Hot Oatmeal Pancakes

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Morning!  I have a feeling today is going to be a GREAT day, so let’s get crackin’!




I made a big, yummy oatmeal pancake.  I wanted real oatmeal but I was out of banana (and only really like oatmeal with banana!).  This was a nice change, though!




  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • Topping:  strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup




  • Heat and grease griddle.
  • Mix first four ingredients.
  • Pour onto griddle and form pancake shape.
  • On Medium Low, cook slowly and then flip when golden brown.
  • Cook other side slowly.
  • Plate, top with fruit and syrup, and enjoy!


Winner of the Blendtec Raffle


Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Blendtec Raffle for the Livestrong Foundation!  In total, we raised close to $1,000 and surpassed my fundraising goal by $300!  I’m now at $3,300, and my team (appropriately named Team Awesome) is at $4,095!  I’ve contacted the winner (Jaclyn) and want to say THANK YOU to everyone who donated to a great cause.


Rock Climbing Video


My friend Stef made this video when I went rock climbing with her last Friday.  We didn’t realize that your can’t rotate a portrait video in You Tube – whoops!  But that kind of makes the video even funnier.


Did you catch my nickname? 🙂


Century Training Plan


I finally put together my Century Training Plan!  You can view it here.  Thoughts:


  • Yes – this is intense.  But it’s a pretty intense race – 100 miles on bike through Napa Valley!  It’s a MUCH bigger time commitment than a marathon.  By the end of it, I’ll be spending 10+ hours a week on the bike and cross training.
  • Yes – I plan to work out most days of the week.  That’s just how my body works.  However, as I did with my triathlon plan, I plan for the best and expect to be more realistic. So, I might have 6 days a week down, but if I do 4 or 5 every now and then, I will still be OK for the race.  I have legit rest days, but certain cross training days (swimming) also function as “rest my legs days.”
  • Yes – I am extremely excited to eat tons of healthy, awesome natural food (and beer) to fuel me through these workouts!!!
  • I am running a lot more in the first 3 weeks because I have two races.
  • I have greater flexibility in my schedule (i.e. longer workouts on weekdays) because I’m self-employed.  That doesn’t mean I don’t work 55+ hours a week (because I certainly do).  So, no – this schedule might not work for you and your work habits.  But mid-week workouts make for more interesting blog reading for you.  🙂
  • No – not everyone needs to work out for double-digit hours a week or do a Century bike race (or a marathon) to be fit and healthy.  It’s just what I like to do and what this blog is about.  Don’t feel pressured – just enjoy the ride with me!


And… I’m off!



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 24, 2010, 8:59 am

    OOhh awesome workout plan (and awesome breakfast!) – I’d LOVE to be self employed so I could fit in workouts when it suited me best – bring on the summer with no uni..I’ll be free to train for my marathon properly lol!
    I hope your day keeps getting better 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 24, 2010, 9:05 am

    That training plan does look intense, but you seem to know your stuff!!

    I love the idea of an oatmeal pancake.. definitely going to have to try it! That looks delicious!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2010, 9:08 am

    That oatmeal pancake looks so different than other oatmeal pancake recipes I have tried. Looks good! I’d rather get in long training workouts during the week regardless. Weekends are for relaxing as much as possible!

  • Jenny March 24, 2010, 9:08 am

    That is an awesome recipe! I wanted oatmeal today but in a different form- thanks for saving me from brreakfast boredom!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 24, 2010, 9:09 am

    Very intense training plan! If anyone can accomplish this… you can!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances March 24, 2010, 9:10 am

    Look at you climb! 🙂 Were you really sore the next day in the strangest places? I know after I went climbing EVERYTHING hurt the next day… and I’m pretty darn active.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 9:12 am

      underneath my armpits hurt sooo bad!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) March 24, 2010, 9:10 am

    Whoa! That is intense! No doubt that you will smash it, Caitlin! You are an awesome soldier!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 24, 2010, 9:10 am

    Century training sounds SO exciting! Definitely a commitment, but how perfect that you can fit in mid-week workouts- definitely a plus! Can’t wait to read about how it all goes 🙂 (And I love that you include beer as a fuel-I’m so with you on that!)

