Did you miss the recap of Sunday’s triathlon?  If so, you should definitely check it out HERE – it’s a good read! 🙂


Last night, I made this video recap, which includes footage of my Husband being awesome and my epic bike crash.  As you can see, I crashed because I turned too quickly and too tightly.


My injuries from the crash are minor (because I had on a helmet – always wear your helmet, even for short, slow rides!).  MY left elbow is bruised and scraped, and my neck is really sore, but that’s it.  Three cheers for helmets!


Many of you have asked what my race plans are now that I’ve done the triathlon.  Oh, you know me so well!  :)  I already am signed up for a few other races in the next few weeks:


  • April 3 – Croom’s Fools Run 15 mile trail race.  I did this last year, and I’m so excited to do it again.  It’s a lot of fun.
  • April 10 – Aflac Iron Girl 15K.  I am super excited for this oceanside road race.  Iron Girl has a ton of other races in the country – check out their website to see if there is one near you and use the coupon code  CCIGCLHTP2 (case sensitive) for $10 off online event entry until April 7.
  • May 23 – Echelon Gran Fondo Century Bike Race – That’s 100 miles through the gorgeous Napa Valley, California!


I’ll do another triathlon, but I’d prefer a sprint distance swim (half of what I did yesterday) and warmer weather.  :) 


On to breakfast:


I had pumpkin oatmeal, which contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • Toppings: flax, brown sugar, and almonds


What races or fitness goals are you working towards right now?


PS – My favorite part of the video is when you see the Husband and I running side-by-side along the beach!  :)  And THANK YOU for all your sweet and supportive comments.



  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 15, 2010, 9:19 am

    Sounds like you already have exciting future race plans.
    I’m training for my first half marathon but I’m most excited for two triathlons coming up this summer. Those two are sprint distance – I can’t decide if I’m ready for olympic distance yet. Maybe next season?

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 15, 2010, 9:20 am

    Ouch, what a fall! I’m glad you weren’t hurt! I love that leaf bowl. So perfect for holding pumpkin oatmeal! Have a great Monday!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 15, 2010, 9:22 am

    You are so bad-ass! I loved the video and thank gosh you had on a helmet!!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health March 15, 2010, 9:25 am

    Oh man, thanks for sharing the video! That fall looks brutal but I am glad you are OK shy of some cuts and bruises.

  • megan March 15, 2010, 9:26 am

    you are so hard core!! I’m so impressed. seriously…you are an inspiration. way to conquer your fear of the swim, and way to get right back on your bike!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 15, 2010, 9:28 am

    I’m so proud of you!!! What an inspiration!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired March 15, 2010, 9:28 am

    Ouch. That crash looked like it hurt…props for getting back up and finishing! The husband was too funny running along side of you and making sure to get pictures of you finishing…you can tell he’s proud!!

  • Meredith @ Sweat Every Day March 15, 2010, 9:28 am

    this might be a really stupid question, but I have zero experience with bike shoes. were you wearing the kind that clip in? and if so, how does that work when you fall off your bike? I mean, clearly your feet came off the pedal, but I’m afraid I’d get tangled up in a bike/leg mess!! epic crash video but amazing job on the tri 🙂

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:31 am

      there are no stupid questions.

      yes, i was wearing clip ins. the force of the fall will generally yank your feet out (plus, i think it’s your instinct to begin to clip when you start to fall). your clip-ins can be loose or tight, and mine are very loose, which makes it super easy to clip in and out. (that’s a good thing).

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 15, 2010, 9:29 am

    Oh what a great video! Brilliant fall 😀 you should be pleased you got some proof injury wise of it!! I always used to hope that if I had the bad luck of falling off my horse, I wanted a scratch or cut for my pain – the AMOUNT of times I’ve come off and though f**** that hurt, then got no bruises or anything to prove it..very annyoing! Strange logic, it might just apply to horsey people lol 😛
    By the way, that quotation at the end is SUPER – when you posted it yesterday it got me thinking about some stuff in my life and it REALLY Helped! Thankyou 🙂
    (ps. that video made me well up a lil bit 😛 I feel so proud of you haha! And I love how your husband ran with you – he loves you so much :))

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:31 am

      haha i am very proud of my elbow, so i understand.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 15, 2010, 9:29 am

    I was traveling on Sunday, and I’m just now catching up– YOU ARE A WARRIOR!!! Awesome job!! So inspirational, seriously!

  • Chelsea March 15, 2010, 9:29 am

    I am sooo excited for you!! I bet you are brimming with confidence today. The video made me get a little choked up, seriously. You have inspired so many.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 15, 2010, 9:30 am

    …I need to cut down on my use of smilies….

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous March 15, 2010, 9:30 am

    Ok seriously cute of your Husband to run beside you like that. Way to go Caitlin, you rocked it – bike crash and all!

  • Lindsey March 15, 2010, 9:30 am

    I LOVE your attitude. You rock!

    Ok, I have a quickie question (if you don’t mind!) – I live WAY OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE *but* am interested in getting more physically active.

    How would you do it if you didn’t have gym access and your country roads weren’t necessarily the best terrain for biking or running? (add a toddler to the mix too…)

    DVDs help but I do love me the great outdoors!!!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:35 am

      what do you mean, the roads aren’t the best terrain for biking and running? too hilly? unsafe?

      • Lindsey March 15, 2010, 9:55 am

        We live off of a long dirt/gravel road, which then connects to the main road which is hilly and curvy (folks are notorious for blowing along that road too, at like 70mph). I’d call it unsafe – I know I’m not really keen on trying to run say, early in the AM or at dusk (when my hubs can watch our 2yo). So yeah…

        • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:58 am

          yikes! that is definitely unsafe and scary. if you want to do outdoor exercise, i would recommend just driving someone safer to bike or run… that’s what i would do. they have kids bike seats or wagons you can add! extra weight = extra challenging 🙂

          and get a bike light if you’re riding at dusk!

