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Why, hello there!


How was your day?  I actually had a fabulous day for the first time all week. It hasn’t been the best week, but today more than made up for it!  🙂


I got a TON of work done, and then Megan offered to meet me for a long bike ride.  I was thrilled not to have to bike alone!


Megan lives 1.5 mile from my house, so I biked to her place, picked her up, and took her on a tour of my favorite “secret” Orlando International Airport route.


We show a bunny rabbit, a vulture, and a herd of deer on the ride.  Yay, wildlife!


The sun was beginning to set by the time I got home!  It was a perfect Florida winter evening (don’t hate!).


It was really nice to have someone to bike with instead of doing it solo.  Megan’s going to join me for another ride on Sunday.

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In total, I did 17.0 miles in about 1:20.  It was a slower ride because we talked the entire time… kind of like marathon training!


Megan asked me if I thought Olympic tri training was harder than marathon training.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and my answer is yes!  Even though marathon training was a LOT more time consuming, it was just the same workout day in and day out.  I was just training to finish – I wasn’t training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and doing crazy speedwork sessions!  My body adjusted to the long, slower runs quickly and the workouts themselves never seemed all that bad.


Training for the triathlon has been really fun and challenging because I do something new everyday!  I’ve been enjoying it a lot, and my body seems to be shaping up in new ways – especially my upper body.  I FEEL like I’m working out like never before.  Honestly, I could get REALLY into triathlons!  :)  Uh oh… a new obsession, perhaps?!   Maybe I should wait and see how the race goes first!


Here are my afternoon snacks!


I had Pumpkin yogurt and 1 serving of granola around 2:30:


Half a Glo Bar before my ride, and the other half when I got back:


And dinner was vegetarian tortilla soup with a LOAD of crackers and cheese:


You know when you look in the crackers bag, and there is just a little TOO much to eat all at once, but you don’t want to only leave a few crackers… so you eat them all?  Yeah, that was me tonight.  This was probably 2.5 servings.


Dessert will be fruit:


Yum!  :) 


Off to TV land I go!



  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 18, 2010, 8:11 pm

    I am so jealous of your gorgeous weather there in Florida! it looks like a perfect night for a bike ride, the more I read about your triathalon training the more I SO badly want to participate in one to!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 18, 2010, 8:15 pm

    It sounds like you and triathlons go together like peas and carrots! I went for a ride today too but I’m jealous of your fun training partner and all of the wildlife you guys saw!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 18, 2010, 8:15 pm

    I can’t wait to take long bike rides!!!

    It’s so interesting how the body adapts to specific workouts. Currently I’m doing more high intensity but shorter forms of cardio (usually an hour or less) but when I go out for a longer, more endurance style bike or run…my body freaks out! It doesn’t know what to do and it feels so hard! I love how the body will change depending on what you give it.

    Keeps me wanting to add more variety!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 18, 2010, 8:24 pm

    I wish I had a flat course like that to bike on. It’s so hilly here that my thighs start to do some serious burning and I slow to a crawl 🙂

    For some reason your pumpkin yogurt granola mix always puts a smile on my face….even if it shows up a few times a week.

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 8:25 pm

      or like… every single day. 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 18, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Ooooh I’m jealous- I want to bike ride outside! It’s still chilly out here in D.C.

  • Nicole February 18, 2010, 8:25 pm

    So jealous of your Florida weather! I was FREEZING on my bike today! The wind was brutal!

  • Emilyeatsclean February 18, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I’ve had pumpkin oatmeal, but not pumpkin yogurt….I’ll have to give that a try!!


  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 18, 2010, 8:26 pm

    I’m so excited to read all about your triathlon! I can easily see how they could become addicting, just like road races 🙂

    SO jealous of the FL weather! We had a heatwave today in NYC – 41 degrees!

  • Jen February 18, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I love the fact that you think triathlons might be a new obsession! I got bit HARD by the Tri-bug. There’s nothing quite like them…

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 18, 2010, 8:42 pm

    That sunset picture is gorgeous!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 18, 2010, 8:46 pm

    I don’t do tri’s but my husband does. He said its a lot of training, but he feels its better for his body then marathon training.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 18, 2010, 8:47 pm

    So pretty!! Sounds like you had a great ride!

  • Michelle@eatingjourney February 18, 2010, 8:47 pm

    This makes me want to train for something..that will get my mind off of the little monsters. 🙂

  • Karen February 18, 2010, 8:49 pm

    So jealous you have the Endure Glo bar! That is the one flavor I have wanted to try but haven’t yet (it’s been sold out both times I’ve ordered Glo bars! So far my favorite is the Present, followed closely by Refresh!

