Mental Swim Prep

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Home, sweet home!


We’ve got the driving-with-the-baby thing down.  I sit in the back and pump (we have an outlet in the car), feed Henry a bottle while he sits in his car seat, pull over for a burping and diaper change, and continue on our way.  Play breaks occur every three hours or so.  It works for a nine week old – but probably wouldn’t for a more active older baby!  We drove from Florida to North Carolina in 7.5 hours this way – practically a record.


However, we were so antsy when we got back home that we nearly drove straight to the gym!  We planned to take turns walking with the stroller while the other ran laps around the track, but Henry wanted a snack after I had done seven laps, so H and I ended up spending a lot of time in the locker room.  Oh well.  Half a mile is half a mile.


After the snack (my life revolves around nursing – no surprise there, of course), I hit the pool for a few laps.  Today’s swim was more about mental preparation than physical preparation.  I swam 500 yards and spent the entire time visualizing a successful tri (my race is in two weeks), practicing my back stroke (just in case I need a breathing break), and working on sighting.  Sighting is when you look up mid-stroke to see where you are going – don’t want to swim off course!  No lines to follow in a lake.  Smile


I really think these mental swim sessions are just as important in putting in lots of yardage.  The swim leg of a tri is so emotional (<— So You Want To Do A Triathlon).


A little tip:  If you ever arrive at the pool and cannot find your goggles or swim cap, check the Lost and Found box.  You may locate your lost gear or, if it’s not there, you can borrow something for that workout.  Just be sure to return the cap or goggles after you’re done so their rightful owners can (hopefully) be reunited with their stuff.  (Every lifeguard that I’ve ever asked says this is totally cool, and I don’t think wearing someone else’s swim cap is gross… Chlorine kills everything, right?)


I lost my cap last week and – lo and behold – found it in the box!


So excited to sleep in my own bed tonight!



  • Alli August 13, 2012, 9:08 pm

    I used to lean over the carseat to breastfeed my baby on trips. Probably not the safest, but it worked 😉

  • Kelly August 13, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Interesting idea to look in the lost and found- I forgot my swim cap last week and just went without 🙂 I need to practice looking ahead when swimming before my upcoming tri, thanks for the reminder!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 13, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Congrats on a successful road trip!

    The first night in your own bed after a less than ideal sleeping situation is always amazing — enjoy your well deserved rest! 🙂

    • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 14, 2012, 8:27 am

      Yes! Especially during the travel home, I always think about sleeping in my bed.

  • Leslie August 13, 2012, 9:15 pm

    Welcome home! May your first night home be a restful one for you all. I’m sure you are happy to be back at home. You have a good attitude… traveling with a baby,husband and two dogs would make me require more than a workout at the end. I might need an adult beverage.

    • Caitlin August 13, 2012, 9:23 pm

      Hah having that too 🙂

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 13, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Enjoy the comforts at home- you guys seem to adjust so easily to the challenges of having a new baby!

  • Mel August 13, 2012, 9:58 pm

    I really pride myself on not being a germaphobe. I’m not squicked out by anything on the city bus, public toilets, ATM buttons, etc. I strongly believe you should focus on avoiding things that can actually get you sick rather than the things that just mentally make you feel icky…but damn. I would not wear goggles from the lost and found.

    Congratulations, you have grossed me out. : )

  • Amanda August 13, 2012, 10:34 pm

    That is so funny that you guys couldn’t wait to get to the gym once you got home, that is probably the last thing I want to do after a long trip :))

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna August 13, 2012, 10:46 pm

    i love reading your posts about swimming! i just went for my first swim in months yesterday and swam for 40 minutes (i’m not sure how far since i’m not sure how long my gym’s pool is!)! it felt good to get back in the water – especially since i signed up for a local sprint triathlon this saturday! i did it a few years back without training at all, just for fun, so i know i will survive, but getting the swim in definitely boosted my confidence!

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition August 14, 2012, 3:20 am

    Yeah, no qualms about taking a cap or goggles from the lost and found. We did this all the time on swim teams. I would usually just give them both a quick rinse in the pool before putting them on to make sure they were freshly chorinated. And of course return it to the box when done.

  • Amanda August 14, 2012, 6:02 am

    Feeding question from an ignorant non-mom: Why were you pumping in the car instead of just breastfeeding?

