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I am BURSTING with excitement!


At the blogger lunch yesterday, Ryan, Megan, and I were discussing how I like to run but cannot swim, Megan likes to bike and cannot run right now do to her hamstring injury, and Ryan is a great swimmer.  Thus, a TRIATHLON RELAY TEAM was born!


We decided to spontaneously sign up for the Moss Park Triathlon, which is happening this SUNDAY! 


I will be running 5.15 miles, Megan will be biking 40 km….

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… and Ryan will be swimming 1.5 km!  Wow!

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Of course, this means my training plan will be pushed up QUITE a bit.  My goal was to have 5.0 milers under control by July 31, but I feel ready and am confident I can handle the race on Sunday!  I had a 4.5 mile run planned for this Sunday, so 5.15 miles isn’t too much of stretch.


Super excited!


Here are my eats so far:


Lunch was a platter of hummus, crackers, cucumbers, a carrot, and a pickle.


And I’m slowly snacking on a cantaloupe stuffed with Oikos yogurt and granola.



It’s ginormous!


Back to work I go! I’m so glad I have a race to look forward to now! It’s definitely going to help get me through this week.



  • Meganerd July 13, 2009, 10:21 am

    YAY! I can't wait! 😀

    You are so funny to put pics of us up like that…

  • Amanda July 13, 2009, 10:23 am

    So exciting! A team triathalon is such a fun idea!

  • Sarah July 13, 2009, 10:24 am

    What a great idea! You'll have so much fun. I know you can do it 😀

  • Melissa July 13, 2009, 10:26 am

    WOW! How exciting! 🙂

    I just wanted to tell you that I have been reading your blog for the past week and a half and I am in love! Your blog was a Godsend to me! I just had my 2nd baby boy and during my pregnancy I knew that after my 6 week postpartum checkup (this was my 2nd c-section) when I was cleared for all physical activity I was going to start!!!! I haven't been very active the past 2 years since I have been either pregnant or nursing and running after my baby boy! (now 2 boys, hehe).

    My whole pregnancy I knew that afterward my goal was going to be to run a 5k! So this week I am going to start the couch to 5k training plan! I also recently had a huge desire to start cycling! (see why your blog was a Godsend?? hehe, I found you just at the right time!) I am kinda stuck with the cycling because I need to get a bike so I am looking. Anyway, I live in the Phoenix area so it is SUPER hot right now! I really want to run outside but I don't think I am going to while its this hot! Will I still see similar results if I do this training program (for the 5k) on a treadmill? I really don't like running indoors but right now I think its my only option.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 13, 2009, 10:28 am

    melissa – congrats on your new baby and your desire to get active again! rock it out! 🙂 i trained for my first 10K entirely on a treadmill, so you can definitely do a 5k on a treadmill. just try to run a few times outside because it "feels" different. but you will gain the same amount of endurance, etc!

    good luck!

  • Melissa July 13, 2009, 10:34 am

    Thanks a lot Caitlin! I am SO excited to get started! 🙂 Thanks for everything you do! Hope you have a great day!


  • Allie July 13, 2009, 10:36 am

    I love your stuffed cantaloupe! So cute and one less dish to wash 🙂 Can't wait to read about your triathalon–this weekend!!

  • Erica July 13, 2009, 10:37 am

    That will be SO much fun! You guys are going to have a blast. I love the idea of stuffing the center of a cantaloupe! I want to try this soon 🙂

  • teacherwoman July 13, 2009, 10:47 am

    That sounds like a lot of fun! Good for you guys, signing up!

  • Jess July 13, 2009, 10:47 am

    What a fun idea…I didn't know you could do team tri's. Can't wait to hear all about it.

    Love the 'loupe. Very pretty and quite a "snack" I'll bet!

  • justrealize July 13, 2009, 10:50 am

    thats awesome, enjoy!!!! good luck with the race!

  • Allyson July 13, 2009, 10:52 am

    Good luck with your training! I was trying to keep up with your running schedule but I think I'm going to bow out this week 🙂

  • brandi July 13, 2009, 10:54 am

    that's so exciting! that should be a lot of fun to do the race together.

  • Angharad July 13, 2009, 10:58 am

    How exciting!! I love signing up for things spontaneously like this! It's one of the big benefits of keeping active and fit and you'll probably have way more fun than racing in something you have invested tons of time and training in. Good luck – sounds so fun!

  • BethAnn Caputo July 13, 2009, 11:28 am

    Have you felt any different since you've become vegeterian? I can never just eat veggies for lunch because I feel like they don't fill me…a couple of crackers would hold me over for twenty minutes…did you start out feeling a little hungry after vegeterian meals and now they work for you? What's the difference between how you feel now and how you felt before?

