Last Week’s Workouts

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Stronger, faster, fitter!


Last week was a doozy. A totally awesome, kick my ass, body rockin’ doozy. I LOVE IT!


Monday: 2:30 hour bike and 30 minute run

Tuesday: AM workout – 45 minute spin class; PM workout – 1650 yard swim and 4 mile run

Wednesday: 3200 yard swim

Thursday: 45 minute bike + 4 mile run

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 45 minute bike + 1:15 minute run

Sunday: Rest


Grand Total: 4850 yards of swimming, 4:45 hours of biking, 18.5 miles of running


Thoughts:  Feeling really, really good.  Although I know that it would be better if I was doing longer long rides on the bike, I am feeling pretty confident about my cycling, which is historically my worst sport.  Swimming is going swimmingly (see what I did there?).  I can barely believe that I’m up to 3200 yard long swims.  I used to think that 1500 yards was SO far.  And running is fine.  Maybe I should be more concerned about running a half marathon after swimming 1.2 miles and biking 56 miles on race day… but I’m not.  I know I can do it – even if I end up crawling across the finish line.


Oh, and in other news… Won’t you join me for another Add, Not Subtract Week?  Every now and then, I do this as a personal challenge to myself to ADD more goodness in my life.  Too often, when we’ve been less-healthy-than-desirable, our society’s knee-jerk reaction is to take away… to detox… to cut out.  That mindset just doesn’t mesh well for me, so I like to think about how I can ADD stuff.  I could use more plants in my diet, so I’m working on adding more veggies and fruits this week.  My goal is 9 servings a day. 


Hope you have a healthy week!  Remember… if you want different… do different.



  • Erin August 26, 2013, 1:27 pm

    You are so motivating!
    I would just like to say I miss the frequency that you used to blog. That being said, I still love your blog. There are other bloggers that have cut back on blogging and I have just lost interest. But not yours. I think am finding yours even more fun, thoughtful, and motivating than before. Thanks for such a great blog!

    • Caitlin August 26, 2013, 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much Erin. I sure miss daily blogging, but I can handle this frequency a lot better now. 🙂 I appreciate your comment so much… it is so nice to know that people are still reading. Thanks!!!!

    • Kelley August 26, 2013, 4:25 pm

      Agreed! Quality over quantity. You’re doing a great job balancing it all! It’s been so fun following along! Keep it up!

  • Katie August 26, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Keep up the good work on training!

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind August 26, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Great attitude!! I love the positivity in this post. So motivating!

    Great week of workouts!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life August 26, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Awesome work! So interesting to see what goes into Ironman training by someone who has a job and is a momma to a little one too! Way to go for staying so motivated!!

    • Caitlin August 26, 2013, 2:01 pm

      i seriously bow down to the women with full time positions! crazyness.

  • Jessica August 26, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I don’t deal well with “subtraction” thinking either, and love the way you frame your addition of good options. I will be happily joining in an Add Week 🙂

  • Suzanne @ hello, veggy! August 26, 2013, 2:06 pm

    I love Add Not Subtract! I’m making some new intentions wednesday on my blog; I hope you’ll check it out!

  • Michelle August 26, 2013, 2:34 pm

    Dang girl…keep doin’ your thing! And I most definitely need to add more veggies into my life…I’ve really been slacking lately.

  • Ja @Ja on the RUN August 26, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I love your workouts! Sooo inspiring! 🙂

  • Kim August 26, 2013, 4:10 pm

    I like your add versus subtract mentality!

    Awesome job with the workouts! Just reading all those hours and miles makes me tired!

  • Joy August 26, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Great job with your workouts! I’m so glad you’re feeling so good. I have found that my harder workouts (and hard training schedules) make me feel SO good not only physically but also emotionally. I used to be so wimpy (both physically and emotionally) but challenging myself with fitness has changed that immensely. I’m now a proud, strong woman and I love reading about your accomplishments.

    I especially love your “if you want different…do different.” So, so true.

    Oh, and I second Erin’s comment about missing the frequency of your posts, but still loving the ones you do write. Your readers are still here!

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life August 26, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Definitely joining you for an “add” week! I started my post-bacc today which means I can’t go to my normal mid-day pure barre classes and since I’m busy with classes and a trip this weekend, I’m going to rely on running and workout videos! Sometimes I have a hard time when my routine has to change or is thrown off, but I always remember your philosophy that those little efforts (and big ones) add up! If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got!

  • Melissa August 26, 2013, 5:00 pm

    Awesome to read after a not-so-inspiring run today. Gonna work on adding POSITIVITY to my routine this week!! Keep on truckin’!

  • Susan August 26, 2013, 5:18 pm

    Good job on the workouts!

    I was wondering how you go about adjusting from pool swims to open water (especially ocean?) It seems super scary to me! Also, will you be swimming parallel to shore or out and back for the swim portion of the Ironman?

    • Caitlin August 26, 2013, 7:48 pm

      It’s a triangle away from the shore, and it’s in a bay, so not an open ocean swim. As far as how I’ll prep… prayer?

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie August 26, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Yep I agree with Erin’s comment as well 🙂
    I don’t usually leave a lot of comments but I still enjoy reading your blog.
    I was wondering as well how Henry and the pets are getting on! And how you feel about them. Right now my dog is my fur baby but I wonder if once we have kids it will all change..

    • Caitlin August 26, 2013, 7:48 pm

      Thanks so much!

      This would be a fun post – I’ll try to write it tomorrow.

  • Julia @ Basket of Juls August 27, 2013, 7:15 am

    Keep up the amazing working! I love the idea of adding not cutting out! Have a happy, healthy week 🙂

  • Emily @ The Good Era August 27, 2013, 8:59 am

    You seriously motivate me every day 🙂 I started my masters this week and am starting to feel overwhelmed with school, plus a full time job, a hubby, etc., but you’re blog continues to make me see that it can be done. I’ll just be over quoting “If you want different…do different” until, well, forever 😉

    I also looove the add, not subtract mentality!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats August 27, 2013, 9:05 am

    I love the idea of adding goodness. This week I will add some relaxation to my life. It’s so easy to go go go and forget to just enjoy life for a few minutes.

  • Laura August 27, 2013, 10:04 am

    I was also wondering about the pets!! Miss those pet pics!

    I would like if you couldprovide an update on your work-life balance. I remember at the beginning the plan was for each of you to be part-time “stay at home” parents and switch working days. I hadn’t heard anything about that and was wondering if you were still doing that, what worked vs. what didn’t work, etc. Thanks!

    • Caitlin August 27, 2013, 11:25 am

      I have plans to write this post 🙂 Sometime soon!

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