Thursday, June 24, 2010

Row and Helen

Went to the YMCA for today's 2 WODs.

1st. 1000yds. swim, which I replaced for 5km row since I did not have a lot of time. Also was my warm up for Helen.

19:44 was the total time.
Try to push harder but felt tired.

After that I immediately started my 2nd. WOD (bricked) "HELEN". For some reason my watch don't start (maybe I didn't push hard enough the button?) but the thing is I don't know my time, which is not good to track progress or lack of it.

Anyway, was hard to do it after the 5km row. I used the gravitron since was the close machine to the treadmill. Combine my five fingers, with a barbell and running around the gym, was kind of a lunatic doing a workout. But who cares. I did it.

Another long night today... Bellator 23 last show of the 2nd. Season.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bike, squats and burpees

Last week at Saratoga for this first part of the season. I will be back on August...

I bring the cyclocross bike again to Saratoga to commute and to train. Commuting and having fun great bike, to train is like pulling a truck on your back, more than that is a great bike and make your legs stronger (I hope so!)

Did the first WOD bike 3 mins on, 2 off, 6X for distance @ Route 9N. First 2 3 minutes felt with no legs and really, really tired. Uphill most of the time. Beautiful day and the route was busy. I felt good but hard to push.

Garmin data:
bike 3 mins on, 2 off, 6X for distance by legassa at Garmin Connect - Details

Immediately after that I check in at the hotel, grab my bike and went to the YMCA for the 2nd. WOD: back squat body weight 3 reps, 3 burpees, every minute on the minute for 15 minutes. I like it! Really! Hard towards the end but felt good. I squat super down and used more than my body weight= 45+(45x2)+(25x2)=185lb.. Sweet a lot!

After the WOD went to grocery store, had dinner on Spring Street Deli (quesadilla) and had a evening ride around the hotel neighborhood. Peace and quite evening. Very nice.


Not speedy Gonzales, but I did it (Run, Push ups)

Today 1st. WOD 10k run. As I mentioned before, running has become harder lately and I need to make peace with this. I went out to run with the idea to have fun and do not kill myself in the process, after all I can not run like speedy from one day to the other.

I need to return to the POSE, because I'm not even thinking about it when I run. I need to find balance between POSE and having fun running.

The time was really slow for the 10K: 1:05:05.
but I least I enjoyed more and little by little I plan to start pushing more again without feeling bad about it.

No stomachaches so the run felt better. Just had water (no electrolytes). After that I did the 2nd. WOD. 100 push ups. Time: 4:05

At the evening I went for a Yoga Class with Maureen. Great class and since not a lot of people at the class felt like a one on one class. Was reluctant at the beginning of the class (felt too tired) by I left with an smile on my face.


Monday, monday... (bike and thrusters)

I decided to go to my Yoga (Ballet) Class on my tri-bike doing the 1st. WOD 45 min bike

I leave home late so I push it to make it before the class start. Made it. (I will post the results when I sync my Garmin)

Yoga Ballet Class was good and Victoria was great as always.

After that I went home and change to pickup my daughter. At evening I did the 2nd. WOD Thrusters, 75#, 50X for time. Total time 4:03. For a minute I thought I can load more weight but after the first 30 reps I was happy that I didn't.

Was a very good day overall.


Fathers day WODs (Backsquats and 400s swim)

Fathers day. Good day. Perfect would be to have my kids here or just a phone call from them...

Went to the YMCA and did the 1st. WOD

3-3-3-3-3 Back squat

1) 45+90(45x2)=135lb
2) 45+90(45x2)+90(45x2)=225lb
3) 45+90(45x2)+90(45x2)+50(25x2)=275lb
4) 45+90(45x2)+90(45x2)+50(25x2)=275lb
5) 45+90(45x2)+90(45x2)+50(25x2)=275lb

Goal was to squat low and I did it. Felt good.

2nd. WOD at the pool (with Nilda and Juliet swiming on the other line)!
5x200 swim @ 4 mins rest
3:14 was the averagage time. Warmed up with 400mts. Push it hard or that's why I think.


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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Commuting and 5k Tabata Run

Today I went to the Yoga Class on my Cyclocross bike. Fun, a lot of fun at Litchfield Hills.

