Did someone say they were going to ride 80 miles this morning?


Because what I meant to type was 60 miles.  Yes, “just” 60.   (Side note:  Century training, like marathon training, really warps your perspective on what is a ‘normal’ ride.)


Oh, friends!  I guess my 80 miler just wasn’t meant to be!  Remember how to tread on my right cycling shoe fell off last week?  Well, the cleat was still on the right shoe so I had no problem cycling.  But today, the tread AND the cleat fell off my left shoe when I unclipped at Mile 35.


Ashley proceeded to laugh at me, very hard.  😛


Since we were in front of a CVS, I bought Superglue and tried to stitch my shoe back together.  However, it didn’t work.


The tread fell off again before I could even clip back in!


Next, we tried hair ties and rubber bands.


Obviously that didn’t work either.


More laughing from Ashley ensued.  🙂


Then, she had the brilliant idea to duct tape the cleat back to my shoe.  I went into a hardware supply store and they gave me some.





Regarding the shoes, they are Shimano brand (<– link to HTP sponsor), but I bought them used.  They are probably 5 + years old and are WAY out of warranty.  I’m not 100% I’ll buy Shimanos again, though, considering they completely feel apart on me.


However, the 20-minute ordeal really put a damper on our spirits.  We were laughing the entire time (Ashley has a great personality, you should check out her blog), but all the sitting around really sucked away our energy to ride.


I kind of wanted to quit right then and there, but Ashley urged me onwards.


We decided to change our mileage goal from 80 to 60.


I normally bike on the road, so the trails were a nice change of pace, although we had to loop back a few times to get to 60 miles.


On the ride, I consumed about 400 calories worth of Gatorade, as well as a peanut butter sandwich.


I am getting really good at eating while on the bike!


At the end, I was really proud of Ashley and I for sticking with it and completing a long ride.  I do feel prepared for my Century (100 miles), regardless of whether or not I squeeze in another long-long ride.  Including this ride, my long rides have included 45, 54, 60, 62, and 73 milers.  I might do another 40 or 50er, but I feel satisfied with my training.


Final statistics:


  • Distance: 60 miles
  • Duration: 4 hours, 40 minutes (not included breaks)


Came home and made a protein Green Monster (1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 2 cups raw spinach, 1 scoop brown rice protein):


And a roasted sweet potato + parsnip fries.


Time to get some work done!


Have you ever had gear fail on you during a training run or ride?  What did you do?



  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 10, 2010, 3:12 pm

    yes one time i had major problems with my clipless pedals on a mtn bike ride and it was awful! so sorry and get some new shoes asap!

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 10, 2010, 3:32 pm

      Could you ride with just regular sneakers?

      • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 10, 2010, 3:34 pm

        not really. it makes it so much better when you are attached to your bike….

      • Caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:34 pm

        me? no. sneakers are really inefficient over long distances, unfortunately. it’s much better to be clipped in.

  • Sarah for Real May 10, 2010, 3:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! I read your tweets earlier and was anxious to see what had happened. I love the tape! Maybe everyone should carry electrical tape just in case? Hahaha

    Did you have to cut your shoe off your foot when you got home?

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

      i just peeled off the tape… what a mess.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 10, 2010, 3:14 pm

    You still did 60 miles with all of that against you! That is awesome and you should be so proud!

  • RhodeyGirl May 10, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Funny how 60 miles is an incomplete ride, yet I am panicking over riding 11 miles in July. 🙂

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:27 pm

      hahah its all relative!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 10, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Oh no re the shoes! How frustrating!! Maybe you should get some new ones before the Century 😛
    I’m yet to have a totally disastrous training run (though now I’ve said it, my next one will be terrible probably – sod’s law!!) so I’ve no idea how I’d cope…but congrats on sticking with it 🙂 You deserve to do well!

  • Johanna B May 10, 2010, 3:16 pm

    The closest I’ve ever come to equipment failure was walking a 5K in the pouring rain and getting my new Easy Spirit shoes absolutely soaked. They weren’t the same after that. It was my first 5K and I wasn’t going to not do it just because it was raining. It was a warm rain and lots of the entrants toughed it out.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 10, 2010, 3:17 pm

    oh wow, you guys handled that fail pretty well! i’ve never had an issue like that, but i can imagine i would have just stopped for the day. way to keep going! 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 10, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Are you gonna get a new pair of shoes before the century? Love your sox!