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 8:50 pm

      My favorite is the Empower!!

  • Nicci February 18, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Looks like a great time on the bike, can’t wait till the weather warms up in Texas! I’m ready for some bike weather.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 18, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Great work on the ride – gotta love a long flat course 🙂

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 18, 2010, 8:58 pm

    I’m jealous of the weather too, I have to say it! I am dying to buy a bike 🙂

  • Teacherwoman February 18, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Nice job on the ride! 🙂

  • Kelly February 18, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I really can’t even begin to explain how jealous I am of your weather. At this point we are going to have snow on the ground until April. Ugh!

  • Alison @ finnyfinds February 18, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I totally agree that Olympic-distance triathlon training is more difficult than marathon training. It’s more complicated, you have to master more skills, and the mental preparation is tougher (all in my opinion). When I did my first tri, I found that I LOVED the variation in workouts instead of just running!

  • Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life February 18, 2010, 9:14 pm

    i’m not hating, but i’m sooo jealous of your weather. i have an addiction to crackers, so i have nothing against having lots of them for dinner!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 18, 2010, 9:18 pm

    So jealous of your weather – we had a “heat wave” here of about 40 degrees!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 18, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Crackers and cheese are the bomb. Period. 🙂

    Gosh that weather sounds amazing… and what beautiful scenery. You should soak it up girl!!!

  • Megan February 18, 2010, 9:24 pm

    caitlin, how much did you spend on your bike? What kind is it?

  • Gabriela February 18, 2010, 9:35 pm

    I´m DYING to try Pumpkin Yogurt!
    You make it look even more delicious everyday 😉
    Oh, and congrats about the bike training!
    You´re going far!
    Have a great night!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Anne P February 18, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Hahaha I TOTALLY do that with crackers, too.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story February 18, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Your Tri-training actually sounds like fun to me! A year ago I couldn’t imagine saying that, but it really does! Maybe, once I prove to myself that I am actually a runner, I may start thinking about it. 🙂

    I’m glad you had a good day!

  • Matt February 18, 2010, 10:05 pm

    The bottom of the bag is the best though. That is where all the crumbs are!

  • Tracy February 18, 2010, 10:06 pm

    what kind of cheese are you eating with your crackers? looks so yummy!!

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 11:00 pm

      cabots chedder extra sharp!

  • Run Sarah February 18, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Your weather…so jealous!! I do the same with crackers and cereal all the time, haha.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 18, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Your weather looks and sounds gorgeous, and the way that you talk about tri training – it sounds like love :-).

    And those crackers? totally my favorite kind – yum! I have to portion them out into little baggies or I’ll do nothing but eat them all day!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 18, 2010, 11:15 pm

    i’m so jealous of that great weather! i can’t wait for spring/summer…oh, and finding a good deal for a road bike on craigslist 😉

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 18, 2010, 11:23 pm

    Wow I’m so jealous of your weather and bike ride!

    I totally know what you mean about leaving a few crackers I just can’t do it!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 18, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, the crackers thing, I totally do that with a lot of things! Especially cereal. When there isn’t enough to justify the box taking up space, but a bit more than I really wanted.

    How fun to get to bike with someone!

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 19, 2010, 8:52 am

      I do that with cereal too! I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had to pull out a mixing bowl to eat it on more than one occasion.

  • Jolene ( February 18, 2010, 11:48 pm

    That cheese looks so good – what kind is it?

    • caitlin February 18, 2010, 11:50 pm

      cabot cheddar 🙂

  • Becka February 19, 2010, 12:03 am

    I just got a bicycle and am dying for a biking partner. If you ever need one, let me know. 🙂 I live downtown.

    • caitlin February 19, 2010, 8:42 am

      hey! i bike every weekend now… if you ever want to go for a ride, just let me know. my email is

  • eatingRD February 19, 2010, 12:37 am

    sounds like a great ride! I like social rides too 🙂 those are fun!

  • Jenn ( February 19, 2010, 12:58 am

    Crackers are worse than potato chips for me, I can eat the whole box in one sitting. Your dinner rocks though; soup, crackers and cheese, YUM! 🙂 You definitely earned those crackers with your activity. Woooo!


