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You may have noticed that, about 5 weeks ago, I went from swimming three times a week to nothing.  Nada.  Zero.  Zilch.


But don’t you worry – because I’m JUMPING BACK IN!


In my defense, my 5-week long swim hiatus wasn’t my fault.  My pool’s HVAC needed to be repaired so they shut down the entire Aquatic Center for over a month.  Very traumatizing.  They gave me the option of swimming at the YMCA but I am not a fan of the YMCAs in Charlotte.  So I just took a break.  However, I really missed jumping into the chilly water!  And feeling like my workout was play, not work. 


It’s been so long that I couldn’t even quickly locate my goggles and cap.  I think they’re buried at the bottom of my tri bag, which is buried in the back of my closet.  I wore my back-up goggles and a race cap instead.  Oh yeah.


Unfortunately, I had a killer headache (dare I say it may have been a little migraine?  I’ve never had a migraine but all the symptoms – light and noise sensitivity, facial numbness – were there).  Ugh.  Exercising seemed to help, but I only got through 800 meters of my planned 1,000 meter workout.  I’ll take it, considering.


Many people have asked if there’s a typo on my training plan, as I’ve got two sprint triathlons this week.  It’s not an error – I’m actually doing a tri on Saturday and Sunday.  Yes, this is slightly insane.  But tri season is almost over in Charlotte, and I’m praying I’ll be ‘indisposed’ next summer, so I want to jam in as much tri time as I can.


The sprints are relatively short – barely adding up to an Olympic triathlon when combined – and I’m only planning to ‘race’ the first one, so I’m sure I’ll be fine.  It will be interesting, though!


Random side note: My friend Bethany bought me a silk scarf in Thailand and I have been wearing it non-stop.  With completely inappropriate outfits.  Like pajamas, swimsuits, and running gear.  It’s so soft.  I cannot take it off.

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It’s just one of those days, kids.


Pre-swim snack of goat cheese + rice cracker:


And post-swim casserole… More Santa Fe!  Such a great meal for busy weeks. 


This post was chock full of randomness, huh?


Off to the first Girls on the Run session on the day!  Black scarf not included.



  • Khushboo September 20, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Nice going on the swim. I was really impressed with myself last week- after about 4 months if not swimming, I manage to swim just over 1km…love how therapeutic swimming is!

  • katie @ KatieDid September 20, 2011, 2:08 pm

    ohh hope you have fun at GOTR! I need to make a huge casserole at the beginning of my weeks, it seems to be saving you a ton of time!

    • Jennifer Cook September 20, 2011, 2:19 pm

      I made a casserole on Sunday to have for dinners and lunches this week- it’s already almost gone. The bad thing about having something like that around is, it’s so good you want to eat it at every meal. At least my family does. 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:01 pm

        hahah yes… i agree 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 20, 2011, 2:11 pm

    Awww…. you’re going to be indisposed next summer?? I guess that means you two are going to start trying for and HTPbaby?

  • Kate September 20, 2011, 2:11 pm

    I would be very sad if my pool closed – maybe even sad enough to brave the YMCA pool…but probably not. Also, your comment about hoping to be “indisposed” next summer put a huge smile on my face (and I may have let out a gasp that startled my coworkers). Love it.

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:02 pm

      🙂 thanks kate!

  • Jennifer Cook September 20, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I haven’t swam since my sprint tri at the beginning of this month- and swimming was my favorite part of my training! When I was training, I always met up and swam with a group, and now that I don’t have that, I am less motivated. But you just made me really want to get back in the pool. Think I am going to go there tomorrow…

  • cathy September 20, 2011, 2:18 pm

    haha, i was reading through, thinking “this post is so random!” and then that’s how you conclude. very fun – seems like a chitchat visit.
    two races in one weekend – zany fun. good stuff!
    i do hope you are indisposed next summer!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 20, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Haha, “indisposed” is the best way I’ve ever hear pregnancy described.

  • Hillary September 20, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Migraines are the WORST. I tend to lose sight in one of my eyes (or see bright floaters) right before one hits me, and it’s the worst feeling ever. I know that I’m in for a miserable couple of hours, and there’s nothing I can do about it!

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count September 20, 2011, 2:27 pm

    the best thing about casseroles is that you have leftovers which means easy, low maintenance meals for days to come!! I love making recipes that will last a couple of meals…convenience is key when you’ve got a busy schedule!

  • Mary September 20, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I’d be interested in why you’re not a fan of the Ys in CLT? While they can be crowded, they have great classes, good equipment, are clean, and several have towel service. And, they recently instituted a Y pricing scheme based on income…

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:03 pm

      emailed ya!

  • Amanda September 20, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Indisposed 😉 I have hopes for that next summer too, but you never know what will happen I suppose!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 20, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Randomness, yes. But lots of goodness and yumminess! The Santa Fe looks soooo good.

