Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig news.


Back on May 30, I pulled out my credit card and registered for the Miami 70.3 race.  Yes.  That’s right, my friends.  At the end of the day on October 27, I will be able to say (very, very proudly), “I am a Half Ironman!”


That’s 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking (oh, God), and a half marathon.  All together, we’re talking 70.3 miles of sweat, cheers, and maybe a few tears.  To say that I’m excited would be a huge understatement.

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(All race pictures courtesy of Miami 70.3)




I was born and raised in the 305, and I can’t imagine a better city to do my first Half Ironman.  I’m really thrilled that I’ll be doing this race in my hometown!  I’m excited to swim in Biscayne Bay, and I’m hoping that the flat bike course will be an advantage.  Plus, we’ll be staying with our dear friends Lisette and Danny, which will save a pretty penny on race costs.  Half Ironmans aren’t cheap! 

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Oh, and did I mention there’s a University of Miami football game the day before the race? That is how you get your Husband super excited about attending a Half Ironman – you promise that the trip will include football. Winking smile




Yes.  Hah.  I know that I’ve waffled hard about endurance events post-Henry.  Remember back in January, when I had so much trouble training for a half marathon? I really suffered mentally through the training – it was so difficult to go for long runs when I was so tired.  And then I wrote a post asking other moms for advice on training, writing that I felt drained and unmotivated?  Yup, yup, yup.  Well, thankfully, things have changed.


I finally feel like I’m recovering from the absolute physical and mental exhaustion that is pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and the newborn stage.  Before Henry, I really never considered what the first year of parenthood is like.  Let me tell you – it is tiring, emotional, and draining (more than anything, it is amazing, but I’m just trying to keep it real here). There were days that I was too pooped to brush my teeth, let alone run 10 miles. But now… Henry is (mostly) a happy sleeper and napper, and as a result, I am a fully functioning member of society once again.  Wahoo!  When it comes to exercise, what used to feel like a chore or a struggle once again feels like my beloved hobby.  Sure, I have my ups and downs (and who doesn’t?), but there are far more ups, and I feel very positive about fitness in general.


So why now?  Simply put, it’s now… or in five years.  We hope to expand our family very soon, and I have a much more realistic idea of what having a baby means.  I have zero delusions that I will feel up to training for a Half Ironman with two small children (if you can do this, kudos, and please tell me your secret).  I looked at my life, my responsibilities, and my goals, and I really do feel that if I don’t do this in the next few months, it will have to wait until at least one of my children are school.  That’s cool – but I don’t want to wait that long.  I want to become a Half Ironman NOW!


Before I registered, I talked to a lot of people with Half Ironman experience, read so many blogs, and thumbed through a few training books.  I feel like I have a really good grasp on what this undertaking will entail, and I’ve studied my schedule closely to make sure this is feasible.  More than anything, I want to finish feeling strong and happy, not overwhelmed and stressed.  I’m finally in a place to make that happen – so I’m going to do it!




So I hear.  I’m most concerned about the bike (56 miles) because I’ve ridden that distance about three times, and each time, it felt like foooooooooooooorever.  I’m also concerned about the run because, well, a half marathon is a long, long way to go, but it will feel even longer after the bike!

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I have been spending a ton of time on the bike and in spin class (even more time than I’ve been blogging about) and I have seem huge improvements in my cycling fitness. So although I feel like this will be very hard, I also feel like I can do it.


It helps to know that, over the last five or six years, I’ve come so far with fitness.  Before, I couldn’t run a quarter of a mile.  At that time, I never would’ve imagined that I would train for a 10K, a half marathon, and even two full marathons!  And then I did two Metric Century bike rides and a 100 miler.  And started really racking up the triathlons.  My history proves that, even if I think it’s impossible at first, I can do it, as long as I focus and commit.  I need to keep that in mind as I move forward.




Good question.  Very good question!  One that stumped me for several weeks, in fact.  I studied so many different training plans (both online and in books), and I walked away feeling more confused than ever.  When I did my marathons, I checked out a bunch of plans and quickly noticed that they all follow a similar progression.  But with Half Ironman plans – oh man!  They vary so much! 


That’s when I started looking for a triathlon coach.  When I found Marni, I knew she was the one.


