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“Don’t wiggle, Qlaire!” <—Henry says Claire with a Q.

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I’ve started doing a bootcamp at my gym.  I’m committing myself to ten classes for the month of March, and then ten more in April.  I’ve decided that part of the reason that I’m historically slow on the bike ride portion of the triathlon is lack of muscle in my legs – even when I was doing long rides of 70 miles, I never got much faster.  My problem is strength, not duration (well, duration is also a problem right now, but you know what I mean!).

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The classes are a High Intensity format.  On my first class, I did the above workout.  I had to have the teacher explain it to me because it was like reading Chinese…


Set 1:

48 seconds of burpees, followed by 12 seconds of rest. 48 seconds of tuck jumps, followed by 12 seconds of rest.  Repeat whole thing 4 times.

Set 2:

48 seconds of boom shuffles with a 20 pound soft ball, followed by 12 seconds of rest (a boom shuffle = I’d squat, pick up the ball, drop it, and then shuffle a few feet sideways to switch place with a partner, then I’d pick up her ball and repeat). 48 seconds of toe taps, followed by 12 seconds of rest.  Repeat whole thing 4 times.

Set 3:

48 seconds of 10-pound dumbbell curls and presses, followed by 12 seconds of rest. 48 seconds of bicycle crunches, followed by 12 seconds of rest. Repeat whole thing 4 times.

Step 4:

48 seconds of lunges while passing a 10-pound soft ball back and forth to a partner, followed by 12 seconds of rest.  48 seconds of jumping jacks either holding the ball or not, depending on who had it last on the lunges, followed by 12 seconds of rest. Repeat whole thing 4 times.


It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard.  I was sore within hours!  But it was also really fun and has motivated me to go back. 


Is anyone else watching House of Cards Season 3? We’re six episodes in. I’ve heard mixed things about the season overall but so far – I love it!!! I wish we could binge watch it but – alas – that just doesn’t happen with our schedules anymore.  So one episode at a time!


It hit 75 degrees on Wednesday! GLORIOUS.  I am so glad that the snow is gone.  I hope it stays this way…


I “deconstructed” my Spinach and Artichoke Greek Yogurt Muffins – it was yummy, but not as good as the original recipe.

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This is probably a post on its own, but check this out…  On the left are Carter’s Size 6 Month boy pants.  On the right are Carter’s Size 6 Month girl pants.  I’ve been thinking that Claire is a giant but I’ve recently realized it’s just that baby girl clothes are a lot tighter overall than baby boy clothes.  Like – a LOT.  She’s swimming in those boy pants and the girl pants are nearly too tight.  Interesting, huh?


I got my USAT card in the mail!  So excited.

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And last, but not least, I tried Emily’s Sunflower Butter Balls recipe.  Huge hit!  I replaced the sun butter with almond butter and used almonds instead of seeds (because it’s what I had on hand), but it was sooooooooooooooooo delicious.  We inhaled these! 


What’s up with you?



  • Victoria March 5, 2015, 7:18 am

    General strength training is great, I’ve found specific, focused bike work helped me become a much better cyclist (going from middle of the pack on bike times in tris to like, 4th overall on the bike, last season). I know I talk about TrainerRoad nonstop, but their focused workouts and plans made a huge difference for me.

    One really great workout you can do on the trainer to build bike strength is low gear/low cadence work. Do intervals of 3-5 minutes pushing a VERY hard gear at about 60 rpm to build up that strength, just make sure you spin easy in between and be mindful of any knee pain that crops up.

    • Caitlin March 5, 2015, 7:20 am

      Awesome! I will try this too. It’s sooo hard for me to try to fit in all the workouts I know I should be doing for tri season. Sometimes it feels overwhelming!

      • Victoria March 5, 2015, 7:03 pm

        The great think about the focused bike workouts from trainer road is that you don’t need much time at all – I can get in a VERY productive workout in just an hour.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 5, 2015, 8:53 am

    75 degrees?! That’s it. I’m moving to NC. I’m still waiting on a 35 degree day here in Michigan!

    As for strength training, I’m right there with you – that’s one thing I’m trying to be more cognizant of this year. Some weeks it goes better than others.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 5, 2015, 9:05 am

    I’m in Texas today and woke up with snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the front of the RV…I thought it was supposed to be warm here? lol 75* sounds fantastic…

  • Laura March 5, 2015, 9:06 am

    I can’t believe the difference in the baby boy vs baby girl pants! That is nuts. How can society push that stigma that girls need to be tiny at such a teeny tiny age?! Boy and girl pants should be identical in size at this point. I hope Carter’s is paying attention and corrects their sizing.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 5, 2015, 9:21 am

    What’s up with me? Well we already have almost 4 inches and the snow isn’t supposed to stop any time soon. I’m working from home and looking forward to warm bowl of homemade soup for lunch!

  • Andrea March 5, 2015, 10:22 am

    Maybe I’m wrong but don’t boys typically(not always but typically) grow quicker than girls? I always thought that baby boys tended to be a little larger than their female counterparts. Then again I’ve never had kids and maybe I’m totally wrong!

    I guess to me it’s like how a size small woman’s shirt on me is too short but a men’s small is too boxy. I thought part of the sizing difference was just that men -tend- to be larger. But again, I’m not sure how it works with babies!