  • Bess March 15, 2010, 9:31 am

    Congrats on a good tri! My hubby and son have run that one a few times and the setting is beautiful… you are quite an inspiration! (And I love the ending quotes of your video)

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery March 15, 2010, 9:31 am

    Great video!

    I am doing a 10k in May and a 1/2 marathon (my 2nd) in October. The 1/2 marathon is in Newport, RI and I think the course will be gorgeous. I love that town!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear March 15, 2010, 9:32 am

    Great video! You are truly an inspiration, you did so well! I’m trying to figure out what race to do next. I wanted to do the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cinci, but I haven’t started training and it’s only 2 months away. Need to do some research cause I work well with goals!!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing March 15, 2010, 9:32 am

    I am working towards the Shamrock 8K this coming weekend and then a 10K in May. If only I could stay uninjured for more than a week. 🙁

  • Susan March 15, 2010, 9:32 am

    Love that video!!! The swim shots are beautiful in the early morning. And the bike crash is definitely epic. Nice rolling 😉 Happy it wasn’t anything more serious! When i did my tri, I passed a guy twice on the side of the road because his bike got a flat!! Now THAT would suck! He didn’t quit though 🙂

    Umm…isn’t Napa Valley all hills? :\

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:35 am

      the first 30 miles of the course is uphill, but after that, it’s all a down grade. wahoo!

      • Susan March 15, 2010, 9:42 am

        Okay, that makes me feel much better!

        My motto for climbing hills: “Whatever goes up, must come down.” 🙂

  • Eve @ Nutrition by Eve March 15, 2010, 9:33 am

    congratulations!! very inspirational. that’s so great that you made it through. I really would love to do a triathalon one day. My husband says he’s interested too. It may be a good way for me to get back in shape after the baby comes!!!

  • Lynna March 15, 2010, 9:33 am

    I was so proud of you for fighting back your panic and getting through the swim…but the way you bounced right back up and got back on your bike after your fall was AMAZING! You are amazing!

  • Beth March 15, 2010, 9:33 am

    I have a 10 mile race coming up on April 11, 2010 which will be my longest race/run to date. Nothing compared to a marathon but its still pretty far for me!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:38 am

      never downplay your accomplishments! 10 miles is a long, long way to run!

  • Chelsea March 15, 2010, 9:33 am

    On another note, I am a competitive cyclist (mainly mtn biking) and a few years ago I had a terrible crash just 1 mile into the start of a race. I dont remember anything about it, and my helmet cracked in 2. I had to be removed from the trail my EMS. When ever I come across a kid on a bike with out helmet or anyone else I tell them my story. Helmets save lives. In the end I came out with a bad concussion, and blood posining from a major raspberry on my arm. Thanks for pushing helmets, I wouldnt be here with out one!! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:36 am

      ohmigod! i am so glad you are OK. helmets are awesome – they have saved my dad’s life before too, and my friend kelly’s. i’m glad you spread the word!!!

    • Julie @SavvyEats March 15, 2010, 10:21 am

      My dad’s helmet saved his life 12 years ago. A car hit him ON PURPOSE, and his helmet shattered into a dozen pieces…even if YOU are being safe during a ride doesn’t mean the people around you are, so I always tell people to wear a helmet. Thanks for pushing the same, and for yesterday’s post about how once you fall, you must get a new helmet!

      • Morgan March 15, 2010, 10:31 am

        A car hit him on purpose?!?!?!?!

        • Julie @SavvyEats March 15, 2010, 10:48 am

          Yep, it was a car full of stupid teenagers. They tried to fishtail into my dad’s friend to force him off the road, and when they couldn’t, they went after my dad instead… thank goodness he was wearing his helmet!

        • Chelsea March 15, 2010, 10:49 am

          This is actually very common. My husband is a pro cyclist, and a car hit him on purpose and called the police on him and said he ran into them….tell me why would a professional competitive cyclist hit a car??? Once I was at a stop light and some guy came out his window and shoved me to the ground, people are just SO lame sometimes. It doesnt happen all the time and everywhere, but some towns are not bicycle friendly, and mine for sure isnt!

        • Morgan March 15, 2010, 11:58 am

          WHAT? Someone shoved you for nothing? WOW. Sometimes I get mad at the bikers because they don’t follow the stop lights here (NYC) and they quite often run through them (scary) and I’ve seen bikers hit pedestrians before. I’ve also gotten mad a bikers before for weaving in and out of traffic-but it was dangerous and stupid on his part. But why in the world are people mean to bikers, just to be mean?

          Cars should be outlawed.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) March 15, 2010, 9:33 am

    That was a cute video (I highly approve of the song choice). The wipeout looked like it hurt! 😕 I loved that you were sort of graceful about it though. As in, you didn’t look embarrassed and even played it again in slo-mo haha

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 15, 2010, 9:33 am

    That was a great video. My fav part was the husband running beside you too…made me teary! lol.
    Great song choice too by the way.

  • Lindsay March 15, 2010, 9:35 am

    I’m currently training for the Nashville Country Music Half marathon, and I’m probably (90% sure) that I’m going to sign up and train for the Rock N’ Roll Denver Marathon in October as my first ever marathon!!! Gulp. Running 26.2 miles scares me a bit, but doing something scary can be the most rewarding and empowering thing, as you’ve demonstrated in your many races!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:37 am

      just approach it as a fun race, not an intense race, and a marathon is awesome! and don’t set a time goal for yourself!!

      • Lindsay March 15, 2010, 9:41 am

        Trust me. There will be no time goals attached. I’ll just be happy if I can drag my butt across the finish line in any capacity whatsoever. I’ll crawl if I have to! 🙂 Finishing injury-free would be nice too.

