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One last bike ride before my big Metric Century on Sunday!  Not going to lie, I am very nervous about Sunday’s event.  I figured the only thing that would help my nerves was to actually get on the bike.


But… I must admit, after traveling all morning, it took a lot of effort to drag my booty off my couch and get on the bike.  But I knew I needed to squeeze in another ride this week before I attempt 60 miles of rolling hills in race conditions on Sunday.


I rode 18.0 miles in 1:20.  There was a LOT of wind so I’m happy with my time.


By the way, Bondi Bands are GREAT underneath bike helmets.  They don’t slip and they soak up my sweat!


Before my ride, I had “second lunch” since “first lunch” was eaten around 10 AM and was quite light, too.  I had a sweet potato with baked beans and a bunch of chips.


Post-ride, I refueled with some Grape Nuts and almond milk…


And ICE CREAM.  Heh.  I wanted something cold after my hot workout!  🙂 I went back for a little more, too.


And dinner was delicious.  I cravvvving a nice omelet, but decided to forgo the cheese since I’ve already had two servings of dairy today (here’s why I’m trying to reduce my dairy intake – it’s a slow process!).


My two-egg cheese-less omelet contained artichokes, sundried tomatoes, and spinach.


Plus, a slightly burnt whole wheat English muffin:


Last, but not least, arugula with balsamic and tomato.


Time for LOST!  Woo hoo!



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 14, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I think I had like 3 servings of dairy today :/ I’ve been eating more dairy lately and my face has been breaking out like CRAZY.. I’m wondering if there is a correlation? Hmm…

    You are going to ROCK the race!!! And I have to tell you, you have really inspired me with the bike riding. Even after I am able to run again, I’d really like to try biking out! It seems like fun and so much easier on your body (as far as injury wise) than running.

  • Mary April 14, 2010, 9:11 pm

    you go girl! I know you’re going to be great on sunday. I saw your tweet about skipping your work out for a couple of days. can I tell you I do that too? not the best way to train for a half marathon either :-[ Its okay though! I know you’ll be a rock star in your race! I cant wait to read about it!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises April 14, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I’m super impressed that you got onto the bike after your flight. Flying makes me want to go back to bed. 😉 You’re going to be awesome on Sunday – I can’t wait to hear about it. Very inspiring.

  • Jenny April 14, 2010, 9:13 pm

    That’s seriously impressive you rode after a long day of travel! Way to go!

  • Rachel April 14, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Mmmmm…. Great eats this afternoon! I have got to try the sweet potato/baked bean combo. It always sounds so good when you blog about it.
    You are going to do great on Sunday. You are well prepared and trained. Just do your best and most important – have fun! I hope the weather is perfect biking weather for you on Sunday!

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:00 am

      thank you! im crossing my fingers for good weather too!

  • Runeatrepeat April 14, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I got excited because for a second I thought Lost was on again 🙁

  • Mastering Public Health April 14, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I pretty much quit dairy cold-turkey about a year ago (though I’ll have it if I’m REALLY craving it, maybe once every other month). An iridologist (looks at the lines/patterns/color in your eyes) came to my campus, shined the light at me, and said: “You eat too much dairy.” I already knew I had to cut back (cottage cheese obsession) because I felt it wasn’t good for me (headaches, cancer link (controversial)), but the fact that he could literally SEE it in my eyes freaked/grossed me out enough to quit!

  • Steph April 14, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Have you thought about vegan cheese? Daiya makes some great melting cheese. Another great cheese (that doesn’t melt) is Follow Your Heart. I limit my dairy intake for different reasons.. though I make exceptions for ice cream 🙂

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:00 am

      i have not thought about vegan cheese – what’s it made of? soy?

      • Mastering Public Health April 15, 2010, 1:21 pm

        I just learned about Daiya myself and have been waiting for it to become more available. I actually just wrote about Daiya in my previous blog post (before the most recent one), including all its ingredients. It’s not soy! As a soy avoider, I’m thrilled and eager to try it once it becomes more widely available through retail, as it is planned to this year. And people say it actually tastes good and melts. (Company says: “Daiya contains no casein, the protein found in dairy products, no soy, and no common allergens, animal products or cholesterol.”)

        • Caitlin April 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

          what a cool product!

      • Steph April 15, 2010, 3:53 pm

        Here is a list of their ingredients: Purified water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, natural flavors (derived from plants), xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, vegan enzymes (no animal rennet or animal enzymes), vegan bacterial cultures, citric acid (for flavor), annatto.

        I have to say that if you are still eating dairy you can tell a slight difference in taste and it takes a little longer to melt than regular cheese, but it’s worth it for no ill effects afterwards 🙂

  • Whitney @ April 14, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Oh it was such a good episode!!! I eat my omelettes cheese-less b/c my body can’t process cheese. I eat everything cheese-less. You get used to it, but I enjoy it every once in a while!

