Heat Wave

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As a Miami girl, born and raised, I’m used to a little heat and humidity.  But this is not running weather, folks:


Ugh.   It feels so hot out there!  I was dripping on the dogs’ morning walk and knew that it just wouldn’t be safe to run outside.   No cloud cover at all.


So instead of a planned swim-run, I did a swim-bike in the comfort of the Aquatic Center and my living room.  Thank goodness for the Bell Motivator!  All cyclists should invest it an indoor trainer.  It makes it easy to get your bike time in (although, of course, it’s not a replacement for the road). 


Pre-swim breakfast of egg and hummus sandwich + cherries:


My plan was to swim 1,500 meters – race distance – but unfortunately, the pool staff began to break down the long course right as I finished 1,300 meters.  Practically speaking, 200 meters won’t make that big of a difference, but I’d like to feel emotionally confident about the race distance.  Oh well.  There’s always the next swim. 


Many people have asked about this long vs. short course thing, so I took some pictures to explain:


The long course is 50 meters – the long length of the pool.   They set up the ropes to go lengthwise.


The short course is the 25 yards – the short width of the pool.  When it’s short course time, they run the ropes the other way.


Now, I prefer to swim the long course because it feels harder, even if you swim the same distance, because you don’t get as many built-in breaks.  You also get more time to work on stroke form because you’re not stopping to turn or flip every 25 yards.  Also, since you gain momentum by pushing off the wall, the long course (with less push-offs) is a more realistic idea of what swimming in open water feels like. 


If you’re a newbie swimmer, the short course is a great starting place because it really lets you get your bearings.  But if you’re training for a race and have the option to swim a long course, do it!  You’ll feel more prepared.  That being said, this is the first pool that I’ve ever gotten to swim in with a 50-meter option, and it’s certainly not impossible to train for a tri in a 25-yard pool. 


Yay, swimming.  You are my favorite sport!


Came home, switched into cycling gear, and did my spin bike thing for 30 minutes.


Maggie’s moo cow watched me ride.  It’s her favorite toy because it looks just like her.




Post-workout protein smoothie:


In the mix:


  • Frozen banana
  • Almond milk
  • Couple ice cubes
  • 2 scoops of cocoa powder
  • Protein powder


‘Twas delicious. 


Stay cool and comfortable today!  Remember to drink yer water! Smile



  • Orla July 23, 2011, 12:53 pm

    But…aren’t you cutting across all the people who are swimming lengths, if you’re swimming widths? Or is only one available in the pool at any given time?

    I just started swimming again and am in love! All the grown-up pool etiquette makes me feel like such a noob though 😀

    • Caitlin July 23, 2011, 1:05 pm

      They have ropes up. There are no ropes in the pictures because they were in the middle of making the switch!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith July 23, 2011, 12:53 pm

    These days I feel like no matter how much water I chug before bedtime, I still wake UP dehydrated! Stay safe everyone!

  • Laura July 23, 2011, 12:55 pm

    “Maggie’s moo cow watched me ride. It’s her favorite toy because it looks just like her.”

    I laugh, but it’s probably true. Our all-black kitty always crawls on me for a cuddle when I’m wearing a black shirt or pants. Maybe it’s a chameleon thing 🙂

  • Mary July 23, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I went running this morning early with my running group in Raleigh, I just about died.

  • Charlie July 23, 2011, 1:00 pm

    It went up to 112 °F with humidity here this week. Swimming is the only thing I’m willing to do :P.

  • Shannon July 23, 2011, 1:00 pm

    So jealous of your aquatic center!! I trained for my sprint triathlon (that was this morning!) in an EIGHTEEN yard pool. Darn NYC and its lack of space! Luckily I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years so I have a pretty strong swimming background. I have loved following your tri training – I think it’s my new favorite sport!

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:46 am

      Ugh 18 yards would drive me batshit!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 23, 2011, 1:02 pm

    mmmm LOVE me a good swim workout 🙂 Glad you got to get both in!!

    Sounds like you’re ready……and yikes, this heat is SO hot. Hah. I am off to swim outside!