  • Allison March 15, 2010, 9:35 am

    I’ll be at the Clearwater IronGirl! I’m sure I won’t run into you because you’re a much faster runner, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled. 🙂 I think it’s going to be a great race; I’ve heard very good things about the IronGirl series, and Clearwater is gorgeous!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:37 am

      can we meet up before or after? make sure you email me before the race!!

      • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 15, 2010, 5:25 pm

        I will be there too and would love to meet up with you ladies 🙂 I did the Iron Girl 5K last year and it was a lot of fun. There is one big bridge that’s tough, but I think they changed the course this year so it may only be in the 15k, not the 5k.

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 15, 2010, 9:37 am

    you got right up from your crash like a champ! you weren’t even limping, what a pro!

  • Stacey March 15, 2010, 9:39 am

    Again, SO PROUD OF YOU! I love the video and the inspiring messages on there too 😀 I truly believe that in order to conquer your fear you just hafta get out there and DO IT. The moment when you fell and got right back up is really inspiring! Thanks for being such a great blogger and motivator! I hope I get to meet you when you move to Charlotte 😀

    Or at Fitbloggin this weekend!! 😉

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 9:42 am

      yes! i cannot wait to meet you and be BFFs when we move LOL

      • Stacey March 15, 2010, 9:57 am

        HA 😀 I know! I am already planning bike routes and stuff we could do lol. None of my friends are into fitness or anything (except for Whit, of course!), so I’m excited that I might have a biking/running buddy!

        • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:00 am

          what part of town are you in?

        • Stacey March 15, 2010, 10:16 am

          I actually live on the outskirts of Charlotte, in Gastonia. It takes me about 30 minutes to get to work (in Charlotte) everyday. I was born and raised in Charlotte, and then I moved when I started 6th grade. What area are you thinking of moving into?

        • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:18 am

          not sure – we need to go up and decide!! lol

        • Stacey March 15, 2010, 10:31 am

          By the way, what song is that on your video?? It seems like a good fit for my MP3 player 🙂

        • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:37 am

          all the things that i’ve done by the killers from the album hot fuss

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 15, 2010, 9:40 am

    I loved how your hubs was playing paparazzi at the end! I have crashed more than a few times at bike races (and I have the scars and broken bones to prove it. ouch) and I know how hard it is to get up and keep going! You are such a champ Caitlin!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 15, 2010, 9:42 am

    Look at you get right back on that bike!!! You rock!
    I’m training for a half on Sunday (!), then tri training takes over!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances March 15, 2010, 9:45 am

    Awesome video! SO CUTE when your husband was running next to you… I think that was my favorite part as well :). I’m glad you weren’t seriously injured when you fell – and that you were able to get right back up and keep going! Definitely shows that helmets should always be worn, no matter what.

  • Graze With Me March 15, 2010, 9:47 am

    Bummer about the crash. 🙁 At least you weren’t flying down the road or anything. But seriously, congratulations to you – YOU DID IT! Amazing.

    PS – Love the song you picked for the video!

  • jenna March 15, 2010, 9:47 am

    CONGRATS CAITLIN! it sounds like you did an amazing job! you really are a great inspiration! 🙂

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story March 15, 2010, 9:49 am

    I love the video!! I think the song choice was spot on! 🙂

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness March 15, 2010, 9:51 am

    CONGRATS on finishing your tri!!!! The hubby running beside you was my absolute favorite part… he is adorable! And your bike crash was insane… you are pretty bad ass!!!! 😉

  • Jenny March 15, 2010, 9:55 am

    Congrats, congrats, congrats- love the double-showing of your crash- it’s awesome ya got back up, that’s what it’s all about!

  • Christina March 15, 2010, 9:57 am

    Congrats on the race! It’s really true about how fearful you are when you just think about something vs actually doing it. Definitely something to keep in mind.

  • Brigid March 15, 2010, 10:03 am

    Congrats! I love your recap. I’m very impressed with you facing your fears. You always seem to be challenging yourself. One of my biggest fears is being last in a race and that just doesn’t seem to matter to you. I love that perspective.
    Way to go!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:07 am

      being last out of the water didnt matter to me at all because i knew i was trying my hardest AND b/c the support staff was so encouraging. don’t ever be embarrassed to try your hardest, even if that’s less than what other people are doing!

  • Lindsey March 15, 2010, 10:04 am

    Caitlin, everytime I watch one of your race videos, I tear up! Congratulations on your finish!

  • Alison March 15, 2010, 10:05 am

    Regular reader, rare commenter. But had to pipe in and say how awesome your triathlon was! The video made me tear up. And the way you described your fear in the swimming leg made me start to sweat a little (I would be too scared to even try the swimming in a lake thing…) As with your marathon, I was so excited to check in yesterday to see how the triathlon went. Even my husband asked how “that girl on the computer” did on her triathlon. 🙂 I love blogs – thanks for sharing!!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:07 am

      heheh thank you! and your husband sounds cute!

  • Jennie {in Wonderland} March 15, 2010, 10:06 am

    Ok, I totally teared up during the video – when the hus was running beside you after the swim, and when you ran smiling through the finish line. Ahhhh! I am such a sap, but that was beautiful, Caitlin. Inspiring.

    I giggled when you hopped back up after the wipe-out, like “eeeh, nothing’s going to stop me”. Awesome. Some people would have stopped after that but you didn’t.

    My fitness goals are pretty small, because I’m just getting back into going to the gym after a few years of not really looking after myself. But I do want to complete 6 hours of cardio a week, and really build my lean muscle so I get stronger! I also want to start running once my weight gets down a bit and hopefully one day run in a race!

    I love your Maple Leaf bowl… reminds me of home 🙂

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:08 am

      hahah actually i screamed FUCK but you can’t hear it because the sound is muted. LOL

  • Lauren March 15, 2010, 10:11 am

    Congrats! The video was great (but sorry about the crash).
    How did the bathing suit idea work out? With the bikini underneath?