  • leslie July 13, 2009, 11:30 am

    so exciting! you girls will do great. you're definitely a racing addict – and i love it. 🙂

  • sloank July 13, 2009, 11:33 am

    Sounds awesome!! I'm so excited for you!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 13, 2009, 11:40 am

    bethann – i tend to eat a smaller lunch anyway so i can eat lots of afternoon snacks, when i get bored and snacky. however, my lunch was 405 calories, although it looked small. my snack (which i ate 1.5 hours later) was about 250 calories (at least).

    meals never really last me more than 3 or 4 hours, so i havent noticed a change since going veggie at all.

  • The Shabby Princess July 13, 2009, 11:41 am

    YAY!!!! How fun!!

  • Glo July 13, 2009, 11:49 am

    The relay tri is an awesome idea! You guys will make a great team. I want to do a triathlon so badly, but I'd probably drown, hehe.

  • seesaraheat July 13, 2009, 12:01 pm

    That's awesome that you three can split it up into what works out best for you individually 😉 Good luck!

  • Susan July 13, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Yay for a team triathlon!! Having just finished my first tri, I think I may try to do it as a team next time 😉 Can't wait to hear how it goes!!

    I always eat cottage cheese out of my cantaloupe, yogurt and granola is a great idea too!

  • Matt July 13, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Congrats on the race signup! I am sure it will be a blast!

  • Michelle July 13, 2009, 12:51 pm

    That's so exciting, I would love to do a tri relay someday. I love that you ate your cereal out of a melon, that is a great idea!

  • Niki July 13, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Yay for your triathalon team!! Sounds awesome!!

  • Courtney July 13, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Wow, have fun!

  • Oh She Glows July 13, 2009, 1:57 pm

    Oh I am so pumped for you!!! I'm in a race this weekend…go US! haha

  • Katie July 13, 2009, 2:00 pm

    How fun! Such a great idea for the 3 of you to team up and showcase your strengths.

  • Ryan (Chase Daylight) July 13, 2009, 2:14 pm

    Yayyyy! I just went for a swim and it was AWESOME. 😀 Can't waittttt.

  • Carolina John July 13, 2009, 2:39 pm

    hey congratulations! you're going to love it. i'm trying a relay team for the first time in a few months. it should be fun.

    that would be the oly distance if the run was a 10k. i wonder why it's not?

  • heyitstay July 13, 2009, 2:42 pm

    How exciting!!! You'll ROCK the 5 miles my dear!

  • K from ksgoodeats July 13, 2009, 3:13 pm

    WOOHOO!!! That's so exciting!

  • Aggie July 13, 2009, 4:02 pm

    awesome about Moss Park! I am actually considering doing that one as well…I did Danskin in May for the second time and I am hooked for sure. Swimming is my sport…:)

    I love your cantelope!!

  • Aggie July 13, 2009, 5:00 pm

    actually I just looked again at the dates and realized it was this Sunday! (I must have skipped that line!) I was thinking of doing the one in October…not this week! 🙂

    Good luck! you'll do awesome! I just started running again today with my new sneaks, I'm hoping to stick with it this time.

  • Anna July 13, 2009, 5:19 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! A tri-team! Also, I think im going to copy your way of eating granola & greek yogurt: IN A MELON 🙂 Great eats & training plan!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 13, 2009, 5:20 pm

    Hey Caitlin!

    That's really cool- awesome teamwork :). I need to find me some of those good swimmin', good bikin' ladies!

    And also- eating canteloupe with a spoon that way is so much fun. Try filling it with cottage cheese too, I love it.


  • Lauren July 13, 2009, 5:25 pm

    How wonderful! Sounds like you girls will have a blast. What a great way to get back into the racing scene then by doing it with the support and love of good freinds by your side!

    Good luck hun! You will do awesome! 🙂

  • roseyrebecca July 13, 2009, 6:22 pm

    Good luck on the race! I'm so excited for you! That's great that you can do it as a team!

    I'm definitely trying the cantaloupe/oikos/granola thing you've got going on!

  • Stacey July 13, 2009, 6:36 pm

    Yay for having a goal!! It's so exciting! I know you girls will do great 🙂

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  • emily July 13, 2009, 8:56 pm

    Blogger stars seem to be aligned this month, we share a lot of the same goals! Good for you attacking the sleep problem, I'm not even working so my lack of sleep is pretty pathetic. Also, congrats on signing up for the race, sounds fun!

  • Christy July 14, 2009, 7:57 am

    Since I am not much of a swimmer either, I was so excited to find duathlons! It's like a tri but without the swim. So you run a mile, bike 9-14 miles, then run 3 miles. I love it! Especially since my husband is a swimmer so he will compete in the tri's and I will do the duathlon and we usually pass each other during the biking part. So much fun!

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