The Day Before The Tri

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It was a sunny, relaxing day – exactly what I needed before my big Olympic Triathlon!


We took Maggie and James to the dog park this morning.


And we played a little soccer.  🙂


When we got home, I chugged a Green Monster.  It was the usual mix of 1 cup almond milk, 2 cups raw spinach, and 1/2 a banana, but I added 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger to the mix – it added a fun little kick to the drink!


The Husband, Sophie (my sister-in-law), and I decided to walk around Baldwin Park.  Hus and Sophie were planning to go the gym, but the weather in Central Florida was simply TOO GOOD to be stuck inside.  We ended up walking around 3.0 miles in total.


We stumbled upon a random art festival:


And snagged a free Vitamin Water.  :)  YAY for free stuff.


We spotted an Irish pub, and Sophie asked if we could go in so she could have some British food.  Sophie just moved to America from London and misses her traditional food a LOT!


Unfortunately, Irish food is not really known for it’s awesome vegetarian options, so I was stuck with this crappy vegetable wrap:


I’m not really one to complain about food, but it was disgusting and plain.  I only had 5 bits or so.  But I did polish off all the sweet potato fries!


To make up for my lackluster lunch, I had a whole wheat English muffin with almond butter and sunflower seeds when we got home.


We had guests over for dinner and did a big Mexican food buffet.    I made vegetable fajitas with zucchini; red, green, and yellow pepper, and mushrooms.  


Also inside my fajita was homemade salsa, cheese, sour cream, and vegetarian refried beans.  I had a serving of brown rice on the side.


I didn’t intend to have two veggie wraps today (well, I barely ate the first one!); it was just a mistake in planning.  🙂


And dessert was a big slice of Key Lime Pie (can we say, “Carb loading?!”)


Obviously, I totally blew my 1 serving of dairy a day goal, but that’s OK with me when it involves Key Lime Pie.  🙂


And… I’m OFF to hang with the gang and get to bed early.  My race begins at 7:30, but it’s DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, and I like to get to races extra early so I can calm down and have fun.


Thank you for all the sweet comments and well-wishes.  It means a lot to me and gives me extra confidence!



  • Justy2003 March 13, 2010, 8:04 pm

    Good luck on your tri! I can’t wait to hear all about it! You will do fantastic, I’m sure.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 13, 2010, 8:04 pm

    HAVE A GREAT RACE TOMORROW!!!!!!!!! You can do it–you’ve trained so hard for this. Don’t let the thought of alligators scare you. They’ll be too scared to be around anyways.

    Your wrap/fajita > Irish pub’s. You mean, football 🙂

  • Stephanie March 13, 2010, 8:06 pm

    You are Amazing and will Rock this race tomorrow! I can’t wait to see your recap!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 13, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Goof luck tomorrow, you’ll do great! I can’t wait to hear your recap. The Key Lime pie is definitely a good excuse to go over the dairy goal…you only live once!!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 13, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Good luck to you! Looks like such a fun and beautiful day. Just FYI- I lived in Ireland for 8 months as a vegetarian and had no problem! There were GREAT vegetarian options. So many fresh veggies year round because of the mild climate!Plus excellent cheeses. I now go back 2x a year with my husband who is from there and actually look forward to the food!

  • Evan Thomas March 13, 2010, 8:07 pm

    I’m jealous of your weather! It’s been raining and winding all day long 🙁 At least I had plenty of work to catch up on?
    And good luck tomorrow! You’re going to rock your age group

  • Lee March 13, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Good luck!!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2010, 8:11 pm

    I can’t believe the race is already here. No matter what nerves you may be feeling you are READY (more than you probably know!)…you have worked hard for this, and you are going to kick butt tomorrow!

  • Sarah R March 13, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!! 🙂

  • Mish@SugarWand March 13, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Kick ass. Remember all of the hard work that you’ve put into it. Don’t give your fears any of that energy and leave everything that you have on the pavement and in the water. Cheering you on from Oz!