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:13 am

      awesome! it was a great solution and really easy to take off underneath my bike shorts.

  • skinnyrunner March 15, 2010, 10:15 am

    congrats on conquering your fear and finishing!! i love that you already have a slew of races signed up for, my kinda girl.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 15, 2010, 10:18 am

    LOVE the video…the crash is hard core! so excited you made it through, and with a good time as well 🙂 my fitness goals are just to be as strong as I can be. i know that’s really vague, but with summer coming up and tons of hiking and climbing, i’m just trying to make it so that it’s not so hard then 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 15, 2010, 10:18 am

    Wow, that’s a very inspiring video! I hated to see you crash but you GOT BACK UP and got back on the bike which is what makes all the difference!
    I love that song too.. and the quotes at the end were really inspiring.
    Sounds like you have some fun races in store!
    My current fitness goals are recovering from my stress fracture (aka forcing myself to sit on my butt and REST!) and then getting back into exercise, i’d really like to try swimming and biking. i can’t wait to run again, don’t get me wrong, but I’m taking this injury as an opportunity to try new things. Who knows, maybe i’ll find something I love even more?

  • Lacey March 15, 2010, 10:19 am

    hooray! i love your video!!! 1. i love that song. 2. i think it’s the perfect song choice and you have it timed really well. 3. what a fabulous video!!!! 4. my fave part was also when your hus was running next to you !!! i noticed that right away 🙂 5. when you got right back on your bike i was like wow, that is courage.

    way to go 🙂 and congrats 🙂

  • Lo-Jo March 15, 2010, 10:19 am

    Ouchies on the bike crash! It happens to all of us though. Trust me, I’ve fallen on my bike so many times!

    Great recap. So glad you finished it!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) March 15, 2010, 10:21 am

    Gosh Caitlin, you are just amazing! I teared up watching this because I tried to imagine what that would be like to feel so afraid in the water and then wipe out on the bike ride. I think I would have lost it at that point. I am so proud of you for sticking it out and making it through! Such an ENORMOUS, AMAZING accomplishment!!! You should be riding high on a cloud! Caitlin = INSPIRATION 🙂

  • Jacquie March 15, 2010, 10:22 am

    I love the song that the video’s too and the inspiration at the end. You are a star! I too think the cutest past is when the husband is running with you. You have to love the support 🙂

  • meghann March 15, 2010, 10:23 am

    You are so cute! I love the BIG smile in every shot! 🙂

  • Stephanie March 15, 2010, 10:28 am

    That video gave me chills – congratulations on your accomplishment yesterday!!

  • LindsayH March 15, 2010, 10:31 am

    omg I love the video!!! My favorite part is when you are getting out of the water and your husband is there running alongside you! That part made me cry.

  • Laurie March 15, 2010, 10:34 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! You did it! Sorry about the bike
    crash, but you got back on and finished a great race.

  • Caroline March 15, 2010, 10:34 am

    Love the song you chose for the video! 🙂 You are such an inspiration. I am nowhere near as strong as you are. Your video may have brought tears to my eyes.

  • Beth @ Fatbustermack March 15, 2010, 10:37 am

    Ouch on the crash! Great job though!

  • Sarah March 15, 2010, 10:39 am

    Oh my gosh – I cringed watching the crash!! How did you get your clips out fast enough?

    Congrats Caitlin!!

  • Morgan March 15, 2010, 10:40 am

    Congrats Caitlin! We all know how nervous you were and just finishing is the biggest step-you did it!!! The blogging world is so supportive-it’s nice to know people are rooting for you!

    I have about 700 races this year starting with this weekend!
    NYC Half
    Colon Cancer 15K
    Another NYC half in April
    Country Music Half (end of April)
    Healtht Kidney 10k in May
    Brooklyn Half in May
    Bronx Half
    Queens Half (September)

    Chicago Marathon!!!!!!
    Las Vegas Marathon!!!!!

    • Anne March 15, 2010, 12:11 pm

      where is your colon cancer 15k? dc used to have a 5k but it disappeared this year into this air. its a cause that is very important to me so i was super bummed to find it missing from my race calendar this year.


      • Morgan March 15, 2010, 12:21 pm

        It’s in NYC-Central Park. The race is 3/28. Check nyrr.org for more info because I think the registration closed!!

        • Anne March 15, 2010, 12:25 pm

          it is! bummer! i’m in dc though, so i’ll definitely be putting that on my calendar for next year. thanks so much! and have fun!

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle March 15, 2010, 10:42 am

    Great job! You overcame the obstacles presented to you yesterday and did amazing! You should be so proud.

    I am so inspired now to finally do a tri. I hope to do a sprint & then a half iron this summer before we move on to starting a family. I feel the need for one more big challenge other than a marathon.

  • Kristen March 15, 2010, 10:44 am

    Thank you for putting the crash in slow-motion AND repeating it…. congratulations again!

    I’ve got a half-marathon in June that I’m running (and raising money for) but I haven’t signed up for anything else. My plan is to do some shorter races between now and then.

  • Julie March 15, 2010, 10:44 am

    Love the video! great job!

  • Stephanie March 15, 2010, 10:45 am

    Awesome video! You are AMAZING!!! I’m so glad you didn’t get hurt when you crashed your bike!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 15, 2010, 10:45 am

    Love the video! So awesome that you just got up from that fall like a champ 🙂

    I’m training for a half marathon right now!

  • Neely March 15, 2010, 10:46 am

    I see “epic” is the new “nom nom nom” is the new “I heart…” is the new “twas..” in bloggytown lately. 😉

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 11:05 am

      i am singlehandedly going to make epic as big as nom nom nom.