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 24, 2010, 9:11 am

    You are intense!!! Yowza!

    That oatmeal pancake looks great– I haven’t had one in so long!

  • Katie March 24, 2010, 9:14 am

    LOVE your placemat!

  • Sara @ Activegal March 24, 2010, 9:15 am

    Wow! Century training sound awesome! Oh how I want a bike so bad! hopefully soon! Look forward to hearing about how your training is going! Your are awesome and so committed! Do you ever find days or even weeks where it is really a struggle to get your workouts in? This week is so hard…and I don’t know why, usually it’s not that bad!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 9:20 am

      oh yea… totally. i try not to sweat those weeks too much and build in time for laziness/work explosions. sometimes real life gets in the way! that’s why i like to build my own schedule and KNOW that i have been in workouts that i can miss (prob not the long rides, though).

  • Matt March 24, 2010, 9:16 am

    Looks good! No baking powder?

  • Evan Thomas March 24, 2010, 9:16 am

    I love running–not even training–but I agree that it is such a time commitment. Why oh why can’t it be a real job, either? Balance in life is so necessary

  • Liz March 24, 2010, 9:17 am

    I’m thinking of doing a century down the road, so it’s great to see your workout plan. Thanks for sharing!

    Are you going to keep track of your “body changes” like you did for pre- and post- marathon training (and I think you did it for 30 day shred too)? It’s interesting to see how different types of activity changes the body differently.

    When I trained for the marathon I didn’t lose much weight but definitely built muscle. I’m training for a sprint tri so I’m wondering how much of an impact all the cross training will have.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story March 24, 2010, 9:17 am

    Dude! That training is #epic! haha and I love that fact that you made room for beer in your training fuel. Awesomeness!

  • Nancy March 24, 2010, 9:20 am

    “Caity!” haha nice.

    I love how much of a NATURAL you are with climbing. As I said in my last comment about climbing, that I’ve been doing it since 1994, you’re honestly really great at it. Looks like you have no fear, and you’re doing all sorts of high steps! Nice job 🙂

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 9:23 am

      thanks!!! it was soooo scary.

  • Kait March 24, 2010, 9:22 am

    That pancake looks awesome, I will definitely be making one of those soon! Good luck with all your training, sounds really intense, but like you’ve got it all planned out and you’re ready!

  • Erin March 24, 2010, 9:23 am

    That oatmeal pancake looks awesome. That’s a great idea. I’ll probably be making one of those in my immediate future! Thanks!!!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 24, 2010, 9:29 am

    I can’t wait to follow your progress on your training plan! What’s your average pace when you have been training in Orlando where it’s mostly flat?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 9:31 am

      16 mph? i am sooo epically slow.

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 24, 2010, 9:35 am

    Thanks Caty/Catie 🙂 Cute nickname.

    That makes me feel better. I did 12 miles in the wind at about 14.5 mph the other day. I felt like I was going pretty fast until some guys flew past me going like 80mph.

    I have been eying a two-day 180 mile bike ride this summer, but I know I have a lot of work to do between now and then.

  • Gwen March 24, 2010, 9:35 am

    Your plan is totally hardcore – but so are you and I LOVE hearing all about it! I want to do a Century in the future, but not until after my wedding and next marathon – so I’m talking a couple years! 🙂

  • HTP Dad March 24, 2010, 9:37 am

    Good luck with that training plan – you’ll hurt at the end of the ride. Bag swimming, cut back on running and ride more. The slower you are, the longer you’re out there. Speed work! 16 mph average, plus stops is ,oh, about forever.

    Thought about getting your bike there?

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 24, 2010, 9:37 am

    I am very excited about your training plan. Cycling is my activity of choice, there’s just something so awesome about it. Maybe one day I’ll have the time to train for a century myself!

  • Sarah March 24, 2010, 9:37 am

    Hi, Caitlin! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, but I think this is my first comment. I’m looking forward to reading about your training for the Century Ride! And I really appreciate that you said that your plan is not everybody’s plan. Wise words:).