  • Mastering Public Health May 10, 2010, 3:19 pm

    Wow, those shoes really did self-destruct! Electrical tape to the rescue. 60 miles is an enormous feat. Way to go! There’s nothing like a friend to lend a supportive voice in your ear.

  • Kelly May 10, 2010, 3:19 pm

    Hahaha at least you figured out how to fix your shoe. I think it’s time for some new ones though.

  • Carrie H May 10, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I forgot my camelbak once when I went to my parents’ house for the weekend and had to do a 19-mile training run. I put two water bottles in my jacket sleeves and called them “camelsleeves” … not the best, but it worked! My arms were sore the next day, though.

    By the way Caitlin, I finished my first marathon yesterday! It was an amazing experience and I think I might e-mail you about it! 🙂

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:28 pm

      yes i want to hear all the deets carrie! you know i love you!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story May 10, 2010, 3:24 pm

    My Ipod, which I had fully charged the night before, mysteriously and completely died at the starting line of a 5k in windy 24 degree weather. I almost quit, but I ran the race musicless and PR’ed. 🙂

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:28 pm

      congrats on your PR!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love May 10, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Love that you two resorted to duck tape! That fixes everything. I rocked taped headphones for a long time before buying a new pair. It was classy 🙂

  • Heather May 10, 2010, 3:25 pm

    oh no! I am so sorry. i have never had anything like that happen to me before!

  • Little Bookworm May 10, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Shame about the shoes. Congrats on the 60 mile ride though!

  • jen trinque @ recipes for creativity May 10, 2010, 3:25 pm

    One time I was running and the sports bra I was wearing had hook clips, like a regular bra, and it came undone. Do not ask me how. Do not ask how I got in back together without showing myself to half the neighborhood, either.

    It’s so great that you had fun laughing and at least got in 60 miles.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

    That’s actually really funny about the shoe. I would have just gone home and called it a day.

  • Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey May 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Good for you for doing 60 miles! I’m not sure I would have after all that!!

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops May 10, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Do you need some paypal donations to get some new shoes? : )

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:29 pm

      hehehe maybe a CERTAIN SHOE COMPANY (cough cough SHIMANO) should give me new ones to save their failed rep now.

      naw i’ll just spring for some newbies…. i guess i like cycling enough to warrant the cost of new shoes this time around!

      • Molly @fuelherup May 10, 2010, 3:47 pm

        Haha 5+ years is a long time! You never know- the person before you could have done some serious mileage on them! At a certain point, bike shoes have to be retired. They go through wear and tear, and if these were your first cycling shoes, you may have (unintentionally, obviously) put them through even more than average. If you bought them used, it’s possible someone put them through serious wearing and then sold them too.

        • Caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:49 pm

          thats true but I do know the person before me wore them like, 6 times. her husband bought her the bike i have and the shoes to try to make her like his hobby, and then she got pregnant two months later. lol

          but they are just old, so the glue might have gone off.

        • Molly @fuelherup May 10, 2010, 4:07 pm

          In that case, that sucks! I bet you’re right that the glue wore off just by time.

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired May 10, 2010, 3:28 pm

    haha…I was laughing while reading that. I can imagine how hard it was to get back on and keep going. At least you got the 60 in, and you can always do 80 another day.

  • Helen May 10, 2010, 3:29 pm

    lol you guys were so ingenious! I think it’s time to get new shoes! 60 miles is still a great distance though, congrats for doing it.

  • Bernadette May 10, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Well done on doing 60! That’s amazing!

  • allison @ thesundayflog May 10, 2010, 3:31 pm

    eeeeek. no fun! what are you going to wear for the century? ALSO – you mentioned you bought them used. i am trying to sign up for a sprint tri, but i need a bike. did you get that used also? tips, please??

  • Diana May 10, 2010, 3:34 pm

    60 miles is pretty awesome anyway Caitlin 🙂

  • Rachel May 10, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I envy your diet. I work really hard to keep fresh produce around all the time. But after a workout when I am famished, I always end up snacking on something quick like chips or something and don’t always make a good meal for myself.

    How do you do it? I’m only running a few miles or doing a class for an hour or so. I can’t imagine how I would feel after a 60 mile bike ride (even if I brought snacks!)

    • Caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:37 pm

      I think over time I’ve really just naturally progressed to loving whole food. It doesn’t happen over night!!! When I was on my ride, all I could think about was a GM. I find that that it also helps me to think about how GOOD i’ll feel if I refuel with natural foods vs. processed foods.

  • Danielle May 10, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Maybe you have addressed this question before – but I am wondering, if you are training to do a 100 mile ride, why wouldn’t you include a 100 mile ride at some point in your training? I’ve noticed people do the same with marathons, they’ll do 20 miles in training in preparation for a 26.2 miler. Why not do the whole thing in training?

    • Caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:45 pm

      basically, it’s not really worth it. you don’t need to do 26.2 miles for a marathon run because the thinking is if you can do 20, you can do 26.2. 🙂 Same thing for the Century. Maybe if I was a professional athlete or trying to Boston Qualify I would run or bike closer to the distance, but for someone like me, who’s just doing it for fun, it’s not necessary AND it increases your chance of suffering from an overuse injury.

      • Danielle May 10, 2010, 3:49 pm

        Very interesting – thanks 🙂 I guess it is a big difference from, say, someone trying to PR a 5k.

        • Caitlin May 10, 2010, 3:52 pm

          yea, exactly! if you look at “fast” 5K plans, you’re doing long runs of 6 – 7 miles, so double the distance of the race! but it’s just not feasible with a marathon. more than anything, i think its just a fear of injury. bodies do not like running 26.2 miles a lot. or biking 100! well, mine doesn’t!

  • Julia May 10, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Whoa, you and Ashley are amazing!

    #1 I “failed” on my C25K running this weekend. Well, I had to stop because of illness so it wasn’t as dramatic or as funny as your shoe incident, but like you, I got back up and kept going.

    #2 I totally envy your biking spirit. I just bought an Electra Townie (comfort/cruiser) bike. I LOVE biking already. (It’s been 15+ years since I’ve ridden.) 100 miles to yourself, on a bike sound cathartic and wonderful.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing you complete your Century!


  • Lisa May 10, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Um yeah….25 miles into our bike ride Saturday I got a flat tire. That was an hour long ordeal that kind of put a damper on the whole thing. But we managed to get it fixed, pump the tire at a store and continue.

  • karla May 10, 2010, 3:58 pm

    that’s really great that you were able to still get in 60 miles after your shoe issues. however, i don’t think it is fair to suggest that all shimano shoes are bad. i have a great pair (the 2009 version of the pair linked below)and i have not had any problems. as another reader suggested, you really have no idea how the person before you treated the shoes in terms of mileage and care. i imagine a new pair of shimanos would last you several years.

    good luck on your century…can’t wait to read about it! and good luck on your shoe search….think of them as running shoes…wouldn’t want to wear a pair that someone else has already put some miles into.


    • karla May 10, 2010, 4:02 pm

      just read in comments that you knew they were only worn 6 times…now i understand your frustration. perhaps try a new brand, but i still love my shimanos…very comfie and the women’s fit helps!

  • Glamorous Newlywed May 10, 2010, 4:04 pm

    My husband is an avid cyclist and tried to get me into cycling when we first started dating…I’m notsomuch the athletic type. Ahem. Rollerblading along the beach in a cute outfit, yes. Trying to balance on a very uncomfortable seat atop two very skinny wheels while riding on the same road as cars? Nope.

    Long story short, I have a pair of size 39 (I wear a 71/2 – 8 and they fit perfectly) Specialized shoes you are welcome to, they have been worn for about 8 minutes total.

    e-mail me if you are interested!

  • Joanne May 10, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Bummer. Maybe you can get one of the cycle shoe companies to send you a discount if you post the brand on you blog.
    That would put a damper on my ride as well.

    As for equipment failures, nothing worse than track pants falling down.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com May 10, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Good job on muscling on and doing 60!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 10, 2010, 4:06 pm

    At least you’re able to laugh about it and had fun.

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  • Errign May 10, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Oh, sorry about your shoe! Glad you two could still laugh about it and figured out a temporary solution. Assuming you are getting new shoes before the Century – I recommend Adidas brand bike shoes, I’ve had my pair for two years & love them.