  • Theorist March 15, 2010, 10:49 am

    Way to DO Caitlin. Well done. The video was really a nice touch. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • ActiveEggplant March 15, 2010, 10:49 am

    Awesome video & l.o.v.e that you replayed the crash! You actually look totally badazz with how you got up & right back on the bike so fast with a SMILE on your face! Definitely an inspiration!
    As for goals – I’ve already decided I’m going to train for the Women’s Tri at Moss Park in October! I’ve gotta redeem myself from that SWIM! (I’ll be at the IronGirl in Clearwater too – I’m a slow poke though and will probably not see you on the course!)

  • Amy @ Running in Pink March 15, 2010, 10:51 am

    Thank you Caitlin – your video was so inspirational & the quote at the end was what i needed to read today, sometimes it takes a simple quote to make everything make sense.

    PS Glad you are ok after your fall x

  • Katie March 15, 2010, 10:51 am

    hell yeah girl, way to get it done! congrats on your tri!

  • Jaime March 15, 2010, 10:51 am

    I have been a reader of your blog for quite awhile now but never comment. I just wanted you to know that your video was awesome!!! I have a lot of respect for someone who doesn’t give up, no matter what. Just wanted you to know how inspiring it was to watch that. Congrats on finishing and facing your fear!

  • Laura March 15, 2010, 10:54 am

    Superstar! I don’t think you realise what it means for you to be so upfront about difficulties you have with things like open water, and to carry on through it all whilst still being an amazing athlete! I definitely think you have nine lives after your fall… I’m currently aiming for my first half marathon in the autumn after a while off, following a 10 mile race, but I’m finding it hard to start up again- mainly for psychological reasons- my sister has always been the better runner- she used to be coached by Paula Radcliffe’s team and she, coincidentally, just started running again 2 weeks ago and is already clocking in AMAZING times- I know I shouldn’t be affected by it, as I’m running for charity and myself but I feel a bit demoralised- silly?!.. ;( Have a lovely, relaxing rest day 😉

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 11:07 am

      don’t ever feel demoralized for trying YOUR hardest. it’s all relative 🙂 thank you so much for your nice comment.

  • Kate March 15, 2010, 10:57 am

    Congratulations on the triathlon! You are amazing and SO inspirational!!

  • Ashley March 15, 2010, 10:59 am

    Seriously almost cried when the huz was running to catch up with you after the swim. 😉 So so cute. Goals? Well this is a long term goal..not sure when I would want to do this race..but for some reason I might see it in my future…it’s an intense 6 day, 113 mile run through the mountains in CO..it’s a partner race but you each run the whole thing together. http://tinyurl.com/6xttom INtense!

  • Amber March 15, 2010, 11:01 am

    Awesome job! That crash looks painful :S

    LOVE the video. Do you use a special video editing software to make your race recap videos? They’re so cool!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 11:07 am

      windows movie maker!

  • Amanda March 15, 2010, 11:02 am

    Congratulation you showed such determination, it was so motivating to watch you not let your fears get you down! 🙂 I gotta say my favorite part of the video was also your hubby running with you, I think I teared up a little, so sweet!

  • Michelle March 15, 2010, 11:05 am

    Just showed this to my 10 year old…she thought it was very cool!

  • Erica March 15, 2010, 11:08 am

    Great video! I love how supportive your husband is!That fall definitely looked like it would’ve been painful. I’m glad you’re doing ok!

  • Kelly March 15, 2010, 11:16 am

    Epic is my favorite word. When you use it do you hear it like this in your head? Epiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic, haha because I do.

  • Grace March 15, 2010, 11:18 am

    The statement at the end of your video says it all…thanks for giving me inspiration to challenge myself!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life March 15, 2010, 11:19 am

    Congrats to you!!!! I’m so proud of what you’ve done!

  • sonia March 15, 2010, 11:19 am

    aww this was soo cute! iam so proud of you, you trained so hard and deserved it all!!!!!

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 15, 2010, 11:36 am

    I am currently training for my first 10-mile race, which is a really big deal for me. I just wanted to let you know that following your training has been such an inspiration for me to keep going and give it my all! 🙂

  • Amanda (modernation) March 15, 2010, 11:37 am

    Great job – love the video~ I am training for the Echelon Gran Fondo, as you know. 😉 And also planning for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in San Diego two weeks after that.

  • Kathleen March 15, 2010, 11:42 am

    Loved the video! U are so hard core! My three favorite parts are 1) how u got back on the bike with a smile, ready to tackle it again! 2) ur husband running along the beach, super sweet! 3) the look on ur face when u finished! Go Caitlin!

  • Lisa March 15, 2010, 11:43 am

    I LOVED the video. Thanks for making it and putting that back. I think its great you have so many pictures AND a video because it was such a big deal to you in terms of overcoming fear. You will look back on that video for a long time with a lot of happiness!

    I’m going to focus more on lifting now. I just ran my first race, an 8k, and I realized racing isn’t for me. I just didn’t enjoy it that much. But, Im glad I tried it because I always curious. Live and learn right?

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl March 15, 2010, 11:51 am

    I’m working towards increasing my speed as well as upping my mileage for marathon training. Speed is the one area that I lack in and I hope to become a stronger runner by working on it!

    I love that leaf bowl 🙂

  • Anne March 15, 2010, 11:51 am

    AWESOME VIDEO!!!!!!!

    congrats on the finish! i’m so inspired and excited for my half on Saturday! and then my century and oly tri this summer! SO excited.


    • Anne March 15, 2010, 12:12 pm

      i just watched this again. seriously, kudos to you. i’m so nervous for the open water swim and this makes me want punch that fear in the face!

      okay, i’m done now:)

  • Lisa March 15, 2010, 11:52 am

    Woohoo!!! Congrats on the triathlon!! So exciting and inspiring! You look so great in the video and it’s definitely a good thing you had that helmet on! I’m glad to hear the injuries aren’t too bad. Take care of yourself and enjoy the recovery week!