After the class I went to the Chryo and Back home with my bike. Feels good to ride around.

Late at the evening I did the tabata 5k run. I like it!

I did it at the basement, on the treadmill with the tabata lite app on my iphone. I don't know if you can do this in the road. Did you?

Comuting Data:
Home-Charym-Dr. Erin-Charym-Home by legassa at Garmin Connect - Details

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cycling at night

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." - Heraclitus

That's what I did tonight on my ride back to the hotel. 1:40am, beatifull nigh and great feeling of joy.

I think the key is not to be to serious!


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Today I'm at Saratoga, like the last several weeks. I bring my Cyclocross bike with me to commute to work and around town. Rain all day but at evening stopped so I decided to go to the gym in my bike and then go for groceries and dinner in my bike too.

Oh men, I felt like I was a kid again. I really enjoyed to ride around with my bike. Also I tested the saddle bags putting my groceries on it, the tail of the bike handle it impressible and the whole riding experience was great. Gears flies up and down and because of the tires and frame I was able to go a little of road and on top of some curves. An amazing evening and while reading and thinking I notice that I'm taking the whole training too serious, like I'm training to win, and is not the case.

I think I lost perspective why I'm doing this. Is not an obligation I'm doing it because I want it and even while I need to push at the WOD I also need to enjoy it, not just suffer.

First WOD was 10, 20, 30 Boxjumps, squats, pushups, burpees. I pushed hard, at one point doing the last 30 burpees I felt like going out, like in a weird "zone" black one, and I decided to push it to go beyond what I was feeling or my mind was telling me. Was a good feeling.... finish in 10:24

Inmediately after that 2nd. WOD and since the pool was close I did 2500 mts row (500mts per each 100yds). Finish in 10:29.

I will keep researching "the black zones" looking forward to find the uncomfortable, comfortable and learn to be better in life.



Last night I went to bed and read "Ultramarathon Man" and found a couple of very good paragraph which help me in my process to find answers, peace and balance about what I'm doing.

One of them which really reflects what I feel is "... pain and suffering are often the catalysts for life's most profound lessons."

Another quote, not from this book but from SEAN LEFLOCH BLOG "... That is the most difficult part about this training, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable on a regular basis." So true, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is not an easy task. The mind immediately refuses to go beyond and we need to teach it the right.

Today I have a long day ahead and a long night but I wake up feeling better, mentally and physically.

Went to the gym (cyclocrossing :) to do the 1st. WOD: 21 burpees, 500mts. row, 15 burpees 500mts. row, 9 burpees, 500mts. row. Total time: 8:58

Jump on the bike, went to the office, leave the back pack and hit the road for the 2nd. WOD. bike 3 miles rest 1 min, bike 6 miles rest 2 mins, bike 9 miles, rest 3 mins, bike 12 miles. The cyclocross is a fun bike, and handles awesome, but for moments is just like riding pulling a big truck... tires grip to the road like suction cup and the saddlebags are not that aerodynamic, other than that awesome.

I have fun and push it all the hills climbing hard.

Did the intervals at route 9N. I did the math wrong and in the way out I need to stop at the office with less than 5 miles still to go... run out of time and I was already late for the night show, that's what I decided to call it.

On the way back I toke this picture...

Untitled by legassa at Garmin Connect - Details

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Lately I've being feeling tired and unmotivated. Every WOD seems to be harder and run is not being fun. I want to enjoy it but for now is just painful to go and run.

Maybe is because I'm not sleeping too much or too busy, but the reality is that everyday I found myself having to do an effort to do the WOD.

I know it will pass, but for know kind of sucks...

1st. WOD: 1-1-1-1-1-1 Deadlift, did it home with all the weight I have 345.

1) 45+(45x2)=90lb
2) 45+(45x2)+(35x2)
3) 45+(45x2)+(35x2)+(25x2)
4) 45+(45x2)+(35x2)+(25x2)+(10x4)
5) 45+(45x2)+(35x2)+(25x2)+(10x4)+(10x2)
6) 445+(45x2)+(35x2)+(25x2)+(10x4)+(10x2)+(5x2)
7) 45+(45x2)+(35x2)+(25x2)+(10x4)+(10x2)+(5x2)+(5x2)
8) 45+(45x2)+(35x2)+(25x2)+(10x4)+(10x2)+(5x2)+(5x2)+(2.5x2)* extra one

After this WOD I went to a YOGA class. Hard, very hard. Felt tight and out of balance and wanting to get out of there. But I hold it until the end.

