750 Meters

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I’m happy to announce that I swam 750 meters in 25 minutes – with proper form!  Ryan was a good teacher!  It was HARD and there was a lot of hanging onto the wall in between laps.  :)  Swimming involves way more thought than running – in a race, you just run forward.  When you swim, you’re thinking about stroke, extension, breathing, turning… ugh!


But I LIKE learning a new skill.  It’s fun and challenging!


Before the swim, I did 25 minutes on the stationary bike.  My foot feels better, and I’m becoming more and more convinced my issue was some irritation of my tendon. 


This afternoon, we went with Harry to his grandma’s rehabilitation home to visit.  She’s so funny and sweet.


We packed a lunch, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches:


And an orange:


And when we got home around 5 PM, my pre-gym snack was some sort of granola bar:


Dinner was little stuffed pastas (a frozen kind) with stir-fry artichoke hearts, sundried tomato, and broccoli:


Nom, nom, nom!


And a handful of dried blueberries for dessert.


Time to catch up on all those DVRed shows!  Have a good night.



  • Christine January 16, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Hey Caitlin! ~ I love your blog and have been reading it for a couple of months but have not posted anything yet. I just wanted to say that the delicious pasta you are eating is tortellini. Tortellini is one of the most delectable types of pastas so I just wanted to let you know!!

    • caitlin January 16, 2010, 8:41 pm

      haha i couldnt figure out how to spell it so i just described it. thanks!

      t-o-r-t-e-l-l-n-i! LOL 🙂

      • Christine January 16, 2010, 10:01 pm

        This is one of the funniest things anyone has ever said to me. Hilarious!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) January 16, 2010, 8:48 pm

    i’m impressed you’re swimming. i’m such a non-swimmer–a cat, if you will. we had to swim the mile as one of our high school gym tests and i totally thought i could keep up with the swim team girls. (i could not.) i ended up dehydrated and dragged from the pool to recuperate. i hate swimming. 🙂

  • Devon January 16, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I realllllly need to learn how to swim. I know how to swim, but I mean, well enough to compete. You’re such a fitness rockstar!

  • maggie January 16, 2010, 8:57 pm

    awesome job swimming!! i must say, you are brave for trying something new. i am always too scared.
    just wondering, do u post all your eats in a day??

    • Caitlin January 17, 2010, 8:42 am

      yes i do. yesterday was kind of light because we were at the nursing home, but dinner more than made up for it.

  • Evan Thomas January 16, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Congrats on the swim! That sounds like quite the work out

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 16, 2010, 9:05 pm

    You will get better at swimming and you won’t have to think about it so much. Just like running.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 16, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Those are tortellini and they are my favorite pasta.

    I love to swim but I need to learn proper form. I’m glad you have a good teacher.

    • Caitlin January 17, 2010, 8:42 am

      I’ll be posting a Guest Post from Ryan on proper form on Monday!

  • tra January 16, 2010, 9:14 pm

    rock the swimming! i haven’t swam in so long! i kinda miss it! wait til you can do a flip turn. =D it’s the best!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 16, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Great work on the swimming! Super impressive 🙂

  • Jenna January 16, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Good job on the swim!
    Dinner looks fabulously delicious!!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 16, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Wow. I wish I enjoyed swimming. I just absolutely cannot get into it. I’ve tried so many times. Oh well. To each her own. I think my thing is pretty much the gym. Not a runner, not a swimmer.

  • Mandy @ University Cooking January 16, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Congrats on the 750 meters girl! That is great 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 16, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Yum– that pasta looks really good!

    Love it that you cut your sammie into triangles…I used to do that in high school, and everyone made fun of me for it…whatever, it looks classier that way 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 16, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Way to go with the swimming! I find it to be such a difficult sport — requires so much concentration. 😉

  • Christy January 16, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Don’t ya have a new appriciation for swimming! It’s a hard sport 🙂 I was a swimmer in high school and my event was the 500yd freestyle!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ Pound weight loss! January 16, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Pasta looks YUMMY!!!