Marni Sumbal is a registered dietitian (and a vegetarian), an exercise physiologist, a FIVE TIME Ironman finisher (including two Kona finishes), and a USAT Level 1 coach.  She can run a 19-minute 5K, a 1:33-minute Half Marathon, and a 5:19 Half Ironman.  Oh, and she qualified and ran the Boston marathon (but of course!).  She owns her own triathlon-coaching business.


But what really drew me to Marni was her philosophy.  Read on….


I am enthusiastic about living an active and healthful life, all while maintaining a healthy relationship with food, the body, and exercise.

I believe that it is important to understand that there are no quick fixes. The body must be respected – not only on a daily basis, but also when training for an athletic event. My goal is to change the way people view, speak about, and consume food and inspire, motivate and educate society as to the most balanced way to eat for fuel.

In terms of exercise, I believe in quality over quantity, and I create training plans that allow athletes to make progress with fitness. The most optimal way to improve fitness is to find the best way to improve with the least amount of physiological training stress. 

I do not support fad diets (or off-limit food lists) or  extreme training/fitness plans.

If you want to create positive and lasting lifestyle habits, consistency in life will determine what you do today, how you perform tomorrow. and what will happen in the future.

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So Marni is putting me on one of her ‘pre-built’ plans (I begin training officially in August), and then we’ll be working together every few weeks to track my progress and make any necessary changes.  Marni agreed to be my coach in exchange for an introduction to my wonderful readers, so you’ll be hearing a lot from Marni in the future.  I’m so excited to share with you all of her knowledge and expertise.   For example, check out this informative blog post from Marni on Everything You Need to Know About Sports Nutrition. If you want to know more about Marni, follow her on: Twitter, Facebook, her blog, and Instagram.


In conclusion, I am all sorts of nervous and excited.  I remember when I first started doing triathlons, I said, “I will NEVER do a Half Ironman!” and yet – here I am.  I’ve definitely learned to never say never; endurance events are just so much fun and very addicting (but seriously – I’m never, EVER going to do a Full Ironman). 


I am looking forward to seeing my supportive Husband and sweet Henry on the course, cheering me on.  And it’s nice to know that over the last year, the three of us have come so far together.  Being able to train for this event says as much about my family as it does about me – I’m so lucky to have the support from Kristien and the full nights of sleep from Henry. Winking smile


70.3 Miami or BUST!



  • Corrie Anne July 8, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Congrats!! Good luck!!! That’s so exciting!! And what a great idea to work with a coach — she seems awesome!!

  • Erin July 8, 2013, 1:58 pm

    You obviously gave this a lot of thought, and seem totally psyched! Are you going to do any more tris to prepare before then?

    • Caitlin July 8, 2013, 2:07 pm

      Just that Olympic in August. I won’t do anymore to save $$ so I’m taking the other ones off my calendar.

  • Ashley July 8, 2013, 2:04 pm

    SO exciting! I haven’t even done my first triathlon and I’ve already had the Ironman seed planted in my head by the boyfriend. I love following other peoples’ IM training and can’t wait to read about yours!

  • Marni Sumbal July 8, 2013, 2:10 pm

    It’s officially official!! I’m excited to guide you along in this journey and of course, share this journey with you and all your readers! Watch out Miami…….

  • Johanna B July 8, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Yay for you. This is such great news. I am looking forward to keeping up with your training and how you progress in general during the next few months. Congrats on taking the big step forward.

  • Hannah July 8, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream July 8, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Congrats that’s amazing! And I’m super excited to hear about your training and progress! Also excited to read some posts from Marni, it sounds she will be a great addition to your training.

    You’re my hero!

  • Maria July 8, 2013, 2:36 pm

    This is so exciting and I look forward to following your training over the coming weeks and months. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your plans and goals with us. That is so inspirational.

  • Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby July 8, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Super cool news!!

    You are going to do great!

    and I hear you about wanting to do athletic things before baby #2 – kind of why I really want to do Princess in 2014!

  • Heather July 8, 2013, 2:52 pm

    This is really exciting and I am excited to see how training goes. We are about to have our first child (I am due July 23) and I am trying to figure out what is realistic with regard to getting back into running and hopefully triathlons.

    Miami is going to be awesome and a home town course is always super fun.

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 8, 2013, 2:55 pm

    Wow! Good luck! I know you can do it- just be prepared for finding yourself cursing asking “WHY WHY WHY?!” haha! Maybe a little dramatic 😉 I know you can do this!

