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Coach Ian – Week In Review: (9/6/2020)

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  • September 6, 2020April 22, 2021

Coach Ian – Week in Review:

What I’m reading:

Sacred Cow: Diane Rodgers and Robb Wolf 

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Product I’m trying:

Lynn’s Life Bread – This is a keto/paleo bread that I bought and it tastes great. The only thing I didn’t like was probably the pumpkin seeds in there, but that wasn’t a major issue. And this was CGM tested and confirmed not to spike blood sugar.

Raw Egg Yolks – Ha. This one was inspired by Geoffrey Woo, CEO of HVMN, doing it on the fasting episode of the (Un)Well show on Netflix. My Lynn’s Life Bread recipe called for egg whites so I decided to try out the egg yolks raw and Geoffrey Woo started off a challenge.

Sfuels – I used this to fuel for my 21M race and had a good experience!

Big SURreal Virtual Challenge – 21M Race and Instagram Takeover

I ran my 21M run for the Big SURreal Virtual Challenge on Saturday, 9/5/20 and also did an IG Takeover for @bsimevents while I was running. This was actually the first run that I’ve done since 8/15 (18 miles), so I had to adjust my expectations accordingly. I view it as a great training run and a chance to experiment with fueling and my CGM data.

Pre-race Fueling: As noted above, I tried out Sfuels electrolytes and bars to fuel, which I found to be effective. Something that was quite different than my usual pre-run routine was using Ample V (Vegan), so I had some carbs before running.

Glucose Levels: Tracking with my CGM (continuous glucose monitor), my glucose started at 110 and stayed between 90-100 most of the run. I kept my heart rate around 152 the entire run, and noticed that my glucose really stayed stable or would periodically spike, without fueling, during the run if I would pick up the pace a little faster than I wanted.

Fueling: I didn’t fuel until mile 17, when I had an Sfuels bar, which tasted great! SFuels is a low carb fueling option that ultraathlete Zach Bitter uses. Zach Bitter currently holds the 100M record and has previously raced on a carnivore diet.

Route: I ran by Almaden Lake down to San Vincente and passed some trails I used to run over 10 years ago at my childhood home. I reminisced on how back then my 6 mile runs were such a big deal, and how far I’ve come. Even though it’s easy to stress over times, PRs, and other metrics like that, it’s always good to take a step back and appreciate how far you’ve come. Once upon a time, running a marathon would have been an insane thought, and now I’m training for marathon #9.

Outlook: Overall, I’m just grateful to be able to run an organized race, even if it’s virtual! With the pandemic, the fires, and all that 2020 has thrown at us, I consider running a major victory.

A fun conversation I’ve had recently:

Recently, I’ve been catching up with members of our boxing, running, and fitness community to see what they’re up to! I enjoy highlighting some of the members of our community and bridging different communities – boxing, running, and fitness, so people can see a little bit of what others do.

This week, I spoke to strength and conditioning coach Marlon Fernando. Marlon Fernando a Strength and Conditioning Coach based out of Los Angeles who currently works with professional boxers Gerald Washington (20-4), Adam “Blunose” Lopez (14-2), Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0), and Joshua Zuniga (11-1). Previously, Marlon was an amateur boxer and boxed out of the same gym that I did, Gio’s Boxing Gym.

Upcoming weeks feature UCLA Boxing founder and coach, Tony Gonzalez, and Too Legit Fitness Founder Bertrand Newsom.

What’s New at Dreamland Boxing

As you may know, I am currently donating my time to host virtual online boxing classes for the members of our 501c(3) non-profit boxing gym, Dreamland Boxing. As an active member of Dreamland, you will receive the materials and video recaps of each lesson through my website under the “Premium Drills” section. This week had some fun technical drills using household equipment and a tennis ball.

On Friday, I taught my first outdoor class since the pandemic started. Due to Santa Clara County regulations, I had to get creative and pay additional attention to safety measures, having everyone wipe down their bags in between circuits and rounds. I wore both a face shield and an N95 (which I only had due to the smoke) mask the entire class.

I introduced a new tool, which I made at Home Depot – they were essentially 6 foot hit sticks made of PVC pipes  with a small target at the end. I had our fighters work several drills on range, footwork, jabbing, and technique using these things. Additionally, when you hit the target, it would bounce around like a double end bag, so it doubled as an accuracy tool! I’m excited to be back at the gym.

Separately, prospects Vicky Zhao and Sandra Magallon got some rounds in with undefeated professional boxer, Seniesa Estrada (19-0) in LA. Great work by our Dreamland Champions!

week in review - Seniesa Estrada Sparring with Dreamland Boxing champions Vicky Zhao and Sandra Magallon

Dreamland Boxing is also hosting outdoor classes and offering private and semi-private lessons. Visit or email for more information on how to sign up today!