Tri, Tri Again

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This upcoming week is officially ‘get myself back on track’ week on HTP.  Care to join me?  I’m committed now that I signed up for a sprint triathlon in three weeks.  I think I’m ready for the swim (750 meters), and the bike (17 miles) won’t be a problem with a bit of training. 


The race finishes up with a 5K (3.1 miles), and since I took most of April off from training, I need to continue to slowly work my mileage back up.  Slow and steady is my mantra!  I’ll post some training thoughts soon, but one key thing I plan to do over the next three weeks is never run two days in a row.  I don’t want to overtrain and will probably walk/run the 5K on race day. 


The nice thing about a comeback is you know that if you’ve been there once, you can get back again!  Comebacks are kind of fun. 


And this means return of the hot, smelly, ugly (but necessary) knee sleeves!   I love and hate them all at the same time. 


After a 37:00 5K with Nicole, I came home and did the abdominal workout from the My Trainer Fitness six pack cards.  Fellow blogger extraordinaire MizFit and her friend, LeAura Alderson.


Each card is a mini workout for a different body area.  You need resistance bands and weights for some moves, but a lot of this just use your body weight.  Perfect for working out in your hotel room if you travel for work a lot – I’m bringing them with me on an Operation Beautiful trip!


Workday snack of PB toast:


And dinner was made by the Husband.  He heated up some vegan pizza from Trade Joe’s.


And he made me a salad – THE salad!  Ha!  Remember how I mentioned he loved the amazing salad last night?  I guess he loved it so much he decided to recreate it – he didn’t know I had already done just that for my lunch!  Same salad three times in less than 24 hours.  It’s that good!


And a PB and banana protein smoothie.  In the blender:  a banana, glob of peanut butter, scoops of whey vanilla protein powder, vanilla bean paste (special ingredient!), and 1 cup of rice milk.


I leave you with this thought on Sunday night: 


“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham



  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 22, 2011, 9:13 pm

    Glad to see that you’re okay to run now (even though you have to wear knee sleeves).
    Injuries really help you to appreciate your body more, don’t you think?

  • Michelle May 22, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I am totally up for getting back on track. I have to start marathon training in July and am trying to build my milage back up to a comfortable number so I’m not dying when I start!

  • Jaime May 22, 2011, 9:17 pm

    Good luck with your comeback! I am so there with you. Tomorrow starts mine!

  • Kayla @ The Best Things May 22, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I just signed up for my first 5K and I can thank you for some of the inspiration to get motivated. So THANK YOU!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal May 22, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Yay for comebacks! I bet that time away will make coming back that much sweeter 🙂

  • Katie @ peacebeme May 22, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I love how you can appreciate the value of movement by letting it just be okay to walk part of your 5K. So many people would forget in that situation that they are still doing a triathlon!I think it is so good that you are sharing that message on your blog. 🙂

  • kate May 22, 2011, 9:34 pm

    GOOD LUCK with the comeback! The challenge of the comeback is always tough but, it’s also the fun part too, so enjoy it 🙂 I’m so with you about getting back on track tomorrow..I signed up for my first 1/2 and am starting training…power in numbers, girl! and you sure have numbers behind you here in the blog world!!

  • Luv What You Do May 22, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Have you tried Kinesiotaping your knee??? Not sure exactly what happened, but it may be more comfy than your braces. I am totally committed to breaking my ‘after vacation slump’ too! I feel so much better when I am eating well and exercising daily!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 22, 2011, 9:39 pm

    You have no idea how with you I am on this! I feel so revived after this weekend and my focus is back on track. This was a great post Caitlin! Enjoy the rest of your evening!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 22, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Holy smokes! If that’s TJ’s pizza – then bring it on! I wish I had a TJ’s. Boo.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 22, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I totally do the same thing with food….find something I love, and then eat it tons. Currently it is whole wheat baguette topped with Gruyere cheese and jam. YUMM. And spinach salads with strawberries and almonds!

    I love that quote at the end….it is something of my mantra nowadays! Concentrate, act for, and live for the dream/life at hand!! 🙂

  • Sonali May 22, 2011, 9:51 pm

    caitlin – good luck with your comeback! i know you’ll be fabulous 🙂 looking forward to hearing how the tri goes in a few weeks!

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2011, 8:25 am

      Thank you sweetie!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 22, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Those cards look great. Especially for someone who isn’t sure about strength training or feels overwhelmed. Love the illustrations!

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 22, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Love the quote, I am definitely taking that thought with me into this next work week!

  • Maren May 22, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I am excited for your comeback! But you’ve been working hard this whole time!! So let’s call it a running comeback! You’re such a workout inspiration! 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 22, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I think you are being smart with your training — I hope the running goes well!

  • Jaclyn May 22, 2011, 11:10 pm

    I love that salad combo, it’s the best!

    Good for you for the whole back on track thing… Okay, I am officially with you! After this weekend at fitbloggin, i need to get back on the workout/yoga bandwagon too 😛

  • kristen May 22, 2011, 11:15 pm

    oh man. I need to get on board with you. the exercise islow and eating everything. thats not a good combo haha

  • eatingRD May 22, 2011, 11:58 pm

    Hope everything goes well with your training! I’d love to do a fun century again. I think I tried that tj’s pizza, but the artichoke hearts were so tough! Love strawberries on salad 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2011, 8:23 am

      I like how you called the century ‘fun’ lol

  • Kristina May 23, 2011, 12:29 am

    Good luck with the training! I hope it goes well.
    I actually just did a tri at the beginning of May, and spent all of February and March not running due to an injury. I had 4 weeks before, and I managed to have a great 10k run – my best leg of the race, ironically enough. I had actually decided beforehand that even if I ended up bowing out of the running leg, I’d still enjoy the swim and the bike.
    Maybe you can see how you are feeling in the next few weeks?

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2011, 8:22 am

      That’s a good attitude to take – I’ll probably do the same thing!

  • Khushboo May 23, 2011, 12:56 am

    Great going on the 5k! Love your slow & steady attitude. I don’t know how valid the ‘it’s not a race to the finish line’ stands but I’m sure you catch my drift!

  • Lili May 23, 2011, 1:03 am

    Bought this salad ingredients today and just packed it for lunch tomorrow!! Im using sliced almonds instead of Cajuns.

  • Hats @ See How She Runs May 23, 2011, 4:52 am

    Vanilla bean paste is amazing stuff. We always use the proper stuff (high-quality extract or paste) when cooking/baking and it make such a difference!

  • Casie May 23, 2011, 8:00 am

    I made a tri comeback in the summer. Great fun! I hope you enjoy the journey.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 23, 2011, 8:11 am

    I need to get back on track too. I’ve really put fitness on the back burner lately!

  • Heather May 23, 2011, 8:23 am

    I am doing my very first sprint triathalon ever in 4 weeks so I will be interested to follow along with your training. I am getting a little nervous but excited. I did my first brick workout which I loved but ouch am feeling it today. Any tips for a first time doing a triathalon?

  • Amber K May 23, 2011, 11:06 am

    I love it when I fall in love with a recipe, I end up eating it for multiple meals. Sort of like when I buy a new outfit and I want to wear it for every function for weeks. Or maybe I’m just cheap that way, lol.

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes May 23, 2011, 11:52 am

    Yeah! Good luck training for your sprint triathlon. I’m jealous of you tri athletes who can swim good! 🙂

  • Amy @ Love4Living May 23, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the organic strawberries.. I have read all the articles out there on what to buy organic but sometimes I am still at a loss.

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