  • Katie July 8, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Yay!! I just ( 3 weeks ago) ran my first marathon in 5:58:17, but I’ve been telling my friends my ultimate goal is 70.3 so I really can’t wait to read about your progress!!

  • Amanda @ veggiesndogs July 8, 2013, 3:01 pm

    How awesome!! I have a couple of questions about getting into running. My main concern is that I bike as a form of commuting and I find that if I run, it affects my ability to do my normal work. Do you have any tips for people who want to run but bike everyday for work/errands etc. I don’t want to be so sore from running that I can’t go to my garden or a friends house! It is also hard to gauge how much I ride because many times I just pick up my bike and go! I am not looking to go a certain speed or distance, I would just like to improve my endurance because I find that after 1 – 2 mile run I am super tired and my legs feel heavy. It is also 90 + degrees (sigh). Thanks in advance!

  • Sunny July 8, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Congrats!!! A half-ironman is on life list though I’m choosing to push it off until after children. Maybe I’ll change my mind after the first gets done baking though, I’m dying to be physically active again. 🙂

  • Kristen L July 8, 2013, 3:27 pm

    OMG! So excited to hear more about your journey to your first half ironman! I really want to do one too. I thought about this summer, but never bit the bullet. Focusing on marathon #2 instead this year. Having a good coach seems like a good idea too. 🙂

  • Kim July 8, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Wow! Congrats on this very exciting decision!! Is Marni local to you or is she coaching you virtually? I have a couple of running friends who just started using a virtual running coach and they are loving it and I can totally see the progress they’ve made over the past month or two. Best of luck & looking forward to future posts on your training!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) July 8, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Congratulations, Caitlin! This is such an awesome decision! My only half Ironman has been the Miami Man 70.3 (in 2009, I think), but I thought about doing Ironman Miami 70.3 instead (I think you made the right decision! Even though the Miami Man run goes through the zoo, I still found it pretty boring to do a 2-loop course that was through a parking lot/ unscenic area most of the time!). Also, I briefly met Marni during an Oakley/ Self event a few months ago here in Dallas, and she was SO inspirational. Even from her 30-minute talk, I could tell she was super down-to-earth, motivational, hard-working, kick-butt woman. I think she’ll be great! Congrats!

  • Nina July 8, 2013, 3:36 pm

    So excited for you! Hope you will post about your training too- I am doing my first triathlon this Sunday and hope to do a 70.3 next year. Good luck with your training!

  • Rachel July 8, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Awesome! It is a big commitment but I know you can do it. I can’t wait to follow along with your training.

  • Caitlin July 8, 2013, 3:47 pm

    SO exciting- all of this!!! I wonder if we’ll be reading in a few years once Henry is in school, “so I decided to sign up for a full Ironman” 🙂

    Can’t wait to read all about your training and experiences with this new venture!

  • Trudy July 8, 2013, 4:03 pm

    How very exciting. How come you haven’t been blogging all of your training? I know you can’t blog your entire life or anything, but I know personally I prefer your posts about training/workouts. Can’t wait to see where this Iron Man training takes you.

    • Marie July 9, 2013, 8:35 am

      Yeah, I’m a little confused. Why post weekly workout reports if you’ve been doing more than you’ve blogged about? For me, the best part about reading marathon and tri blogs is getting a realistic sense of what it takes for the average, non-elite athlete to train for them. If you’re not going to be upfront, what’s the point of blogging about it?

      • Caitlin July 9, 2013, 8:49 am

        Oh I just meant I don’t blog workouts every week (but I’ve been better about it lately!). Also sometimes I just sit in the trainer for 15-20 minutes and tool around. I don’t add it into my weekly workouts but I should!

      • Mary Ann July 9, 2013, 8:52 pm

        (Caitlin–please delete this if it is a duplicate–my browser is wonky). Just wanted to pipe in and say holy mackerel, a woman’s entitled to do absolutely anything she pleases without posting it. Hardly constitutes “not being upfront.” Jeesh.

  • Breanne July 8, 2013, 4:06 pm

    SO exciting! Congratulations!!!!

  • christa July 8, 2013, 4:17 pm

    A half iron is much easier on the body than a full marathon – you can do it.

