Last Week’s Workouts

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Countdown to my triathlon season’s most important sprint: less than two weeks!  That means that I’ll really been putting the stroke to the water, the pedal to the metal, the stride to the ride.  Or something. Here’s my weekly wrap up of triathlon workouts.

Monday: 1000 yard swim (morning, approximate) + 30 minute bike on the indoor trainer (afternoon, during a Henry nap).


Tuesday: 4.5 mile run with jogging stroller.


Wednesday: Rest


Thursday: 1 hour on the indoor trainer while reading The Maze Runner.  Lots of sprints.


Friday: 4 mile run with the jogging stroller.  The Husband joined me for this run.


Saturday: 1000 yard swim with sprints (was supposed to be an open water swim of 1500 meters, but Henry slept horribly the night before and I woke up feeling ill, so those plans were scrapped).


Sunday: 6 mile run at a fast clip while I pushed the jogging stroller and the Husband biked beside me.


Totals:  1.5 hours on the bike, 2000 yards of swimming, 14.5 miles of running.


I’m still finding it easier to swim and run than bike. No surprise there.  I do feel like I’ve been making my bike workouts count ‘more’ by doing heavier gears and lots of sprints. I know it doesn’t replace outdoor riding time, but I’m really struggling to fit outdoor rides into my schedule.


Overall, I’m extremely happy with last week’s training!  I’m pretty pumped for my upcoming triathlon.


My goals for next week include:  adding a day of strength training and cycling more.  Of course!  I hope to squeeze in one open water swim before the race, just so I can acclimate myself again to lake swims.


Favorite stretch of the week:  All of these!

Running jam of the week:

And just for fun, check out this comparison shot of me on my dad’s bike when I was a baby, and Henry on the Husband’s bike.  Cute, right?

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Here’s to another week of activity!  Go get your goals!



  • Christine Bell June 3, 2013, 10:31 am

    Hey Catlin-
    I was wondering about Henry on the bike….how old was he when you first had him on the bike with a helmet? My in-laws took my 7 1/2 month old daughter on a bike this weekend with a helmet and I have read several articles and regulations stating that it isn’t a good idea until they are at leats a year. The helmet is so huge on her….

    • Caitlin June 3, 2013, 10:35 am

      Another reader said that some helmet organizations recommend not taking them out until they are 1 year old. I haven’t found any helmets marked for kids under 1, so that makes sense. I’m not sure a 7.5 months old would have the necessary head control to sit up on a bike (but you know your daughter better than I do!). We took him out at 11 months on vacation, and the helmet fit him, but then I read that you should not go out until 1, so we’re going to wait a few more weeks to do it again. If the helmet is too big for her, I definitely wouldn’t ride with her yet, as a helmet has to fit properly to do it’s job.

      I don’t know if they can ride in the chariots when they are younger.

      Maybe this is a Q for your daughter’s doc?

      • Anna @ On Anna's Plate June 3, 2013, 8:07 pm

        But is he having to wear the baseball cap in order for the helmet to fit? It seems like that would mean that it was still too big. I just ask because I was actually looking into this a few days ago– my daughter is almost 14 months old, and I was hoping to start riding with her soon, but a lot of what I saw online kind of dissuaded me from it– apparently in some states it’s not even legal to ride with them until they’re at least two!

        • Caitlin June 4, 2013, 7:07 am

          Nope 🙂 I was just trying to shade his eyes 🙂

          • Anna @ On Anna's Plate June 4, 2013, 7:24 am

            Gotcha! Did you feel like he was pretty secure back there? Again, I’d like to start taking rides with my daughter, but…I don’t know, she still seems so little, you know? The path that I’d ride with her is totally removed from traffic, totally smooth and no hills, so it seems like it would be FINE, but…you know, first-child over-protectiveness alert. 😉

          • Caitlin June 4, 2013, 1:08 pm

            Henry seemed steady but he was mobile so early and has a great deal of body control. I think it’s wise to be concerned. I certainly am! Maybe a chariot is a better choice for us both.

  • Ashley June 3, 2013, 10:58 am

    I just added Radioactive to my running playlist, good tune. Henry looks so freaking cute in that little helmet!

    This week for me is really about consistency- I struggle with getting quality workouts in early in the week and then I feel like I’m pushing it HARD Thursday-Sunday which makes me tired on Monday and leads to more skimped workouts, it’s a vicious cycle!

