A Decision

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 Thanks to all your comments… I made a decision about the triathlon (I was debating the Sprint and Olympic distances).  I went with….


OLYMPIC! Gulp! So… here’s the reasons I decided to go all the way:


My BFF Lauren (who ran the marathon with me and has done two triathlons) e-mailed me to say, “Sprint or Olympic, you’re going to freak out as soon as you hit the water, so if you feel strong enough but you’re just nervous, then I say go for the full.”  Lauren knows me and my abilities pretty well, so I’m going to trust her on this one!


Also, these two comments in particular stuck out to me (I really, really appreciate all the support and wise advice you all gave to me – thank you):



Although my first failed triathlon attempt was a Sprint, I know I’m better trained and in a stronger mental place now.  I CAN DO THIS. 


It is really important that I STOP doubting myself about the swim (and thinking about gators; Catherine is right).  The doubt is what ruined me the first time, and Sprint or Olympic – if I let that doubt crept in, I’m doomed from the start.


Although the Sprint would be challenging and fun, too, I really want to say that I did an Olympic triathlon.  I said I wanted to do an Olympic in 2010, and this is my shot!


I’m going to do an open water swim in the next few weeks to get my confidence up even further.   Maybe even this weekend! 




On that note, I’m going to bed. I am definitely sick and feel exhausted.  I had Pumpkin Yogurt and granola for a snack this afternoon, and a bowl of pasta and veggies for dinner.  My workout was skipped because I truly feel like I’d do more harm than good to exert myself right now.  :(  Hope I feel better tomorrow.


Have a wonderful night!



  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 9, 2010, 8:50 pm

    You definitely CAN do it!! Yay for going balls to the wall!! 🙂

  • kelsey @ kelseytoney February 9, 2010, 8:51 pm

    you are going to KICK ASS. 😀 xo

  • Runeatrepeat February 9, 2010, 8:51 pm

    You can do it!!!

  • Ashley February 9, 2010, 8:52 pm

    You’ll do wonderfully! When you have any doubts just look at all the great things you’ve done this year in your own health and wellness, marriage, and OPERATION BEAUTIFUL. If the founder and initiator can’t have faith in herself then really, who can?

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 9, 2010, 8:53 pm

    You will do GREAT in the olympic distance!!!

  • Cindy February 9, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Fell better!

    I feel like I am getting something too, hope it’s just a temporary thing!

    You are gonna rock the tri!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 9, 2010, 8:54 pm


    Oh my gosh, I LOVE THAT! Thanks for that nugget of wisdom today. I couldn’t agree more. =)

  • Lex (Sweettoothlex) February 9, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I am so proud that you made your decision! The goal has been set and now you can take the time and keep building your confidence! Catherine brought up a really good point about the gators so it’s unlikely that you’ll have those suckers to worry about!

    You can do it… an OLYMPIC!!!

  • Angela February 9, 2010, 8:56 pm

    You can do it!! We are all rooting for you.

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear February 9, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Way to go on choosing the Olympic! You will do great. I hope you feel better soon 🙂

  • Annabananabomb February 9, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Yay for balls against walls!

    It’s good that you are planning in an open water swim so you can see how you will cope, but I would even go so far as to plan in two. That way, if you don’t go so well in the first one you know you still have a back up to try again before the race.

    Sorry if I’m being a bit Captain Obvious here 🙂

    Look forward to hearing all about how you go with it!


  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 9, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I am proud of you. You made the right choice. You will do it, and no gators will get you … or else I will get them.

  • ashleigh February 9, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Great choice! You are going to do amazing and feel so accomplished once it’s over!

  • Jenn February 9, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Just remember this…. positive thoughts = positive results! 🙂 You’ll do great!

  • Jessica Lee February 9, 2010, 9:14 pm

    yay! awesome choice. you can totally do it!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 9, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Great choice! You will rock it!

  • Kelly February 9, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Awesome! Seriously I was so scared about the swim portion of my sprint tri. I was swimming in the ocean and when I went to pick up my packet the waves were HUGE. It ended up going by so fast I barely knew it happened. You can do this!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 9, 2010, 9:16 pm

    You are amazing Caitlin! You are going to ROCK that Olympic distance!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 9, 2010, 9:17 pm

    YAY!!! Congrats on making this big decision!

  • Whitney @ whitinspired.wordpress.com February 9, 2010, 9:18 pm

    You can totally do it…and think about once you get the swim done, you will be that much more determined to kick butt on the bike and run portion!

    Feel better 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 9, 2010, 9:19 pm

    GO FOR IT!!

  • Becky (flybynyght @ wordpress) February 9, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Fear is temporary, quitting is forever

    ….I think that you just changed my life.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 9, 2010, 9:26 pm

    I love that quote- Fear is temporary, but quitting is forever!!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 9, 2010, 9:29 pm

    you can do it!!! swimming in lakes is scary for me, too. I’m sure you’ll conquer it !

