Fun and Work at the Pool

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Plus – I have a swimsuit giveaway for you!


One way or the other, we’ve been spending a lot of time in the water. Henry goes to the splash park and then the pool for swim lessons every day as part of camp, and then we return in the afternoons so Claire can have a little water exposure.  We basically live there!  I always have swimsuits, beach towels, sunscreen, and floaties in the back of my car – just in case we make a detour for a quick splash.


But first – let’s do some POOL WORK.


As part of my renewed commitment to triathlon training, I hit the pool for a nice 1500 meter swim.  1500 meters is the race distance, and this workout felt a lot tougher than I would’ve preferred.  I’ve got a lot of work to do!


This is my standard swim workout when I don’t have Training Buddy Brandi with me to provide direction (she’s that awesome type of swimmer who is always prepared with a workout and I am… not).


Swim 5 laps (250 meters)

Kickboard 1 lap (50 meters)

Repeat 4 times

Swim 6 laps (300 meters)

Total –1500 meters


After that was done, I hit the treadmill for a speedy 2.0 mile run at 8:40/mile.  Whew.  I was really proud of myself when that workout was over – I felt like I was making good progress!


Also – this song is my WORKOUT JAM.  Seriously, whenever this comes on, I feel like I sprint forever and ever.


This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name


So… back to the fun stuff (well, tri training is fun, but you know what I mean!).

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I absolutely love, love, love the swimsuits from Albion Fit.  They are such high quality and hold up so well.  And they actually make sexy one pieces – know what I mean?  Here are some of my other Albion Fit suits!


The Icon Suit in Emerald  (this suit also comes in Poppy, Ivory, Black, and Floral <— I just ordered the Poppy version too)

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The Jawdropper (also comes with a red sash – the Show Stopper)

jawdropper albion fit

And now I have the Sunset Blvd.  It’s super pretty and has this amazing bow detail in the back.  One thing I personally like about this suit is the bust area is pretty generous and supportive.  It does run a bit larger than their other suits, so I would order this in a size smaller than you would normally wear.


My hat is from Target – it was my Mother’s Day present and I love it sooo much.


My friends at Albion Fit have created a discount code – use code summersun15 for 15% off your purchase!  And they also offered to give one lucky HTP reader a suit of her choice.  You’ll need an Instagram account to enter.  So head over to my Instagram page to enter to win <—just click that link.  Good luck and happy swimming!



  • Regina June 24, 2015, 7:57 am

    I’m trying to figure out fitting. I’m 5’3.5″, 108lbs and very small chested. I wear a 0/2 in regular clothes but have a 26″ waist. So according to the size chart I’d be between an xs/s. Which would you recommend? (I’m a mama of two with #3 on the way but don’t want something too tight or too loose)

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 8:17 am

      XS for sure. The XS in the sunset blvd would be too big on you so don’t get that one!

      • Regina June 24, 2015, 9:36 am

        Thanks! I’ve been lusting after these suits since you first posted about them and am finally biting the bullet and ordering it. Thanks for your help!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 24, 2015, 8:06 am

    LOVE these bathing suits! So cute!!

  • Jill June 24, 2015, 8:48 am

    Super cute suits! I love your hat. It reminds me of the Friends episode where they all go to the beach house and Rachel wears an enormous hat (much, much larger than yours!) and it rains and everyone wants under the hat… Yours is obviously not insanely sized, and is quite lovely 🙂

    Good for you for kicking up your training. I was confused when I saw you were ditching boot camp (something you really seemed to love) for more tri training (something which doesn’t seem to enthrall you as much as boot camp did), but I admire you for going after your goals!! I only have one tri on the books for this summer, and I’m going to try to kick butt and take a significant chunk of time off my PR. Good luck with your training!

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 9:05 am

      Well, I really do love triathlons and all that comes with it (except cycling… I have a love/hate with cycling). I think it’s just a struggle to find the time for tri training and that’s what makes me not love it so much. You know? I really do adore the sport. I’m glad I’m making more room for it because I think that will make the process a lot more enjoyable.