    Congrats on the swimming, I coulnd’t get farther then a few yards I am sure. =O

  • Stephanie January 16, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Love swimming, such a fabulous form of exercise! This post made me realize how much I miss it after swimming for 10+ years competitvely growing up… can’t wait to see your progress and your flip turn skillz, they are fun 😉

  • Allison January 16, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Isn’t is crazy how swimming takes sooooooo much longer than running?

  • Emily Eats and Exercises January 16, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Good job on the swim! Can I ask how often Ryan tells you to breathe? (Alternating sides? One side? Every three strokes?) Thanks!

    • Caitlin January 17, 2010, 8:44 am

      Ryan said at this point, I just should breathe however it is comfortable for me and worry about all the other stuff (like stroke and legs) for now. However, she said that because I’m going to do a tri, it might be helpful to learn to look UP when breathing so i can see where I’m going.

      I’m just breathing every 3 strokes on opposite sides for now.

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner January 16, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Good work on the swimming!

  • She-Fit January 16, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I’m very impressed with the swimming. I didn’t realize how hard swimming laps was until I took a PE course last semester in college… I almost drown it was so hard 🙂

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 17, 2010, 12:00 am

    awesome job with the swimming! Your dinner looks yummy!

  • Liz January 17, 2010, 12:09 am

    Mmmmmm, dinner looked good. I absolutely love sun dried tomatoes- delicious! Those dried blueberries sound interesting. I may just have to give them a try 🙂

  • ashley January 17, 2010, 12:54 am


    Happy to hear your swimming trial went well! Also, I noticed you were snacking on a “Cascadian Farms Sweet N Salty bar.. My hubby loves those.. I actually prefer the “Pumpkin Flax or Almond butter bars they make.. Cascadian Farms always seem to sell the most delish organic products… mmmmmm

  • Amber K January 17, 2010, 1:01 am

    I know this has nothing to do with this particular blog post, but I made pumpkin yogurt for the first time today.

    I guess something finally clicked since you’ve been talking about it for so long! The only thing I left out was agave nectar because I didn’t have any. But I have to say, YUM! My husband even liked it and he always turns his nose up at “healthy” food. lol

    • Caitlin January 17, 2010, 8:44 am


  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 17, 2010, 1:03 am

    yummy dinner…i secretly adore the frozen pastas 🙂

  • Nicci January 17, 2010, 2:39 am

    Haha, I basically has the same lunch and dinner as you. AB and jelly with an orange and veggie pasta for dinner.Can’t go wrong with meals like that.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 17, 2010, 4:38 am

    I think swimming only feels harder cos you’re learning it; the more you do it, the more natural it’ll be, so you won’t be thinking about it anymore 🙂
    LOVE your dinner – stuffed pasta is my fave dinner!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 17, 2010, 7:26 am

    Woohoo…congrats on the swimming! It won’t be long before you’re a real natural, I’m sure. I’d hoping to take up lessons in the summer. 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 17, 2010, 10:42 am

    Yay congratulations on the swimming! I’m sure it must be really hard. And glad your foot is feeling better!

  • Ashley January 17, 2010, 11:36 am

    My husband is in LOVE with the sweet + salty granola bars. Awesome job with the swimming. I took a swimming class in college and was amazed at how much better I got and how quickly my stamina built up. For the past few years I have reallllly wanted to do a tri. My biggest fear is the biking though!!

  • Mackattack (Beth) January 17, 2010, 11:43 am

    Congrats on 750m! I was a competitive swimmer forever and taught adults how to swim, it’s a really fantastic feat to pic it up now. Great job! Can’t wait to see how triathlon training goes 🙂

  • Jenny January 17, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Congrats on your swim! Swimming is so challenging, but so much fun 🙂

    Glad your foot is feeling better.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 17, 2010, 5:18 pm

    I really want to learn to be a good swimmer – my husband is going to teach me because he is a fish!

  • Carolyn January 17, 2010, 9:22 pm

    That triathlon sounds so exciting!

  • eliza kate January 17, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I’m not sure if you’ve seen this before, but thought you would appreciate it.


    (can’t wait for the operation beautiful book, by the way) Cheers!

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