Went home, grab my snicker and hit the road for the 2nd. WOD. 10K. Did it counter clockwise since I need to head to downtown before LOWES closes, I need DRY ERASE pain for the new box.

Started thinking that will not be that hard because I thought the hills where in the other direction, but I was wrong. Hard uphills. Nice sunset do. Push it and fight my mind almost every step. As I said before running has become hard for me. I need to deal with this ASAP and find peace with running. The last 2 miles I had a terrible stomachache and almost stop couple of times, but I hold it.

The result was not good but not the worst. 1:02


Monday, June 14, 2010

30km (18.6 miles) HOME-118-254-THOMASTON-LITCHFIELD) by legassa at Garmin Connect - Details

I wake up tired :)

Went to YOGA BALLET with my daughter since she is in summer vacation. Very good class even for Juliet.

After the class we toke a picture for my website (see below).

After that did my 1st. WOD: 30km for time at Litchfield Hills. The new bike fitting is much confortable even at the hills I rode today. Was a little hot and humid but very good ride overall.
30km (18.6 miles) Garmin data:
30km (18.6 miles) HOME-118-254-THOMASTON-LITCHFIELD) by legassa at Garmin Connect - Details

Help to move stuff out of my new box/ studio and the place is being painted... making progress... slow but steady.

After the moving I was sore and tired but have the will to hit the 2nd. WOD.

500mts. row, 400mts run x 5 times.
The running was hard. Did it downhill and up. Not excellent splits but I finish. Total time: 22:47


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fueled by sadness

Usually I don't like to complain and I tried hard to maintain to a minimum the amount of bad thoughts or feelings, but this week was a little harder than usual.

My oldest soon turn 12 years old. He and my middle soon lives in Argentina with my ex wife. I do not see them since May 2009, and I really, really miss them. We've being talking with my wife to bring them for their winter vacation, but since over there is 2 weeks vacation I request have them for 3 weeks and let them do the homework before the return.

She start complaining and fighting around. I tried to not get involve in that destructive relationship but sometimes I can't. Have them here for 2 weeks cost near to 5,000 dollars. That's why I want them to be here as much time as possible because is really expensive to fly them here.

What really make me sad, is the day I called to say happy birthday to my soon he listened her mom yelling at me and what really piss me off was that day both skip school because of the birthday! And then she alleges that if they come here for 3 weeks they will miss school.

Working out usually help me to channel some of this frustrations but this week seems to do not work. I'm feeling sad and overwhelm.

On Saturday I went to cycling concepts to pickup my commute bike a Cyclocross. Dan and his crew fitted and looks really nice. This week I will starting my commute to work here at Litchfield HILLS and @ Saratoga too. Looking forward to see how this will feel.

Anyway, I manage to do the weekends WOD:

Saturday: 8x400m, at best 5K pace, rest 3 mins after each, I did it at home running to the drive way to the street.

1) 1:28 2) 1:30 3) 1:32 4) 1:33 5) 1:35 6) 1:40 7) 1:41 8) 1:45

Hard workout. I had to really push to finish. Running up hill was the hardest part.
My daughter and our friends kid cheer for me and that put a smile on my face and help me to finish.

1st WOD @ 7pm 5-5-5-5-5 thrusters
1) 5 @ 45+25x2=95lb
2) 5 @ 45+35x2=115lb
3) 5 @ 45+45x2=125lb
4) 5 @ 45+45x2=135lb
5) 5 @ 45+45x2=135lb

2nd. Workout
swim 100 yd, 5 push ups, 5 squats, 8X for time (replaced the swim for 500mts. row) since the pool was close and too late to go to the lake.

Total time: 22:47.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

5 burpees, 10 push ups, 500m row, AMRAP in 20 mins

Today I wake up late and work at my room for a little, finishing the new website and trying to find forces to go to the YMCA.