  • Brandy June 24, 2015, 8:55 am

    This comment isn’t about swimsuits but I wanted to tell you about books. If you enjoy mysteries Harlan Coben is a great writer, quick reads and keeps it interesting. I just read Stay Close and thought it was great.

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 9:06 am


  • Amanda June 24, 2015, 9:12 am

    Umm… I used to love that song, then I had an asthma attack while it was playing on my workout playlist. Womp womp for me lol

  • Bets June 24, 2015, 9:14 am

    I LOVE all of those suits on you. I think its hard to find a 1 piece that doesn’t look like a “mom” suit, which is what my husband calls the one I’m wearing this year. I can’t wait to check out the suites on their site, thank you for sharing.

  • Laura June 24, 2015, 9:14 am

    What size do you wear in the Icon suit? I’m guessing a small?

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 9:14 am

      Yes, a small!

  • danielle June 24, 2015, 9:32 am

    I have been reading your blog for yeeeeeeaaaars, and I don’t know if I have ever seen you in an article of clothing that is more flattering and gorgeous. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that red suit on you. Perfection–you nailed it!

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 10:24 am

      Thank you for reading for so long and thank you for your kind words!!!

  • Katie June 24, 2015, 9:42 am

    Thank you for the pool workout! I struggle with finding good ones as I dislike chlorine and have one slow speed. But I could do the 5 + kick board x4 !

  • Reenie June 24, 2015, 10:52 am

    Adorable suits on you. 🙂

  • Beth June 24, 2015, 11:02 am

    Love those swimsuits! Can I just say OMG on the Fort Minor song… That is my absolute favorite running song… I’ve never heard it before except on my one pandora station I use for running and for some reason it is just the most inspiring and sprint worthy song out there! I’ve tried telling people, but no one has ever heard of it; I was so excited to see this mentioned on your blog today 🙂

  • Cassie June 24, 2015, 11:41 am

    Super cute suits!

  • Lisa June 24, 2015, 12:23 pm

    The red suit is super cute!

  • eve June 24, 2015, 1:09 pm

    do the sashes come off? I really like the suits, but I think once they got wet the sashes would just annoy me – are they sown in?

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 2:01 pm

      They are sewn on and do get a little saggy when wet. But they dry fast.

  • Stacy E June 24, 2015, 1:40 pm

    Would you still wear two pieces after kids?

    I don’t have kids, yet, but man I love bikinis. Will this change?

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

      Sure! I mostly opt for one pieces now because they seem more functional when I am chasing the kids around. But I would maybe get a two piece if I was going on a beach trip without the kiddos.

      • Stacy E June 24, 2015, 2:05 pm

        I think you look awesome in your one piece by the way. I’m just wondering if it’s like tacky as a mom to wear a bikini!

        • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 7:14 pm

          Nah, rock it out if you want to.

  • Dietitian Jess June 24, 2015, 2:52 pm

    I pretty much do the same swim workout but I have no creative ones either! How do you get out of the pool and run with wet hair?! I don’t mind when its warm out but in an a/c gym I can’t handle it! Maybe I’m being too much of a girl!

  • Lou June 24, 2015, 5:42 pm

    I am big busted, does the Sunset Blvd provide enough support while you are chasing the kids? Does it have underwire? I am a D cup and find it to be a requirement in my suits

    • Caitlin June 24, 2015, 7:13 pm

      No underwire but I think it’s pretty supportive. I should’ve gotten the XS in this suit because it runs large. To help you figure out your sizing, I’m about 120 and a 33DDD right now.

  • Sagan June 24, 2015, 6:05 pm

    LOVE the back of the Sunset Blvd one! Super pretty. All of these swimsuits look great on you!

    There are some awesome one-piece swimsuits out there. I like how flattering they can be 😀

  • June 25, 2015, 10:41 am

    Hi! I love your blog! Those are the most flattering bathing suits!! I am definitely getting one! 🙂

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