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Well… I think the verdict is that I’m going to do the full 100 mile ride.  I thought my current sickness was related to the illness I’ve been fighting off at the beginning of the week, but now I’m convinced I’ll allergic to Jenna’s cutie cat, Dexter.  Which is a good thing!


Jenna and i spent the day watching, reading, and carb loading.  Eating extra before a race as long as this one is crucial!


Millet bread with jam:


Cherries from the farmers market:




For dinner, my dad and Jenna’s boyfriend came over.  We had a lovely little picnic on the living room floor since Jenna still doesn’t have any furniture.


Jenna made cheese-stuffed shells and roasted broccoli.


In action:


I went back for a few more shells, but couldn’t finish it all in the end!


We did have room for ice cream, though!  We made a spontaneous run for Coldstone’s, and I’m so glad we did!


I had coffee ice cream with caramel sauce and Resee’s.


If today doesn’t top off my glycogen stores, nothing will!


Game plan for tomorrow (Sunday):


  • Up at 5:15
  • Leave at 5:45
  • Drive to Napa Valley
  • Packet pick-up, including my special polka dot jersey for raising more than $3,000 for the Livestrong Foundation
  • Race starts at 8:30


I don’t want to set any time goals for myself because this is my first Century, it’s cold outside, AND the course is hilly, but I’m anticipating that we’ll come in around 9 hours with breaks.  We’ll see!


This race is dedicated to everyone who donated to my fundraising efforts; together we raised $3,370 for the fight against cancer!  Thank you so much!  This race is also dedicated to my friends and family members who have fought/are fighting cancer.  I’ll be thinking of you all during the rough parts of my ride!  



  • Sarah for Real May 23, 2010, 12:00 am

    Go Caitlin! I’m so glad for you that it’s just allergies.

    Good luck and kick booty tomorrow! I can’t wait to read your recap.

    I cannot imagine biking that distance… I get bored just driving that far. You are so inspiring!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 23, 2010, 12:03 am

    GOOD LUCK! Push through and keep pedaling. You’re going to do great! 🙂

  • Erika May 23, 2010, 12:05 am

    ENJOY the ride…I’ll be sending good thoughts for lots of energy and beautiful weather for you – not too warm, not too chilly. Have fun above all – HUGS

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 23, 2010, 12:11 am

    Oh my goodness gracious the day has finally come!! It’s past midnight here so I can say that 🙂

    You’re gonna do fabulous tomorrow!! I’m allergic to cats too so I can sympathize. Once you get outta the house you’ll be 100%!! You’ve trained so hard for this–it’s YOURS.

  • Brynne May 23, 2010, 12:16 am

    Good luck tomorrow Caitlin!

  • Alice May 23, 2010, 12:21 am

    Dude I can’t wait to read your race re-cap! GOOD LUCK! So exciting!

  • Ilana May 23, 2010, 12:23 am

    Ahhhhh have an AMAZING ride! You are incredible for this! It’s so impressive to me that you even PLAN to do this ride!

  • ari May 23, 2010, 12:26 am

    yayay! you’re gonna rock it.

  • Samantha May 23, 2010, 12:33 am

    Best of luck on your ride…it will undoubtedly be a memorable experience!

    Random question, any idea what crochet stitch that is on the blanket on Jenna’s floor? I love to crochet and have some baby blankets to make for charity and would love to use that stitch.

    • Caitlin May 23, 2010, 12:40 am

      Jenna didn’t know but maybe someone else will?

      • Lindsey May 23, 2010, 6:47 am

        I saw that blanket – my first thought is that it’s a slipped stitch knit pattern.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 23, 2010, 12:37 am

    This is so exciting!! I can’t wait for the recap!!!

  • Melissa May 23, 2010, 12:40 am

    Hey Caitlin!

    I love your blog but I have never commented before. I just wanted to say thank you so much for raising money for cancer research. I have a rare type of blood cancer (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia) and I really appreciate the great effort you have put in with your fundraising for this ride and for The Disney Marathon. It means so much to people like me who are living with cancer.

    You will be awesome on your ride tomorrow! Good luck!

  • Kelly May 23, 2010, 12:54 am

    Oh man! 9 hours! You are so amazing and you can do this!

  • John May 23, 2010, 12:55 am

    No matter your time tomorrow you rock! Hope it goes well for you and your entourage too. Good luck!

  • sassy molassy May 23, 2010, 1:01 am

    You ladies are going to have an awesome time! That ice cream looks yummy.

  • Camille May 23, 2010, 1:14 am

    You are going to do amazing tomorrow!
    We are all cheering you on and can’t wait to hear how you gig!

  • shannon May 23, 2010, 1:26 am

    Good luck tomorrow, Caitlin! Your dedication is truly inspirational!

  • Allie May 23, 2010, 1:35 am

    good luck! you are going to rock it. you are a tremendous inspiration- i can’t wait to read your recap of the ride!