  • Stacey March 15, 2010, 11:57 am

    Awesome Video! It made me tear up a bit. I think I may have to watch it on a weekly basis until my Olympic Tri in June for motivation and to try and convince myself falling isn’t the end of the world! Ironically though, I’m not scared of hitting my head thanks to the helmet…..breaking my arm though, that’s another story! 🙂 I also love how The Husband ran with you, what a good guy. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 15, 2010, 11:59 am

    That is such an awesome bowl for your oatmeal. =)

    That video was great! Really inspiring, although ouch for the fall! Glad you’re okay.

  • Stefanie March 15, 2010, 11:59 am

    Awesome job! I love the video and it is so inspiring. Can’t wait to be able to accomplish something so amazing.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 15, 2010, 12:05 pm

    CONGRATS on your tri Caitlin!!

  • Becca March 15, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Awesome video! Thank you for your inspiration and consistent optimism. You motivate so many women 🙂

  • Stacy (stalios) March 15, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I cried reading your recap yesterday, and cried just now watching the video. You are AMAZING!!! You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing this journey with us 🙂

  • Sarah March 15, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Caitlin, your video made me cry – but it was in a good way. Does it feel bizarre that people you don’t know can be so proud of you, pleased for you, and moved by you? Clearly it’s true for many of us 🙂

    And, apropos of absolutely nothing, I’m in the UK – and smiled every time you mentioned our Nescafe Gold Blend instant coffee and how much better it is than US instant. Your are right, having lived in both countries, you could not be more right! If ever you’d like another jar, drop me a line at this email addy and I’ll be happy to send one over. I know all too well what wanting a particular item from overseas is like, happy to share.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 15, 2010, 12:30 pm

    That made me want to cry when I saw you come out of the water and your hubby was trotting alongside you.

    I cannot believe how proud I am of someone I’ve never even met. You did fantastic!!!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 15, 2010, 12:30 pm

    you are so motivated! i can only handle thinking of one event each time or I get overwhelmed and freak out…..

  • Ellen March 15, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Oh my gosh! I would have totally cried like a baby if I bit it like that. Ouucch. My health goal is to be more POSITIVE about my body and food. I have a lot of issues that I never even realized until people started pointing it out to me. I’m WAY too hard on myself!


  • Jen March 15, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Awesome video! It gave me goosebumps and made me a little choked up at the end. Perfect song…

  • Cindy March 15, 2010, 12:59 pm

    I wish this was facebook and I could hit “like” about fifty times. Had me crying like a baby! I love to see that raw human spirit that says, “I can. I am. I ought. I will.” (quoted Charlotte Mason)

  • Jess March 15, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Congrats Caitlin for getting out there and getting it done even if you were a little freaked out! You totally kicked butt and should be so proud of yourself!

  • KatieMoo March 15, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I can’t stop thinking about how you are such a hardcore badass! GO CAITLIN!!!

  • Sean March 15, 2010, 1:12 pm

    Great video (And that song is growing on me) — triathlete’s are stereotyped for lacking some bike handling skills so you’re a true triathlete now. I just have to keep my distance at the century! Just kidding 🙂 I’ll bet $100 you’ll be signing up for a half iron in the near future!

  • Sassy Molassy March 15, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Nice work, Caitlin! Great video. Thanks for putting it together. The inspiring words at the end are good. Just because I’m scared of the open water swimming doesn’t mean I should avoid it.

  • Jenny March 15, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Ps- gotta love your hus for running with you… seems like such a great guy (and i bet he is)!

  • Christina March 15, 2010, 1:23 pm

    I love the part with you and husband running together!

  • Steph March 15, 2010, 1:23 pm

    I randomly stumbled upon your blog and yesterday I watched the video, it made me teary eyed.

    So glad you finished and you did a wonderful job!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 15, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Loved the video and it actually brought me to tears. Probably because of your will to just go out there and do it no matter what and the motivational words at the end. Thanks for that!

    As for what I’m working on right now, well, I am working out at the gym often, hubby and I do spin class 2 times a week together and I have stopped the 3rd spin class to run instead. So I’m running 2 days a week so far right now but need to add at least one more soon. I’m really struggling with the running because of shin splints. It hurts so bad even with shin sleeves.

    Like I said in my other comment, hubby and I are going to be training soon for the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica 1/2 marathon run/walk. Signed up last night and they asked how long I estimated it would take me and I had no clue. Can you possibly give me an idea as to what a normal 1/2 marathon time is for the normal person or even a beginner. I am going to try a 5k or two before Dec. so that I have at least an idea of what I’m getting myself into ha ha

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 1:35 pm

      If you are walk/running, you will probably do 12 minute miles or so. 🙂

      • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 1:36 pm

        and they are only asking to know what corral they should put you in so it doesn’t matter if your real time is slower or faster.

  • RhodeyGirl March 15, 2010, 1:38 pm

    What else is new, I just bawled watching that video.

    I am SO proud of you Caitlin! YOU DID IT! You faced that fear and you didn’t give up. I am so proud of you.

    I can’t believe you fell and got right back up like that. Amazing!


  • kwithme March 15, 2010, 1:39 pm

    My 4 year old said that she felt bad that you fell but was glad that you were ok. Also, I teared up at your retelling of conquering the swim portion of the race, I am super proud of you!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

      that is so cute 🙂

  • Jess @ Truly.Into.Fitness March 15, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    You are TRULY an inspiration. Your before post with the pictures made me cry and so did this one! The passion you have and the support system of your husband running by your side after your swim is truly heartfelt <3 Thank you for being you.

  • Chelsea March 15, 2010, 1:54 pm

    awesome video!! I teared up watching it! You had a lot of courage to jump in that water and get right back up and on the bike after crashing, you did it so gracefully! I probably would have cried! What a supportive husband you have!! <3
    This was very inspiring!

