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I feel GREAT after yesterday’s Echelon Gran Fondo 100-mile ride.  I’m a little surprised I bounced back so quickly, actually.  My legs feel like I ran a longer run yesterday, but that’s it!  Nothing crazy.


I’m even brave enough to wear high-heeled boots to the wine tour:


I woke up around 8 and inhaled a PB bagel:


And a little bit later, I had a Green Monster:


My GM contained:


  • 1 cup almond breeze
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 frozen banana




Annnnd, we’re off!  We’re taking a tour bus around the Valley so we don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.  Safety first!


Have you ever been to Wine Country?  Or just gone wine tasting?



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 24, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Wow! Glad to hear you are feeling so good. I’ve never been to wine country, or even wine tasting, but I LOVE wine and want to go! Hope you have a blast – – you deserve it!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 24, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Yay that you feel good! You must be fitter than you think 🙂
    I’ve never been to wine country or tastings – I hate wine! Have a good day though 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 24, 2010, 1:07 pm

    way to go! all that training did your body good 🙂 i have family that live in Livermore, CA, and we’ve gone around to all of the wineries out there a million times…never gets old though! hope y’all have a fabulous time 🙂

  • Camille May 24, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Have fun on your wine tour!
    I love your boots, by the way 🙂

  • Hayley H May 24, 2010, 1:12 pm

    That’s awesome that your legs are feeling normal. Rock those boots, girl!

  • Lisa May 24, 2010, 1:12 pm

    Oregon has TONS of wine country. Living in Portland, I could drive 20 minutes to an hour and be in the heart of it. I love wine tasting. It’s one of my favorite activities!

  • allison @ thesundayflog May 24, 2010, 1:14 pm

    thats awesome! im totally impressed! ive never been to wine country, OR wine tasting! 🙁 my dad has a wine cellar where he makes his own…does that count? haha

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 24, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Oooo so jealous of your day! Sounds like FUN!

  • Sarah for Real May 24, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I just did an unoffical (no bus) wine tour in San Luis Obispo in March. SO much fun. Beware of buying too many bottles when you are flying home though. (This happens toward the end of your wine tasting… when your thinking is um… impaired.) You can ship them back at specialty wine shops though. They’ll pack them up and UPS them home to you!

  • Kelly May 24, 2010, 1:18 pm

    Have fun!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 24, 2010, 1:21 pm

    At least your legs don’t feel like Gumby. Wine + Jello legs might not be a good idea. I love wine tasting, so I know you’re going to have a great time! You guys deserve it.

  • Kim May 24, 2010, 1:22 pm

    What was the verdict on the blender?

    • caitlin May 24, 2010, 9:22 pm

      it was awesome – i wish i could afford one

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) May 24, 2010, 1:23 pm

    So awesome that you’re feeling good after your grueling ride!
    Enjoy your wine tour! Sounds fab!

  • Michele May 24, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Wine tasting. I love the wines (and the tasting events) at the San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, Florida. They have some really good wines — and I’m not much of a wine drinker AT ALL. But every time I go to Florida, I bring home some of their wines.

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run May 24, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I have been to Napa once, but it was with an elderly relative who drove my husband and I up for the day from San Francisco. I got a feel for the area, but didn’t get to partake in too much actual wine tasting. The wineries are so gorgeous. I still had fun just walking around the properties.

    Congratulations on your great ride yesterday!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite May 24, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I have been to Napa and Sonoma. Wine tasting is one of my favorite things to do!

    You’re gonna have a great time!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 24, 2010, 1:27 pm

    I’ve never been and I live pretty/ kinda close!? What the heck… I need to get my booty up there! I’ve always wanted to, so I think I need to make that happen.

  • Julie May 24, 2010, 1:27 pm

    congrats Caitlin!! Awesome job yesterday…..enjoy your reward (wine) today 🙂 🙂

  • Alyssa May 24, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Have fun! When do you head back to Florida? I’m sure it’s nice to have a little vacay! 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 24, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I’ve been to wine country but it was before I was 21. Can’t wait to go back or possibly move there! Have so much fun!