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 9, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Very cool — thanks for taking us on this journey.

  • Run Sarah February 9, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I used to do open water swims and would get scared with dead heads/logs below…it made me swim FASTER! 😉

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) February 9, 2010, 9:35 pm


    You got this. Also, you should totally wear a fin on your back to scare all the other swimmers away from you so you have plenty of room to swim.

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:00 am

      hhaha best idea ever.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 9, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I somehow knew you were going to pick the longer one =) Way to go, girl. You’ve got this!

  • Liz February 9, 2010, 9:41 pm


    …you’re fabulous & you can totally succeed at anything you set my mind to.

  • Liz February 9, 2010, 9:41 pm

    erm…*YOUR mind to.


  • Kelly February 9, 2010, 9:43 pm

    YAY! I was hoping you would choose the Olympic. You can do it, just try not to freak out! You’ll do great.

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 9, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Yes! Of course you’d choose the Olympic! You’re the big go-getter, it’s such a big reason I love your blog so much! Good luck, and don’t waste time fretting about it NOW–it’s not for a long while! That’s so many wasted moments stressing yourself out! Keep calm, and keep training. You’ll kick its ass.

  • swimsutra February 9, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Congratulations on your selection! Also, you have definitely inspired me to look into local tris. I have the swimming and running part down (well, sort of on the running, haha)… I wonder how ridiculous I would like doing a tri on a hybrid bike with straight bar. Hmm.

    Good luck with the rest of training! Random aside, I’ve been reading your blog since See Bride Run days, and I’m always inspired by all of the wonderful fitness goals you set for yourself!

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:01 am

      thank you for reading for so long!

      you could def do a sprint tri on a hybrid… or maybe even an olympic. the bike might just take you a little longer than you would do on a road bike, but no one would look at you weird – plently of people do it.

  • Kristi @ Life at the Chateau Whitman February 9, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Good job! You can totally do this. But do NOT work yourself up thinking about what happened last time. That was an isolated incident, and you can’t let it seep into your next triathlon. So no more worrying. You can do this, and you just have to stay focused. Any time you feel some fear or panic creeping in, just counter it with a positive thought like, “Not this time, I can do this!” We all believe in you, lady! 🙂

  • Amanda February 9, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Way to go!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething.com February 9, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Good choice!

    I feel a bit under the weather too…..

  • ari February 9, 2010, 10:04 pm

    yay! go you! you can do it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 9, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Yay congrats!!! I know you can do it girl!

  • Julie February 9, 2010, 10:21 pm

    You can totally do it. Get in as many open water swims as you can between then and now. I remember my first open water swim, a gulp of lake water, and some screaming in my head “DO NOT PANIC, DO NOT PANIC! And then Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” You just keep going and it gets easier and easier!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 9, 2010, 10:25 pm

    You need to spend five minutes a day visualizing yourself kicking that swim’s butt! Picture yourself getting in the water, taking a deep breath and SWIMMING. The more you picture it, the more confident you will feel going into the swim! You can do it!!!!!

  • JenRD February 9, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Try some zinc and vitamin C to boost your immune system (such as Cold Ease tablets, or Whole Foods natural zinc lozenges). They work best at preventing a cold when you first start to feel sick. Feel better!

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:01 am

      thank you! i’ve been inhaling zinc.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 9, 2010, 10:40 pm

    You absolutely CAN do it. I’m so impressed. I can’t wait for you to do it.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises February 9, 2010, 11:27 pm

    I can’t wait to hear more about the training and the race!
    I did my first sprint tri last summer – the swim freaked me out a bit – and swimming is the best of my three sports. I’ll pass on advice from a tri coach: (which I may have already told you) breathe and make forward progress. You’ll do great!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 9, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I know I have only known you for a little bit Caitlin, but you are one of the strongest people I have ever met. I enjoy being in your company because you’re super motivating and inspire me to push my limits as well. You will be so mentally and physically capable to kick this olympic tri in the butt and just prove to yourself that much more how strong you are..and hopefully I will be able to come and cheer you on! 😉

  • ida February 9, 2010, 11:37 pm

    yea!!!! you’re going to feel amazing when you cross the finish line. i see a half ironman in your future:)

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 10, 2010, 2:59 am

    You can do it, good for you!! Think of all the support you’ll have on here 😀
    I LOVE that quotation – x is temporary, quitting is forever – I use it a lot, it’s the greatest 🙂
    I hope you feel better in the AM, don’t get ill!! Fight that bug 😛

  • christie, honoring health February 10, 2010, 6:31 am

    Glad you came to a decision that feels right for you! You are going to do great and kick that races ass!!

