Triathlon Training Reboot

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Well, last week was a decent workout week, but it was NOT a good triathlon training week.  Week 2 of my “6 weeks to an Olympic Triathlon” training plan should’ve gone like this (but actually went like this):


  • Monday:  Lift, Run, and Swim (Actual: Short Run)
  • Tuesday: Run (Actual: Sick Day)
  • Wednesday:  Lift and Swim (Actual: Short Run)
  • Thursday: Rest (Actual: Sick Day)
  • Friday: Recover Bike (Actual: Run)
  • Saturday:  Lift, Swim, Bike (Actual: Bike)
  • Sunday: Rest (Actual: Run)


Although I got my miles and bike ride in, I missed out on all my swims and all my weightlifting per the Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge.


I refused during marathon training to freak out over one bad week of training, and I refuse to do it now!  Especially because I’m a month away from the race, there is penalty of time to recover from a not-so-great (or none existent!) week.


Today was a triathlon training reboot kind of day!


I did the “Legs” day of the Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge, ran 3.0 miles in 27:30 minutes on the treadmill, and swam 750 meters in 15 minutes.  The whole thing took about 1:15 (including changing time!), and I felt great afterwards!  So accomplished.   I was suppose to do 1,500 meters, but I didn’t have the energy to squeeze it out (it was a rough day). 


Can’t wait to wear my Swim, Bike, Run, Blog t-shirt in just 4 weeks!  So exciting. (That’s Megan, Ryan, and I during our triathlon relay this summer.)

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On to food!


Afternoon snacks were a Glo bar:


And a taco shell dipped in salsa (weird, but it’s what I was craving and we didn’t have chips!):


And dinner was made by the Husband!  Thank you, Husband! 🙂


I had a veggie burger on a Arnold Sandwich Thin with roasted tomatoes, cheese, and mustard.  As well as parsnip fries, corn on the cob, and a pickle!


I night also have a small pour of cereal… I’m still feeling munchy. 


And now I am OFF to watch TV – so beat!  :)  Have a nice night.



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 15, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Your dinner sounds yummy!! Love love veggie filled dinners.

    And you are right, you still have PLENTY of time. One week won’t kill you or destroy all the progress you’ve made.

  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 15, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I have never tried a taco shell dipped in salsa, I guess it is pretty much exactly the same thing as chips and salsa!

    Props to the husband for the dinner! it looks delicious!

    Don’t worry about getting off track a bit. I was sick last week too and I think pushing myself actually made me sick longer. You will get back on track! I’m glad you are feeling better!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 15, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Nothing weird about dunking a taco shell in salsa…it’s really like a fun-shaped version of blue tortiall shells! 😀

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 15, 2010, 7:49 pm

    If it’s a blue corn taco shell, it sure as heck is fair game for me to dip it in salsa or cheese.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 15, 2010, 7:50 pm

    Ooh, what kind of veggie burger is that? It looks good!

    Sounds like you’re in a great frame of mind about training right now– nothing to freak out about!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 7:48 am

      its a morningstar black bean burger (bought in bulk from costco)!

  • Ellen February 15, 2010, 7:52 pm

    That veggie burger looks seriously YUM. And parsnip fries? Delish! Good luck with your training. It’s really smart that you’re not stressing last week too much, that will only make things worse. Whenever I freak out over indulging too much/not eating healthy, it just makes me depressed and want to continue on that path, but when I fluff it off, it’s much easier to get back on track. You’ll be fine!

  • Stacey February 15, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I think the TV is where I am headed too 😀 Good luck with your triathlon training!

  • Gabriela February 15, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Delicious meals! You have such an awesome husband, haha 😉
    And don´t beat yourself up! I´m sure you can do it!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Jolene ( February 15, 2010, 8:09 pm

    I love those flat buns – they are so good! Those shirts are super cool 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 15, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Parsnip fries sounds so interesting. Is the texture similar to potato fries?

