Double Whammy

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I completely blew off my Tuesday and Wednesday workouts.  Life – and work – just got in the way.  Also, I was feelin’ pretty lazy.  I’ll admit it.  But laziness is NOT an option at this point!  My Olympic triathlon is in just over a week.  And trust me – I do not feel prepared! Eck.


Thus, a double workout this morning.   Getting in a good double makes me feel so much more confident.  And really, feeling confident is half the battle… especially when it comes to tris!


First up: a 1,200 meter swim


In regards to the Wetty or Not, Here I Come! debate (whether I should rent a wetsuit for my triathlon; the lake is going to be in low 70s), I’ve decided to go suitless and brave the cold.  Why?  I asked the lifeguard what the temp of the pool was this morning, and he said 70!  And really, it’s not that cold at all.


I know a wetsuit helps you during the swim by making you more buoyant, but I hate feeling constricted, the rental would cost $50, and I would lose at least a minute in transition getting that darn thing off.   I hope I’m making the right decision… I hate to be cold.


After swimming, I came home, grabbed the Husband, and went on a run.  I did about 3.5 miles. 


What a morning.  Can I crawl back in bed now?


Pre-swim fuel was PB toast:


And afterwards, Panda Puffs, banana, and Greek yogurt




Have a good day!



  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 28, 2011, 11:40 am

    Do you think the wetsuit makes you feel safer in the water? I know you have a little fear of open water swimming you’ve been braving through (you’re tougher than me!!), so do you think the wet suit makes you feel more secure in the open water or is just totally constricting and annoying?

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 28, 2011, 11:42 am

    Double workouts are so hard! My legs always feel like Jello after 🙂

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 28, 2011, 11:42 am

    That is quite the morning. You’ll be fine for your Olympic.

    I wonder if the lifeguard was wrong. Competition pools are almost always kept betweeen 78 and 82 F. 70 F would be HIGHLY unusual…

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 28, 2011, 11:44 am

    Your a champ doing a double work out! My legs feel like bricks everytime I do!!!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 28, 2011, 11:44 am

    Nice brick workout! I blew my tuesday & wednesday workout off too. No time, literally.

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 28, 2011, 11:46 am

    “I’ve decided to go suitless and brave the cold.” I hope you don’t mean swim-suitless! *giggle*

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 28, 2011, 11:47 am

    Good job getting the double workout in — I do agree that confidence really helps in a race!

  • Lara July 28, 2011, 11:48 am

    It is VERY unlikely that your gym pool is 70 degrees, nobody would go in that! I think the lifeguard is mistaken. My gym’s pool is 84, which is a little warm, but under 80 is pretty cold. If the lake water is under 78 I would DEFINITELY wear a wet suit. If it’s under 75 I think it’s very unlikely that you would overheat, which is the only reason not to wear a wet suit since they make you swim faster. It’s your call (obviously!), but I would recommend a wet suit.

    • Kat July 28, 2011, 1:06 pm

      I was a competitive all through high school and on the weekends was a lifeguard at the same pool. The temperature was always right around 70/71 degrees. If you’re working hard in the water you get hot, just like on land… so cooler water temps are really ideal. our swim lesson pool was kept at 80 and it felt like bath water.

      • Kat July 28, 2011, 1:08 pm

        * competitive swimmer that is

        • Kat July 28, 2011, 1:20 pm

          Ok I was wrong. Turns out we kept it at 75.

      • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 1:45 pm

        I asked two people and they looked at a chart when they told me! 🙂 We have a warm pool that is 80 and a regular pool that is 70!

  • Marissa C July 28, 2011, 11:49 am

    Kudos to you! I need to get my booty in gear!

    PS…saw a Groupon for a month of yoga for $20–they had a yoga for runners class and I thought of you!

  • Bee @ B*tchy Bee July 28, 2011, 11:49 am

    Yes, yes you can crawl back into bed. You earned it!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 28, 2011, 11:51 am

    Double workout? What a doozy! Good on you!
    You’re right, I have a friend who does ironman triathlons all the time, and it’s so much a head game, isn’t it? that what he says. mental strength and self-confidence 🙂
    your breakfast(s) looks incredibly yummy, as always! And so cool that the Husband ran with you.
    Have a wonderful day, Caitlin! <3 xyx

  • Beth (Well I'll Be) July 28, 2011, 11:57 am

    I think unloading a moving truck counts as a workout! But you did have quite a productive morning!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 28, 2011, 12:06 pm

    You’re amazing – I’d be soooo hungry after doing that workout first thing!

  • Kelsey July 28, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I agree with the previous commenters who said it would be HIGHLY unlikely for an indoor competition pool to be kept at 70 degrees. Most indoor pools are kept between 80-82 degrees, in my experience.

    I think you will be fine without a wet suit at 70 degrees, though. You will only be in the water for a short time, and you will be moving/have lots of adrenaline to help keep you warm.

  • Kristine July 28, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile and have always loved it, but took a brief hiatus. Have you done a post on how you have changed the dynamic of your blog? It seems as though you do not post three meals a day anymore? When did you change this up?

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 1:47 pm

      Hi Kristine!

      I’ll be happy to answer your post here!

