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Keep calm and ride on – it’s time to go to California!


You might be wondering how I’m getting my bike across the country for my 100-mile race on Sunday.  Well, a bike requires a really big and really awkward case:


Here’s how I dismantled my bike and put it in the case.


Thank goodness the Husband was with me to lug it into the airport! It is super bulky and heavy.  But it only cost $50 to check – three cheers for Southwest!


Airport lunch:


Orlando doesn’t have the best food options, so I microwaved a sweet potato before leaving the house and bought it with me through security (which got me pulled for inspection, actually!).  I bought a banana and juice when I got to the terminal.


I really liked this juice.  It has the juice of 1 orange, 2 carrots, 1/2 a mango, 1.5 apples, and a banana.


Unfortunately, I didn’t read the ingredient list until I began to write this post, and I happen to be allergic to mango, so I’m kind of freaking out.  I’m only mildly allergic to mango, but I try to avoid it.  I’m going to go see if I can find some Benadryl to take to reduce the allergic reaction.


Um, let’s hope the rest of the trip goes smoother!


See ya in California!



  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 21, 2010, 12:41 pm

    have a great trip! love the shirt 😉

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 21, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Have a safe trip girl!

  • Tina May 21, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Good luck on Sunday!!!

    I hope the Benadryl nips any allergic reaction in the bud so you can be full of energy and feeling great.

    And what? Not everyone brings sweet potato through the airport? Those guards need to get with it. 😉

  • allison @ livingoneday May 21, 2010, 12:51 pm OMG it’s so great!! where did you find it?? have a safe trip (hopefully no allergic reactions!!) and good luck!

  • Kate May 21, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I’ve heard that most people who are allergic to mango are really only allergic to the mango skin. Maybe that is you too! Have a safe trip.

  • Natalie @ Keep It Sassy May 21, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Stay healthy, have a safe flight and I love your shirt!

    My mom’s allergic to mango and cashews (apparently they’re related), but she only has a reaction from handling them or touching the skin. Hopefully the same goes for you and you’ll be fine!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 21, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Have a safe trip!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 21, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Ah, hope you find Benadryl! Safe travels!

  • Wei-Wei May 21, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Hahaha what an appropriate shirt! 😀 Have a safe flight! 🙂

  • Lisa May 21, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Wow! That bike case is huge!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 21, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Have a safe flight! Love the shirt 🙂

  • Evan Thomas May 21, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Have a good trip! I LOVE long plane rides

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 21, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Oh gosh – I hope you’re OK with the mango!!
    Haha, I love that you brought a microwaved sweet potato with you – the security blokes must’ve thought you were mad!
    Have a good flight 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 21, 2010, 1:01 pm

    Yikes! You wouldn’t think mango would be in that one. Hope everything turns out fine 🙂 Have a safe trip and fun ride!

  • Linzi @ Destination 26.2 May 21, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Good luck this weekend Caitlin! You are going to be amazing! Hoping the mango thing turns out to be nothing. I have tried those juices before and LOVE them, but then a few hours later I always get horrible cramps. Not sure what doesn’t sit right in my tummy, so I just avoid the naked drinks now.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 21, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Have a good flight!!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle May 21, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Have a safe flight, hope that mango doesn’t bother you!

  • Lee May 21, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Good luck! Hope the mango isn’t a problem.

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 21, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Have a safe flight!! Just don’t take too much Benadryl before the flight. I once sat next to a guy that took some as soon as we got on the plane. He was pretty loopy for the whole flight and when we got off, he accidently walked into the ladies room!!

  • Catherine May 21, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Oh no! I hope the mango doesn’t end up bugging you… have an amazing trip and ride strong!

  • Therese May 21, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Safe flight!

  • Angela (ohsheglows) May 21, 2010, 1:13 pm

    That shirt is too cute on you- love it!

    Sorry about the mango. Hope the meds help.

  • Kelly May 21, 2010, 1:16 pm

    aww bummer- I love mango. HOpefully you won’t react at all and Benedryl is the fixer of all things!

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt May 21, 2010, 1:18 pm

    Ok, so no allergic reactions on the big day! Love the shirt. Good luck!!!

  • Lara (Thinspired) May 21, 2010, 1:18 pm

    YAY, California! We will be lucky to have you 🙂 Hope you have a great flight, Caitlin!

  • kate May 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Hope your allergies dont kick in! Have a great flight!

  • Julia May 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I hope you’re okay from the mango!

    You’ll do great. i can’t wait to hear your recap of the ride.

    Also… where did you get that shirt? (I must get one!)