  • Brittney @ Brittney Breathing July 23, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I just tried a hummus & egg sandwich two days ago and I am OBSESSED! I don’t know why I never put the two together before! I’m also looking into swimming…but I’m not very good 🙁

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture July 23, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I would really love to love swimming! I just can’t quite seem to get into it, but then thats probably because it’s not really my strong suit! 🙂 I am a big fan of cycling whilst watching a film or something though, the time passes before you even realise it! 🙂 When we find somewhere we plan on staying for a while I will definitely invest in a ‘real’ bike! 🙂

  • Dori July 23, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Maggie with her moo cow = hilarious. I love her.

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) July 23, 2011, 1:11 pm

    It has been wicked hot here as well…I ran last night once the sun was down- it was the only way to stay safe and cool.
    Good luck with the swim practice!

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner July 23, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I am definitely a runner, not a swimmer, but I have to say- that pool looks amazing right about now!

  • Mel July 23, 2011, 1:13 pm

    It’s fun following your triathlon training! I decided I wanted to start doing them last winter. Two down this summer, two to go. My next one is an Olympic and I am *scurred*.

    Swimming is my favorite now, too, after taking a few lessons last fall. Didn’t you not like it at first? I should do more real workouts, but usually I just set a time or distance goal.

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:47 am

      I hated it at first, it was hard! But I’m definitely learning to embrace it.

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 23, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Did you cycle with the time trial stage of The Tour like in You, Me and Dupree? hahaha

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:47 am

      Hahah maybe.

  • Danielle July 23, 2011, 1:25 pm

    I need to get a bike trainer for sure! Your pup is cute and i love that her toy matches her. Great job getting this good workout in!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 23, 2011, 1:26 pm

    It is miserably hot here in TN too! The only time I plan to set foot outside is to jump in the lake for a swim! I hope you have a great weekend Caitlin!

  • Rhianne July 23, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I live in Toronto and it was 104F (40C) on Thursday, 122F(50C) with the humidex. That’s halfway to boiling! It’s supposed to be cold in Canada, but we didn’t get the memo this year.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 23, 2011, 1:36 pm

    We’ve had weather like that here in MI too. It’s good weather for an iced coffee or cold smoothie!

  • Rebecca July 23, 2011, 1:44 pm

    It’s supposed to get up to about 90 here today. Yuck. Also thunderstorms (but those were supposed to be this morning). I woke up at like 6:30 to wind and rain. Then I fell back to sleep until 11 when the phone woke me up… Hahahaha. 🙂

    Love Maggie and her moo cow. 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 23, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Same temps here in NY, I just ran on our treadmill in the basement which is about 15-20 degrees cooler since it’s half underground and was still sweating buckets! Stay cool!

  • Dynamics July 23, 2011, 1:51 pm

    I am due to buy new protein powder and hate the stuff I am using. I am taking a survey of my favorite bloggers. What protein powders do you love? What protein powders to you use regularly? I have a meal replacement powder I love but it is way tooooo expensive. Thanks Caitlin

  • The Healthy Engineer July 23, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I hate having to flip around so much too!

    But the thing is, no matter how much I have trained, I cannot do more than 200 meters without stopping.

  • khushboo July 23, 2011, 2:00 pm

    I absolutely hate running in the heat, it takes away the pleasure factor and makes me feel so light-headed and dehydrated…good call on switching to cycling for the day!

  • Baking N Books July 23, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Ah – you Americans – it’s either too hot or too cold for you! You need to acclimate 🙂

    I love that you are loving swimming…and wishing I knew how 🙁 Yep, I’ve tried lessons before but still panic with my head under water. I need to chill out big time.

    What kind of protein powder do you use?

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:49 am

      SP Complete Dairy Free

  • Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) July 23, 2011, 2:08 pm

    This is Definitely NOT weather to run in! It is not safe. Iknew the West Point cadet Who Passed away, possibly due to a heat stroke, so thanks for reminding everyone to remain cool And hydrated. 🙂

    By the way, your breakfast looks amazing!