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels March 24, 2010, 9:45 am

    that is the easiest pancake recipe ever!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 24, 2010, 9:45 am

    wow, that is intense…but the thing is you’re strong and your body is used to hard workouts. plus, you know your own limits, right? i’m just so excited to see your trip to and through Napa!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 24, 2010, 9:48 am

    That pancake looks awesome! Can’t wait to hear more about the training too 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 24, 2010, 9:50 am

    Napa Valley, eh? I bet that will be a beautiful trail.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 24, 2010, 9:58 am

    You breakfast looks good! Good luck with all the workout and work hours! Dedication!

  • Kayla@Wholesome March 24, 2010, 10:00 am

    Girl. You are a HOSS!! I love watching you train, and look forward to seeing you and my other bloggy pals complete the Century!! Thanks for your constant inspiration 🙂

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish) March 24, 2010, 10:04 am

    I agree a training plan is a good motivitation and I love to cross of runs that I did. Nothing better than crossing things off a to do list, right?!

  • Laura Georgina March 24, 2010, 10:11 am

    You are one hardcore motivated woman! That’s one demanding plan, but you’ll get through it and it will all be worth it in the end to sail through the Napa scenery for a great cause.

    And speaking of bike races, I’m about to sign up (once the team name gets decided!) for my very first bike race this summer! I’ll be riding twenty miles beautiful miles in Western New York with my sisters and best friends…. and I don’t have a bike yet (ha) but I’ll find a way to train. Do you have any suggestions about where you can get good training plans?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 10:18 am

      i just talk to other racers and look online – i dont have any centralized sites like i do for running, though. i’m sorry!

      • Laura Georgina March 24, 2010, 10:34 am

        Thanks! It seems runners are more of an online community than cyclists and swimmers. I’ll pass any cycling site gold your way 🙂

    • Julie @SavvyEats March 24, 2010, 11:14 am

      What ride are you doing? I’m moving to Ithaca in June and am looking for some good races/rides!

      • Laura Georgina March 24, 2010, 11:23 am

        Oh, Ithaca is so beautiful! You’ll love it.

        I’m doing the Ride for Roswell on June 26 in Buffalo (–beautiful ride, great cause. If you’re into running and looking for an early June 5K, there’s the Susan Komen Race for the Cure on June 12 in Buffalo (–better info will be out soon).

        Let me know if you come into Buffalo for either of these and we can co-cheer each other!

        • Mary March 24, 2010, 12:55 pm

          I’m from Syracuse originally. Rochester also has some awesome races as well. I think that they were trying to instate a sprint triathlon. I know that there’s a marathon every year in corning NY. google wineglass marathon corning. Also syracuse is not too far away and if you’re looking for a longer race distance you can do the Utica Boilermaker 15k or the Mountain Goat run in Syracuse which is a 10 mile run. ALSO, Syracuse does an ironman every year as well. I dont know if you’re into that or not. I <3 NY and I <3 espeically Central NY. I went to college in Elmira and Loved it too 🙂

          OH! and also! If you're looking for great hiking and trail running, Ithaca is gorges. so check out buttermilk falls state park and robert truman state park.
          I hope you love it!

  • Julie March 24, 2010, 10:15 am

    I love that you make no apologies for being you. And of course, there’s no need to. But I’m sure you get comments judging your workouts, eats, whatever else. LAME!

    I have a weird schedule and get to workout midday too sometimes. Isn’t it great?! I’m so excited to read about all of your upcoming races!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 24, 2010, 10:16 am

    Thanks for clarifying that not everyone needs to go as hard core as that. I think you are amazing for doing so but I get into the habit of comparing myself to you and other bloggers and I need to be reminded that my race and my workouts are okay for me.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 10:18 am

      yes definitely. do what works for you!

  • Becky @ flybynyght March 24, 2010, 10:41 am

    VERY intense – but *awesome* training sched!

    I love that you’re so committed to each thing that comes your way, and each thing seems so varied – marathon, triathlon, century bike!!!! Inspiring!