  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! May 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I agree with Lara–we’ll be lucky to have you in California, and hopefully you’ll bring some of that Florida sunshine with you! 🙂 Cheering for you already for Sunday! (P.S. I am so totally impressed by your ability to break down and pack up your bike!)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2010, 1:31 pm

    your lunch looks delish and your shirt is AWESOME! can’t wait to read more about the big trip soon 🙂

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) May 21, 2010, 1:31 pm

    LOVE your shirt. So perfect for you! I just bought the print that reads: “Keep Calm and Carry On”

    Good luck with the allergic reaction Caitlin! eeeeeks Enjoy your flight and your reunion with Jenna!

  • emptynutjar May 21, 2010, 1:32 pm

    safe travels ….u look beautiful!

  • lisa May 21, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Have a great flight! I hate allergies – I once had a bad reaction to carrot juice, so I have to check labels carefully too.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 21, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Mango allergy? Never heard that one before.

  • Sarah for Real May 21, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Ut oh! Have a good trip. It’s only half a mango, and probably it’s been sitting in that bottle forever and has lost all its allergy causing mango-ness, right? Right…?

    Keep looking forward and enjoy that Benedryl! You’ll probably just sleep through the flight and have worried about nothing. (Being positive here, not like I have ANY idea what your allergy is like… just sending positive vibes your way.) 😀

  • kirsten May 21, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Good luck Caitlin! I can’t wait to read about your trip and the race!

  • Johanna B May 21, 2010, 1:47 pm

    What kind of allergic reaction do you have to mango? Whatever it is benadryl is the ticket and it’ll have time to work out of your system before the race. Rooting for you.

  • Kelly May 21, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Eek hopefully you don’t have too bad of an allergic reaction!

  • Cat May 21, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Hope the Benedryl does the trick and heck maybe it will give you a nice nap on the plane 🙂 Good luck on the ride this weekend! I’m freaking out a little bit about it (am doing the 67 mile ride!)!

  • Heather May 21, 2010, 2:00 pm

    yikes about the mango!
    cute shirt!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 21, 2010, 2:04 pm

    You look pretty!! love the shirt. good luck with lugging around the bike. have fun and try not to go into anaphylactic shock lol

  • runnerforever May 21, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I hope you don’t have too bad of a reaction to the mango, and no worries if you do because Cali fixes everything 🙂 I love Southwest, best prices and fun service!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 21, 2010, 2:12 pm

    GOOOOOOD LUCK!!! And I absolutely love your shirt! Where’d you get it? I wonder if they make one for running?

  • Marina May 21, 2010, 2:18 pm

    have a good trip! I hope the mango won’t cause too much trouble!

  • Naomi (onefitfoodie) May 21, 2010, 2:21 pm

    have a safe flight! i always pack my lunch/dionner or breakfast when i travel! BUT last time my overnight oats got taken away!! I was super bummed!! I bet the security gaurds enjoyed it 🙂 thankfully some starbux oatmeal was next in line!!

  • Sam May 21, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Hi, new reader (this week) here. That’s funny, I am allergic to mangos, too. A dermatologist down in Georgia once told me it’s due to the oils in the skin, which are in the same family as poison ivy (and cashews, as someone else said). I also have reactions from poison ivy so it makes sense. My cousin is the only other person I’ve met in 10 years with this allergy.

    I accidentally used lotion with mango seed in it a few weeks ago and I was fine so hopefully you’ll be fine, too. I’d be interested to hear what your reactions are like. Mine manifest (or did 10 years ago, the last time I ate mango) as fever blisters around my mouth. It’s very attractive.

    Anyway, I hope it’s not a problem for you. Best of luck with your trip and event!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 21, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I always look at the Naked juices when I’m at the airport, but I can’t have any of them because I’m allergic to banana! It also makes it almost impossible to order ANY fruit smoothie anywhere! Not cool! But good thing your allergy isn’t bad — hopefully it’s diluted enough that it won’t bother you!

  • Errign May 21, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Um, I NEED your shirt – where did you find it?!

    I hope the Benadryl-tracking-down goes well & you are fine!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 21, 2010, 3:03 pm

    I hope the mango doesn’t do too much damage!! HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT!! CA is the best. I’m not biased. 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 21, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Oh no!!! I am so sorry about the mango thing. I hope you have a safe flight nonetheless.

  • nickee May 21, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Soooo proud!! I’m sure you will do great on the race. Hop that silly Mango wont cause any reactions. Safe travels. Oh and I love the tee 🙂

  • Kacy May 21, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Ahh! So excited for you!

    I’m mildly allergic to mango also. I hope you didn’t have a reaction.

  • Ellen Collis May 21, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Wow, I am SO impressed with your healthy airport eats. I always fall off the wagon when I travel. How’s the saying go—”If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?” Yup, that’s what happens to me!

  • Andrea May 21, 2010, 3:35 pm

    Ah! I am totally allergic to mango as well. I turn bright red and itch the crap out of myself. Benadryl does the trick for me.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 21, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Your shirt is adorable…perfect to wear before your big race! 😀

    And I hope you don’t get a reaction to the mango. Not fun!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 21, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Have a safe and happy trip! Love the bike luggage, lol. So awesome. 😀


  • caitlin May 21, 2010, 4:20 pm

    *********EVERYONE WHO ASKED********

    i got the shirt as gift 🙂

  • Helen May 21, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I love the shirt too! I hope you are ok after the mango disaster…I love that you managed to get a sweet potato through security, that would so not be allowed in the UK. Brilliant!