  • Sophie @ life's philosophie July 8, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Congrats! So impressive!! I can’t even begin to comprehend running a 1/2 after 56 miles of biking. Woof. I will be knocking out my first marathon the same day! Good luck with all of the training!

  • Amanda July 8, 2013, 4:43 pm

    Awwwww yeeeaaahhhh!!!!!!! *fist bump*

  • lisa fine July 8, 2013, 4:43 pm

    Wow – congratulations! You’re going to rock it, and the training will give you the kind of focus and time out of the house your mind and body need. Looking forward to reading about the training.

  • Beks July 8, 2013, 4:51 pm

    That’s really exciting! I can’t wait to read your recap. I’d love to do something like that someday, but I am the WORST swimmer in the world, and swimming in open water terrifies me.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 8, 2013, 4:52 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!! You amaze me! I am so scared of triathalon’s mostly because I am not a good swimmer but I think this is amazing for you!! Will be cheering you on!

  • Abby July 8, 2013, 5:18 pm

    This is so exciting! I’m definitely looking forward to reading about your training and maybe seeing guest posts from Marni! She seems so cool.

  • Joy July 8, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Wow, Caitlin, I’m so happy for you. Your excitement for this race really comes through in your post and I can’t wait to hear all about your training and the race.

    How great is it to be training for a race you said you’d never do, probably because you thought you never could do it…yet here you are. SO inspirational!

    I’ve been doing more road biking this year than every before. I started on my trainer this winter but then got really into riding on the roads (well, paved trails because the roads are scary with tons of traffic) in the spring. I started riding as a way of cross training and trying to not do too many running days because of a previous injury. I feel myself getting faster on the bike because of my running, and getting to be a faster runner because of the biking. What a great benefit!

  • Crystal @ TriFoodieMD July 8, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! That’s a big decision and commitment, but I have no doubt that you’ll succeed.

  • Rebecca July 8, 2013, 5:59 pm

    This is awesome, Good Luck! I will be cheering you on. Go get ’em!

  • Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen July 8, 2013, 6:18 pm

    wooo I’m so excited for you .. can’t wait to hear about your training!

  • Luv What You Do July 8, 2013, 6:36 pm

    Wow, good for you! I”ve been talking about a 70.3 but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I can’t wait to hear all about your training!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 8, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Ahhh congratulations Caitlin! I’m so excited for you, and I totally admire your determination! It sounds like you’ve 100% got the right attitude, and with a coach to help out, I know you’ll do amazing. I can’t wait to follow along with your training!

  • Elisabeth July 8, 2013, 7:21 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all about the process! Doing a half or full Ironman someday is one of my dream goals 🙂

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 8, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Enjoy the training! I absolutely love my weekend long bricks and miss them when triathlon season is over.

  • Ali July 8, 2013, 7:32 pm

    Good luck on this next big goal!

    Have you made a decision about child spacing? I noticed you mentioned wanting to expand “very soon.” I remember a few weeks ago there was a spirited discussion about the transition from 1-2 kids. I hope you will do a post on this decision.

    • Caitlin July 8, 2013, 7:38 pm

      No final decisions but in gener I think we have decided the sooner the better, mostly because we love having Henry soooo much!

  • Liza July 8, 2013, 8:11 pm

    This is so exciting! I’m doing my first triathlon in August, and your posts have helped me so much. Hopefully someday I’ll do a 70.3!!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 8, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Congrats!! So exciting, I can’t wait to hear how the training (AND RACE) go! 🙂

  • Lee July 8, 2013, 9:12 pm

    That’s awesome! Can’t wait to hear about your training and the race itself.

  • Julie @ Swim…Bike…Running on Empty July 8, 2013, 10:07 pm

    You are going to LOVE it! I did my first HIM yesterday and am still riding a high. Now it’s 7 weeks until my first Ironman!

    I think you were smart in selecting to do this now. Like you, we are planning a family, so it was now or in 8 years 🙂 And it’s just a bucket list item I could not let go of!