  • deva @ deva by definition September 20, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Casseroles are the best grab-and-go meals.

    I squeed at your “indisposed” comment.

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 20, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Have fun at GOTR!!!!!! That scarf looks awesome I love that it is becoming scarf weather again!

  • Laurie September 20, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Hope your headache goes away! I hate when I have headaches like that, btw, love your scarf!

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Thanks! It’s so fun that it came all the way from Thailand too 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 20, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Have fun at GOTR!

  • Mary September 20, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Good luck with your tri’s this weekend! You’ll rock both of them I’m sure! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 20, 2011, 2:48 pm

    The scarf looks great on you!! And WOW, 2 tris in one weekend – you’re a machine!! 🙂 Have a great afternoon Caitlin!

  • Anonymous September 20, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Meant to write this on your other rice cake post – rice cakes in general actually have a very high glycemic index, even though everyone likes them for being “healthy” (a friend of mine found this out the hard way, unfortunately). Of course, this might not be a concern for you at all, and I don’t know exactly if the brown rice cakes fare any better. But I have a blood sugar disorder so it’s the first thing I think about when I hear “rice cakes”! Anyway, that’s awesome you’re back to swimming, best of luck with the training!! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:04 pm

      Iiiiiiiiiiiiiinteresting. I will look into this! I do care about GI index (or the Husband says I should) so this is worth investigating for me! Thanks!

  • Cammy September 20, 2011, 3:05 pm

    Just a thought: I’ve been a sufferer of chronic migraines for years, and I’ve found that one way to prevent them is to make sure I’m getting enough magnesium. Migraine sufferers often have too-low magnesium levels. Also because of this, I always make sure to use an electrolyte drink that replaces magnesium (i.e. poweraid or clif, not gatorade).

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:04 pm

      I have low magnesium chronically… this might be the cause, esp with all that sweating! Thanks!

  • Kat September 20, 2011, 3:07 pm

    headache…possibly dehydration from recent increase in activity and rookie mistakes ;)? I keep makin’ this mistake too. Water on a long run!! Makes such a difference 🙂

  • jamie @ cueyourlife September 20, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Yesterday I felt the SAME way…totally head-achy and miserable! Sitting at a computer all day did NOT help…but YOGA DID! AHHH! I drank a ton of water during the day and by the time yoga was over…I felt like a new person. I think it was dehydration (possible from an “allergic reaction” to the red wine I had Sunday night)and a tweaked nerve in my neck. Thank you yoga mat! Hope you’re feeling better! Cheers!

  • Sweet and Savvy September 20, 2011, 3:18 pm

    I need to get into swimming!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 20, 2011, 3:19 pm

    That is a pretty scarf. 🙂 Right around now, I always start wearing scarves nonstop too. My BF thought it was strange when the trend started, haha. I think he’s come to accept/like it now.

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:05 pm

      Scarves 4 life.

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes September 20, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Very cute scarf…I’d be the same way…wearing it with any outfit I could!

  • Cyndi September 20, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Is your pool as super clean as it looks? I am totally unhappy with the pool we joined and I just wonder am I crazy to think it should be as clean and clear as our neighborhood outdoor pool – especially since it’s indoors, never sees suntan lotion and is a professional place of business. Thanks for your feedback in advance and good luck on your tris – I hope to give them a shot next summer!

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:06 pm

      It is really not that clean… I wish it was cleaner. But I suppose it could be dirtier?

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 20, 2011, 3:30 pm

    ahhhh, caitlin! when you said “baby migraine” i thought you meant a baby was the source of the migraine. i thought, how is she just going to drop that in there?! ha. hope it’s feeling better 🙂

    • Kristie September 20, 2011, 4:25 pm

      LOL I honestly thought that too!

      • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:06 pm

        whoops – poor word choice.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) September 20, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I’ve been really wanting to swim but I’ve been too scared! However, I think I am finally going to take the plunge this week. 😉

  • colleen September 20, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I really hope you can’t do tri’s next summer 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:07 pm

      me too 🙂 thanks colleen!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 20, 2011, 4:14 pm

    Enjoy your Girls on the Run meetup. I’m sure the girlies will love you!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 20, 2011, 4:20 pm

    I love random posts-they make my heart smile 🙂 And swimming is OH so wonderful!!

    I bet you’re excited NOT to race next Summer….hopefully 😉

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul September 20, 2011, 4:25 pm

    ohh I looove your scarf Caitlin! Looks great on ya 😀 And I still gotta make that casserole~I promise, very soon.

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake September 20, 2011, 4:51 pm

    Gotta say I’m also really excited for BabyHTP when the time comes! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:07 pm

      Thanks sweetie!