    Happy Monday!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly May 10, 2010, 4:15 pm

    I love that you just rolled with it and instead of getting mad and upset you just went with it…readjusted your goal and moved on. I love that about you…you are always a lemonade out of lemons type of girl!

  • Tina May 10, 2010, 4:17 pm

    The worst I’ve had happen was when my clip got stuck in a bike. It was a pain and got completely ruined trying to get it out. Glad you were able to find some humor in it. And it just proves duct tape solves everything. 😀

    Awesome that you are feeling ready for the Century and great job on today’s ride.

  • Jordon May 10, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Aw what a bummer! I know how you feel though… a few weeks ago I went out on my road bike for a planned long ride of 60mi. About 30mi into the ride, I got a flat in my front tire. And it wasn’t just any old puncture flat… something ripped a big gash in the sidewall of my tire! I had to call a cab and get a ride back to my apartment. The tire was ruined. Completely not rideable. I had to hit up the local bike shop and get a new tire. All that took about an hour, but since I had time… I went back out and finished the second half of my ride! Good for you for not giving up and finishing the ride. Best of luck with your Century!

  • emptynutjar May 10, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I want some of that sun you have there!
    I noticed Jenna (ELR) put up a book-list for the summer…I’d love to see what you might recommend for some reads!

    • Caitlin May 10, 2010, 4:41 pm

      I hardly ever read, to be honest 🙁 I’m reading Eating Animals right now though! It’s good.

  • Lynn May 10, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I love my Shimanos…and bought them in 1999!! I think you just got a lemon pair.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 10, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Oh no!!! I know it’s not funny…but those shoe pics were cracking me up 🙂

    At least you knocked out 60! I’m impressed– I would have just wanted to quit!

  • Claire May 10, 2010, 4:56 pm

    What a ride lady! Sounds like an adventure and love how much fun you two seemed to be having despite the change in plans. Can’t wait to hear about the century soon!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 10, 2010, 5:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, what an ordeal! I’m glad you were able to laugh your way through it!! My bike chain fell off during a triathlon last year, and it was so wedged in that I couldn’t fix it or turn the pedals. I sat on the side of the road & cried. Just kidding- I carried it back to the last volunteer I saw and asked them to call the support truck. It was a close call, but they finally fixed it about 20 minutes later. At least now I’m prepared for the worst!! 🙂

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries May 10, 2010, 5:20 pm

    60 miles is still great AND I love that first action shot of you!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 10, 2010, 5:47 pm

    I had a NIKE+ Sport thingy laced in my shoe. But around mile 2 of a 5 mile run it just fell out and I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I completed the run and now I have to figure out if I can buy just the pod or just wait until I get a Garmin.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 10, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Oh wow. 60 miles is still 60 miles.. crazy far!

  • Wei-Wei May 10, 2010, 6:06 pm

    60 miles is still a LOT. I’m sure you’ll be fine with the century! You’re strong 😀


  • Kelly May 10, 2010, 6:19 pm

    Gah, no fun on the shoe loss!

    Seriously though, what size do you need? I have a pair of Sidi mtb shoes (SPD compatible)that barely have any mileage. They are just too darn small for me!

  • Katherine May 10, 2010, 6:32 pm

    I am so impressed with all this biking! I can barely deal with it for 10 miles. I have a hard time getting my body comfortable crouched down and leaning on the handle bars.

    I really want a bike of my own, too, but they are so expensive! even on craigs list, it’s hard to find a good one

  • Vaala May 10, 2010, 6:36 pm

    Duct tape saves the day so many times!

    In one adventure race I did the derailleur snapped off on of my team mates’ bike. She had to push it a fair way to where our support crew could come help out. Other things that have happened include a compass demagnatising, headlamps going out in the middle of the night, chains breaking, punctures, ripped tyres and various other bike failures! And at spin class once my mate who’s the instructor pedaled so hard that he ripped the cleat out of the base of the shoe rendering both to the garbage. That was quite a class!

  • Jenny May 10, 2010, 6:37 pm

    60 miles is pretty awesome, especially after all you went through! I’m impressed:)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 10, 2010, 6:55 pm

    haha oh no – I can’t believe that happened to your shoes? I am surprised though…I have two pairs of shimanos and they have never fallen apart on me?!

