And all through the house, Caitlin was… freaking out


Freaking out because I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO thrilled for our mini getaway weekend in Asheville.  Isn’t it fun to travel for races?  This is obviously not something that I get to do a lot anymore so it feels extra special.   Brandi and I have plans to go ziplining, eat at wonderful restaurants, and stay at a special B&B! 




Freaking out because I have to PACK.  Brandi and I have been texting each other a packing list for a week or so, and I’m also going to refer to my Sprint Tri packing list.  I also need to run by the store and stock up on energy gels and whatnot today.  I am always so afraid I’ll forget something.  Gotta remember the bike.  The bike is probably the most important thing!


UN-Freaking out because I am going on this trip with the best training buddy in the world.  Not only is Brandi really fun, encouraging, and a great friend, but you know how some people are super organized and are always the “leaders” when you do something with them?  Yeah – I’m actually normally that person, but Brandi is more organized than I am, so she kind of defaults into that role when we’re together.  That’s the kind of person you want to do an out-of-town race with, am I right?!


I’m excited to travel to a race with someone who is organized – I bet if I forget anything small, she will have back-up for me!  Except the bike.  Gotta remember my own bike…  Hah. 


Freaking out because I’m experiencing weird knee pain.  I didn’t want to mention it until now because I was hoping it would go away.  BUT the back on my leg has been hurting ever since I stretched on Sunday night.  I don’t know if I overstretched or what, but it’s been nagging me – not enough to knock me down but enough to feel concerned.  I have a last-minute appointment with my wonderful chiropractor, who specializes in sports medicine, this afternoon.  Hoping he can work some magic so I feel 100% on Sunday.  Fingers crossed for me, okay?


It’s not my Runner’s Knee <—here’s how I dealt with that, but it kind of feels similar.  More behind-the-knee action.


I’m also going to go sit in the hot tub later… I bet that will help, too.


Freaking out because I’m looking forward to seeing the BEAUTIFUL course.  Truly – this race (which I did back in 2011) is one of my favorite courses because it is so darn pretty.  Check out the scenery…


Impressive, huh?


And freaking out because I’m so excited that I just want to randomly hit the keyboard like this – LKJDFKHG O*&%^%^& *()&(*%$% IHVBJDIUGSFIUYHS#)(*#$!!   Hahah.  Know what I mean?  Does that accurately represent how pumped I am about this whole thing, nagging knee pain and all?!  Because I really am so jazzed that I keep bursting into, “YAYYYY IT’S RACE WEEKEND!” shouts.


Anyway,  I’ve got a lot of work to get through before I leave tomorrow morning, so I going to go focus on that so I can get to the FUN STUFF.


I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and if you’re racing, too, well – GOOD LUCK!  <3 <3 <3



  • Brandi August 7, 2015, 7:22 am


  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 7, 2015, 8:12 am

    Good luck packing! It is almost my most hated task… right behind unpacking haha.

  • Elizabeth Beil August 7, 2015, 8:17 am

    Your paragraph at the end just made me smile! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to read more about it! GOOD LUCK!

  • Karien @ Running the Race August 7, 2015, 8:41 am

    Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!

  • Sagan August 7, 2015, 9:20 am

    Have fun & good luck!!!

  • Caitlin August 7, 2015, 9:30 am

    Please please eat at Plant and Rosetta’s Kitchen. PLEASE!!! Ugh. I love Asheville!

  • Katie August 7, 2015, 9:31 am

    GOOD LUCK!!! Have fun! My big race is at the end of August and I really need to up the workouts so I’m prepared!

  • Joy August 7, 2015, 9:35 am

    Good luck, Caitlin!! You’ve totally got this and you’ll rock that race!

  • Cassie August 7, 2015, 10:12 am

    Good luck!

  • Amanda August 7, 2015, 10:22 am

    You are going to do GREAT! I totally get that giddy pre-race feeling… my favorite part of traveling for a race is that awesome drive home with the music up, feeling proud of yourself! 😀

  • Victoria August 7, 2015, 10:28 am

    Good luck with the race!! I’m actually recovering from surgery and had some behind the knee pain. My physical therapist told me to stretch my hamstring and then massage two of the tendons behind my knee and it really helped. Hope your chiropractor helps with your knee!

  • Reenie August 7, 2015, 10:35 am

    Good Luck to you and Brandi ~ ~ I know you will do great!!

  • Allison August 7, 2015, 10:37 am

    If you have a chance, you should check out Skybar! It’s a speakeasy with balconies that look out over the city and the mountains. The drinks are delicious! It was my favorite thing I did when I went to Asheville!

  • Laura August 7, 2015, 10:47 am

    Good luck this weekend, I hope my wetsuit helps you have a great swim! While you are in Asheville, you must go to the French Broad Chocolate company and treat yourself to some sweets! My favorites are their raspberry truffles and hot chocolate (even though it’s hot I’d still get it cuz it’s so delicious!)!

  • Pam August 7, 2015, 10:51 am

    The excitement in your post is getting me so excited, even though I don’t have any races coming up, lol! Good luck – I hope it’s great!!

  • Grace @ Diary of a Running Snail August 7, 2015, 11:10 am

    Good luck this weekend and have an amazing trip! Don’t forget the bike!!;)

  • nancy August 7, 2015, 11:56 am

    Seeing your chiro is a great idea. I’m a massage therapist in a clinic that specializes in sports injuries and, if you were my client, I would suspect you irritated a hamstring. Your hams attach just behind your knee and if they are tight you may feel pain there. Stack your legs (for greater weight) and get on your foam roller and roll out that hamstring. Get your massage ball, sit in a chair and roll the sensitive spots of your hamstring with the ball. It will hurt but it will help. Ice A LOT. Do some gentle downward dogs. Hope this helps 🙂 Best of luck with your race!

  • Tabatha August 7, 2015, 11:56 am

    The scenery looks beautiful – have fun and GOOD LUCK!!!

  • Breanne August 7, 2015, 1:08 pm

    YAY RACE WEEKEND!! Out of town races are fun! My friend and I have been messaging back and forth about our race weekend and hotels and plans… and registration for the race isn’t even until Tuesday and the race isn’t until May! HA!

    Don’t forget your helmet or shoes either. 😉 And HAVE FUN!! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how it goest! (Happy thoughts for your knee!)

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 7, 2015, 1:25 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I am sure you will be good to go by race day. I think avoiding stretching is a good idea and of course ice ice ice. And I can’t believe Brandi is more organized than you are. I wish I was as half as organized as you are!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 7, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Get it girl!!

  • Bobbie August 7, 2015, 2:17 pm

    Good luck Caitlin!!! I am NOT racing this weekend but your post has me wishing I was!! lol

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H August 7, 2015, 2:55 pm

    so excited for you! go get ’em.

  • Erin M. August 7, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Good luck! ! ! ! !

  • Kelly August 8, 2015, 8:21 pm

    good luck!! So exciting always wanted to go to ashville!!!

  • Megan August 9, 2015, 8:03 am

    So excited for you! senery look beautiful!!! I am seriously considering training for a triathlon but I’m concerned about yeast infections. I’m very prone to them. Do you experience these? Any advice on how to keep your clothes dry? Can you change into another pair of shorts at the changing station? Good luck!

    • Caitlin August 10, 2015, 11:48 am

      The longer races have private changing rooms near transition but usually not shorter ones. You could change under a towel or something, I suppose. I don’t change during the race but I do immediately after.

  • Mickey Colabella August 30, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Brighten Up! Twas the night before race day, when all through the town No sleep would be had by the runners around; Their race clothes were laid by the door with care, In hopes that a PR soon would be there.

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