    • CaitlinHTP August 14, 2012, 9:43 am

      Because you have to stop and pull over and it takes like 30 minutes to breastfeed while you can bottle feed while driving 🙂

  • Morgan August 14, 2012, 8:09 am

    I used to feed her a bottle in the car, too. Then another mom told me it’s a major choking hazard which I totally understand now. What happens if she starts choking in a moving vehicle? I can’t exactly pull her out of the car seat to help her out. I now pull over and feed her before taking off again.

  • Ebernst August 14, 2012, 8:36 am

    Totally feel you on taking swim caps/goggles out of the lost and found box….sometimes you have to! Although this morning I seriously considered taking a swimsuit (permenantly) from the lost and found shelves at my pool…and then decided against it! 🙂

    I think its awesome that you are getting back to racing again so soon! You are going to rock it! Also, I know you are eyeing to do a Half Ironman next year and I don’t know if you heard but there are having the inagural Ironman 70.3 Raleigh next June! You might want to keep your eye on it!

    • CaitlinHTP August 14, 2012, 9:47 am

      I saw that! I think I’ll try to do it!

      • Ebernst August 14, 2012, 10:47 am

        Awesome! I decided pretty much instantly that its going to be my first HIM!

  • Kelly August 14, 2012, 8:58 am

    I have to ask this mainly because I am super curious and because I actually think you will give an honest answer so….do you ever get resentful? Resentful that the husband can get in a full workout while you are stuck breast feeding in the locker room? Or resentful that right now life STOPS for breast feeding? I know you don’t mind doing it and you wouldn’t change it for anything in the world but does it ever just get old? Am I the most awful person ever?

    • Christie August 14, 2012, 9:28 am

      Well I can’t speak for Caitlin obviously but I’m a breast feeding mom and my answer: yes I do and no you aren’t. 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP August 14, 2012, 9:47 am

        The BFing thing has been interesting because I’ve heard a lot of talk from BFing moms about how AWESOME it is and this INCREDIBLE bond it gives them blah blah blah…. Honestly, I just think it’s a way to feed my baby. Like, it’s nice and all, but it’s just a way to feed Henry. Sometimes BFing is way convenient and easy. Sometimes it’s a PIA, which is why I pump about 50% of the time (so someone else can help me feed). When we were trying to get pregnant, I was like, “Okay, I’ll need to give up my body for 9 months, and then I will get my body back and have this awesome baby.” I didn’t really know that if you’re BFing, your body is not really YOUR body for another 6 months to a year. You are not the most awful person ever… I think it’s totally normal to feel the way that you, Christie, and I do. It is very often sweet and lovely to BF, but it is often just another task you must do – like changing a diaper.

        • Kelly August 14, 2012, 12:24 pm

          Thanks to both of you! I was curious. My husband and I have had so much pregnancy issues. We got pregnant twice in the last 12 months and lost it both times around the 9-10 week mark. It has been so devestating but it has also really given me a lot to think about. I definitely want children and know that I am going to be a mom somehow/someway in the end but I still don’t (after all this drama) feel 100% ready and sure that I will always be grateful. I feel like even though I want this more than anything and am having to struggle to get it I will still sometimes be like GAH this is so much harder than I thought it would be. I guess I take for granted my essentially responsibility-free (aside from my job, husband and dog) life. It freaks me out a lot and then I feel guilty because of everything I’ve gone through I feel like I should have a “it was always be wonderful” attitude. Am I making any kind of sense? Sorry for the ramble….

          • Caitlin August 14, 2012, 2:17 pm

            I’m sorry to hear about your losses 🙁

            Again, I think your fears go back to that Mommy Guilt thing. Our society has convinced us we must be constantly jazzed about motherhood which just isn’t realistic. When are you constantly pumped to do anything even if it’s awesome?

          • Kelly August 14, 2012, 5:10 pm

            Thanks Caitlin! 🙂

  • Carolina John August 14, 2012, 9:53 am

    My last post has a fun new swim attempt with a hilarious outcome. Me and a buddy just dove into the ocean and swam a couple of miles, then ran back on the beach. Totally a different approach than I normally take. but hilarious.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 14, 2012, 12:04 pm

    That’s awesome that your car ride went so smoothly and you still squeezed in some gym time! You guys are like superparents! 😉

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