And Suddenly It Clicked

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I just had THE BEST SWIM!  I don’t know what happened, but suddenly everything clicked and swimming 1,500 meters felt EASY.  Actually, it was fun and relaxing!  I wasn’t gasping for breath and didn’t feel sore.  It’s like my body suddenly integrated of all Ryan’s swimming tips.


I shaved a miraculous 4 minutes off my best 1,500 meter (non-wetsuit) swim time, wrapping it up in about 30 minutes!  If I can do that during the triathlon, I’ll be so pleased!


My training plan called for me to run after my swim, but my legs feel very sore, and I decided it would be better to give my body a little break.  I’m going to bike and run the race distances tomorrow in a brick-style workout anyway, so it’s probably for the best.


Other than that, all I did today was work on my freelance article and nap.  But my eats were delicious!


Lunch was delicious, if not a little strange looking.  🙂


I had a sweet potato with about 1.5 servings of canned baked beans.  I drank a Green Monster (1 cup rice milk, 2 cups raw spinach, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon flax) on the side.


I snacked on Chobani pineapple around 3:


And before my swim, I had toast with raspberry jam and Barney Butter (plus an instant coffee):


Oh, and guess what I got in the mail?


The Total Immersion DVD!  According to the website, “Total Immersion is a foolproof approach to teaching, brings results far faster than conventional methods and helps any student master a fluent, efficient, and beautiful technique.”


So many bloggers and readers recommended it that I contacted the company and asked if I could review the DVD + do a giveaway. I’m going to watch it later and will do the giveaway on Monday – stay tuned!


I think the Hus wants to go to the movies and grab dinner tonight – sounds good to me!  🙂


** Edited to Add:  Thanks for all the thoughtful comments on the Birth Control post.  It’s interesting to read other women’s experiences.  I think the comments prove that there is no blanket solution for everyone – we must choose what works for our lifestyle.  I appreciate hearing other people’s thoughts and THANKS for keeping it kosher.  One of my favorite things about blogging is when people can agree to disagree in a thoughtful and intelligent way.  🙂



  • kalli@fitandfortysomething February 27, 2010, 7:26 pm

    That is awesome about your swim!!! Your lunch looks good. I have yet to try sweet potatos and baked beans and need to. They are two of my favs.
    Have fun with hus tonight!

  • Evan Thomas February 27, 2010, 7:36 pm

    That lunch sounds way random but pretty damn good, too

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 27, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Congrats on your swim! How awesome!

    Have fun at the movies! What are you going to see?

    • caitlin February 27, 2010, 7:39 pm

      i dunno! im trying to convince him to stay home and watch total immersion. LOL

      • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 27, 2010, 7:42 pm

        Haha! Do you think he’d want to watch it?

        If you haven’t seen it yet, Shutter Island is pretty amazing.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 27, 2010, 7:39 pm

    Doesn’t it feel amazing when it just clicks?! I had that moment when learning to run one day where my form and breathing just worked and from then on it’s been so much easier.

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 27, 2010, 7:42 pm

    I love all of your random sweet potato combinations! I’m convinced that you can dump anything on top of a sweet potato and it’s going to be amazing.

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 27, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Once again, you rock! 😀 Congrats on your swim – it’s always so great to reach that level of “comfort”.

    I actually had that very conversation during my (8 mile- yeah!) run this afternoon with a friend… some days my body is so in-tuned and a running machine while others, (like today) it’s just so off and every step is a challenge.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 27, 2010, 7:48 pm

    Nice work. Does “the hus” ever eat beans on toast? Yum! Congrats on your swim.

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 8:22 am

      oh he lives on beans and toas t;)

  • Morgan February 27, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Total Immersion is a great program! My college swim team used to do Total Immersion camps in the off season!

  • Jolene ( February 27, 2010, 7:55 pm

    Great swim Caitlin!!! It must feel SO good for it to have clicked!!

    Have a fun night with the husband!

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat February 27, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Wow, swimming in open water terrifies me. I look forward to reading about your swimming adventures!

  • Stacey February 27, 2010, 8:21 pm

    I love exercises that feel easy 🙂 It means you are getting stronger!!

    Jas and I are going out to eat and to the movies tomorrow 😀 Enjoy your date night!

  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 27, 2010, 9:19 pm

    That is so great that you had a wonderful swim! It would really scare me especially in open water, but I’m glad you were able to conquer your fears!

  • Susan @ Journey for Health February 27, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Awesome news on your swim time! And your lunch looks delicious to me, not strange, lol. And to think I used to think a greasy cheeseburger looked yummy (clean cheeseburgers still make my mouth water, though).

    I whipped up my first Green Monster today,with exactly the same makeup as yours with an almond milk substitution instead. YUM YUM YUM. I know you swore that you can’t taste the spinach, but I was still surprised!

    Have fun at the movies (whether it’s out or at home) and dinner 🙂

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 8:22 am

      hahah no one believes me, but its true!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 27, 2010, 9:32 pm

    congrats girl! swimming is such an incredible workout, but it’s definitely one of those that can be SO enjoyable once it clicks! that’s so exciting…i’m so glad that i’ve been able to watch just how far you’ve come in your training so far!

  • Mary @ Fit this girl February 27, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I went to a total immersion seminar once a few years back and it sounded phenomenal! It seems like the most logical and easiest way to swim, but the lessons they were offering were too much moo-la at that time for me! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 27, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Congrats on the swim!! I love it when that happens. I experienced the same thing with running!!