  • Runeatrepeat March 13, 2010, 8:15 pm

    You are going to rock that race tomorrow!!! Good Luck 🙂
    And don’t forget to enjoy it – you never get to run a race (or complete a tri) for the first time twice!

    Was that art festival in Naples? Ben’s dad is an artist and does all the Florida art shows and he was in Naples today…

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) March 13, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Mmmhmmm, key lime pie. Perfect choice before a race!

    Have fun!!

  • Julie @SavvyEats March 13, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Good luck at the tri! I know you are going to rock the race… you’ve done some awesome training!

  • Sarah (Shep) March 13, 2010, 8:17 pm

    you’re going to ROCK IT

  • Betsy March 13, 2010, 8:17 pm

    you have truly inspired me i’m back into my groove again and will be doing a 12k next weedend. good luck and have fun!

  • meg c. March 13, 2010, 8:18 pm

    go caitlin! swim swim swim! bike! run! you’re going to do great!

  • Rachel March 13, 2010, 8:21 pm

    I just found your blog through twitter. All your food today looks delisH! Good luck tomorrow… I’m sure you’ll do awesome!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 13, 2010, 8:22 pm

    Good luck girl!!! You are going to ROCK it!!!!!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 13, 2010, 8:23 pm

    That key lime pie looks delicious! And I really like the combo of sunflower seeds and nut butter – very creative 🙂

  • ida March 13, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! You’ll do great i’m sure.

  • Rachel March 13, 2010, 8:30 pm

    GOOD LUCK!! Can’t wait to read all about how you ROCKED it ; )

  • Salina March 13, 2010, 8:30 pm

    GOOD LUCK…not that you need it, you’ll do GREAT!!!

  • Rachel March 13, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Best of luck! YOU’LL ROCK IT!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) March 13, 2010, 8:33 pm

    You don’t need luck when you have skill! And you, my dear, have what I like to call “mad skillz.”

    Plus, tomorrow is Pi Day (3.14=March 14) so CLEARLY you need to eat pie. Duh.

  • Dynamics March 13, 2010, 8:36 pm

    You go girl. Just have fun!! You will do fantastic. With all your fans supporting you, no stress. When it is all over, you will wonder…why did I stress.

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) March 13, 2010, 8:37 pm

    You are so going to rock it! Have fun!

    Sweet potato fries = heaven.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances March 13, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!! 🙂 I know you’re going to do so well and have a blast. Enjoy the experience!

  • cassie March 13, 2010, 8:40 pm

    good luck tomorrow… it’s very inspiring to see the dedication you put into your races.. wish u the best of luck.. can’t wait to hear all about it..

  • Devon March 13, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

    Sweet potato fries are my weakness 🙂

  • andrea March 13, 2010, 8:43 pm

    Is that the famous Publix key lime pie that as a new jerseyan i long for anytime im in ga. or fl???

    • Caitlin March 13, 2010, 8:56 pm


  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) March 13, 2010, 8:44 pm

    This tri is going to be epic! 😉 Good luck tomorrow!! So excited for you!

  • Maura March 13, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Good luck Caitlin!!! We are all rooting for you!!

  • Katie March 13, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!

  • Carrie H March 13, 2010, 8:49 pm

    You’re gonna rock it tomorrow! And then when it’s all over, have a cold beer to celebrate, lol.

  • Lo-Jo aka Lauren March 13, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Those sweet potatoes look deeelish.

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! I’ll think of you when I’m sleeping in. 🙂

  • Ambre March 13, 2010, 8:55 pm

    Hi Caitlin!

    First off, I wanted to say GOOD LUCK on your triathlon tomorrow! I know you’ll do AWESOME on it! 🙂

    Secondly, I wanted to know if you could tell me who makes the water bottle thing that you have your green monster in? I’ve been trying to find something like that for me to put mine in, for when I’m on the go.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin March 13, 2010, 8:57 pm

      its the amazing grass shaker – i think you can buy it from their website.