WOD: 5 burpees, 10 push ups, 500m row, AMRAP in 20 mins: almost 5 laps (300 of 500mts. row)

The schedule at work and training wise is starting to be a very busy. Being away from home 3 days per weeks and starting up the new place is being crazy.


run 400m, 20 burpees, 4X for time

Long day. Wake up and drive to Saratago for a long day at work.

Left the office at 7pm and was already raining and late for the 2WODs.

I did a pending WOD: run 400m, 20 burpees, 4X for time at the hotel gym in order to at least do something. Total time 14:41

Short but intense, had to concentrate in order to finish. Not too motivated.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bike (fit), swim and run (wod)

Last night I have a natural pill to sleep in order to try to test a natural solution pre race day. I think it worked since I wake up feeling I slept better, even when I just slept 7 hours or less.

Today I went back to an old love. Cycling Concepts. Dan is very, very good and that's why the first time (thanks Max once again to introduce me with the right people), I fit my bike over there.

Today I re-fit my bike (actually Dan did it). Longer and wider aerobars stand, higher saddle, spacers on the cranks and on the shoes. Overall improvement Dan told me.

Also I bought an entry level Cyclocross from Cannondale to use it as a commuter when I'm in Saratoga and at home, to save gas and to train even when I'm not training.

After that went to the pool for Juliet's class and to do the 1st. WOD: 500yds.

Warm up with 50yds and then swam for 500YDS 8:13

Then went to YOGA but today the class was canceled. At home I did the 2nd. WOD
20 BOX JUMPS (24INCHES), 20 SQUATS, 20 PUSHUPS, 20 SITUPS, RUN 1 MILES X 2 TIMES: Total time: 22:36.
The hard part was run.



Monday, June 7, 2010

Moving and WOD (500mts row, 21,15, 9 backsquats)

Started the day with a VALET YOGA CLASS @ Charym by Victoria. Gentle but excellent stretch for body and also for my mind.

At 4pm. I helped to move out of the way some stuff and garbage from where it will be my new office/box/studio/gym.

My lovely daughter also helped and play too (see picture below).

Then I did a WOD pending from yesterday. Today was my day off (old training plan from IM Japan) but since I had the pending WOD I did it.

500mts. row, 21 back squat (BWT), 500mts. row, 15 back squats, 500mts. 9 back squats.
Started trying with 45+90+70 and felt too tired/weak, then 45+90+50 and finally I did it with 45+90+20. At this point I forget to restart the chronometer so I don't now the final time. Anyway I did just to finish not for time and the weight was not the prescribed one.
I did it to tell my mind even after a long day, moving included(*) I will not give up.

(*) this will be my moving # 40 or maybe # 41. Is not fun to move, even when you started something new. Last year alone I move 2 times my office and the memories are not that good, that's why I may felt tired and stress out, I don't know and I really don't want to spend a lot of tire analyzing it.

After I finish the WOD I receive the new training plan for IMLP. WOW!!!! Max on red bull w/vodka is nothing compare with what the following weeks await for me.

All good, I will keep it up as much as I can, the whole thing is about the journey not the destination... so I will enjoy it!



Today I the anniversary of my old me. One year ago started to change my life for better and I feel so good and glad that I did it.

On this journey I cross my path with one of the best coaches I ever have, Max!!! (Master Yoda).

My life changed so much in this last 365 days, I'm transitioning to a new career which will allow me to evolve and in the process help other people to do it, learning at the same time from them.

I'm happy that I can say I'm part of the TriMax team and I have "friends" like you guys.

I bought myself a present for this anniversary. I weight best, which allows you to increment the weight you put into. When I receive it I will start increments of 2 to 5 pounds per week to return to my old weight :), but this time I will be able to take off the weight in 5 seconds and be stronger than ever.

There are no words to describe how important is to have my life back!

Peace everybody.

Easy Sunday Swim

I was thinking on TriMax team all day. Waiting for news about the guys!

Today I supposed to do 4x400 but I decided to go for my first open water swim, more since I will be doing "Lake" Placid.

I wait until the thunderstorm alert pass by and swim 15 minutes in and 15 minutes out, pushing a little bit, not that much, just feeling the wet suit, strokes and getting used to the lake, fishes and bottom plant (gross for moments).