  • Marina May 23, 2010, 1:47 am

    I wish you all the luck in the world! You’re incredible 😉
    Btw, coffee ice cream…love that

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 23, 2010, 2:53 am

    Awh I wish you so much luck, I’ll be thinking of you!!
    Btw – what’s Jenna’s bf like!? No-one had ever seen a photo on her blog…:p

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 23, 2010, 3:04 am

    Yay, glad you’ll be doing the race!! GOOD LUCK!!!

    The shells and ice cream look phenomenal! 😮 YUM


  • Susan May 23, 2010, 3:07 am

    Sarah’s Key… Have you finished that book?? I read it a while back… I’m curious whether you liked it…????
    Best of luck with the race… Being in Napa Valley alone is most excellent, but I hope you conquer the course and enjoy the beauty I’m certain will surround you!!

  • Erin May 23, 2010, 4:36 am

    WOW, GOOD LUCK!!! I love your blog, and have been following from Sweden for a while. You will do great and can’t wait for an update!!

  • Little Bookworm May 23, 2010, 4:44 am

    Good luck Caitlin! I hope the race goes well! 🙂

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete May 23, 2010, 5:03 am

    I’m so excited for you! You will do great! I’ll be rooting for you from germany!

  • Alison May 23, 2010, 5:18 am

    Good luck!!

  • Katie Carso May 23, 2010, 5:53 am

    Good luck to you, Jenna, and your dad tomorrow! I know you all will do great!!!!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn May 23, 2010, 6:20 am

    Gooooood Luck Girl!!! Kick some ass 🙂

  • Lindsey May 23, 2010, 6:48 am

    I hope you enjoy your ride today – Napa is beautiful. We moved away from there 5 years ago, and I’d kill to be back there. I’ll be thinking of you guys today!

  • healthy ashley May 23, 2010, 7:05 am

    You’ve got this, Caitlin! You have the physical, mental and emotional endurance and you’ve trained your butt off. Good luck!

  • Christie May 23, 2010, 7:34 am

    I have a little tear in my eye thinking about how hard you’ve been working and will be working this morning/afternoon. Good luck to you all as you do this!

  • Becky May 23, 2010, 7:45 am

    Good luck to you today! You are so dedicated and it will all be worth it! You’ll rock this ride!

  • emptynutjar May 23, 2010, 8:02 am

    Lots of luck. You will do well. Luck to your father too (and Jenna)….well, everyone 🙂

  • Chari May 23, 2010, 8:11 am

    Have fun!!!

    That pasta and ice cream looks soooooo good!!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged May 23, 2010, 8:29 am

    Just wanted to wish you good luck again! One of the best parts of a race may very well be all the goodies to eat beforehand 😉 At any rate, kick butt! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Anne P May 23, 2010, 8:32 am

    Good. Because, you know… Dexter is mine 😉

    ROCK IT OUT today girl! I’ll be thinking of you two 🙂

  • Alex @ IEatAsphalt May 23, 2010, 8:42 am

    Good luck today! I hope you have an amazing ride!!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear May 23, 2010, 8:43 am

    COLD STONE! What a genius pre-race sweet! GOOD LUCK TODAY I’m thinking about you 🙂

  • Summer May 23, 2010, 8:51 am

    Best wishes! Hope you have a wonderful time! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 23, 2010, 8:57 am

    Good luck! You’re going to rock that race!

  • Helen May 23, 2010, 9:15 am

    Enjoy yourself tomorrow (I suspect that you’ll read this after the ride!) It looks like you are well prepared – love the ice cream dash! And congrats for raising so much money! Good Luck!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 23, 2010, 9:23 am

    Good luck! What a great accomplishment just to raise all that $$!

  • Heather ( May 23, 2010, 9:23 am

    I love coldstone!!!
    Glad you figured out what was making you feel bad!
    Good luck today, I will be thinking of you!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 23, 2010, 9:25 am

    That’s awesome that you raised so much money for cancer! What an awesome contribution. 😀

    Best of luck with the race today!! I hope you’re feeling 100% better by the startup! 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 23, 2010, 9:27 am

    I’ve made Jenna’s stuffed shells before and they are the BOMB!! if that is the same recipe she’s posted before.
    Good luck to both of you! You’re going to ROCK it!

  • Michal May 23, 2010, 9:28 am

    GOOD LUCK! You’ll be awesome!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 23, 2010, 9:49 am

    I can’t wait to see your race re-cap! AMAZING!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 23, 2010, 9:52 am

    I am so excited for you!! 9 hours with breaks on the bike..yikes! you can do it!!!!! cannot wait to hear how it went.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 23, 2010, 10:02 am

    Good luck! Sure it will be EPIC!