  • Amanda (Amanda "Runs") May 10, 2010, 6:56 pm

    yay 60 miles! That’s a TON! yay, you! 🙂 I’ve been sick and getting my strength back so no running lately… just Rita’s and fruit 20. Those fries look irresistable!

  • John May 10, 2010, 6:56 pm

    Love the duct tape fix! Don’t forget to add that to your list of bike tips 🙂 Seriously you rock for the temp fix and getting most of your ride in!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 10, 2010, 7:16 pm

    That’s intense!! Great bike ride! 😀 And what a great attitude when it comes to being able to switch goals. That’s so important with many aspects of life. 😀

  • Ashley May 10, 2010, 7:20 pm

    If this is a too personal question, I totally understand. But as a fellow endurance athlete (runner), I was wondering how training for the metric century has affected your weight? Also, how do you determine the minimum you try and eat back on high burn days, like do you aim to net a certain number or have you added more calories overall daily?

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 7:46 pm

      I don’t mind.

      Since I started to do endurance events, my weight has slowly crept up 4 pounds. I think it’s mainly muscle (this gain was over a year) because my body fat has stayed the same or lower (18%). I try to focus more on how I feel (strong, toned, awesome) than what the scale says.

      I do eat more on long days, as well as the day before a long day. I also sometimes eat more the day after. You can easily burn 2,000 calories on a long ride, and it’s virtually impossible to eat it all back in one day (if you’re eating natural foods, not pizza). Also, I figure if I’m a little under on a long day, I’ll likely be a little over later in the week (a dessert or wine) so it all evens out.

      Generally I eat 1,800 to 2,000 on rest days and anywhere from 2,500 to 3,500 on long run days. I try to go by my hunger cues and make sure I get in protein after a long workout.

      • Ashley May 10, 2010, 7:49 pm

        Thanks for replying, so you say you gained four pounds, i’m curious, do your clothes still fit the same? I’m going through something similar where I gained a couple pounds and i’m unsure if it’s muscle weight or not. It’s hard to balance eating enough to make sure your body doesn’t go into “conserve calories” mode and not eating too much. Today for example, according to my schedule I ran 11 miles and burned 1150 (i have a polar). I’m never sure how much I actually NEED to eat back and how much would be too much. You seem to have a great balance so i’m trying to learn from your fabulous example : )

        • Ashley May 10, 2010, 7:50 pm

          And for me personally, I’m far less hungry on long run days typically, making it even harder to figure out

        • caitlin May 10, 2010, 7:55 pm

          If I were you, I would trying eating a little extra the day before and the day after if you have trouble eating the day of a long run.

          Most of my clothes still fit. Some of my smaller jeans don’t but I think that’s because my thighs are so much more muscular. My body shape has changed.

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist! May 10, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Duct tape fixes everything!
    I was reading everything you tried and I was thinking “crazy glue and rubber bands!” then came the hair ties.. that pic was hilarious by the way! Ashley’s idea was brilliant! of course duct tape would hold it on!
    Awesome job forging on! nothing zaps your energy like sitting around too long. The break in momentum and concentration can be like a brick wall for motivation.

  • Kellie May 10, 2010, 7:37 pm

    You have a great attitude. That is one thing I am trying to work on. I am such a rigid, structured person that I really need to just learn to go with the flow.

  • Katie May 10, 2010, 7:50 pm

    At least you were able to laugh about it and keep riding. Hopefully you can get some new shoes, stat!

  • Julie @savvyeats May 10, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Bummer about the shoes! How’d your knee do this time? Did you make any adjustments that helped?

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 10, 2010, 8:10 pm

    good for you for continuing! It sounds like you are more than prepared for your race! I understand about the mental drainage when something goes wrong- i.e. like rain while running.

  • chelsea May 10, 2010, 8:22 pm

    As a competitive cyclist I feel the need to tell you…don’t give up on shimano. You do have to spend a little, ok a lot, for good bike shoes but my fav has always been shimano. If you want to try something different I do have a good pair of adidas road shoes, adidas was bought out by mavic but they are still good shoes. My husband is sponsored by mavic and has road and mtn bike shoes and he said he recommends them. But really dont give up on shimano, they have some very good shoes. My favorite mtn bike shoes are 3 years old and still holding on and they get way more wear and tear then road shoes!! I hope you find a good pair before your century ride 🙂

    • caitlin May 10, 2010, 8:27 pm

      1) this is really great advice

      2) how is your husband such a badass he is sponsored by mavic?