  • John April 14, 2010, 9:27 pm

    With that attitude you’ll do fine Sunday! During my ride Tuesday I was thinking I have to check out your bike gear page. Noticed my bell was missing, my butt was sore so need new seat and or/ bike pants, etc,etc 🙂

  • Katie April 14, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Good luck, you will do great! You should consider doing RAGBRAI sometime — it’s a week-long bike ride across the state of Iowa. Once through the week there is a “century ride” where you can take the option of riding 100 miles that day. It’s great and everyone parties each night after finishing their ride 🙂

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full April 14, 2010, 9:36 pm

    How do you get your omelet to look so perfect?! Just caught up on Lost myself tonight… it’s still driving me crazy!

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:01 am

      you need a perfect wok with a small circular base and tons of cooking spray. 🙂

  • Durka April 14, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Good luck on your race! You’ll be awesome:) Your omelet looks delicious! How did you put it together so nicely?

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:02 am

      see comment #12!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 14, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Awesome job on your ride! Don’t know if I could have pulled it together to ride. I would’ve wanted to stay on the couch!

  • angelaLOVESfood April 14, 2010, 9:52 pm

    ARRRGH, the artichokes from costco. Was it a pain in the ass to open the jar? because I still am not able to open it, hah 🙁

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:01 am

      yes the husband struggled to open it! the key was putting the jar in hot water first.

    • Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 15, 2010, 9:44 am

      Try tapping the edge of the opening on the counter or lightly tapping around the edges of the opening with a hammer. This almost always works for me.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 14, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I’ve cut out dairy because it causes my acne. It’s been tough. ESPECIALLY cheese.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 14, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I’ve been totally craving omelets lately and this is just making it worse! 😉 Maybe tomorrow I’ll give in…

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite April 14, 2010, 9:57 pm

    You have such a great attitude! The easy thing to do would be to not go for a ride and rest… but you did it! 🙂

  • Tracy April 14, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Have you noticed any changes since reducing dairy intake? I’ve been trying to cut back so my skin will clear up…

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:02 am

      i dont think ive made enough of an effort to see a difference yet. 🙂 i’ll let you know if i do!

  • Midgetkeeper April 14, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Great job on your ride. You’re such an inspiration, I know you’ll do great on your race.

  • Matt April 14, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Great job on the ride! You are totally ready!

  • Jolene ( April 14, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I have been craving eggs like CRAZY lately!! I love me a good veggie omelette.

  • Bethany April 14, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I just wanted to let you know about the Operation Beautiful note I left today! My school has a Tunnel of Oppression that they have on display for this week that takes you through different types of oppression. One section discusses how women have certain roles they have to conform to. At the end there was a wall of hope and I left a operation beautiful message on it for all to see. I’m also doing a presentation on Women and the Media and will be mentioning your site as a way to make change and start to move forward.

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:03 am

      awesome! thank you!

  • Lisa April 14, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Good luck on your bike ride!!! My boyfriend and I are doing ours on May 15th. I’m doing the 55 miles and he’s doing the Century! I’m looking forward to reading TIPS and SUGGESTIONS!!! lol

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:03 am

      good luck on your race!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 14, 2010, 10:53 pm

    Sometimes the only way to get rid of nerves is to just do it 🙂

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle April 14, 2010, 11:04 pm

    I think I need to try a Bondi Band out… wonder if they will have them at the Boston Expo this weekend?

  • Wendy April 14, 2010, 11:10 pm

    Those tomatoes look so good and fresh! I can’t wait until they’re in season in the midwest. Good luck in the race on Sunday – you’ll do great!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 14, 2010, 11:22 pm

    It is quite possible that I eat too much dairy. I just crave it like crazy! Greek yogurt is my fave. And I love pairing fruit with a high-protein string cheese as a snack. Ice cream is heavenly. Ugh, why does it all have to taste SO good??

    Biking into the wind sounds hard! So awesome that you rocked it. =)

  • Carolina John April 14, 2010, 11:26 pm

    Good luck this weekend! have fun with the metric. i’ve got a sprint tri this weekend and full century next weekend that’s making me nervous.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 14, 2010, 11:27 pm

    I can’t wait to read all about your race! Good luck!!!

  • maria April 15, 2010, 12:19 am

    Best of luck with your race on Sunday. I did 11 miles yesterday and felt like dying. 😀

  • Diana April 15, 2010, 1:20 am

    Good job on the bike ride! 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 15, 2010, 1:23 am

    i don’t know how you can cut dairy out…i love it so much! way to go on cutting it out so well! 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 15, 2010, 1:39 am

    Wowza you are superwoman! I swear I can’t do physical activity with in 24 hours of getting off a flight. Traveling just takes a big toll on my body.