  • Shari July 23, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Ugh, this heat is crazy and the humidity’s even worse. It was 106 here yesterday with a heat index of 119 … it’s just too much!

  • sirenjess July 23, 2011, 2:25 pm

    what type of protein powder do you use?

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 23, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Yeah, it’s crazy hot out. I was running after a neighbor’s dog for less than 10 minutes and I was sweating to death. Crazy!!! And P.S. I love the pic of Maggie!! 🙂

  • Rachel @ Eats, Sweats, Peas July 23, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Eek!! I would say I’m envious of the heat, but that’s a bit too hot!

  • Laura July 23, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I used to love the days we’d do the long course when I swam competitively. It was a nice change and challenge.

    Haha, the cow does resemble Maggie – even sort of the same impression in that picture. I love Maggie.

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:49 am

      Maggie says thanks!

  • Delia July 23, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I completely agree. Anything higher than, like, 70F is too hot to run for long for me. I just moved to the Midwest, though, and even in the oddball 90F summer days, there are people running. They are crazy! But maybe after my first winter here, I’ll have a change of heart.

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 23, 2011, 3:35 pm

    Wow that’s hot! I don’t know how you function in that weather at all – in Ireland we’d declare a national emergency if it was ever that hot! (which is highly unlikely 🙂 )

  • Luna July 23, 2011, 3:41 pm

    it’s hot!!i’m sending you some cool air – here’s raining. I can’t imagine swimming “cross” the pool, I need to keep watching at the lines on the pool floor while swimming, or I’ll go all zigzag 😉 yes I’m that bad at swimming eheh

  • Beth July 23, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Haha I love your pictures of Maggie. She looks amazingly snuggle-able. And the heat index is 109 today in DC, I just don’t even know what to do about that. Definitely not run!

  • SarahC July 23, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Uhg, the heat is horrible! This is our 32nd consecutive day with triple digit heat (normal temp, not heat index). I picked the perfect time to pick up running! 😉

    I’m glad you like swimming so much. How did you get over the boredom factor? I remember a post you wrote early on that you got bored since you couldn’t listen to music.

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:49 am

      I don’t know – I think it was just a matter of getting used to be in the pool. But I don’t do long workouts, 30 minutes is all I can handle currently.

  • Hannah @ theflexitarianeater July 23, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I love that you love swimming now! I picked it up a few years ago due to injury, and I absolutely fell in love! I definitely still need running in my life, but swimming makes a regular appearance now as well 🙂

    I’m totally with you on the lane length, too! Up at school we have 50-yard lanes, and I remember freshman year I hated it because I was just starting to get into swimming and was pretty weak at it, so 50 yards seemed like forever. Now when I go home and have to swim in a 25-yard pool I can’t stand it! so funny how things change…

  • Kristyn July 23, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Stay cool! It’s that hot up here in dirty jerz too! 115 heat index… I ran at the tush crack of dawn. Yikes!!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 23, 2011, 5:32 pm

    I’m so happy to hear you are loving swimming. It’s such a nice break from the world.

    I don’t think short course involves much rest. If you perfect your flip turn form, which admittedly takes a while, you get anaerobic work built in to every swim. Watch world-class short course swimming and you will see how people use the turns to keep on working.

  • Shannon July 23, 2011, 5:41 pm

    I just did my first olympic triathlon in May and I only trained in a 25 meter pool. To help get used to not taking a lot of breaks I would not touch the wall at the turn around points; I would just tread water and start swimming the opposite direction. It’s not fun but it did help prepare me for the open water.

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:51 am

      Good tip!!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 23, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Umm, excuse me? Did you just say that swimming is you favorite sport??

  • mi-an d. July 23, 2011, 6:09 pm

    what heat wave?? it’s 72 degrees here in the bay area, ca.. 55% humidity..sunny..light wind…ahh perfecto. 🙂

  • nicole July 23, 2011, 6:10 pm

    I cannot imagine that heat!!!
    What kind of protein powder do you use?