  • Morgan March 15, 2010, 1:54 pm

    You are amazing and inspiring. Congrats again!

  • Steph March 15, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Congratulations on your race!! I’ve completed one try-a-tri and a sprint and I really battled during the swim at the sprint. You are an inspiration for pushing though! I always fear the turn-around on the bike, too, and I’ve come quite close to tumbling over. Good for you for soldiering on and not giving up! I will remember this at my next race. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) March 15, 2010, 2:09 pm

    um, my breaking point was seeing your husband run with you out of the water. So inspirational and touching.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 15, 2010, 2:27 pm

    Aww I loved watching that and seeing how hard you pushed even after your problems in the water.

    My next race is a Quarter marathon the day before Easter (april 3). I’m super excited and I know I can do it because I just ran the full distance yesterday in 1.5 hours 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 15, 2010, 2:47 pm

    LOVED watching the video. That’s neat you know how to make them, so you can remember big events like this forever.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 15, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Woohoo!!! Congratulations! I knew you could rock that out! You’re such an inspiration, and on most days, you’re the reason I go to the gym!

  • Katharine March 15, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Thank you SO much for sharing this video! You’re truly a rockstar. Having just completed my first 5K (something I never thought I’d do since I have cystic fibrosis) I, too, and just coming down from the high of an accomplishment. Congrats!!! (And you took that spill like a champ!)

  • Kerry (Running on Faith) March 15, 2010, 3:20 pm

    LOVE the video!!! I played that song by the Killers on my way to teaching every day last year and it is SO energizing and reassuring! You had such a positive attitude about it all and I am glad to see the list of other races in the future 🙂

  • Allison March 15, 2010, 3:28 pm

    So I already told you in an email that I think you and this video are an inspiration but now I have PROOF!

    I was sitting at work bored as usual and I went to watch the video for the 4th time… but then I was like, “WTF Allison… don’t just sit on you ass watching some one be awesome… go out and be awesome!” So I went for a 4 mile run.. THEN watched your video for the 4th time 🙂

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 3:31 pm

      yay! awesome! go you 🙂

  • Maureen March 15, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin!!!! You are so awesome! You got up so quickly after your fall and kept going. A true inspiration!!

    I had the same thing about swimming in open water when I tried to do my first triathlon last May….I started losing my breath and felt like I was going to hyperventilate. I never finished the race and was so embarassed because a few friends came to see my race. In late July I told myself that I HAD to complete a full tri!!! I felt on top of the world the next day after I completed my first triathlon and I hope you do too!!!!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) March 15, 2010, 3:41 pm

    You are amazing!!

  • Lynne March 15, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Wow – fantastic video and amazing accomplishment! 🙂

  • Samantha March 15, 2010, 5:07 pm

    You are a rockstar! The video was awesome and it was heart warming to see your husband right there with you cheering you on. Heal up from your spill and keep moving forward!

  • ~Jessica~ March 15, 2010, 5:10 pm

    Sorry for such a belated comment but I just had to say how brilliantly assembled that video is. I think the moment when you got up from that crash and jumped straight back on the bike is one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen, and after that terrifying swim as well! (I’m with you on open water swims! I’d panic-breathe and probably sink like a rock). The music and messages integrated into the footage are perfect and completely embody everything I love about you and your blog.

    My next half-marathons are in June and September, so I’d like to beat my PR of 1:39:11 in both of them and hopefully get in under 1:35:00 (there aren’t many of them in my region of the UK so I have to wait & be patient!) I’d also *really* love to break 40 minutes for a 10K because I’m only 20 seconds out at the moment.




    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 5:14 pm

      thank you so much!

      ps – a PR of 1:39 is awesome!

  • Kelly (Local Foodie Fight) March 15, 2010, 5:33 pm

    I’m not going to lie I just got all welled up with tears watching this video…. I don’t know if it was the quote at the end or the music or the combination of seeing you take that hard fall…..anyhow, thank you for sharing your experience. Sort of makes my tiny struggle of just getting to the gym and running a few miles seem insignificant but absolutely do-able.

    anyhow congratulations, you are a BEAST. 🙂

  • Laura March 15, 2010, 5:39 pm

    This made me cry!! You are such an inspiration Caitlin! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with all of us and showing us all that we can achieve anything!!!

  • Kayla March 15, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I have to admit that I totally teared up watching your video. So inspiring!! Congrats again! And your husband is so sweet 🙂

  • lisampls March 15, 2010, 6:10 pm

    caitlin, what a warrior you are! i totally choked up watching your video. sooooo proud of you!!!

  • Megan March 15, 2010, 6:18 pm

    VERY cool! You’re such an inspiration Caitlin! Congratulations on completing the tri!

  • Amy March 15, 2010, 7:04 pm

    I said it before, but again awesome job! The video is great. I’m not trying to be critical, just helpful, but I noticed when the race started you went right in the water. Swimming isn’t my strongest leg either so once the race starts I count to 10 and then enter the water. I usually prevents me from getting kicked in the face and having to fight the crowds. Hope this helps, Amy

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 7:08 pm

      you had to stand on the shore 🙁 I wish i couldve started in the water!

  • Chris March 15, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful video. I have to say it brought me to tears (possibly pregnancy hormone related). Your husband running beside you out of the water was so priceless. Way to go!!! You did it. You are an inspiration.

  • Dominique March 15, 2010, 7:59 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to check out your blog during my work breaks like I normally do so here I am getting caught up now. I just finished watching that video and totally got teary-eyed. I feel really inspired by you to run this summer, or when the BF and I move out. I don’t feel brave enough to run on my own just yet–only sometime last year did I actually eat out in public alone for the first time.

    Oh and I bought some canned pumpkin to have with my morning oatmeal! I can’t wait to try it out–though it might have to be on the weekend.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 8:07 pm

      way to go with achieving your running goals 🙂 stick with it!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 15, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Awesome and inspiring video!