  • Lynne March 24, 2010, 10:47 am

    Great plan and best of luck with your training! I’m curious though…your longest training ride is one week before your race. Do you not taper for a bike race as you would for a big running race?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 10:48 am

      i have friends who are going to do the same ride and they are tapering two weeks out. however, i have decided that long tapers dont work for me. i think my body loses cardio endurance really fast and its better for me to work out harder until a week before. but we’ll see – i may modify.

      • Lynne March 24, 2010, 11:15 am

        I LOVE the way you stick to what is best for YOU – it’s so inspiring for the rest of us! I only run at this point but the taper makes me antsy every time…maybe next time I’ll cut it shorter and see what happens! 😀

  • rebecca March 24, 2010, 11:08 am

    What are your thoughts on HTP Dad’s suggestions?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 11:10 am

      im considering it but i really do not want to reduce my schedule or cross train less. 🙂 i really do not want to feel underprepared for this century.

  • Susan March 24, 2010, 11:13 am

    Hahaha at that video. The angle just makes you look even more extreeeeme 😛

    Biking is a huge time commitment! More so than running, just because a century is more time in the saddle than running a marathon is. I think over-scheduling is a smart idea too, that way you won’t feel so bad about having to skip workouts when you’re tired/sick/travelling. I can’t wait to follow your training! I also can’t wait to get my booty back into my own saddle!

  • Julie @SavvyEats March 24, 2010, 11:15 am

    That is one intense training plan! I can’t wait to get back into my long cardio workouts, but I still have to take it easy…but I did bike 3.5 miles yesterday before it started to hurt! Progress.

  • Joanne March 24, 2010, 11:20 am

    Good going. It will be interesting to hear about how you feel at the end of each week. You said before that the marathon training took more out of you than the Triathlon. I wonder how this training will compare.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 24, 2010, 11:23 am

    Yummy pancake and strawberries! I am so glad we are getting into the good fruit seasons again 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 24, 2010, 11:25 am

    The rock climbing looks hard but so much fun!!!
    As for the training plan, it is intense but I know you can do. You’re hardcore!

  • Lin March 24, 2010, 11:26 am

    Wow those pancakes looook amazing! Rock climbing is so hard! I love it though!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow March 24, 2010, 11:40 am

    You are such a rockstar on that rock wall! 🙂 The fiance and I are going to take our first lessons for climbing together in a few weeks!

  • Katharine March 24, 2010, 11:41 am

    Great idea for the pancake! And so creative. Good luck with your training – you’re a machine! 😉

  • Sarah March 24, 2010, 11:54 am

    Yummy! I’ve got to try the “pancakes”!

    So… I’m totally jealous because you live in a flat place, but how will you prepare for the hills in Napa?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 11:55 am


      any other suggestions? LOL

      • Sarah March 24, 2010, 12:37 pm

        That sounds good! Hahaha.

        Maybe if you do some tough intervals on the bike it might prepare you? Also building up your leg muscles is good, lots of lunges and wall sits? I’m trying to think of what burns when going up a hill, haha. Probably the hardest part for me on hills is just changing gears, and that might be because I don’t have a great bike. Sometimes I’ll be half way up a climb and the effing gear won’t switch or I do it wrong and it pops out and then I’m just screwed and have to walk up 🙁

        • Sarah March 24, 2010, 5:07 pm

          Do you have an indoor trainer? You can do that (or spinning classes) with added resistance to help you train for hills. I agree with the other Sarah that gear changing can be difficult, but you will probably get the hang of it! I’d also consider riding into the wind on especially windy days. I love your “prayer” answer, hahaha!

  • Amanda (modernation) March 24, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Love the plan! And the best part of century training is definitely the food you need to fuel your rides! The last 10 miles of my long rides are always spent day dreaming about what I want to eat when I get home! Have fun!

  • sarah (the SHU box) March 24, 2010, 12:17 pm

    the training plan looks great — wish i had time for something like that. my only one suggestion — why 13 mile run so close to your 15 mile trail race? or was that suppoed to be bike?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 12:19 pm

      i think i’ll need one last long run before the race. my leggies will be fine. long tapers do not work well for me. do they work for you?

