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in Book a Week

Killer workout with my buddy Brandi yesterday!

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We wanted to swim, so I pulled up my Pinterest of Swim Workouts and selected one that I haven’t done in a while.  This workout was SUPER fast.  I haven’t swam 1500 yards in for-ev-er and probably would’ve struggled to just straight swim that distance – but the workout really broke it up mentally and made it seem more attainable.  I actually haven’t swam at all since BEFORE Claire’s birth, so I was proud of myself for going so far.

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(I also have a fun list of Track Workouts, Elliptical Workouts, and Stairclimber Workouts).


After our swim, Brandi and I quickly transitioned and headed to the track for a run.  I ate a packet of Gu that I found in the bottom of my gym bag – I kind of feel like Gu never expires?  It may have been there for a while…

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We did 1.5 miles on the track.  We were planning to do a mile but went a little further!  It is so nice to have a friend who is also into triathlons – I’ve had lots of running buddies but never a tri buddy before! I can’t wait for our races.


After our workout, we went to a Purim carnival hosted by the Jewish community center.  It was super gloomy and chilly yesterday, so outdoor play was out, and it was awesome to have something like this to do!  It was so much more fun than I was expecting.

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The kids had a blast.  A BLAST.  They went on the obstacle course bouncy house over and over and over again until the workers actually deflated it and kicked them off.  Hah. 

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Claire sat on the sidelines.  Maybe next year, dearie!

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Book A Week


Man – I owe you a review! Last week, I read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  I read this book quickly – in two days – but I kept on forgetting to write my review.


Station Eleven is centered upon an event that wipes out humanity as we know it: the “Georgia Flu” swiftly kills 99.9% of the population, leaving few survivors to grapple with a world with no electricity, no Internet, no government, etc.  The book jumps back and forth in time between a handful of people.  Their stories intersect in odd and interesting ways, but at the center is Kirsten, an actress with the “Traveling Symphony,” a group that roams the Great Lakes region, performing Shakespeare and music to small communities.  It’s “a novel of art, memory, and ambition [that] tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.”


I love apocalypse books, so this one ranked favorably with me.  It was a quick, engaging read, and I really liked the characters (and trying to figure out how everyone related to one another when it wasn’t so clear).  The author did a great job scene-setting and fleshing out the characters. 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.  If you like end-of-the-world novels, you’ll like this one.


Here are all my books of 2015 – can’t believe I’ve read 8 so far!



  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 2, 2015, 8:40 am

    Congrats on your swim!

  • Katie March 2, 2015, 9:06 am

    I haven’t swam much either lately, and really need to get into the habit again! Gu definitely doesn’t expire, and vanilla used to be my fav, but I finally tried salted carmel and with the extra sodium and caffeine it is my new fav!

  • Kristy B. March 2, 2015, 9:12 am

    Hey Caitlin!
    Speaking of triathlons, I asked you a while back about what I should do to prepare for a short indoor tri in a month. As you suggested, I just worked in a couple swim/bike or bike/run bricks each week and I’m happy to report the tri went REALLY well! I ended up finishing in the top 50%, and my bike time was faster than the top female finisher of the whole triathlon! Of course she blew me away in the swim and run portion, but still!

    • Caitlin March 2, 2015, 10:02 am

      Awesome!!! Go you 🙂

  • Elaine March 2, 2015, 9:14 am

    I just got an email that Station Eleven was ready for me at the library! Now I am excited!

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete March 2, 2015, 10:13 am

    Gu has an expiration date, but I’m still working through my supply that expired as far back as Jan 2013 and they still taste fine. I just give the package a few extra squeezes before I open it in case it has separated.

    Station 11 sounds interesting! If I ever make it through my next book, maybe I’ll pick this one up!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H March 2, 2015, 10:41 am

    it has been so long since i’ve hit the pool. i always feel like such an overachiever when i hit two sports in one day when i’m not training for a tri 🙂

  • Alan March 2, 2015, 11:34 am

    So glad to see you went to a Purim carnival. Purim is a truly joyous festival, where the kids (and some adults) dress up as queens, heroes, bad guys, and eat wonderful pastry treats called Hamantaschen (sp?)–triangular cookie dough treats filled with sugary goodness. It is a festival commemorating the near death of all the Jews of Persia at the hands of Haman, but overcome by the King’s secretly Jewish wife Queen Esther who bucked the trend of quiet woman, lobbied to the king to save the Jews, and won. It is a victory of Jewish freedom, of women’s rights/initiatives, and has a lot of relevance to today.

    Most communities worldwide have carnivals and most college campuses have parties with lots of sweets and booze. All over Israel, people dress up like Halloween here. So glad you went and had fun. How did you find your way there? Is there a big JCC in Charlotte? I am going to bake my hamantaschen now in fact!!
    PS–you look great and I’m so proud of you for getting back to working out, and kids continue to be just adorable. Congrats on all that

    • Caitlin March 2, 2015, 11:43 am

      Yes there is a huge jcc here! I wish we had realized that costumes were worn! Everyone else dressed up.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 2, 2015, 1:18 pm

    How fun you found a Purim event to go to! I used to love bouncy houses!

  • Tricia March 2, 2015, 1:47 pm

    I love when you read these books! You’re my source on apocalypse books. Definitely checking this out.

  • Sagan March 2, 2015, 3:32 pm

    I love a good apocalyptic story 🙂

    That workout sounds awesome! And reminds me that I haven’t been swimming in a while… must remedy that.

  • lynne March 2, 2015, 8:10 pm

    How is it that your pool is always vacant?
    You read a book in two days with two toddlers? How did you ever manage that? I think of myself as a fast and avid reader, but …. no way could I could get through a book in two days and I don’t have two kids under 3 years of age!

    • Caitlin March 3, 2015, 8:30 am

      Haha i read it almost all at night – it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good.

      • Caitlin March 3, 2015, 8:31 am

        Oh also my gym has two pools so the swimmers spread out.

  • Sarah March 3, 2015, 2:03 pm

    The thing I find useful about the “restful sleep” is using it more as a diagnostic. Sometimes I have spent 8 hours in bed, but I feel terrible the next day–and when I check my restful sleep, I only had 3-4 hours! Conversely, sometimes I only got 6 hours in bed but 5+ was restful.

    It’s interesting to check back on the restful sleep based on how you feel. I’m sure there are probably patterns you could track (if so inclined), like how close to bedtime you last ate, drank, had caffeine, used computer/phone and subsequently change your behaviors to get more restful sleep. I haven’t done it but it has been fun to look at anyway.

  • Alicia March 5, 2015, 9:10 pm

    If you like apocalyptic books you should read “Into the Forest” by Jean Hegland. It’s one of my faves. It’s a story of two young sisters who support each other in an apocalyptic time.

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