    I won’t give you too much advice since I’m sure you’ll be getting tons, but I would say the following will be helpful:
    *If you are a decent open water swimmer, don’t spend a ton of hours in the pool. Concentrate on your technique, but overall, unless you’re swimming 10+ hours a week, you’re not going to get a TON faster, simply because the swim is so short compared to the bike and run.
    *When training on your bike, do intervals. High intensity speed work is key. The distance will come for sure.
    *Do some bricks. Run for 10 minutes off a two hour ride. Just know how long it will take your legs to feel warmed up so you’re not frustrated on race day.
    *Core work and foam rolling. Two huge difference makers!
    *Practice your nutrition and go in with a plan. And do what works for you.
    *And on race day, smile and take it all in and remember how much FUN you’re having!

    Can’t wait to follow your journey!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. July 8, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Girl, you continue to inspire me! So excited to follow your training!

  • Melanie July 9, 2013, 8:22 am

    Wow fantastic Caitlin!! I am in awe of you! My son is 7.5 months and I am still trying to figure out how to get myself to the gym to lose this baby weight. Thanks for motivating me! Looking forward to reading about your training!

    And how exciting you are thinking about #2 already!


  • Jennifer July 9, 2013, 8:33 am

    This is REALLY cool! I’m so excited to follow your training and of course the 1/2 Ironman. Good luck!!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats July 9, 2013, 8:33 am

    So exciting!! I can’t wait to follow along. I love how down to earth you are with your trainings and really find it inspirational.

  • MissPinkKate July 9, 2013, 8:35 am

    How do you decide which workouts to blog and which to leave off? Just curious about the motivation behind that, since you do a weekly workout roundup.

  • Emily K. @ Leaf Parade July 9, 2013, 9:18 am

    What a great post! Good luck to you on this new big adventure 🙂
    -Emily K.

  • Amanda July 9, 2013, 9:22 am

    Congratulations! I feel so proud for you!

  • Laura July 9, 2013, 9:36 am

    That is awesome! I’m planning to sign up for Ironman Raleigh 70.3 that is in June of next year. I’m also doing it based on our plan to start a family right after that and I know I won’t have time/the will to train for it after having a baby! Can’t wait to follow along with your training!!

    • Ebernst July 9, 2013, 10:27 am

      DO IT! I raced Raleigh 70.3 this year (1 montha ago!) and it was AWESOME!! Hilly bike and run but an absolute blast and Ironman certainly knows how to put on a good race! Can’t wait to sign up for 2014!!!!

      Racing a half ironman was really tough, but honestly, I think anyone with decent training and a good base can get through it! My training wasn’t really that impressive due to travel and injury (and boys, always, boys) and I still had a great race day!

      • Laura July 9, 2013, 11:52 am

        That is so awesome you already did the race! I live in Durham and was inspired after seeing so many athletes compete! I’m defintely planning to do it-just want to make sure I get in as I heard it sold out last year. I’d love to hear any tips or feedback you have on the course in general. And I’m curious how the fuel stations work on the bike-how do you coordinate getting water/gatorade while still riding? Do you throw your bottle away and just use what they give you or do you mess around w/ trying to refill your normal bottle??

        If you live in the area maybe you’d like to meet up to train sometime?

        • Lee July 9, 2013, 5:01 pm

          I saw your post about training. I live in Raleigh and also raced the Raleigh 70.3 this past June. I am always interested in meeting others to ride with. Where do you typically like to ride?

          • Ebernst July 10, 2013, 10:03 am

            YAY! Let’s meet up…see email address below!! I’m always looking for new riding partners! (and swimming and running friends!)

            I usually ride in Cary or Holly Springs or Chapel Hill (basically anywhere!).

          • Laura July 10, 2013, 10:20 am

            I will ride wherever! I don’t really have anyone to ride with right now. I do ride with the team Luna Chix on Thursday nights in Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro. I haven’t been biking much lately and plan to get more serious with it in the fall. You can email me if you want to set up a ride/chate more. lauraswanson at mail dot com

        • Ebernst July 10, 2013, 10:01 am

          Yes, definitely! I’m always looking for new training partners! 🙂 Hit me up at as I live in Raleigh!

          The course was awesome, awesome, awesome, but pretty hilly for the last 25-30 miles of the bike and the run. For the bike, I felt pretty prepared for the hills (did a decent amount of rides in Holly Springs area), but didn’t train as well for the run.

          As for the bike aid station, it is super cool…you ride through the aid station and all the volunteers are holding out different things you could want. You simply grab water or a banana and can toss your old bottle if you need. I rode with 1 bottle on my bike filled with Nunn and then grabbed cold water bottles from the aid station and shoved them down my tri top (and have a lovely scar from it!).