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run February 10, 2010, 6:46 am

    Yea! I am excited that you chose the Olympic distance. You are going to do great!

    Another thing that might help you feel better about the swim is being in a wetsuit. I heard that they help you be more boyant, therefore making the swim a little easier. My local running store rents them for people that don’t want to invest in buying one. That’s my plan for my triathlon. The only way I will buy one is if I find one on craigslist or play it again sports.

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:02 am

      yes! i need to find a wetsuit for sure!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 10, 2010, 7:07 am

    Yay! You go girl!!

    Have you looked into “Lucky’s Lake Swim” in Orlando? I had a friend training for a tri last year, and she did this swim a few times during training.


  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind February 10, 2010, 7:38 am

    Yay for making a decision! Now you can confidently go forward without wondering “What if?”.

    Good luck with the swiiiiiiiiim! (Ah! ;))

  • Alexandra February 10, 2010, 8:39 am

    You are awesome Caitlin. I wish you the best of luck and know you are going to conquer the water. Use your fear of the water to give you a driving force to defeat it during your race. Mind over matter!

  • Nicole, RD February 10, 2010, 8:50 am

    Those ladies gave great advice! Although knowing you’re in FL…the gator thing is a lil scary!!!

  • Susan February 10, 2010, 9:22 am

    Those are two excellent comments! I like the point about getting into a rhythm, something I didn’t have a chance to do when I did my sprint. I bet you’ll be with more experienced swimmers in the Olympic too – less splashing and people swimming in zigzags over top of you. I love how you just conquered and stomped all over this fear!! 😀

  • MelissaNibbles February 10, 2010, 9:33 am

    You can do this Caitlin. Just think of how you’ll feel once you do!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 10, 2010, 9:39 am

    Good for you! You’ll conquer your fear and be so much stronger for it in the end.

    Feel better!

  • D February 10, 2010, 9:41 am

    Do you still use rice or soy milk in your coffee? Also, this is super random, but I was wondering if you ever use soy yogurt? I know you eat yogurt a lot, but I can’t remember you ever eating a soy kind. It’s obviously not the same as Greek yogurt, because it’s not as thick, but I was wondering if you ever thought about substituting it occasionally. I know you’re not vegan, but it’s a good additional substitution to make, if you’re already cutting down on regular dairy in some ways. Just curious!

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:44 am

      I use REAL, highly fattening half and half. LOL I love H&H and seriously would never ever give it up.

      And I’ve never had soy yogurt… I just really like Greek. I basically want to minimize dairy, but only in the areas where i won’t miss it.

      • D February 10, 2010, 9:54 am

        LOL okay, just curious. You should never say never though 🙂 I think soy yogurt is good, especially if you’re mixing it with other things anyway.

  • Kate February 10, 2010, 10:01 am

    You are going to do amazing!! You have a great friend! Can’t wait to see how the rest of your training and race go!

  • Jenny February 10, 2010, 11:10 am

    You can do this Caitlin!! I know you can. that quote really got me thinking this morning too…fear is temporary!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 10, 2010, 12:45 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!! You can do it! You believe in so many others and we all will be rooting for you!!!

  • M February 10, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I’ve been reading about your triathlon training and i just wanted to echo some of the comments about doing a few open water swims prior to your tri. With the help of TNT, I completed the Wildflower Olympic Tri a few years ago and the swim was the most difficult part for me. During the first team open water workout, I freaked out as soon as my face touched the water. The water was so cold that I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t see anything. Despite repeated attempts, I kept freaking out and I had to go back to the shore while the rest of the team finished its practice swim. After the session, the head coach told me that she thought I should drop down into the sprint distance because of my anxieties (not in a mean way – just in a concerned, “I want to do what is best for you” way). I was concerned – we were only 2 weeks away from the actual event and even in a pool, I was not a strong swimmer, but I had raised over $5,000 for the L&LS from co-workers and friends by promising to complete an Olympic Tri (prior to this event, I was not a “worker-outer” as I used to say). Luckily, I had a really great TNT mentor who took me out to swim in Aquatic Bay (really cold and gross swimming area right near Fisherman’s Wharf in SF) 6 times in the next 2 weeks so that I could get comfortable in the water. The first couple of times, I was only in the water about 15-20 minutes, but started to get more comfortable with the cold and murkiness of the water. She also had me just bob upright in my wetsuit without treading my hands or leg so that I could trust my wetsuit. As I mentioned, I was able to complete the Tri and was so grateful that I had a mentor who helped me believe in myself. After the tri, the head coach came over to me and told me that my determination to stick with the longer distance had made her proud. You definitely believe in yourself, so you’ve got that part down! Good luck!

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 3:35 pm

      this is so amazing! you totally inspired me. i will definitely get into the water now!

      • M February 10, 2010, 4:12 pm

        thanks – you are such an inspiration to your readers everyday!

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