  • Carter May 21, 2010, 4:41 pm

    All the cycling greats are in California this week, anyway…about time you got there!!

  • Little Bookworm May 21, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Hope you have a good journey!

  • Miranda @ May 21, 2010, 4:46 pm

    So they thought you were toting a bomb in your sweet potato eh!? lol well at least they let you through with it. My #1 anxiety about travelling is food, what can I take with me, what will they confiscate.Travel safe and watch out for those pesky mangos!

  • Rachel May 21, 2010, 4:50 pm

    Have a save flight! You are going to ROCK this race!!!

  • Hedda May 21, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I am so over-the-top excited for you, beautiful!
    I will cross my fingers, arms, toes, legs, eyes for you- rock it!
    Good that you managed to get the “potential bomb” through security, and hope that the mango does not cause a serious allergic reaction.
    Good luck ^^

  • Ilana May 21, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Eeep at the allergy! Have an amazing week!!

  • Eric May 21, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Good Luck!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun May 21, 2010, 5:19 pm

    Good luck! I feel nervous – in a good way – for you! I hope you found some Benadryl. 🙂

  • Jennifer May 21, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Have fun!! And good luck with the allergy – I know EXACTLY what having those are like lol.

  • Susan May 21, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I’m out of town all weekend so I’m stopping in to say good luck and have fun!!!! Can’t wait to come home and read recap about you owning all 100 miles 😉

  • Kelsey May 21, 2010, 6:05 pm

    my mom is allergic to mangos, too. her lips swell to gigantic logs and is quite frightening! it’s really sad too, because mango is her favorite fruit!
    love your shirt!!!

  • christy from pittsburgh May 21, 2010, 6:07 pm

    go Caitlin go Caitlin go Caitlin go!!! i’ll be cheering for you all wkend long!!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run May 21, 2010, 6:52 pm

    Yikes!! I hope you didn’t get any bad reactions! 🙁

    And I hope you had a great flight! Have a great time in CA and an awesome race. I’ll be sending lots of positive vibes from the east coast! 🙂

    Love your shirt, BTW:)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 21, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I hope you don’t have any bad reactions. Benedryl should kick them in the butt.

    I have to look at ingredient lists really carefully lately because my digestive issues are pretty bad. I look silly reading every label but when even raisins have sugar I really need to.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 21, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I’m allergic to pineapples, but I don’t usually check ingredients lists in things like juice. I guess I should!

    Hope that juice doesn’t backfire!

  • Devon May 21, 2010, 8:27 pm

    I hope you feel okay! Allergies are the worst…I’m allergic to every single tree-nut. It gets so frustrating…I feel like I’m missing out on so many foods! Good luck with your race, kick some ass!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run May 21, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I love taking sweet potatoes to the airport too! But haven’t been pulled over by the TSA – yet! Hope you don’t have any trouble with that drink. It’s a good reminder for people who have allergies to make sure and check ingredient lists.

    Good luck and have fun!!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 21, 2010, 9:02 pm

    safe travels! good luck on the race! hopefully the mango doesn’t effect yoU!

  • Kellie May 21, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Love the sweet potato at the airport!

  • Amy May 21, 2010, 10:07 pm

    You’ll probably be ok. Most people’s reactions to mangos are because of the skin. They have a mild irritant in the skin affects some people. They’re actually in the same family as poison ivy – Anacardiaceae. I hope you don’t have a reaction and good luck on your ride!

  • Caroline May 21, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Have a safe flight! Can’t wait to hear how the ride goes and I totally love your shirt, positive energy for sure!!!!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 21, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Oh no! I hope the Benadryl works. I hope you’re feeling awesome!

  • Katie@peacebeme May 21, 2010, 11:29 pm

    Good luck on your ride! I’m so jealous, wish I could be doing it, but I am happy for you!

  • erin fugal May 21, 2010, 11:56 pm

    good luck this weekend, i’m sure you’ll do great. any other time you’re in the san fran area, i’d love to come to a reader meetup

  • Daisy May 22, 2010, 1:21 am

    I just read Jenna’s post and was thinking….Caitlin has a keep calm and ____ shirt. I wonder what it says. Clicked to your blog and found the answer. Love it. you rock. have a great ride.

  • Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) May 22, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Cute shirt, very fitting 🙂 Where did you get it? Enjoy CA!

  • Jolene ( May 24, 2010, 7:56 pm

    That is hilarious that the potato got you pulled for inspection!!! I wonder what they thought of someone bringing a sweet potato on a plane!! That is awesome!!

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