  • Kelly September 20, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I bet if you DID wear the scarf to Girls on the Run you would slowly notice all the girls wearing scarves to run haha. It’s easy to start trends with young girls 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 20, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I’ve got no issues with your jamming… I”m sure I’d do the same thing if I get a chance to plan for it!

  • Carrie September 20, 2011, 5:19 pm

    ahhhahahaha. i love the scarf and swimsuit outfit. FASHION FORWARD!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 20, 2011, 5:20 pm

    2 sprint tri’s in one weekend! good luck! hopefully it will be fun and the second one won’t be too much!

  • Lisa September 20, 2011, 5:24 pm

    I need to get back into swimming – just need to invest in some maternity bathers as I suspect my current training bathers would look a little obscene at the moment lol

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:07 pm

      Bawhaha. 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 20, 2011, 5:32 pm

    During the cooler months, you can’t get me out of a scarf!!

  • Army Amy* September 20, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I love the scarf! I bought a purple scarf from a street vendor in Germany this summer, and I wore it for all of July despite the fact that we were in a major heat wave here in Texas.*

  • Coco September 20, 2011, 5:51 pm

    HTP BABY!!!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 20, 2011, 6:24 pm

    Ah, you just reminded me that it’s turning into scarf season (aka fall). YES!! Time to bust out my many many random scarfs 🙂

  • Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 20, 2011, 7:13 pm

    You’re a stud! Good luck this weekend with your triathalons!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance September 20, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Haha – your scarf with the swimsuit outfit photo cracks me up! I understand what you mean, though – good scarves should never be left at home!

  • Marissa C September 20, 2011, 7:21 pm

    I was wondering today when you would be swimming again!

    • Marissa C September 20, 2011, 7:21 pm

      PS…it’s a great pregnancy workout. A bunch of flip turns kept my little one out of my ribs for a few days. Never fear, she found them again and currently has her feet buried in my liver.

      • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:08 pm

        Ouch!!!! Congrats 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 20, 2011, 7:29 pm

    What funny timing – I just went out and bought a bathing suit today because I decided to add swimming to my workout routine! I haven’t swam laps in maybe 4-5 years though, so I think I’m going to have to go back and read your old swimming posts to get some tips!

    • CaitlinHTP September 20, 2011, 8:08 pm

      Swimming is so great. You will love it!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 20, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Swimming seems to be one of those things. One week, I went every single day and then suddenly stopped and haven’t gone back!

  • Rae September 20, 2011, 8:00 pm

    ohhh, stuck on the baby HTP thing! Im finishing tri season this weekend too and hope to have a similar “indisposed” summer next year-maybe a few relays though? Looked like you guys had fun with the TRT at the Oly!

  • Sarah September 20, 2011, 8:14 pm

    I love that scarf 🙂

  • Mary September 20, 2011, 8:34 pm

    Glad your pool reopened with your tris coming up! We have 3 pools in the area where I live. My main indoor pool closed for renovations and was supposed to reopen a week later. It didn’t, of course. Then the second indoor pool closed for yearly maintenance and the outdoor one closed for the end of the summer season. I was only without a pool for one week, but frustrating nonetheless. Good luck on your tris!! I am thinking of cramming in one more sprint with an indoor swim in October – I hate to see the season end!

  • kristin September 20, 2011, 9:42 pm

    I’m so excited for future babyHTP! I was wondering if maybe you already had one brewing with the migraine comment! I’m pregnant and got 2 migraines last week… Not my fav pregnancy symptom! Good luck 🙂

    • Caitlin September 20, 2011, 10:03 pm

      thanks 🙂

  • Maren September 20, 2011, 10:05 pm

    My boyfriend got me a scarf from the Avoca Mill in Ireland last year and I literally wore it every chance I got. Even if I was sitting inside, I’d be wearing that scarf! Now it’s finally time to whip that baby out again for the winter!

    Can’t wait for a little HTP nugget!! So exciting! Good luck this weekend!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs September 20, 2011, 10:11 pm

    Migraines are the WORST!! Glad it didn’t turn into a full blown one because I am out for the whole day when I get one. AWFUL!

    P.S. I can’t wait for BabyHTP to grace the blog world! 🙂

  • Shelley September 21, 2011, 5:04 am

    Yay for being “indisposed” I too ould love to be in that situation next year, fingers crossed for us both XXXX

  • Shelley September 21, 2011, 5:04 am

    Oops i mean “would” ha ha!

  • sharon September 21, 2011, 10:17 am

    I love your dog posts! I have three dogs and I am just like you in the fact that we treat them as our kids! Your posts about James and Maggie always make me laugh 🙂

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 21, 2011, 12:34 pm

    Woop, I’m so glad to hear GOTR is back! I love reading your entries about it!

  • Amber K September 21, 2011, 12:50 pm

    It’s a really cute scarf! I’d want to wear it all the time too 🙂 Glad you were able to get back into swimming, but I hope the headache/migraine whatever is gone!

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