FIVE DAYS until my first triathlon of the season! I think training buddy Brandi and I are ready… Well, I sure hope so!


I’m curious to see how this race goes because I trained very differently for this event.   For my other races, I followed a training plan diligently and focused on swimming, running, and biking with a heavy lean towards running.  This time, I didn’t follow a plan at all – I just tried to do the three sports AND threw boot camp into the mix. I also ran much shorter weekly totals.  I probably focused more of my cardio time on swimming.  I think it will translate to a good race – but we’ll see.


Yesterday, I did a double swim/boot camp workout.  I managed to time this really well with the kids – I put them in gym childcare for my swim, left the pool to walk Henry out of childcare and over to school (it’s all in the same complex), and then pulled Claire out of childcare after I finished boot camp.  Figuring out what to do with the kiddos is my fifth sport of triathlons (the other ones are swimming, biking, running, and strength training)!


We swam 1000 yards and practiced sighting for 150 – I forgot how hard sighting is…


We also did three sets of 200 yards on the 4:00.  It is HARD for me to swim 200 yards in 4:00 – I went over 2 of the 3 sets.  Whoops.


Brandi and I felt like toast after – I think she wanted to take a nap on the ledge, hah.




I try to always keep a variety of non-perishable snacks in my gym bag and fill it with a few pieces of fruit every Monday.  That way, I don’t have to hustle up something to eat every single time I go to the gym.  Grab and go – it’s key!  Before boot camp, I killed a banana and some of the CVS Gold Emblem Abound Fruit and Nut Fiber Trail Mix. 


This is the favorite thing I’ve tried as part of my ambassador partnership with CVS.   Love the big, juicy raisins and all the crunchy nuts.  This is a nice trail mix because the nuts are not TOO salty – know what I mean?


And then it was time for STRENGTH.  Monday is always the hardest day!


Let me translate boot camp gibberish:


5 Rounds:

14 bench presses with dumbbells (I used 15 lbs) on the stability ball

14 dumbbell goblet squats (again with 15 lbs) with an overheard press

60 seconds of running in place – 10 seconds high knees, 10 seconds jogging, repeat

60 second plank


1 Round:

50 tricep dips or extensions (in the TRX machine or on a bench)

100 twisting lunges with a DYNA ball (I used 10 pounds and only made it to 50 lunges – ugh!)

4 laps around the track holding that DYNA ball over your head


Boot camp participants are working towards 50,000 burpees and 5,000 miles in 30 days.  I bet we do it in half the time!  I’m surrounded by crazy beasts in that class.


Post-workout sweaty chin bottle.  Claire does not look amused.


I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at or with the appropriate manufacturers.



  • Laura May 12, 2015, 8:15 am

    I can’t wait to hear how your race goes, sound like you’ve done a great job preparing for it! I’m jealous of the outdoor pool at your gym. The one I go to is indoors and I think it’d be so nice to swim outside in the summer!

  • Holly May 12, 2015, 9:09 am

    So excited to see how your race goes! I’ve been on triathlon injury leave for too long, but its been great to read about all your workouts!
    I’d been trying to come up with a home workout I can do today but have been stuck, so thank you for posting your bootcamp workout I’m gonna give it a try today and hopefully be able to move tomorrow!

  • Amanda May 12, 2015, 10:04 am

    That trail mix looks delicious!

  • Amanda @ Slimplify Life May 12, 2015, 10:25 am

    Super excited to hear how the race goes, you’ll do great!!!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 12, 2015, 12:03 pm

    Ohh that trail mix looks yummy!

  • Katalina@ Peas and Peonies May 12, 2015, 12:42 pm

    I am so excited for you, this is your first race as a mom of two right?? Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  • Bobbie May 12, 2015, 1:25 pm

    I think your boot camp/strength training will really help with your triathlon. When I am regularly doing strength training ( I do it boot camp style too) my runs come so much easier. This is when I tend to PR. Unfortunately, it’s so hard for me when I’m training for a marathon b/c I have 3 children, work and training… so it usually goes by the way side when I’m just trying to get in my 30-40 mile running weeks. One of these days I’ll master both 😉

  • Jessica May 15, 2015, 1:19 pm

    I potty-trained my son over 4th of July weekend last summer, when he was about 3.5 months shy of 3. (He had to be potty-trained to move up to the 3s class at school the following Sept.) I did it boot-camp style using the book, “The Potty Boot Camp” by Dr Suzanne Riffel. It worked way better than what his classmates did! 🙂 I had a 14-month-old at the time and my husband basically had to keep her occupied the entire time. We also didn’t use a baby potty. We installed a smaller seat on our toilet and he looooves it. (PS – there is a toddler potty at the Belk at SouthPark in the toddler section!) Good luck – sometimes I really believe it’s the hardest parent lesson I’ve taught!

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