  • Alexandra July 9, 2013, 10:40 am

    Caitlin, I’m a faithful reader and *jumping out of my seat excited* for you to do this Half Ironman. Can’t wait to hear all about your training and race journey while still being a regular woman 😉 You’ll rock this.
    PS. you’ve inspired me to run a full marathon this year and do a “try and tri”! So thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin July 9, 2013, 10:49 am

      Yay! Way to go!!!

  • Kaitlyn July 9, 2013, 11:26 am

    Congrats, Caitlin! I’m so excited for you!!!! You’re so right when you say that endurance events are addicting….I used to not be able to run more than 2 minutes, but I ran my first half marathon in March and now feel like I can do anything! Can’t wait to follow along with you on this journey 🙂

  • TP July 9, 2013, 11:39 am

    Congrats. It’s addictive though, watch out. I did my first at the end of March and signed up for another November 10th. Getting ready to amp up the mileage again, though I haven’t let it drop too far. I followed the beginner triathlete plan and made lots of training mistakes that I plan to change this time.
    I have a two and four year old that were 1 and 3 in my last training cycle. It can be done without making life too crazy. The most important thing is having your spouse fully on board, which you seem to have, so good luck 🙂
    I will not make the jump to Ironman til my kids are in school… The older one starts preschool next month so I plan to do lots of training with a bike trailer and stroller with my little one.

  • Sara July 9, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Wow- that’s amazing!! very excited for you! 🙂

  • Emily N July 9, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Haha, I think that is so funny about using the Miami game as a bartering chip. I did the same thing with my husband when I was training for the Columbus marathon. (Well, Ohio State is in town the day before… we could go to the game…)

  • Hilary July 9, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Day-amn girl. You crazy! That’s awesome. Can’t wait to hear all about it !

  • Erin July 9, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Wow, Caitlin. Very proud of you.

  • Coco July 9, 2013, 8:02 pm

    How exciting!! Congrats on taking the plunge! I’m sure your going to rock it 🙂

  • Lauren @ Breathe & Nourish July 9, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Wow! Go girl. Excited to hear about it.

    I really like Marni’s philosophy! Especially parts about no fad diets and how she approaches training. That’s so great.

  • Mai July 9, 2013, 11:32 pm

    so awesome caitlin! i am going to attempt to do my first 70.3 in november! i’ve only done sprints up to now, so i’m a little nervous, but excited too.

  • Amy Q July 10, 2013, 8:37 am

    WOW! Missed this the other day— how exciting! Good for you!

  • Jill July 10, 2013, 8:54 am

    I’m not an athlete (struggling with a lot of health issues and not going great)…but admire you immensely. Beyond words.

    And I know you are more advanced etc, but I figured I would just link this for your interest (or not)! :

  • Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline July 10, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I’m just catching up on posts, but you are amazing and always inspire me! I started reading your blog three years ago, and you got me to run, and I’ve run a half marathon and am training for my second in September. I have also toyed with the idea of cycling, and your posts have been so helpful!

    Basically, I just want to thank you for all you do. I can’t wait to follow training, race day and everything else. 🙂

  • JennyV July 10, 2013, 6:15 pm

    So excited to read about training — especially from Marni! Man, she is gaining a new follower based on her philosophies alone. What a fantastic coach!!

  • Amanda July 11, 2013, 11:36 am

    Have you thought about purchasing a new bike? In general, the rider’s fitness matters more than the equipment, but, girl, your bike is OLD. 🙂 I bet a new machine would add some speed.

    • Caitlin July 11, 2013, 11:43 am

      Haha I wish. I need $$$!

  • Alan Ali July 16, 2013, 4:01 pm

    SO AWESOME!!! I am hoping to do the Raleigh Half Ironman in Raleigh in 2014 or most likely 2015.

    Looking forward to seeing your race recap!

  • Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter July 23, 2013, 3:54 pm

    How fun! Good luck with your training. I am doing Miami 70.3 this year too. It will be my second 70.3. Excited to see how our training compares!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks July 30, 2013, 12:17 pm

    YAY! Exciting!

    I did a Half Ironman last year–it was tough! But actually most of it was pretty fun 🙂 (my faves are the swim & run, so the bike wasn’t super awesome.)

    Good luck!

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