    • Caitlin March 5, 2015, 10:57 am

      I think they are the same size for the first year, growth wise.

  • Nicole March 5, 2015, 11:01 am

    That HIIT bootcamp class sounds intense!!! Good for you, those classes can be intimidating but they’re typically so fun and give you an amazing workout! I’ve been on a major budget so I’m doing at home workouts in my garage gym. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the routine, it helps give me some ideas for my at-home workouts! 🙂


  • kristin | W [H] A T C H March 5, 2015, 11:37 am

    i am definitely watching some house of cards season 3. like every night.

  • Lizzy @ Fit Lizzio Fitness Blog March 5, 2015, 12:22 pm

    That workout looks soooo hard. It’s one of those things that looks like “eh, 48 seconds, not so bad” but then you do it and just die right there on the floor.

    Those AB Balls look delicious, too!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 5, 2015, 12:41 pm

    I love that baby block picture! haha And that is crazy how differently sized baby boy and girls clothes are!!

  • Katy March 5, 2015, 1:05 pm

    Oooh, the clothes thing really burns me up! I have a little girl a month older than Claire and the sizing is so wacky! In some Carter’s pants she can still easily wear 3 months and in others the 6 months almost seem too tight. I think it’s also because they’re trying to make little girls wear “leggings” that are more fitted. I would love to find some consistency, but I haven’t yet.

  • Nicole March 5, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Holy crap! 75!? I’m sitting here hoping my weather app is right and it will actually be in the 50’s next week. Lol.

    I’m the opposite as far as strength training goes. I love it and the results I get from it but with cardio workouts I have to keep myself entertained or I get bored quick. The workouts on that board seem pretty fun though… maybe a little Crossfit-like?

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete March 5, 2015, 2:02 pm

    I have the same problem on the bike. I can ride it all day (and sometime I think I do), but I think my speed issue is lack of muscle. I’ve been trying to incorporate BodyPump lately to help fix that.

  • Liz March 5, 2015, 2:19 pm

    I totally already finished HOC….but I’m 4 days overdue with my first baby so I had a good excuse for binge-watching! I convinced myself that the baby was waiting for me to finish the season, but I finished it 2 days ago and no dice….womp womp 🙁 It was definitely my least favorite season. I felt like there wasn’t as much scheming and crazy political maneuvering as the other 2 seasons which is the most fun part!

  • Heather March 5, 2015, 2:32 pm

    Because my son has always been very small, I’ve often tried to get him girl pants. Can I tell you how challenging it is to find pants in the girl department that do not have ruffles on the butt or ankles!

  • Jenny P March 5, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Carter’s girl’s pants are SO tight! my 7 month old wears (rolled up) 18 month Carter’s pants and she’s only in the 70% percentile. i’m thinking of buying her boy pants from here on out so she has room to breathe.

  • Bridget March 5, 2015, 5:26 pm

    Interesting about the baby clothes…maybe I should be buying my tall skinny boy some girl pants?? A lot of his pants are too wide on his little legs! Also, the comparison makes me want to get all feminist-defensive-y but I wonder if really the girl pants are meant to be more like leggings with looser tops since that’s what’s in style right now. Whereas boys tend to wear a regular t-shirt or onesie and looser pants.

    That bootcamp sounds fun!!

    • Caitlin March 5, 2015, 6:45 pm

      I’m going to go tomorrow and see if they actually have girl pants, not just leggings!

  • jen@jpabstfitness March 5, 2015, 8:29 pm

    75?! Pure bliss. I was happy it was over 5 today in MI 😉

  • Brynn March 5, 2015, 11:40 pm

    I made Emily’s Sunflower Butter Balls for the first time yesterday! I used peanut butter instead since that’s what I had. I agree, they’re delicious!

  • Stacy @ SweatingTulipz March 6, 2015, 2:05 am

    The boot camp looks challenging! I hope it helps you gain some strength in those legs like you are looking for!

    I’ve really got to start watching “House of Cards”. This is like the 7th blog post about it…

    Ummm…Qlaire? That might be the cutest thing I heard all day! Love it!

  • Ali March 6, 2015, 7:34 am

    I am cloth diapering my son, and find that the extra puffiness in the butt makes pants a squeeze. I imagine it would be trickier with girls. How crazy. Also, although we are REALLY grateful for the many many clothing gifts that friends & family gave us, we are drowning in blue stuff. No matter what your sex or gender, I think that you should have more than one colour in your wardrobe!!!

  • Lydia March 6, 2015, 12:37 pm

    OH MY GOD, yes my baby is a girl and all her pants are SO tight. I keep thinking it’s bc she’s chunky, but she’s not really. I don’t mind a legging here and there but it’s ALL the pants! So weird. I’m buying her next batch in the boys section…

  • Tanya March 6, 2015, 1:47 pm

    Cycling speed comes down to riding a lot (particularly sprints and hard hills) and, once you have that base, heavier lifting. It’s a more or less universal truth in the cycling community that once you have the cardio endurance to finish a particular distance, boot-camp or Spin-esque quasi-aerobics are more or less a waste of time compared to actual hard cycling training on a bike.

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