    And I’m currently drooling at your omelette 😉

  • Penny (Wannabe VEGGIEtarian) April 15, 2010, 2:14 am

    Ok. I want to say something really random and possibily weird.
    I love your blog and read it several times a day. I also follow you on Twitter. Therefore…..
    I am all for this Caitlin-has-baby-fever thing. 🙂 I have two kids, one is 7 months old, and for some reason I really want you to have a baby. Like now.
    (lol! It that weird?? Yeah, it’s weird.)
    I think it’s because my boys make me INSANELY happy and I want you to experience that. You’ll be a great mom. 🙂
    I promise I’m not creepy. 🙂

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:04 am

      hahaha i really want a baby too. wouldnt that be fun? 🙂 maybe in three years! you’ll have to just keep reading the blog until then 🙂 hehe. congrats on your lovely family.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 15, 2010, 3:13 am

    I bought a bag of sweet taters yesterday and am anxious to try it in combo with baked beans. How do you cook it up?

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 15, 2010, 3:13 am

    Well done on the ride!
    I’m thinking about giving up dairy, but I’d miss yogurt SO much! Like proper good Greek’s a tough one!
    Btw, is it just my screen, or have you changed your page so everything is centered!?

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:05 am

      NOPE, no blog changes 🙂

  • Marisa April 15, 2010, 3:23 am

    Your eats always looks so good!! I checked out your book, pre-ordered it on amazon…I also requested that they make it available for the kindle – hopefully! Can’t wait to start reading.

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:04 am


  • Janelle April 15, 2010, 5:22 am

    Do you feel a difference when you eat less dairy? I understand why you’re trying to cut back, but I wonder if you’ve noticed a difference now that you are trying to limit your servings. Just curious. Thanks!

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:05 am

      i dont think ive done a very good job at limiting my dairy so no LOL 😉 i’ll let you know if i do!

  • Christie {Honoring Health} April 15, 2010, 6:05 am

    I am also curious if you are noticing a difference in the dairy thing yet. I had to cut it completely out to notice shy of some goat cheese from time to time. Now, if I eat any cows dairy, even a little bit, I get totally junked up.

  • Amanda (The Shoe Perspective) April 15, 2010, 7:26 am

    Yay bondi bands! They look cute. (you’re not the only one who burns things) I have to start getting in shapew for the faculty vs student game next week! So excited!

  • Di April 15, 2010, 7:41 am

    You’ll do great with the Metric Century!

    Your sweet potato with baked beans looks so good. I really need to try that. 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 15, 2010, 7:57 am

    I keep forgetting to use my green bites lite bowl– it’s so cute!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner April 15, 2010, 8:18 am

    Awesome job, you are going to rock that race!!

  • Christina April 15, 2010, 8:30 am

    Lost was so good! I hate how I have to wait another week!

  • Helen April 15, 2010, 8:39 am

    mmmmm your omelette looks so nice. Good luck for your race on Sunday. I’m sure you’ll be fab! I don’t like having too much cheese in one day. I always feel a bit guily if I have cheese for lunch and then a cheesy dish for dinner! But I do love it a lot!

  • Amanda April 15, 2010, 8:44 am

    Good luck with the Century. Will you be riding with your dad?


    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:06 am

      of course! 🙂

  • sarah April 15, 2010, 9:02 am

    Your “first lunch” and “second lunch” made me laugh and think of The Office when Pam and Kevin would have first breakfast, second breakfast, etc. I think you watch The Office right?

    • caitlin April 15, 2010, 9:06 am

      hehe yes that was a total office reference!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething April 15, 2010, 9:30 am

    good job motivating….it must have been tough to get on the bike in the wind!

  • DeAnna April 15, 2010, 11:38 am

    Just wanted to mention in regards to the dairy thing, I went Vegan at the first of the year and I truly thought giving up cheese would ruin my life. What I’ve realized is that giving up cheese and other dairy has made my life BETTER. I’ve struggled with allergies for 10 years and have never had a doctor tell me it could be a dairy allergy. Once I gave up dairy my allergies were magically better. Any time I slip up and eat too much dairy my sinuses are out of control. That has made it very easy to give up diary.

  • Nicci@NiftyEats April 15, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Looks like your doing a good job with limited dairy. My weakness is cheese, still working on it.

  • Susan April 15, 2010, 7:10 pm

    Ahhhh, your century is THIS weekend?? Where did the time go? Time in the saddle is the best thing you can do at this point – you are SO going to own it 🙂

    An omelet without cheese is a crime. But my body doesn’t like too much dairy either… sad…

    • Caitlin April 15, 2010, 7:12 pm

      nonono my METRIC century (60 miles) is this weekend. 100 miles is may 23. thank god its not here yet because i’m not ready!

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