing any more than that on top of running, biking, and swimming.

Today, I tried two new methods of training: Spinervals and a new yoga workout.


I actually received two spinervals DVDs last Christmas but never got around to doing them.  So, today, I pulled out No Slackers Allowed.  Talk about a workout.  I was sweating buckets on the first interval set and fought to hang on through the entire workout.  Coach Troy does a great job of pushing you hard on the trainer.  It is by far the best workout I have ever done on the trainer.  I generally just sit there and spin.  This got me pushing hard, climbing out of the saddle, and praying for it to end.  My only complaint is that Coach Troy gives too many “X number of seconds left” commentary.  I don’t need (or want) “you have 15 seconds left”, “you have 10 seconds left”, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”.  It almost made the workout mentally tougher because it felt like the seconds dragged by as he counted them.  I have on other Spinerval DVD that I will try next time.


The second new training method was yoga.  While not entirely new, I may have found a new series of yoga DVDs that work for me.  Thus far, I have only ever done the P90X yoga routine, but that gets boring after a while.  I tried some of Jennie’s DVDs but couldn’t get into them.  MattyO however, recently recommended some Rodney Yee DVDs, so I tried one out today.  Best alternative to the P90X series I have found so far.  I did one called Flexibility which was only 25 minutes long.  It was nice to do a quick routine rather than the full hour and a half that P90X calls for.  I’m going to have to look into getting a couple of the DVDs.

Oh… And One More Thing

I’m getting a new bike!  Santa’s elves were out of stock, so I have to wait for them to build some more and deliver them to the LBS, but I will be racing on a Cervelo P2 this year!  Huge THANKS to Santa my wonderful wife!

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  1. Matt Oravec

    Yeah, your Santa rocks haha!

    My Santa has strict orders to stick to the allotted budget or there will be a nuclear warhead going off in the workshop!!! HA!

    Awesome gift man.

    I have done spinervals… I forgot which one I have but it was over an hour long and I started out only able to do 15-20 minutes at a time. I finally managed to do the whole thing at once and my God did it kick my ass!

    I am slowly easing back into things so I don’t know how intense I will get on the trainer. PLUS, you can’t play video games when biking THAT hard!

    Keep up the good work man. I am restarting P90X on the 1st as well. The cardio workouts will be swapped with cross training workouts.

  2. Jon


    Does this mean you will be getting the black 2011 edition? That one looks SO Badass!!!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Indeed it is the sexy black and red one. Does this mean that I now have to install security cameras to prevent you from sneaking over here and trying and swipe it??

  3. kc

    Wow!! YOu made out like a bandit. All nice gifts but the bike is the bomb! I like it a lot. I have the same Camelback water bottles and love them. That t-shirt is too cool. Santa was good to you my friend. Happy new year!

  4. Jeff


    You got some cool gear and then a P2 also …wow!!

    Have you seen the 2011 Black with red that Jon is talking about? It is really hot. I like the white P3 too. So when you going to get this baby picked out? You going to sale the Fuji?

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I went to the LBS the other day to put down the deposit. I’ll get it as soon as they get one in stock. Hopefully with in a week or two – fingers crossed. It’ll be the sexy black and red one. The only problem is that I now have to install security cameras to prevent Jon from sneaking over here to try and swipe it.

      As for the Fuji, I’ll still ride it along with the P2. I figure it will be more comfortable for some the easier training rides. Plus, haven’t you seen the equation to determine how many bikes you need?

      Optimum Number of Bikes (ONB) = Current Number of Bikes (CNB) + 1

  5. Jennifer

    Wooohooooo I love my Cervelo…welcome to the club!!!

  6. regina

    I officially hate you! A new bike?! Santa obviously didn’t thing I was a good girl this year. Le sigh….

  7. lindsay

    what are you doing with your old bike? 🙂

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Riding it! 🙂 I’m going to be splitting my time between the two bikes. My current bike is a road bike (versus tri bike) and will probably be more comfortable for some of my easy rides.

      1. lindsay

        wrong answer.

        don’t you need my address? make sure to send some spare tubes with it.

  8. Lisa

    nice loot!

  9. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Woohoo! Awesome! Yay for getting a new bike!

    Oh, and “No Slackers Allowed” is a tough workout! I haven’t gotten that one out yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time!

  10. Maria

    Hot damn! You hauled it in this year! Congrats on the bike (and the great wife) and other awesome stuff!
    …wow, that is a great bike!

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