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 15, 2010, 8:17 pm

    It’s good not to freak out over one bad week! I highly doubt it will affect how you perform. Stay positive 😀

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 15, 2010, 8:19 pm

    Good for you for taking the time to rest and not getting completely side tracked by a bad week. Adjusting to what you can do is huge.

  • Lizzy February 15, 2010, 8:24 pm

    did the husband make the veggie burgers from scratch or were those pre-made? it looks fantastic

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 7:48 am

      they are morningstar black bean burgers!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 15, 2010, 8:31 pm

    you and your parsnips are so intriguing!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 15, 2010, 8:37 pm

    Yummo!!! Go relax, tomorrow will be a new day!

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie February 15, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I love how you’re REFUSING to let one ‘off’ week ruin your training! You’re doing so awesome and this week will be better! Remember, no failure in your vocab anymore!!! Keep pushing!

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 15, 2010, 9:24 pm

    That’s exactly how week 2 of my 8 wk 8k training plan went! And I refused to be upset about taking time off bc of being sick, which is something I attribute to reading your blog! So thanks, Caitlin! Guess we should both be glad it’s week 2 and not week 5/6 (or 7/8 for me), right? Sounds like you had a great workout today!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 7:49 am

      you can do it, too!!! 🙂 we’ll be fine!

  • Leena February 15, 2010, 9:35 pm

    that veggie burger looks so good! is it homemade, if so is there a recipe 🙂 ? i love the parsnip fries too!
    good luck with the training!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 15, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Ugh…. I needed to hear that I’m not the only one that falls off the wagon once and a while. I’m subconsciously negative to myself if I don’t stick exactly to my plan for fitness or eat one too many cookies one day. Thanks for the friendly reminder that it’s basically not the end of the world. 🙂

  • Marissa February 15, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Great idea with the taco shell!

  • NYCRunnerGirl February 15, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I love those shirts!

    By the way, I use taco shells all the time in place of tortilla chips…yum!

  • Kelly February 15, 2010, 10:10 pm

    You probably would’ve been sick a lot longer if you continued with triathlon training. You’ll be fine, just pick it back up this week 🙂

  • Madeline February 15, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I’m incredibly jealous of everyone in Florida with their fresh, amazing produce! Also, how did the frozen pumpkin turn out? I’m definitely curious as this seems like a great way to stock up when the big cans are available.

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 7:49 am

      it froze well but i havent used it yet – we’ll see soon! i’m nervous!!!

  • Kristin February 15, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I had parsnip fries for dinner too! They’re my new favorite thing!

  • Freya @ February 16, 2010, 2:49 am

    Good attitude to missing a week 🙂 you’re so healthy!
    Don’t you LOVE pasnips fries!? They blow real fries out of the water every time 🙂
    Have a good evening!

  • Rachel February 16, 2010, 6:47 am

    Great attitude about last week’s training schedule. You were sick and resting is a part of taking care of your body. Thanks for being such a great example of a healthy attitude!

  • Nicole February 16, 2010, 6:53 am

    Parsnip fries? How unique and fun! Good luck with training, you can do it!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 16, 2010, 7:47 am

    veggie burgers=i died. training rhymes with straining in my book. but for YOU it rhymes with “kick it’s a**”. okay didn’t make sense…but you can do it!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 16, 2010, 8:58 am

    Might seem like a bad tri training week, but working out when your sick or tired would just hold you back even more. You’ve still got a whole month to kick butt in the pool!

  • Kendel February 16, 2010, 11:12 am

    Please tell us more about your parsnip fries!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 12:26 pm

      i just cut them, coat in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake at 425 for 20 minutes or so!

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer) February 16, 2010, 11:59 am

    hi there! I just found your blog! Man that veggie burger looks yummy, what kind was it? the corn takes the (cake?) though … i have been craving fresh corn on the cob for months!

  • Catherine February 16, 2010, 12:06 pm

    How did you make the parsnip fries? They look great!!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 12:26 pm

      easy easy i just cut them, coat in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake at 425 for 20 minutes or so!

  • Laura February 16, 2010, 7:25 pm

    Your husband is such a sweetheart.

    Good luck with your triathlon training!

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