  • Lisa March 15, 2010, 8:25 pm

    love the video…. you are so inspirational. thank you.

  • Carolina John March 15, 2010, 9:27 pm

    awesome video! You did take that turn on the bike a bit sharp. got to practice those a little more. still, great job on your first tri.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 15, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I am working toward my first 5k at the end of May!! I need to learn to run first!

  • Marie March 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

    your video was amazing! I just finished my first 5k on Sunday and I was so nervous and scared of failure. Your message at the end is exactly how I was feeling when I finished. I’ve never been prouder of myself and now I’m lining up my next race. Thanks for being an inspiration! love the video 🙂

  • Jesse March 15, 2010, 10:07 pm

    awesome video & congrats on your tri!

  • ashleigh March 15, 2010, 10:11 pm

    I loved watching your video! You are such a strong woman and an inspiration. I totally cried watching this!!

  • BridgetP March 15, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Since I know you are ok, I can say that was an awesome crash! Picture perfect 🙂 Congrats again!

  • meg c. March 15, 2010, 10:39 pm

    awesome video!!! seeing your hubs run alongside you was adorable. congrats on finishing and kicking ass!

  • Jenny @ JennyLikesToRun. A teenager with a healthy twist on life :) March 15, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Awesome crash! If you were gonna crash then it might as well have been a decent one haha.
    I almost cried watching your Husband run along side you on the beach 🙂 that was the sweetest thing ever.

    Congratulations on your success!

  • April March 15, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Congrats on a great race Caitlin! Each race is about conquering our own personal fears and doubts and you did just that regardless of how many people in front of or behind you. You should be proud – what an inspiration you are!

  • Kristin March 16, 2010, 1:03 am

    I almost cried when I saw your video. What tremendous spirit and determination you have! You have inspired me to start running. I have never run before in my life but I signed up for the Maui marathon in September. I decided to just go for it. I imagine most people would not start out with a marathon but if I am going all the way to Hawaii to run I figure it shouldn’t be the 5k. I am really nervous but I just want to do it! even if I have to walk through the finish line!

    • Caitlin March 16, 2010, 8:12 am

      way to go!!! 🙂 you can do it. you’re like a virgin who’s never been kissed and goes all through the bases in one night 🙂 heheh.

  • Jalita March 16, 2010, 1:56 am

    I have no idea why, but the video recap brought made me cry and I’m not even an athlete. Your written entry of the race brought tears to my eyes. By the way, I like the song in the video, who is singing it or what group did it? I can relate to the quotes at the end. I may not be doing athletic things, but I am doing more things that I once feared.

    • Caitlin March 16, 2010, 8:13 am

      thank you!

      it’s all the things that i’ve done by the killers

  • Laura Georgina March 16, 2010, 9:41 am

    Aw, this is awesome! I got a bit teary-eyed too–athletic stuff always makes me water up, so silly…

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels March 16, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Hey Caitlin, I was so busy at work this weekend that I’m behind in reading this – but believe me I was totally thinking of you! As always you really are the most inspirational person I know of. I have never EVER even thought of putting myself in a position where I feel that scared – and you put yourself out there. Thanks for the recap and the video. I love reading what you went through. Funny that the road bit you harder than the water! Congratulations on this HUGE WIN in your life.

    • Caitlin March 16, 2010, 12:30 pm

      thank you so much!

  • TorontoGirloutWest March 16, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Now that all my overnight visitors have left I can get back to commenting! 🙂

    And I have to say I’m SUPER proud of you for facing your fears head on! Not only that but you got back up when the going got seriously tough!

    You my darling are a true inspiration!!! GO YOU!!!!!!

  • Alexandra March 16, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Hi Caitlin! You are such a go getter! I’m really inspired by how you overcame your fear of the swimming portion for the tri. I’ve never been a swimmer and I am afraid of deep water but after seeing that you were able to conquer your fear, I think I’ve found it in myself that I can do it too. The only that ever stops anyone is their mind, right? I’ve scoped out the Iron Girl races that are scheduled the rest of this year and I can’t believe it, but I actually signed up for the September tri in Tahoe! AHH! I’m training for a marathon (6/6/10) right now but I’m so excited to have something challenging to work on over summer! You rock and thanks for reminding everyone to go out and just do it.

    • Caitlin March 16, 2010, 1:57 pm

      how awesome! i hope you have a lot of fun during your tri!

  • Anna @ Oats N Boats March 17, 2010, 9:20 am

    Caitlin, You’re amazing! You’re amazing for trying a tri, you’re amazing for completing a tri, you’re amazing for smiling when you get up after your crash. And yes, your hubby running along with you on the beach is so sweet. So go through today remembering that you rock!

  • meghan March 17, 2010, 12:20 pm

    oh my goodness, i just have to tell you, seeing your husband start running with you when you got out of the water made me tear up. definition of support. you’re a lucky girl.

  • Patty March 17, 2010, 3:12 pm

    3 cheers for Caitlin!
    I don’t even know you but your video brought tears to my eyes. I’m so proud of you! You are an inspiration!
    Hooray for you!

  • Lisa A. March 17, 2010, 7:26 pm

    This video made me cry. I’m supposed to be training for my first half marathon and am having major motivation issues. You’re an inspiration! Thanks:)

  • Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire May 5, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Caitlin, I read your blog DAILY. HTP is the perfect balance of humor, research, motivation, reflection, acceptance, and open-mindedness. I love it! I also love that you link within your blog, because your post today (5/5/2012) brought me back to this post and video. I am such a fan of your work, and I love that you put inspiration into action rather than simply curating and showing. You are awesome, Caitlin!

    And I’ve become more and more confident about my parental intentions and birth plan because of your posts about upcoming BabyHTP! Thank you for embracing “different” methods and vegetarianism and sharing it with everyone!

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