  • Kelly May 23, 2010, 10:09 am

    Good luck today! and try to enjoy yourself just a little bit. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Jessica May 23, 2010, 10:11 am

    Good luck today! Can’t wait to read the re-cap!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run May 23, 2010, 10:24 am

    Glad you figured out it was allergies and not sickness! Good luck with the century and just have fun (or as much fun as possible when sitting on a bike for 9 hours…yikes)!! I’m excited to hear you’re doing the full 100 and can’t wait to see all the race updates! 🙂

  • Casey May 23, 2010, 10:35 am

    Good luck! You’re gonna do great

  • Fallon May 23, 2010, 10:41 am

    Oh my GOOD LUCK girl you can do this!

  • Courtney May 23, 2010, 10:52 am

    You made it this far…you can do this!!! Rock on!
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health May 23, 2010, 10:56 am

    Good luck today homegirl!!!!! I’m so excited and PROUD of you for taking on this huge race 😀

  • alli May 23, 2010, 11:02 am

    oh GOOD LUCK! you’re amazing!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 23, 2010, 11:16 am

    The carb loading part sounds fun, but biking 100 miles? Not for this girl with the non-existant butt!

    So glad it’s just allergies! I’m allergic to cats as well and it is no fun.

  • Maria May 23, 2010, 11:23 am

    good luck good luck good luck! 9 hours is nothing 😉 I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Lisa May 23, 2010, 11:28 am

    Enjoy the race!

  • gina (fitnessista) May 23, 2010, 11:29 am

    i’m so excited and proud of you girls!
    ROCK IT OUT, have a blast and eat a vegan cookie for me 🙂

  • caronae May 23, 2010, 11:51 am

    I’m sure you’re already out there riding, but good luck! I hope it’s going well. You can do it 🙂

  • Wei-Wei May 23, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Oh, thank goodness! GOOD LUCK ON THE CENTURY! Wow. WOW. I cannot believe how hard you’ve tried, how strong you are, and how lucky we are to have been with you through this journey! Good luck and have fun, girl! You need it 🙂


  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well May 23, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Good luck!! Can’t wait to hear about how it goes. And, congrats for raising so much for livestrong — your special jersey sounds really cute.

    Btw, I just finished Sarah’s Key a few weeks ago. I liked it — made me want to read something like Suite Francaise.


  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind May 23, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Rock it, Caitlin! You’re prepared, and you’re determined…you’ll do awesome, no matter what happens!

  • Tay May 23, 2010, 1:52 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! May 23, 2010, 1:57 pm

    You are a phenomenal athlete and you will be amazing!! 🙂 Can’t wait for the full race recap!!

  • Claire May 23, 2010, 2:00 pm

    GOOD LUCK LADY! I can’t wait for the recap! I know you will ride to the best of your ability and rock it!

  • Julia @ May 23, 2010, 2:34 pm

    GO ON CAITLIN YOU CAN DO IT! You are a real inspiration. Good luck to Jenna too!


  • Jennifer May 23, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Good luck girl you are gonna be awesome!!

  • Melissa May 23, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Good luck!!! I know you’ll do fabulous! Oh, and Sarah’s Key is a great book!

  • Carolyn @ May 23, 2010, 5:21 pm

    Hope it’s going well! Hard to believe it will be 8 o clock here by the time you finish!!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats May 23, 2010, 5:53 pm

    all i have to say is KICK BUTT woman!!!!!!!! 🙂 can’t wait for your recap and I’m SOoooooooo proud of you

  • Jaimers May 23, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Good luck! Can’t wait for your race recap. P.S. I think you’ve inspired me to get on a bike (something I never thought I would do). Rock on.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 23, 2010, 6:27 pm

    good luck girl! Can’t wait to read all about the race!!!

  • Amy May 23, 2010, 6:29 pm

    Oh fun! Sarah’s Key! Have you started it yet? What do you think so far? Loved that book <3

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run May 23, 2010, 7:07 pm

    Can’t wait to read your recap! I hope you’re doing well and wishing you luck from NYC!

  • Ellen May 23, 2010, 7:07 pm

    If any ice cream indulgence needs justification, I think a 100-mile bike ride is it! Yummm. Hope it went well!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 23, 2010, 7:50 pm

    Such fun carbo loading 🙂

  • Fueling for Fitness May 23, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I hope your race went well!!!! 🙂


  • Amy May 23, 2010, 8:30 pm

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Caitlin!!!!!!!!!!! You are so inspirational

  • Kait May 23, 2010, 8:43 pm

    Congrats, I hope the race went well!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist! May 23, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I cant wait to hear all about the long awaited race!! I am sure you were able to do the full 100 miles but even if you weren’t you are still AMAZING!! Congrats!1

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 23, 2010, 10:17 pm

    You guys are hilarious. I love it when you two are together because your blog posts are so synchronized.

  • alli May 23, 2010, 11:30 pm

    i’m dying for a recap! hope it went well!!!

  • Kiran May 23, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Read your tweets. Congrats on completing the race 🙂

  • Brittany May 24, 2010, 12:12 am

    I hope the race went great Caitlin!!

    How’s Sarah’s Key? I started it but haven’t had time to read it all yet.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 24, 2010, 1:44 am

    I can’t wait for your post on the race!

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