  • Brandi H June 3, 2013, 11:04 am

    It sounds like you’re going to do great at Latta! I’ve been training, but I’m still hesitating to actually sign up for it. I did open water at Lake Norman this weekend, and it was a breeze, but putting everything together for a tri?…We’ll see about that! 🙂 (It’s been a while since my last tri.) Thanks for posting about your workouts!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life June 3, 2013, 11:13 am

    I LOVE that little bike seat! Our baby is 8 months old and I so miss the bike rides my husband and I used to take so we definitely have been on the lookout for one. Do you think you could do a review of it in a post?

  • Andrea June 3, 2013, 11:19 am

    I love how you and your dad were wearing helmets WAY before they were deemed necessary:)

    Ps…how do you like riding your bike with Henry on the back. I’ve heard a lot of negatives…

  • Aundra @ Fit for Life June 3, 2013, 11:34 am

    Radioactive is one of my fave workout songs, too! Love Imagine Dragons.

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline June 3, 2013, 11:51 am

    Radioactive is SUCH an awesome running tune. I think you’re going to do great at your next tri! You seem to get a lot of variety with your workouts.

  • Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle June 3, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Everyone seems to love that song. I’ll really have to take a listen soon. Henry is so cute in his helmet– can’t believe he’s almost a year!

  • Sara June 3, 2013, 12:32 pm

    Ah good job! Sigh… I been slacking big time lately. BTW that picture comparison is adorable! 🙂


  • Julie June 3, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Henry looks so cute sitting in his bike seat – I could just eat him up! 🙂

  • Grace @ Grace Dishes June 3, 2013, 12:49 pm

    I’ve been loving Imagine Dragons lately! I have Radioactive on repeat! They are coming into town in September I think and the tickets are pretty reasonable.

    Good luck with your upcoming triathalon and great job on all the workouts! Thanks for posting what you’ve been doing. It always gives me ideas on what I should be adding to my own workouts.

    Have a wonderful month of JUne!

    • Steph June 3, 2013, 9:50 pm

      Saw them live last weekend at the Gorge in Washington at the festival and they were one of the best acts of the whole long weekend! Sooo amazing live. Go buy tickets now!! Haha

      Also Caitlin you get to stop and give yourself a huge pat on the back because I haven’t got a baby or a husband or a business to run and GIRL you are on fire. Huge congrats for clicking all those miles!

  • Amanda June 3, 2013, 12:51 pm

    You are killing it! I can’t wait to hear about how your first race goes!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action June 3, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Wow- that is an impressive week’s worth of workouts. It’s true dedication and commitment and I think you’ll definitely see the result of that in your race.

  • Rebecca June 3, 2013, 3:17 pm

    My roommates were somewhat obsessed with Radioactive, so I heard frequently. And now that I’m home for the summer and watching more TV, I’m hearing it on a TV commercial. I’m sort of sick of it. But that’s just me.

    My dad did a Tri yesterday and was a little upset at his transition times, but he did the whole thing in less time than he was hoping to, so it worked. And I told him that a T2 time of approx. 1.5 minutes seemed fast enough to me!
    Good luck with training and the tri! You’ll do great!

  • Bitch on a Diet June 3, 2013, 4:08 pm

    This week’s goals include doing Week #2 of the Whole 30, Squat Challenge, and 1st week of training for a 5k. Gotta start somewhere!

  • Sarah @ Licorice & Olives June 3, 2013, 8:02 pm

    I love your totals, makes me feel very inspired to do more running and swimming (biking is the easiest for me)!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 3, 2013, 8:56 pm

    LOVE that Imagine Dragons song – SO.freaking.good!

  • Liz June 3, 2013, 9:09 pm

    You are AMAZING! I can’t even imagine pushing a 50 pound stroller during a run – it must feel like you’re flying to run without the stroller after training with it! I might just go borrow a baby – just to toughen up my workouts 😉

  • Luv What You Do June 3, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Love the throw back photos…that is adorable!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 3, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Great job 🙂 We’re throwing a big party this weekend, so a lot of my workouts are just going to be party set up and yard work, but I’m still trying to find time to make it to CrossFit!

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Changes June 4, 2013, 9:55 am

    Great job on your workouts this week! I love the comparison pictures!

  • brazilian buttlift workout June 5, 2013, 7:35 am

    Great combination of workout. Swimming and running are specially those exercises which make your whole body fresh and active. I like your weekly routine workout! 🙂

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) June 5, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Where did you find the helmet? We cannot find small enough helmets for two of our children.

  • MC June 6, 2013, 10:32 am

    Unrelated, but – I think you are #24 in this Buzzfeed article (“article”)??

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