      1) I felt like it was becoming boring – both for me and for readers – to post everything I eat.

      2) I felt like I was stuck in a niche and who says I have to be?

      3)I know when certain life changes occur, I won’t realistically be able to hide certain life changes for the time I will have to hide them if I’m posting every meal. So I’m preemptively not posting every meal as a result.

      I hope you still like my blog 🙂 I do usually post three meals/day about 4 – 5 times a week still.

  • Amber K July 28, 2011, 12:17 pm

    A pool that’s 70 degrees? I would freeze. Although, I wouldn’t want to pay for a wetsuit either.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 28, 2011, 12:36 pm

    That’s it. I need to try Panda Puffs!

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs July 28, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I am impressed that it would only take an extra minute to get out of a wetsuit. It might take me about 10 extra and I would run the risk of pulling a muscle… 🙂

  • Anne Weber-Falk July 28, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Are you sure that lifeguard was right about that temp? I lead aqua classes and when that water gets to be 78 degrees it is cold. Not only do my members complain but the lap swimmers complain to me when the water is a chilly 78 degrees. It is very difficult to get a good workout in water that is really any cooler than that because the muscles never warm. You are going to feel that 70 degree water Caitlin. I say go for that wetsuit.

  • Judy July 28, 2011, 12:59 pm

    I’d stick a thermometer in that water and check it myself before making the final decision. Seriously, 70 – low 70s is very cold. Been to the beach in Florida in the winter?

  • Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 28, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Good luck at the race! I know you’ll do great 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 28, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Cold… ick. But I don’t think I’d like being all constricted in a wetsuit either.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 28, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Double workouts are something I’d do more of if I had more time. I do it once in a while and love it! Makes me feel so strong!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 28, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Great job on the workout Caitlin! I also feel tired after doubles (and I haven’t done one in a while, but some days, if I didn’t have to get to work, I’d love to!) but they definitely make you feel super athletic! 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 28, 2011, 1:24 pm

    That is some workout! I would want to crawl back into bed as well!

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 28, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I asked myself that same question today, “could I go back to bed?” No, I was already up and ready for work…which was called off. Perfectly missed opportunity to sleep in!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) July 28, 2011, 1:40 pm

    impressive morning! Of course, my version of a double workout is a spinning class followed by pilates. 😉 but either way, they do make you feel invincible! bring it on!

  • Baking N Books July 28, 2011, 1:41 pm

    What a morning! What time did you get it all done?! I would think it’s lunchtime!

    Your a busy girl Caitlin – don’t stress about what you “should” be doing, have done, supposed to do – just do what you can. That’s all you can ask for at any one moment 🙂

  • ashley July 28, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I ran in Vibram Five Fingers this morning and loved it! I swear my stride became instantly smarter. Granted…I only ran a mile…What ever happened to yours? Dont say injury!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 1:48 pm

      Haha not injury, I just got lazy about wearing them! I walk the doggies in them every now and then.

  • Erika @ The Teenage Taste July 28, 2011, 1:45 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been so busy lately! I hope everything slows down a bit soon. You need some time to relax, girlie! 😀

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 28, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Never tried a wetsuit but it does seem constricting! I can barely get myself in my fiance’s wetsuit who’s 6 ft tall haha.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 28, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I LOVE double workouts….they make me feel empowered and strong 🙂

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) July 28, 2011, 2:04 pm

    WAHOO! It’s so soon! Get it, girl! 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 28, 2011, 2:42 pm

    Double workouts (or at least, doing more than one thing in a single workout) are a good way to go! It keeps things interesting that way and ensures a good workout no matter what!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 28, 2011, 2:42 pm

    Fab workout, great job! 🙂

  • Khushboo July 28, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Great workout, I’m not surprised you went back to bed (I read your lunch post first)

  • Kier @ Life {and running} in Iowa July 28, 2011, 2:58 pm

    I think I need a triple workout day tomorrow. Life/work (work=life??) has been so crazy these past few days, I think I might need a wet suit just to help me keep my head above water!

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour July 28, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I would hate to swim in a wetsuit. I am a strong swimmer so I would just brave the cold

  • christina cadden July 28, 2011, 7:50 pm

    Love the pic of the shoes!

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted July 28, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Wow such an intense double workout! The water at the aquatic center here in Charlotte is so much colder than at other places like the Y. I remember when I was on swim team (years ago) and has meets there. I always hated diving in… it’s freezing!! That said, I went to the Y the other day to go swimming and it was bath water. Guess you can’t have the best of both worlds 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 28, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Way to jump back on the workout wagon! 😀 I love how much energy I have to exercise after taking a few days off.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) July 29, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I’m curious about your swim routine. When you say you swam 1200, does that include warm up and cool down? Do you vary your strokes from crawl/free to breast and back? Do you use any of the other tools like the kick boards and pull buoy? And do you break up the workout into 2×50 2 x100 6×25 sprint etc or just go all out for that 1200?

    Sorry if this has been asked before. I’ve just been working on my own swimming routine that gets me between 1000 to 1500 (depending on time limit for pool) and would like to see how you do yours. 😀

    • Caitlin July 29, 2011, 1:54 pm

      I just swim straight though – I should do more sprints and whatnot.

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