  • kerry May 24, 2010, 1:29 pm

    iv been craving GMS lately! mm! xx

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 24, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I’ve never been to wine country. Actually, I’ve never been to the west coast! 🙁

    That bagel with PB looks delish.


  • Erin May 24, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Wow, it’s amazing you’re feeling so great. A few glasses of wine will help, too. Northern VA has a gorgeous wine country that I love visiting in the spring, when you can sit by the river and forget that the city is just a couple of miles away.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 24, 2010, 1:33 pm

    I just saw your recap on the race…a big CONGRATS to you and jenna! You’ve inspired me to do the same in the future. What an amazing experience. 😀

  • Jenna May 24, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Dang lady, I am so proud of you! Enjoy your day of wine, you deserve it!

  • Joey May 24, 2010, 1:36 pm

    My Hubs & I are really into going to local wineries and tasting the wines… I’d love to go to CA someday & do a Napa Valley wine tour! I’m counting on you for a full report on here on the best wineries! 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 24, 2010, 1:36 pm

    How does kale compare to spinach in a GM?

    Wine Country is my 2nd home: I went to college there for two years and it’s where my extended family lives. I haven’t been able to go wine tasting yet – 1 more month =]

    • caitlin May 24, 2010, 9:23 pm

      its more flavorful… spinach is almost sweeter?

  • emily May 24, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I’ve never been to wine country but now that I’m starting to actually like wine it has been added to the top of my wish list!

  • Emily C. May 24, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Do you use vanilla Almond Breeze in your GMs or plain?

    Awesome work!

    • caitlin May 24, 2010, 9:24 pm

      usually vanilla

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) May 24, 2010, 1:50 pm

    a) CONGRATS on your century… you are officially TOTALLY AMAZING =)
    2) i am also so happy you’re out on the left coast (i’m pretty partial to it), i hope you enjoy every minute of it!
    d) i LOVE wine country. i know you said you’re taking a bus tour, but if you happen to get the chance, or even just pass the info to Jenna… DEL DOTTO is a MUST in napa. they have cave tours where they take you into the caves and you taste directly from their barrels. of everywhere i’ve tasted and all the wine experiences i’ve had, DEL DOTTO is the most incredible and memorable!
    ENJOY and congrats again!!!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs May 24, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Ahhh, I LOVED the wine tour that I went on in Napa/Sonoma!!! I went by myself and everyone else there was in couples but I didn’t care, I had a blast!!!

  • Jenny May 24, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Safety first is always important! I can’t believe you’re wearing high heels!!!

  • Heather May 24, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I don’t think I could get out of bed after that race, wow!

  • jenny (green food diaries) May 24, 2010, 2:14 pm

    cant wait to see pictures of you two’s adventures in california 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 24, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I’ve gone wine tasting before, but never to Napa, etc! That is my dream!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 24, 2010, 2:26 pm

    That’s so great that you bounced back so quickly especially after such a rough ride and being sick the week before 🙂

  • Ilana May 24, 2010, 2:31 pm

    wine tour for recovery. ima keep that one in mind!

  • Mindy May 24, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Enjoy the wine tour…you most definitely deserve it!!! Have a glass for me!

  • Julie May 24, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I went wine tasting in Napa last Feb. It was one of the nicest mini-trips I’ve ever been on. My darling BF usually drives so I can have fun. I’m actually hoping to go wine tasting in France next week. (!)

    Congratulations again on the EGF!

  • Claire May 24, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I can’t believe I haven’t wine tasted yet! I would love too though! My boyf is from the SF area so I hope to head back soon. Have fun lady.

  • Janelle May 24, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I’m so impressed – high heels after a century!
    Wine tasting is a blast – especially if you’re on a bus and don’t need a driver. I went in the Hunter Valley in Australia and it was one of the best days EVER! Enjoy every second!

  • Steph May 24, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Wow you are such an inspiration completing that yesterday! I’m so impressed in how fast you bounced back too. Enjoy the wine tasting!!

