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How is your week going? I can’t believe it’s already Thursday.  Time flies when you’re cooped up in the house with a sick kiddo (just kidding – time craaaawls when you’re cooped up in the house with a sick kiddo!).  Henry has a bad but quick cold at the beginning of the week, so we were pretty much homebound.  I have watched a LOT of Curious George this week!


Thankfully, everyone is on the mend and life is back to normal.  Though I still hear George’s voice ringing through my house – after too many episodes, Henry starts to imitate that crazy little monkey!  Hah.


So – not much has been happening, really.  I’m in the process of working through the companion book to Whole 30 – It Starts With Food – and will hopefully have that review (and a few others) ready for you tomorrow!  It’s a really interesting read and has been influencing a few of my meal/snack choices.


But most of my meals are looking pretty typical for the HTP household!


And I was so happy to be able to put the kiddos in childcare at the gym yesterday morning and attend a boot camp class.  I haven’t been able to go as much as I would like to the last few weeks – gotta buckle down and recommit when my schedule allows.  My next 6 Week Check In is coming up shortly and I want to see results!


This one was a total doozy.  It was an ab day…


Trophy walks involve walking around the track with an 8 – 12 pound ball raised above your head, which is waaaaay harder than it sounds.  Oof.  Seriously killer.  Afterwards, Claire and I did a 2 mile stroller run while she snoozed. 


What’s up next on the agenda?  Man oh man – I gotta start thinking about my TRIATHLON.  It’s NEXT WEEKEND.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.  I am totally excited and nervous.  I haven’t done an open water triathlon since my Half Ironman way back in 2013.  My biggest concern is transitions… I’ve decided this is the year that I won’t suck at transitions.  Need to do some practicing – and I also need to just pull on my big girl panties and try to transition faster instead of taking my sweet time because “it’s not like I’m going to win anyway!”  I still won’t win, but I’d love to shave a few seconds off those times…  Any advice on transitions?



  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 7, 2015, 8:02 am

    Cute kitty! I hope Henry feels better soon!!

  • Victoria May 7, 2015, 8:50 am

    For faster transitions, I like to have as little as possible in my transition area. The simpler it is, the faster it will be. I bike and run without socks for sprint and Olympic distance races, which saves a lot of time. And of course, speed laces for running shoes.

  • Amanda May 7, 2015, 8:54 am

    Trophy walks are SO hard- great for your core!

  • Amanda @ Slimplify Life May 7, 2015, 8:58 am

    Eeee good luck at the Triathlon! I am so impressed by that, I look like a drowning fish when I swim (is that even possible?!?). GOOD LUCK!!

  • Laura May 7, 2015, 9:06 am

    Which triathlon are you competing in? I always get so excited for my first tri of the season! Although I’m 15 weeks pregnant right now so I won’t be doing any tri’s this summer. I wanted to do one in May but nothing worked out with my travel schedule. I’m trying to see if I can sucker the husband into doing one with me in July. I’d do the swim and run if he’ll do the bike.

    For transitions I try to be as fast as I can which means setting up transition in a logical order. I place a towel on the outside of the area so as soon as I run in I can stand on it to help get my feet dry and get any gravel, etc off. I sit down to put on socks and bike shoes (I know some people go sockless but I would blister so I take the time!). Then I put on my cycling gloves which I placed in my helmet before starting the swim. Next I slip on my sunglasses (placed open in the helmet), put on my helmet, grab my bike and go! After the bike I throw my bike on the rack, remove my helmet and gloves. I leave on my sunglasses and don’t waste time grabbing a hat or visor when it’s a sprint. I tear off my cycling shoes and slip into my running shoes (I use the elastic tri laces so I don’t waste time tying the laces) and grab my race belt with the number already attached and put it on as I’m running. I also quit using a Garmin during the run, it took too long to transfer from my bike and switch to the run setting. I would for a 70.3 or something but if it’s just a 2-3 mile run I won’t bother.

  • Nicole May 7, 2015, 9:11 am

    This may seem random, but what gluten-free bread are you buying right now? I’ve been getting the LiveGFree brand from Aldi and I love it as toast or on grilled cheese, but dry, it isn’t very good 🙁 Lol

    • Caitlin May 7, 2015, 9:13 am

      Trader joe’s just came out with their own brand so I just bought that – but its really not very good.

  • Julie May 7, 2015, 9:31 am

    I’m curious about your bootcamp classes. Are they offered at the regular gym you belong to (like a Y) or did you join a separate place like crossfit just for bootcamp classes?

    • Caitlin May 7, 2015, 11:48 am

      Just at my gym! Gotta have childcare access!

  • Jennifer May 7, 2015, 9:32 am

    I practice transitions! Especially the week of a race. I set everything up in my driveway, run in like I’m coming out of the water, get ready for the bike and will even hop on my bike and just ride down the street, and do the same thing for the run. This tells me exactly how I should set things up, and what things trip me up. I’ll even time myself to see where I can speed up. Doing this dramatically improved my transition times and made them so much smoother. Now the process is ingrained in my brain.

  • Katalina@ Peas and Peonies May 7, 2015, 10:56 am

    OMG your triathlon is next weekend? Time flies, you will do so good, I can’t wait to read about it.
    How are blueberries with PB, I totally get the banana combo, but blueberries ,hm never tried them with PB.

  • Ash Diamond May 7, 2015, 10:58 am

    Winning for YOU would be rocking the transitions – think of it that way!! 🙂 Good luck!

  • Monica May 7, 2015, 11:24 am

    Haha… okay, so I wondered why on earth you would scratch out your cat’s name on his/her tag for the photo… then it dawned on me that it was probably your phone number or something personal. Okay, sorry… I’m a dork, but that made me laugh. 🙂

    • Caitlin May 7, 2015, 11:48 am

      Yeah it’s my phone number 🙂

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H May 7, 2015, 11:41 am

    so exciting that your triathlon is next weekend!

  • Michelle May 7, 2015, 12:06 pm

    When I took a triathlon clinic a couple years ago, the triathlete who ran it (who at the time was winning all the local races) said he counts in his head (1…2…3….4…5… and so on) while he goes through his transition routine, which he practices–so doing it the same way each time, however you decide is fastest for you. That way it’s automatic and you don’t have to think.

    Transitions are always slow for me because I make myself re-apply sunscreen—it’s not worth it to me to get skin cancer. The spray sunscreen that works on wet skin (Neutrogena?) is great!

    Good luck with your tri and have fun! You are looking more and more fit with each picture you post.

  • Reenie May 7, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Adorable photo of Claire & Mags!! Looks like she’s gonna take a bite outa her. HA!! Love the kitty photo too!

    Hope Henry is feeling better.

  • ida May 7, 2015, 2:20 pm

    dont wear a wetsuit unless it’s absolutely necessary. transitions are a lot easier when you dont have to pull that sucker off. honestly i think it’s better to spend an extra few seconds in the transition area to collect yourself and then go hard on the bike/run

  • Alex @ True Femme May 7, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Your description of Trophy walks makes me sore just reading it! Way to go though. I’m sure you’ll crush your tri! Good luck!

  • Casey May 7, 2015, 3:48 pm

    Claire licking James = Best. Thing. Ever.

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! May 8, 2015, 6:12 am

    So glad to hear that Henry is feeling better. You are going to rock this tri!!!

  • Emily@Tips on Healthy Living May 8, 2015, 10:53 am


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