  • allpointswhole July 23, 2011, 6:43 pm

    way to be flexible with your workout!!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) July 23, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Ick! I hear you on the weather girl! It’s awful down here in Florida! Can’t wait for the cooler temps to come back… in like January. 😉

  • Meredith July 23, 2011, 6:45 pm

    YES! I swear it feels so much hotter here than it ever did in Miami!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 23, 2011, 7:04 pm

    We’re in the middle of a heat wave here too. I tried to go for a run at 6:30 am this morning, but even then it was too hot! I got about 2 minutes into my run, then turned around and went home! 😛

  • Jamie July 23, 2011, 7:35 pm

    I was a pro swimmer for 15 years and I always hated long course!! It just seemed so long and I love flip turns (they’re a nice change of pace plus you get the extra push!). I wanted to like long course, but I just couldn’t get myself to. But I definitely preferred outdoor long course to indoor long course. Props to you on all the swimming you’ve been doing! Have you tried any underwater yoga? That’s my favorite after a long workout 🙂

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:52 am

      Hahha no! I have never even HEARD of underwater yoga. Off to investigate.

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi July 23, 2011, 9:25 pm

    I’m new to swimming but I LOVE it. I think the thing that feels the best about it is the fact that I can do it for an hour and not be in pain. I love running, but today, after my 10 mile run, I had to ice my knees, my back, etc etc. Swimming feels good… I have a long way to go but I found a training program on beginner triathlete and I have been following it. it’s lots of fun.

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi July 23, 2011, 9:26 pm

    p.s. I’m DEFINITELY using the short course… 25 m feels like a lot until i can get my breathing in rhythm.

  • Katherine July 23, 2011, 9:31 pm

    I really should try frozen banana smoothies!

  • Heather @ Ooops I Blogged The Toilet July 23, 2011, 9:42 pm

    My parents are back in PA and you could cook an egg on the sidewalk. So glad I’m in CA right now. I do NOT miss that humidity. Keep cool darlin!!!

  • Marissa C July 24, 2011, 12:19 am

    I need to move to North Carolina if that is what is considered hot! It is 100+ here 2 months straight out of the year. Absolutely miserable…I had to stop running because I couldn’t say I wasn’t getting overheated (no no for preggos). This was at 5:30 IN THE MORNING.

    • Marissa C July 24, 2011, 12:19 am

      I live in Texas, FYI

  • Grace July 24, 2011, 11:53 am

    I was wondering, do people have any swimming mantras they’d recommend? I always find the beginning of my swim the scariest and I’m very tempted to panic as I warm up. I could certainly do with some confidence boosters.

    • Caitlin July 25, 2011, 9:51 am

      “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!!!”

      I count strokes, that seems to help.

  • Amber K July 24, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, I couldn’t handle that. It was 85 yesterday (after Oregon being in the high 60’s all week) and I thought I was going to die! Too bad my body doesn’t take to the cold either.

    That smoothie looks like a delicious way to cool off!

    • Amber K July 24, 2011, 12:18 pm

      I saw your link to the protein powder you used and noticed it has barley in it, does the barley grass not affect your gluten problems? I’ve read that wheatgrass can sometimes not harm those with problems with wheat, but I haven’t seen anything about barley.

      • Caitlin July 25, 2011, 9:50 am

        Not sure I haven’t looked into it for GF purposes… trying to eat through the tub first!!! Good point though.

        • Amber K July 25, 2011, 11:59 am

          I swear, I’m so obsessed with reading every label of everything I come across. And then I try and research everything. If only I could actually retain everything I’ve read! I did find this forum on celiac.com discussing it, but not many seem to know there either!


          I think it’s more of an individual thing, obviously if you don’t react to it, then I’d think it’d be fine!

  • HEather July 25, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Try living in Texas where they said this morning it was going to cool off tomorrow…which will be a cool 105 degress instead of the 107 it is today. YUCK!

    I did my first mini indoor tri try this weekend. 10 minute swimming laps, 30 minutes on the bike and 20 minute run on the treadmill. Loved it! Man, swimming is TIRING!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life July 25, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Whew! It was even hotter than that here in upstate NY!

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