    Very curious about Total Immersion…

    LOVE baked beans on top of a sweet potato.. especially maple baked beans! Yum!

  • Laura Georgina February 27, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Thank you for posting a Green Monster! I had to show Mr. L that other people have these too (I made my first one yesterday and he thought it looked so gross he actually had a nightmare about the GM. Needless to say, I’m not going to even TRY converting him until he stops having bad smoothie dreams).

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 27, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Awesome job on the swim! You are going to rock that triathlon 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 27, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Great job on your swim! You will rock the tri in no time. 🙂

  • sarah February 27, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Love your England mug! Glad you are getting your swimming rhythm. Thanks for you comment on my blog too!

  • Sarah February 28, 2010, 1:56 am

    Is that a Stella Artois glass your green monster is served in….? hahaha

  • Haleigh February 28, 2010, 2:18 am

    Congrats on your swim! More often than not, if you stick to something then you will succeed at it 🙂 My body does not like to be in the water but after I had to train to be a lifeguard in high school, I learned to enjoy a good swim. I have never tried baked beans on a sweet potato, if it’s half as good as black beans/sweet potato then I’m in!! Enjoy the film!

  • Freya @ February 28, 2010, 3:32 am

    Brilliant swim! It’s good you’re feeling so positive mentally – I think you’re going to rock that triathlon 🙂

  • christie, honoring health February 28, 2010, 7:20 am

    Good job on the swim! I’m glad it all fell into place for you. You are going to rock that tri!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 28, 2010, 7:39 am

    Ugh– there’s something about a big pile of beans that kind of grosses me out…but I know it probably tasted delicious 🙂

    Congrats on the great swim!!! You’re totally going to kick ASS in your tri!

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 8:23 am

      haha yes veggies do what we gotta go

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 28, 2010, 7:42 am

    Awesome job on the swim! 😀 With my foot and knee injury, I’m hoping to take up swimming, but I’m a little anxious since I don’t know anyone who can swim. Not sure if it’s possible to completely teach myself, but I’m going to try (and I’m definitely checking out the swimming tips you posted a while back too. 😉 )

    Sweet potatoes are so versatile. I just tried them with sunflower butter the other day, and now I’m adding beans to the list of things to try. Yum! 😀

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 8:23 am

      it’s definitely possible to teach yourself- ryan’s tips are very easy to understand. also, check out youtube videos!

    • Laura February 28, 2010, 8:58 am

      Hi Sarah, I think its great that you are giving yourself some time out from running with injuries- my sister used to run in the same club training group as Paula Radcliffe when she was a teenager, and the coach made her run through serious knee injuries- now she can’t run at all ;( . It is totally possible to teach yourself to swim, I know my Mum did when she was a little one… or maybe you could ask at your local pool if they have any swimming classes for adults, I know they have these in England- just to give you a launch pad? You can even ‘run’ in pools too can’t you, or am I mistaken?

      Ha, Caitlin, your husband is staying true to his English roots with beans on toast, just as long as he stays away from the black pudding?! eww… and I’ve never found it easy getting my breathing in when swimming, especially when doing butterfly ;( so I’m impressed!

  • jen trinque February 28, 2010, 8:03 am

    Congrats on the swim time! The other day when I was at the gym on the treadmill, which overlooks the pool room, and was thinking, “If Caitlin can learn to swim for real, maybe I can, too” You go girl!

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 8:45 am

      you can!! do it! swimming is the new thing 🙂

  • Sarah February 28, 2010, 9:00 am

    Yay for you! I love it when you’ve been struggling with something and then one day it just clicks and it all makes sense and works out right. It just makes all those times of struggling seem like they were so worth it. I hope there’ll be many more swims for you like this one!

  • Susan February 28, 2010, 9:42 am

    30 minutes is an awesome time for 1500m!!! You are going to OWN that open-water swim this time around. Also, is that a beer glass your smoothie is in? I have to ask because all my “smoothie glasses” are draught glasses – the only ones that are big enough! Class-y 😉

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 2:29 pm

      yup 🙂 hehe

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 28, 2010, 10:49 am

    Does having the beans on the sweet potato cut the awful too-sweet taste of the potato? Such a funny thing to me, since I have the worst sweet tooth, but sweet potatoes are too sweet!

    That’s awesome that you swam that far! Very cool that the training is helping. =)

    • caitlin February 28, 2010, 2:29 pm

      haha i dont have that problem, but the beans are also sweet, so i doubt you would like it!

      • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 28, 2010, 2:50 pm

        ahh, they would be, huh? One day I will find some healthy toppings that make a sweet potato taste good! Regular baked potatoes for me until then. =)

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 28, 2010, 11:13 am

    Wow, you shaved off 4 minutes? That’s fabulous!! you’ll do great in the tri!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 28, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Congrats on your swim! Shaving 4 minutes off of 30 is really impressive. I’m already looking forward to hearing about the tri 🙂

  • Amy February 28, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Girl you ARRRRE a machine!!!! To have made this amount of swimming progress in this amount of time as a newbie swimmer is VERYYY impressive!!! You’re going to rocccccck it! Sorry for all of the extra consonants – they just felt approp.

  • 'Dee February 28, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Your swimming breakthrough is awesome! I think I felt like that the first time I finished a 3-mile run and realized I could still go further if I wanted to. It was like “when the heck did THAT happen?”

    Congrats! I’m really looking forward to following your training and CELEBRATING for you when you TOTALLY NAIL your big open water swim 🙂

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