      • sarah (the SHU box) March 24, 2010, 12:24 pm

        woah that was fast 🙂 i am not a super-long taper person either but doing a distance so close to race distance 3 days prior to the race is almost the opposite of a taper! i guess it depends on what you are shooting for in the trail race, though. and i have no doubt that you’ll be successful either way — just feel like most people would benefit from having slightly more rested legs going in.

        no matter what, i am excited to virtually go through this adventurous plan with you! you are going to rock your century.

  • Bronwyn March 24, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Maybe a little intense, but I like the idea of having a tougher schedule, and then allowing yourself to not follow it if you need to.
    I really should do something like this for myself. Though I’ve been letting myself be a little lazy of late. It’s felt good.

  • Mary March 24, 2010, 12:32 pm

    You are one hardcore motivated lady! I am sure that you’ll do amazingly in all of your races 🙂

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 24, 2010, 12:33 pm

    your breakfast looks great-good idea! i can’t watch the video becasue i am reading from work but i am sure it is great. great training schedule-you will do great 🙂

  • Christina March 24, 2010, 12:46 pm

    That video is awesome, it makes me want to go out right now and climb something!

    Good luck with your training! I’ve always found that I liked training almost as much as the actual race.

  • Therese March 24, 2010, 1:19 pm

    My boss took me to Bosphorus for lunch yesterday and I was blown away! That break is so freakin good. I could have eaten the whole ginormous plate!

    I need to try that oatmeal pancake! Mine always come out too thin.

  • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear March 24, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I just can’t get over your nickname – and isn’t it spelled with a “K” too?

    You rocked that wall (pun intended) I don’t think I could ever do it!!

  • Ellen Collis March 24, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Yummm! You are so creative. I need to make a list of all your recipes because I’m constantly saying, “I want that…and that..and THAT..” and I have yet to make any of them. Well, I did make my own pizza and topped it with egg whites and veggies…I think you did that one time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Nicole, RD March 24, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I think your training plan looks rigorous, but well thought out. I’m excited for you; you’ll do great!

    Have you tried granola in pancakes? YUM! Especially granola with nuts and dried fruit!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 2:49 pm

      ooo that sounds delish.

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind March 24, 2010, 2:14 pm

    “It’s just what I like to do and what this blog is about.” Hell yes, sister! I was just telling someone the other day that THIS is the blog to read to get pumped up to get your workout on!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 2:49 pm

      thank you for telling other people about HTP 🙂

  • Samantha March 24, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Girl you are so inspirational! I love all the athletic stuff you do. It just proves you can do anything you set your mind to!!

  • Madison March 24, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Oh mam, that breakfast pancake looks great. It looks just like an oatmeal cookie up close.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 24, 2010, 2:58 pm

    That pancake looks delish!

    Great plan, good luck with it! You’ll do amazing, you always do =D


  • Blair March 24, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I am going to make that oatmeal pancake. That looks too good!

  • Kelly March 24, 2010, 5:36 pm

    You’re going to have one sore booty! haha.

  • John March 24, 2010, 6:29 pm

    I didn’t look at your plan as I don’t want to feel ashamed when I start riding in the next week or two 🙂

    Man you made that rock climbing look easy Katy(sp?!

  • Sara March 24, 2010, 8:08 pm

    Caitlin, I’m currently studying in Paris, and I have to say that every time you post a recipe with pumpkin, I get so jealous! I cannot find canned pumpkin here… or old-fashioned (i.e., not quick-cooking) oats. Oatmeal pancakes is a great idea – definitely will be trying once I get back to the States. Good luck with your training. 🙂

    • Caitlin March 24, 2010, 8:09 pm

      paris has much better shit than oatmeal! LOL

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 24, 2010, 11:11 pm

    I totally took a video of my niece roller skating for the first time like that. I had no clue that it would be sideways! Ahh well. =P

  • Jolene ( March 24, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that oatmeal pancake looks tasty!!!!

  • Holly March 27, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Those pancakes look delicious! 🙂 Good luck with your training plan!

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