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 13, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Good luck!!

  • Whitney @ March 13, 2010, 9:03 pm

    You are going to do amazing…can’t wait to read the recap. I know you will kick butt!!

  • Kelly March 13, 2010, 9:06 pm

    A million good lucks for tomorrow! I can’t wait til you can say you’ve completed a triathlon!

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 13, 2010, 9:09 pm

    You’re going to do great!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!

  • Ariffa March 13, 2010, 9:15 pm

    good luck tomorrow Cailtin! your going to do awesome, i can’t wait to read all about it =D

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) March 13, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Good luck at the race tomorrow!!

  • Heidi March 13, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Lots of luck tomorrow! Looking forward to the recap and, of course, the post-race meal 🙂

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health March 13, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Ahhhh good luck!!! I am so excited for you. Knock ’em dead, girl! xoxo

  • *Andrea* March 13, 2010, 9:21 pm


    ps cute pics. your hubby is so cute. and so are you!

  • Nancy March 13, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Good luck!
    I’ve recently started reading your blog and I find it so inspiring!

  • Jenny March 13, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! You are an inspiration and you will do an amazing job lady!!

  • Maria (realfitmama) March 13, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Go get em girl!! I know you’ll rock out with your…You know where I’m going with this!! 🙂

  • Jenna March 13, 2010, 9:33 pm

    good luck tomorrow!
    the veggie wrap for lunch looks great but i am sorry it wasn’t great but i am glad your burrito made up for it!

  • Matt March 13, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Maureen March 13, 2010, 9:39 pm

    You are such an inspiration! Good luck tomorrow, can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Maggie March 13, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Good luck!! I’ll be thinking of you as I’m out running tomorrow!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story March 13, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Best of luck tomorrow!! I know you will do great! 🙂

  • Jenn March 13, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! Swimming has always been what has scared me away from tris, but your ambition and success have motivated me to overcome my fear! I’m reading Total Immersion and doing some workouts in the pool, so we’ll see! HAVE AN AWESOME RACE!

  • Carolyn March 13, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your race! You’ll do fantastic!

  • caronae March 13, 2010, 10:07 pm

    You are going to be AWESOME. I just know it. Stay calm and get hype. Can’t wait to hear how it went and good luck!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 13, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Good luck girl!!! I know you will rock it!

  • amanda@thegrainsofparadise March 13, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Key Lime Pie is hands down my favorite dessert ever! I’ve only had the real thing a handful of times ( I’m a Cali girl who migrated to Maui….not much Key Lime in the West ) but if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life Key Lime Pie would be it! lol!

  • Jenny March 13, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Good luck tomorrow Caitlin!! I have really enjoyed reading all of your experiences through training, and I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂

  • Jesse March 13, 2010, 10:24 pm

    good luck at your tri! cant wait to hear all about it 🙂

    have an AWESOME time!!!

  • Monica (Musings of the Granola Girl) March 13, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Good luck at your race!!!

    & what better way to carbo load than with KEY LIME PIE?! 🙂

  • Penny March 13, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Have fun tomorrow!!!! Can’t wait for the recap!

    Key Lime Pie. YUM.

  • eatingRD March 13, 2010, 10:28 pm

    wishing you the best, you’re going to rock it!!!!!

  • jen March 13, 2010, 10:35 pm

    I swear I only do races so I have an excuse to carbo load on brownies!

    Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do awesome!

  • Tina March 13, 2010, 10:46 pm

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jen March 13, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Have fun!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 13, 2010, 11:01 pm

    It’s days like today I envy your weather. We had rain all day.

    Get some good rest and enjoy your race!!!

  • Rika March 13, 2010, 11:02 pm

    good luck caitlin! you’re amazing and you’ll do well! 😀

  • Stacey March 13, 2010, 11:15 pm

    I’d wish you luck, but I know you don’t need it! You’ll do great! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • MegaNerd March 13, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope I can make it 🙁 My throat is on fireeee!!