  • Amanda May 24, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I’m glad you are feeling good after yesterday’s ride! I have been to Wine Country before, but unfortunately I was too young to drink at the time. I was only about 17. Super suck.

  • Mary May 24, 2010, 3:17 pm

    glad you feel good after yesterdays race! I love wine tasting! I’ve been a couple of times

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 24, 2010, 3:27 pm

    That’s awesome that you feel so great! Have fun at the wineries!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 24, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I have never been wine tasting, but I hate wine, so maybe that’s why? =P

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 24, 2010, 3:46 pm

    i am so glad you feel so good! high heals you are brave! yes….Bill and i used to go to the wine country up there when we used to live in reno-loved the vitners inn and john ash and co….we used to ride and eat and drink 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove May 24, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I’ve been to Napa 3 times this year. I am obsessed! We do a lot of wine tasting as my blog has a big chunk of wine posts

  • Naomi (onefitfoodie) May 24, 2010, 4:09 pm

    looveee wine tasting! where I went to college in upstate NY there were TONS of wineries up on cayuga lake and theyw ere a blast 🙂

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You) May 24, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Congrats on your race yesterday! I am so inspired!

    And I am obsessed with Napa & Sonoma-the food, the people, and of course the wine. In fact, we might be moving there this summer!! So excited! Have a great time. 🙂

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly May 24, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I have never been wine tasting…it is on my “to-do” list!

  • Samantha @Food Edu May 24, 2010, 4:52 pm

    I am so impressed by your recovery. I would probably be dead after 100 miles =) I’ve been wine tasting many a times–so much fun!

  • Cindi May 24, 2010, 5:28 pm

    First off – WAY TO GO on the bike ride yesterday! You rock!

    Second – yes, went wine tasting in Stellenbosch, South Africa last March and they had the YUMMIEST reds! It was so much fun! You are going to love today!

  • eatmovelove May 24, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I’m still amazed at you two and what you did…craziness. Wine country..ugh – it’s where I’m meant to be!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 24, 2010, 6:17 pm

    You’re doing awesome. I am sure I’d still be in bed if I were you! 😉

  • Tina May 24, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Have a great time! The PB Bagel looks so good to me right now and the green monster looks gross. Dern morning sickness messing up my normal tastes!

    Also, glad that you are feeling good after the race.

  • Catherine May 24, 2010, 6:29 pm

    I just went back to read all your entries from this weekend, so belated congrats on finishing the century! I love when you post pictures with your dad because I still can’t get over how much you look like him!!

  • Therese May 24, 2010, 6:30 pm

    Geez! Way to go on feeling awesome today!

    I live near Niagara Falls in Ontario and the Niagara region is renowned for their wines. I’ve been on two wine tours there and one not far from my hometown. I LOVE wine tours and wine tasting in general. Not just because of the wine but because all the people are super friendly and knowledgeable and I always end up coming out with some amazing bottles of vino!

    Have fun!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 24, 2010, 6:44 pm

    I just read your race recap and girl – what an EPIC achievement 🙂 And one that you should be very very proud of 🙂

  • Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 24, 2010, 7:55 pm

    Congrats!!! So nice to feel great after such an intense race, I’m very impressed!

    My parents live in santa rosa so I visit every chance that I get =)I’ts pretty much tradition to go wine tasting whenever I’m home, yay!

  • Wei-Wei May 24, 2010, 7:58 pm

    I’m glad you recovered well. 🙂 Have fun at the wine tasting! (It sounds so sophisticated! :D)


  • Amy May 24, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Congrats on finishing the race!

    I grew up in wine country, so I’ve been tasting in Sonoma County and Napa County. I’ve also been wine tasting in the Marlborough region of New Zealand and the Yarra Valley in Australia. Love wine tasting – enjoy! 🙂

  • Jennifer May 24, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Glad you bounced back so quickly! 🙂 xoxo

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear May 24, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Napa is so great! I went when I was 21 and had no clue how great wine can be. I would love to go back now and really enjoy it (and not just try to get drunk!). Hope you gals had a fun day!

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