Indoor Tri

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I moved my (rather large) desktop computer upstairs to the TV room so I can lay on the couch and work.  Soooo comfy.  Wanna come hang out and work with me?


James, get out of my seat!


I’m still going strong on that salad-a-day thing. I really love this ‘goal’ because it’s such a simple. achievable way to ensure that I eat enough vegetables.


Also – potato chips and hummus is my new obsession.  Henry is equally obsessed.


In the mix:  greens, lentils, sunflower seeds, cucumbers, carrots.




I did this wonderful swim workout this morning:

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And then my goggles sunk to the bottom.


I mentioned this on Instagam (let’s be friiiiends —> @caitlinhtp), but I LOVE my Half Ironman gear bag.  It was so totally worth the outrageous $65 price tag.  It’s such a great keepsake, and it has so many pockets!

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Speaking of triathlons, I was browsing races this morning and found an INDOOR TRIATHLON that takes place just a few miles from my house. I was so excited.   I could really use a triathlon in my life right now.  I’ve been searching for an indoor tri but thought they were all over until early spring. I’ve done a pool triathlon before, but never a triathlon that takes place entirely indoors (the swim is in the pool, the bike is on spin machines, and the run is on treadmills).


Here are my options:


Advanced: 600 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run

Beginner: 300 yard swim, 5 mile bike, 1 mile run


I’m definitely signing up for the triathlon, but I can’t decide what category to enter. Clearly, I’m not a ‘beginner’ (and I think that’s more of a description of the race length v. an actual this-is-for-novices-only designation) but the advanced race seems a bit long to do indoors. I can barely squeak of 3.0 miles on a treadmill in normal conditions before I want to gouge my eyes out with my iPhone.  Also, if I did the shorter one, I could maybe do really well… I bet I could squeak out some fast times for those shorter distances.  Plus, both categories cost the same amount.  That being said, the advanced race would be a better workout… Hmmmmm.


It’s only been two months since I did the Half Ironman, but I feel like I’ve lost so much of my triathlon fitness!  I’ve only got three weeks to ‘train’ for this event, so expect a massive step-up in swimming and biking.


Speaking of my race…


I finally updated the Race Recaps page.  I can’t believe that I’ve done – and recapped –  54 races over the life of this blog!  Remember when I used to be (kind of) fast?  Me too. Smile 

race recaps collage

I also updated the Pregnancy and Birth page.

PicMonkey Collage

Side note: I miss the baby bump but I like Henry being outside my body more.  Also, I still really miss my long hair.  Grow hair, grow.


So – what do you think? Should I sign up for the longer race or the shorter one? I’ve got to  mail in my entry form today to be sure I make the cut-off!



  • Aerevyn December 12, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Triathalon junkie! : )

    Go for the longer one – you love the challenge. You can solve the treadmill boredom. (And then you can tell me how you did it. Hah!)

    So nice to see James’ cute face!

  • Jo.C December 12, 2013, 2:26 pm

    I think you answered your question when you said “expect a massive step-up in swimming and biking” – go for the longer event as you won’t regret it I’m sure

  • Laura December 12, 2013, 2:34 pm

    I think the shorter option sounds interesting! It’d be fun to go balls to the wall on all the distances, especially knocking out a super speedy 1 miler!

  • Laura December 12, 2013, 2:36 pm

    I just looked at the price-that is a super cheap tri!!! Score

  • Whitney December 12, 2013, 2:52 pm

    You can definitely do the advanced one!! 3 miles on the tredmill is nothing especially in a race where you are competing against others 🙂

  • Casey December 12, 2013, 2:56 pm

    I think the shorter one could still be a challenge, just in a different way. I think it’d be more fun if you didn’t want to gouge your eyes out 😉 Good luck!

  • Katie December 12, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Hmm…I would go for the beginner, but I don’t have the tri experience you do. How have your knees been? can they handle the longer distance, if so, go for it!!!! But if they are going to get jacked up….I would go for a speedy short distance.

  • Amanda December 12, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I say go for the long one! You can totally do it!

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake December 12, 2013, 3:21 pm

    You’d have to train a bit more for the advanced, which would mean more workout motivation/overall time exercising. And that’s more precious than gold in my book.

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 12, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Go for the longer one! I feel on the treadmill during a race you will have that spunk and spirit that you typically have for a road race because others will be racing right next to you! Good luck!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 12, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Go for it and do the long one 🙂

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 12, 2013, 4:28 pm

    I’d say listen to your body if you think you are good for the long one – go for it!

  • Alexa December 12, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Lifetime fitness does indoor tri’s each year at their locations. I know there is a location in Cary, NC and several in Virginia, not sure about Charlotte, but you may want to check out their website!

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow December 12, 2013, 6:16 pm

    I’ve been working on my couch the past 3 months due to sciatic nerve pain from my pregnancy – it’s the only thing that would work! Though I’m working off an iMac which is resting on a coffee table, so it’s really manageable.

  • Lori December 12, 2013, 6:53 pm

    You can handle the long one! You are truly amazing!!!

  • Joy December 12, 2013, 6:57 pm

    I say go for the long one because you still have fitness, it’s a great motivator to step up your workouts during the holiday season full of treats, and you’ll do great!

  • Florence Ng December 12, 2013, 7:10 pm

    That’s amazing that you were able to find time and energy to swim at one point. I swam all my life and now post-college and working I am way too exhausted to get into a suit.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 12, 2013, 7:58 pm

    Do the longer one — you’ll get more for your money 🙂

  • K December 12, 2013, 8:06 pm

    I’d go for the short one… You worked hard to get super long distances up for the HIM so try working hard for speed! Entirely different challenge for you to get into. Also concentrating on speed rather distance may be more manageable this time of year!

    • Steph December 13, 2013, 1:30 pm

      I was going to say – “compared to your HIM the ‘advanced’ will be nothing!” but this is such a valid point!

      Speed training is a totally different type of muscle engagement which might make it more interesting. And you can probably fit in a combo at the gym within an hour of childcare, double bonus.

      All that is important is you choose one and stick to whatever you choose 😉

  • Jodie December 12, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Challenge yourself. You won’t regret it even if you don’t PR like you might if the beginner is too easy. Also, have you ever tried listening to an audiobook while running? I love my music, but tried a book once to fight boredom on a treadmill run and fell in love! I recommend starting with a book of short stories to keep your attention (any David Sedaris is awesome!). Whatever you decide, good luck!!!

  • Lan December 12, 2013, 10:05 pm

    Go for the longer one! You’ll feel such a great sense of accomplishment when you’re done – something to propel you through the winter exercise doldrums. The excitement and adrenaline surge of race day conditions should alleviate the treadmill boredom.

  • Erin December 12, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I vote for the long one… although I actually came on here to ask you a question about swimming… Here it is: flip turns– do you do them? always? I swam when I was younger and am (was?) perfectly capable of doing flip turns but for some reason they terrify me when I am swimming as a workout (as an adult). Any tips?

  • Ashley December 12, 2013, 11:20 pm

    I agree with Michelle. The longer one = more for your money! Also you’ll probably be bummed if you do the shorter one and then feel like you could have tackled the longer one with no difficulty!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz December 12, 2013, 11:46 pm

    Short race and go for speed!!!!

  • Anna December 13, 2013, 7:21 pm

    I would go for the longer one for sure; those distances aren’t very long at all really.

    600 yards in the pool will be a breeze for you,; 10 miles on a spin bike will fly by, and 3 miles on the dreadmill may seem like a lot if you really hate the treadmill but, 3 miles is not far at all (especially for someone who just did HIM!)

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