  • Gina G March 13, 2010, 11:28 pm

    goodluck caitlin! you are such an inspiration you have no idea! =)

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 13, 2010, 11:29 pm

    you’ll rock it tomorrow!!!

  • Jalita March 13, 2010, 11:40 pm

    That’s cool you have guests over and served a mexican food buffet. we had guests over too and served a chinese food buffet.

  • Kat March 14, 2010, 12:08 am

    Tomorrow will be epic!! You are such an inspiration! Can’t wait to read all about it!!

  • Heather March 14, 2010, 12:19 am

    am so excited for you for tomorrow 🙂 you eat tris for breakfast 🙂

    can not wait to hear about how it goes – am cheering you on from NY

  • Jennifer March 14, 2010, 12:21 am

    good luck tomorrow! I am sure you will do so well! You are really an inspiration!

  • Jaclyn March 14, 2010, 12:25 am

    Mmmm, keylime pie looks yummy!
    Good luck at your race tomorrow girl, we all know you’re gonna rock it! 😉

  • Amanda March 14, 2010, 12:39 am

    Key Lime pie is probably my favorite thing on earth. Good luck with the Tri tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear how it went! I know you are gonna do awesome, you are so prepared!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 14, 2010, 12:45 am

    key lime pie has got to be the race-winning dessert 🙂 it’s amazing! good luck lady, I can’t wait to read about how you blew that tri out of the water! 🙂

  • Jenny @ JennyLikesToRun, a teenager with a healthy twist on life March 14, 2010, 1:40 am

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!!!!!! I know you will do AMAZINGLY and I cannot wait to hear all about it 🙂

    You inspire me, GO FOR IT!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama March 14, 2010, 4:02 am

    You will kick ass at the race tomorrow! Good luck!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 14, 2010, 4:21 am

    Oooh what a fun day!
    GOOD LUCK AT THE RACE TODAY! (it’s today for me at least lol) – you’re going to be awesome!

  • Emily March 14, 2010, 5:32 am

    oooh, I don’t blame you – key lime pie is good! 🙂
    good luck for the race!

  • Rachel March 14, 2010, 9:49 am

    MMmmmmmm… Publix Key Lime pie is The Best!

  • Amanda March 14, 2010, 10:25 am

    Hey girl! I just stumbled upon your blog and really love it! Those veggie wraps look amazing and I love the idea of the sunflower seeds on top of the English Muffin! 🙂

  • Jolene ( March 14, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Your Mexican dinner sounds fantastic!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 14, 2010, 1:10 pm

    What a great pre-race day!! I LOVE love key lime pie 🙂

  • Orla March 15, 2010, 5:16 am

    Us Irish are not known for vegetarian food it is true. However, we are not known for British food!!! While culturally a lot of our foods may be similar – but we are very separate countries 🙂

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:52 am

      I am always confused about this. I thought the Husband (who’s from England) said that “British” includes Ireland. Doesn’t it? Or am I mistake? And Irish = Ireland and English = England. Am I wrong??? Sorry if I am 🙂

      • Orla March 15, 2010, 10:03 am

        Hi Caitlin,
        The Republic of Ireland is very much an independent country. We were part of the British Empire a long time ago but we have been an independent State since the early 20th Century (as in with our own government)
        The six counties of Northern Ireland cause a lot of debate as there are those who believe it is still part of the Union and those who believe it is part of the republic.
        As far as Irish people are concerned we are independent and I guess 800 years of history makes us a little tetchy about being called British! Hope that makes sense? Congrats on completing the Tri – I admire you for facing your fear and doing it anyway!!! Congrats

        • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:06 am

          hehe oh man i’m so sorry! i always thought “british” just included everything, which is why the husband prefers me to call him english! oops. i learn something everyday 🙂

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