My Gym Bag is a Black Hole

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It’s so dreary outside.


Rain, rain – go away!


Yesterday was a killer triathlon workout.  Brandi and I try to do a brick on Tuesdays, and since our favorite spin instructor teaches on Tuesday, we start off with a bike.

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It was a good 45 minute class!


Then, we transitioned to the pool.  They have taken the big bubble cover off the pool so now we can truly swim outdoors (in the rain).  It was nice.

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Verdict on the new goggles – I love them.  I have had the same pair for YEARS (maybe seven?) so switching to a new pair feels like a big deal.  But guess what?  I didn’t realized how scratched up my old pair was until I put these on!  Hah.  I can actually see!  Miracle.


We did 1000 meters <—oh, that’s something else that’s awesome.  I just found out that the outdoor pool is actually 25 METERS long, not 25 YARDS.  Every bit counts.


We are getting SUPER excited for our upcoming triathlon.  We’re doing the Tri at the Trump. It’s held at a country club in Charlotte; I have never done a tri in that atmosphere – the swim is in the golf course lake!  Only 30 days or so to go…


Just for fun – check out my gym bag.  It’s a black hole.

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From left to right:


Hair fubbies and bobby pins

My car registration renewal letter (I gotta do that…)


Two swim caps

Random Vega products

The Handmaid’s Tale

A plastic lobster, shark, and manta ray

Face cream

TIME magazine


A plastic bar



+ everything that actually should be in my bag like clothes, shoes, a towel, shampoo, and a brush.


Even though I ate that KIND bar right after the swim, by the time I got home, I was starving.  This lunch of leftovers was perfect.  I made the Spinach and Artichoke Greek Yogurt Muffins in casserole form with red jasmine rice instead of brown, without onions, and with 1/3 cup basil pesto.  AWESOME.


What are you training for?



  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 15, 2015, 8:14 am

    I’m just training to be a beast at CrossFit. I want to be able to do the workouts without any modifications. Oh and I want to look HOT at the beach 😉

  • Erica { } April 15, 2015, 8:16 am

    Currently training for birth, but in 2016 I’d like to train for my first tri or my first 50k!

  • Cassie April 15, 2015, 8:38 am

    I’m training for my first baby… due September 14th!!

  • Bobbie April 15, 2015, 8:52 am

    I am training for my first full on April 26th. I am in my taper right now. I am nervous. 😉

  • Alan April 15, 2015, 9:01 am

    Saw your before and after pics a few days ago, and what a difference!! (Is a guy allowed to comment on that without being creepy? I’m trying to NOT be… 🙂 )

    Congrats on your fortitude for doing this intense workout cycle, and juggling it while attending to the two kids. Just saw news that President Obama will be speaking in your town today, to a bunch of female bloggers. You invited? Hope so. That would be exciting.

    • Caitlin April 15, 2015, 11:53 am

      I was invited but I can’t swing it with childcare! It would’ve been super cool!

  • Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) April 15, 2015, 9:11 am

    I’m training to be able to wear pants with zippers again post baby! I want to find a good race for the fall though, maybe a 10k or an obstacle run. I’d love to do it sooner but races in Phoenix pretty much shut down from May to October because of the heat…

  • Tara April 15, 2015, 9:13 am

    Sounds like a great workout 🙂 But I wanted to check on something – yards are longer than meters, so if you thought you were swimming yards but were actually swimming meters, you were doing a bit less than you thought. It doesn’t really matter but just thought I would let you know! I’m an American living in the UK, so I literally have to do these types of conversions all the time and get them wrong frequently!

    • Caitlin April 15, 2015, 11:53 am

      A meter is longer than a yard.

      🙂 Right????

      • Tara April 16, 2015, 3:04 am

        hahah Yes – you’re right!! See…. I do get them wrong all the time!!

        • Caitlin April 16, 2015, 7:04 am

          I was so incredibly confused for a moment, hah.

          • Tara April 16, 2015, 7:25 am

            so sorry!! hahaha and every little bit does count! nice to know you’ve been going a bit longer than you thought 😉

  • Kelly April 15, 2015, 9:27 am

    My first century ride!!

  • Inez April 15, 2015, 9:28 am

    I’m training for a half! My longest run ever was 8 miles so I chose a nice, long 14 week training plan and I’m working on building up my distance without losing speed.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 15, 2015, 9:43 am

    That casserole looks delicious!! Way to go on your workout!

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey I Like That! April 15, 2015, 10:10 am

    I’m training for my first 5k on the 26th!!!!

  • Ash Diamond April 15, 2015, 11:08 am

    I recognize that bag 🙂 Great job on the brick workout today!

  • Kelli April 15, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I am training for child birth! ha! your gym bag looks like mine 🙂 I am always really excited when I find good snacks in the bottom. Peanut Butter Cliff Bars FTW.

  • Eliza April 15, 2015, 3:24 pm

    I’m training to get back to being awesome and in shape after a year and a half of being too ill to exercise. It’s incredibly humbling to be taking gentle water aerobics classes with octogenarians after having been a triathlete, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

  • Laura April 15, 2015, 4:35 pm

    A Half Marathon! I never realized I could run until a few weeks ago. The farthest I’ve run so far is 4 miles, and I’m cross training and trying to strength train. Currently, 13.1 miles seems so far away, but I’m keeping my hopes up!

    Any tips?

    • Caitlin April 15, 2015, 5:30 pm

      Figure out your plan for fueling. I usually take in calories when running 7 miles or more. You definitely need to figure out what works for you prior to race day!

  • Andrea April 16, 2015, 1:59 pm

    I cannot stop laughing at “and manta ray”. 🙂

  • Kathy April 16, 2015, 10:18 pm

    10K coming up on Sunday! Hoping for a PR and running with a buddy who does all the talking so I can just grunt and gasp and run for my life!

  • Trevor E April 21, 2015, 7:24 pm

    A good book and plastic sea creatures are necessities of ALL gym bags. I must actively pursue some plastic livestock of my very own!

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