  • Freya @ February 19, 2010, 2:31 am

    Hhaha I do that – I do an activity once or twice and love it, and suddenly I want to become a pro and do it all the time lol! (well, not quite professional but you know :p)
    Yay for Meghann keeping you company – it must make it so much more fun! I’ll bet you’ll miss her after the big move!?
    Enjoy TV 🙂

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 19, 2010, 3:42 am

    I think that I have that same helmet with the visor on the front. haha. That is so awesome that you are starting to like triathlon training! You are doing so good in the pool that I can’t wait to see how you do in your upcoming race! I’m so jealous that you get to ride outside now! The roads are still too bad to ride on here, but hopefully soon!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 19, 2010, 7:17 am

    Glad you had a good day! I love the variety triathlon training offers but I find it easier to forget what training I’m supposed to be doing! With running I know Sundays is a mile longer than the last Sunday- it’s easy to keep in my head. I always have to look up my tri training haha

  • beth February 19, 2010, 7:42 am

    You’ve inspired me to start experimenting with pumpkin..ummmm AWESOME. I just bought “no pudge” brownies and instead of making them with yogurt i bought pumpkin pie filling and made them with that…they are to DIE. You are a pumpkin fanatic and you have to try them!!! Can you get no pudge in FL?

    • caitlin February 19, 2010, 8:43 am

      i have heard of them but ive never tried them… sounds FANTASTIC though.

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 19, 2010, 8:51 am

      what’s “no pudge” brownies? is that like a brownie mix?

      • caitlin February 19, 2010, 9:10 am

        yup i’ve seen them at most grocery stores.

        • beth February 19, 2010, 10:46 am

          Yea…if you have trader joes near you they sell it there too…they have a cappucino flavor which is really delicious too…i know people who use the magic bullet to puree tofu and make it with can’t taste the difference…the best luck i’ve had is with the pumpkin pie filling..not actual pumpkin

  • Nutritious Foodie February 19, 2010, 9:00 am

    A nice bike ride is always refreshing.. I am off for my 15 miler this am.

  • Joanne February 19, 2010, 9:11 am

    Triathlon training sounds like it keeps your mind active so there is less monotony – you won’t get bored as quickly. It also must be better for your body because it offers more variety to the muscles. They are being taxed differently and therefore you are getting a more diverse workout to each area of the muscle.

    Just wanted to know..couldn’t believe it when I saw Operation Beautiful Post-It’s in the a local restaurant here in UTICA, NEW YORK! Amazing! I was so thrilled – I ran to get my camera. I submitted the restaurant review with a link to the OB site in the article. I’ll have to let you know when it is published on line in a few weeks.

    • caitlin February 19, 2010, 9:16 am

      AWESOME 🙂 can you send me the picture? i’d love to see it and post it on the site.

  • Catherine February 19, 2010, 9:13 am

    I totally agree about marathon training! I’m currently training for Boston and was in an easy groove in terms of running so recently I decided to kick it up and add in swimming, spinning and yoga because I want to keep the possibility of a tri later this year open and it is a whole new worse of soreness! In a good “my body is getting such a great workout” kind of way… 🙂

  • Anna February 19, 2010, 9:29 am

    MAD jealous of your FL weather. The 10 ft piles of dirty snow here in DC are making me want to hurt something. No running or biking outside for me for a loooong time. I guess I’ll just live vicariously through you!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me February 19, 2010, 10:55 am

    Oh I am SO jealous of your weather. it looks so gorgeous there. I want to get into biking once the weather gets warmer. Can’t wait! 😀

  • Stina @ Girl Can February 19, 2010, 10:57 am

    I think swimming is probably one of the greatest work-outs. It’s not the most cardio intensive, but it works your entire body – especially the upper body. When I was swimming competitively (and very hard core about it) I had massive “man shoulders.”

    Do you have any tips/ recommendations on tri training? I’m planning to do a sprint at the end of June. The biking is what concerns me more than anything because I’m not really a cyclist. I own a nice hybrid (mountain/ road) bike and that’s about all I’ve got going right now.

    • caitlin February 19, 2010, 11:11 am

      i would just say practice practice practice your bike to run transitions – do brick workouts (bike and run immediately after). it will really prepare you for the tri.

  • Ambre February 19, 2010, 11:38 am

    I’d LOVE to have your recipe of vegetarian tortilla soup – if you could please share! 🙂 Thanks!

    • caitlin February 19, 2010, 11:41 am

      it was canned 🙂 wolfgang puck

      • Ambre February 19, 2010, 11:54 am

        Thanks! I’ll have to go searching for that at the store! 🙂 I really miss On The Border’s Tortilla soup, but they don’t make it w/o chicken. LOL 🙁

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 19, 2010, 12:22 pm

    ugh, i would kill for that weather right now! taking a bike ride at sunset in the warm sun sounds just dreamy 🙂

  • Carolina John February 19, 2010, 1:22 pm

    Tri’s are incredibly addictive. you will get hooked; you have been warned. embrace it.

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