      • Chelsea May 11, 2010, 7:44 am

        My husband is a Professioanl cyclist! A title he (and I) worked super hard for. We travel all the the United States, making many cross country trips so he (we) could race. The year we got married we did over 30 races, and a few specific races he did so well in he was moved from semi pro (now cat 1) to pro! If you cant tell I am really proud of him! This year he is sponsored by Diamond Back, but in the past it has been Bianchi. As well as Rudy Project, and a bunch of other little business that help us out!!

        You better give Shimano another try, they rock my socks off…litterally!!

        • caitlin May 11, 2010, 9:27 am

          I wish I had married a professional cyclist!!! LOL. that’s really cool.

  • Teacherwoman May 10, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Glad to see you figured something out with your shoe! I have Shimanos and LOVE ’em! Don’t disregard the brand based on this incident! They were used after all!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 10, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Way to go! I totally know what you mean about your energy being drained from taking a break. haha

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit May 10, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Oh my! I’m glad you laughed it off ^_^
    I couldn’t agree more about how distance training throws off your perception of normal. I “just” ran 19.8km today and am doing a “few” half-marathons before my marathon in October for trial races and fun! Freakish!

  • Carolina John May 10, 2010, 9:42 pm

    for my century my longest ride was 60 miles. I think hitting 70 as many times as possible is the key to a successful training approach.

    and during the century my cleat came off and got stuck in the pedal! it was freaky. the sag mechanic had to fix me up.

  • Lauren @ One Day at a Time May 10, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Oh no, thats awful! I use Shimano brand shoes for spinning, and they’ve always been good to me. They are about 2 years old and still look brand new! Then again, spin classes last about an hour and your bike rides are longer than that, and your shoes are older, so it makes sense. Good for you for sticking with the ride!

  • Sean (Learn Fitness) May 10, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I usually blow 4-5 tires per season riding, I’ve cracked a frame in half (yes in half), I’ve broken off at least 2 crank arms and I’ve bent one pair of handle bars. A few minor technical difficulties but the blown tires, without repair kits, 20+ miles from home are the worst. One of the times I forgot my cell and had to walk like 2 hours to a phone.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 10, 2010, 11:29 pm

    60 miles is still HARD CORE!!!! OH my!!!! You are amazing girl!

  • Sarah May 11, 2010, 9:35 am

    Totally a random question, but I couldn’t find the answer elsewhere on your blog. What kind of blender do you use to make your green monsters? I’m really intrigued by these, currently have no blender, so I’m trying to get people’s opinions. Also, I’m training for my first triathlon and am trying to eat much healthier (way less meat, if any), and find your blog to be a wonderful resource and inspiration. Thanks!!

    • caitlin May 11, 2010, 9:36 am

      thank you for reading!

      i just have a regular black and decker $30 or so blender. i’ve had it for like 5 years and it works great 🙂

      • Sarah May 11, 2010, 9:43 am

        Wow that was a really fast reply! Another question for you…I’m debating starting a personal blog, mainly just as a way for me to keep track of my workouts, eating habits, etc. Do you find your blog to be useful for that, or do you have other ways you like to document and keep track of that information?

        • caitlin May 11, 2010, 9:45 am

          i live at my computer 😉

          i think blogging is really fun but i also use excel to track my workouts. its just really up to you and how much of your life you wanna put on the internet!

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) May 11, 2010, 12:34 pm

    HILARIUOS! I just had an intense convo with friends about how duct tape fixes EVERYTHING! Here is just one more example. Glad you two made the best of a rather frustrating experience and nice work finishing the 60 miles.

    Are biking shoes similar to running sneakers in the way that you need to break them in? Hopefully not and you can get new ones for the century race!

  • eatingRD May 11, 2010, 5:43 pm

    omg 60 miles AND your shoe fell apart?! You are just awesome, I would have broke down and said forget it. I’d say you are prepared for anything! I’m debating about getting in another long, endurance ride or focusing on a shorter one with intense hills this weekend. Chris had an older bike when we got started and the derailler totally came off when he was riding! Usually those shoes should last a good 5 years, so glad you got a new pair from a friend! I just got some specialized ones and I really like them.

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