I went home and postponed the 2 WOD for tomorrow, was late and felt really tired from all week.

Saturday Bike

Friday OFF.

On Saturday I went to a YOGA class after a week with no OM activity. Oh Men! I MUST do you YOGA at least 4 days a week. What a difference.

Even when I was stiff as a piece of wood, my body like it. Then I went to the chiro for a quick aligment and more work on my left knee.

After that I did my WOD: 20miles TT. Decided to go to Bristol beacuase I had a birthday party over there.

Total time: 1:03:11. Nice ride, pushing hard on the hills on a very humid day.

Garmin data:
20 miles (TORRINGTON-BRISTOL) by legassa at Garmin Connect - Details


Friday, June 4, 2010


Yesterday was another long day but after the good news about being able to compete @ Ironman Lake Placid, everything was OK.

Hit the hotel Gym because I didn't want to go to the YMCA.

First WOD:

Since I was at the Hotel Gym they don't have jump boxes, did it on a bench, also they don't have barbells, did the WOD with 2 40lb dumbbells.

I complete 7 rounds and 2 burpees.

Second WOD:
4x5K bike, increasing effort, decreasing speed 80%-100%
4 minutes rest in between. Did it on a stationary bike at the hotel.

1) 5km - Resistance # 8 - Time: 9:32
2) 5km - Resistance # 10 - Time: 10:25
3) 5km - Resistance # 12 - Time: 11:01
4) 5km - Resistance # 14 - Time: 10:48

Last one was really hard.

Mental note: I don't want to talk about winter and training on the basement but next time I setup the trainer I will be doing it as hard as possible. The difference between basement or stationary bikes and real life hills is huge.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Thanks to Dan "The Man" Belmonte who introduced me with Christine Buckley (Team Cindy I will be able to compete at Ironman Lake Placid, next July 25th.

I want to also thank again to all TriMax team for all the support!

Back to the game, I feel super happy!


Still keeping up with my training even without knowing exactly what I will do.

Ironman Japan organization keep sending emails saying they will help us but the clock keep ticking and no news so far. I know they are busy solving a lot of issues but I will love them to go through what we are going through to understand a little bit the consequences that canceling an event.

Anyway, I went to the YMCA for my 2 WOD late at evening 8:30pm.

1) WOD AMRAP IN 15 MINUTES: 5 DEADLIFT, 10 BURPEES, 15 SQUATS. Prescribed 70% of 2/4. I didn't remember the 2/4 numbers so I went for 45+ (45x4)= 225lb. I did 9 reps @ 14:45 with 15 seconds left on the clock.

2) Swim 700yds just for fun, keep it the pace but not pushing to much, just to get use the pool again after the tattoo retouch. Felt good, my arms still hurting from the deadlifts/ burpees but good overall.

So far I feel good and keeping up with the hope I will get an slot in other IM.

Again, thank you TriMax team for your supports and kind words.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Therapeutic run & thanks TriMax Team!

Long day. Started early preparing everything and everybody (Juliet and Hunter) in order to be able to start my drive for a week long trip to Saratoga.

Drive and worked all day editing and producing "Bellator Season Preview Show" for Telemundo.

Hunted every now and then for toughs about Japan.

I'm very fortunate because I have the TriMax team by my side. From emails, blog comments , Max help and DAN "The Man" contacts I feel better already and most important is not dead who fights...

Even when I do not have something tangible I feel positive about it.

Today I had 45 min run, run 22.5 mins in one direction, turn around, note distance.
Started going around in circles like trying to avoid it.

Working late was the perfect excuse. The "limbo" training situation and so many other toughs almost toke over...

But not. Leave the office and start my drive to the YMCA indoor track then decided to go to the hotel treadmill and ended running at 9pm on the streets of Saratoga. Very nice night for a therapeutic run, soul searching, nice music, clouds, stars the road and me.

Is good to be able to run and enjoy it, even when my legs still hurts from the back-squats, thrusters and bike ride...

Total distance 4:84 miles. Not the best time but excellent for my soul.


You know who are your friends when things are not good and you demonstrate to me that you're excellent human beings.