Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point

Caitlin needs little introduction in the health blog world.  She’s the blogger behind Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful, and a newly-published authorMaybe you’ve seen one of those positive Post-it notes on a mirror somewhere?

Hello, No Meat Athlete Readers!  I am so happy to be writing a guest post for Matt while he enjoys being with his new baby.

My name is Caitlin, and I blog at and  Healthy Tipping Point is a food and fitness blog, and over the last two years, I’ve documented my journey as I went from a newbie, meat-eating runner to a marathoner, triathlete, and cyclist vegetarian.   I also blog healthy recipes.  If you’re interested in checking out my healthy vegetarian meals, check out my breakfasts and lunches/dinners.  My favorite recipes include my Perfect Baked Tofu and my Pumpkin Spice Toasted Quinoa.

Recently, I raced in my first Olympic Triathlon.  The journey to this triathlon began almost two years ago, when I decided to do a sprint triathlon. I was a newbie when it came to racing – I only had a 10K and a 15K under my belt.  I remember standing at the water’s edge and FREAKING out. My husband and my dad tried to calm me down, but there was no stopping the hysteria rising in my chest. I was breathing way too fast before I even got into the water.

The sprint swim was only 0.25 miles, but I had a panic attack almost immediately.  I flagged a lifeguard and got towed to shore.  I exited the water feeling… beaten.  Embarrassed.  Weak.  The worst part of that triathlon was that I quit because I mentally couldn’t handle the pressure. I would have felt better if I had undertrained and was physically was incapable of doing the race. Instead, I let fear overtake me, and I got sucked in. I fed my negative emotions instead of rising above them.

For a long time, I said I’d never do another triathlon.  But after I finished my first marathon (another goal I doubted I could ever obtain), I decided to tri, tri again!

To help myself better prepare, I swam… a LOT.  I usually swam three days a week, doing the race distance (1,500 meters) as often as possible.  I only had 8 weeks in between the marathon and triathlon, and swimming served as a great recovery exercise.  My friend Ryan taught me some invaluable swimming tips (who knew my form was completely off?), and I began to feel very comfortable in the pool.

However, two weeks before the race, I pulled a muscle in my arm.  Unfortunately, I’ve been injured enough from running (I suffer from runner’s knee) to know that I needed to take time off swimming, which meant I couldn’t do a practice open water swim.  I was nervous that I would miss my trial run, but I had to do what I had to do to keep my body safe.

On the morning of the triathlon, I was terrified.  I have such an intense open water phobia, but I knew I needed to face my fears and finish the race.  I told myself it was OK if I was the last one out of the water… and you know what?  I was the last one out.  I’m used to blowing past people in races, but I didn’t feel bad to be so behind the pack.  I was trying my hardest, and in my heart, that’s what mattered.

To find out the details of what happened during my triathlon, read the race recap.  Here’s a short video that I put together as well.

Moral of the story?  Finishing last doesn’t mean you didn’t finish strong. The race truly is about yourself and your own goals and abilities.

Rock on, No Meat Athletes!  Rock on!



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  1. Congrats again!! Be sure to let us know his upcoming race schedule 🙂

    And Caitlin, you’re a rockstar.
    .-= Allie (Live Laugh Eat)´s last blog ..Red Light Green Light =-.

  2. Two of my favourite vegetarian bloggers unite!


  3. Congrats to the happy family! (from the Boston marathon expo) As I was walking in today, the lady in font of me had a No Meat Athlete shirt on!!!

    Great guest post Caitlin!

  4. Congratulations, Matt!

    Very inspiring, Caitlin! So true… finishing last doesn’t mean you didn’t finish strong!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Bellini – South Windsor, CT =-.

  5. Congrats on the son!
    .-= Nobel4Lit´s last blog ..Experiment: Vegan for a Week =-.

  6. Congratulations, Matt!!! Holden is so handsome and I hope you’re getting to soak up all this wonderful time with him. He’ll be running along with you and Erin before you know it!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Easy Like Sunday Morning =-.

  7. Congrats to you both!!!

  8. Congrats, Matt!
    And I love Caitlin’s moral. It’s so true, and one that I want to hold in my hearts in my half in a few weekends. I know I won’t be near the front, with 1000 people probably finishing before me. But I’ll do good, have fun, and run hard
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Excess =-.

  9. Congrats to Matt!

    What a great story Caitlin!
    .-= AndrewENZ´s last blog ..Best Running Song Ever? =-.

  10. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! The baby is absolutely beautiful. Very excited for you 🙂 Wonderful guest post as well- Caitlin is an inspiration to women everywhere 🙂
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..BAoK, BBQ, Key Lime Tartlets =-.

  11. Congratulations, Matt and Erin, on the birth of your baby. He is beautiful!

  12. congratulations matt + erin! he is adorable, and i have no doubt you two are going to be fabulous parents.

  13. OH MY GOSH! That baby is sooooo cute! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!

  14. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! Great name, too!

  15. Congratulations to you and your wife!

    Great guest post too!

  16. Congratulations, Matt & Erin!

  17. Congrats Matt and Erin on your beautiful and healthy son!!!

  18. Matt, congrats to you and your wife! Your son is a little cutie.

    Caitlin, I loved your original race recap, and I love your guest post as well! I have been DFL (Dead F***ing Last) in a national competition at least twice. Yeah it sucked. Did it destroy me? No. Fear of being last is way worse than being last, in my opinion! As long as I give my all, I’ve done all I can do. And that’s okay.
    .-= Katherine @ Lipgloss and Spandex´s last blog ..Review of Click Espresso Protein Drink =-.

  19. congrats!!!!
    .-= caitlin´s last blog ..Jenny’s Story =-.

  20. congrats. enjoy.

  21. All the best to you and your new little one…massive congrats!

  22. Congrats on your baby boy, love the name! And what a great guest post from Caitlin, love that girl 🙂
    .-= Sarah @ See Sarah Eat´s last blog ..Bigger meals = fewer snacks? =-.

  23. Congratulations to you! Your life has been forever changed =)
    And great post, Caitlin! =) Inspiring as always!

  24. Congrats on your new little boy! Best wishes to all.

    Great guest post, Caitlin!
    .-= Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight)´s last blog ..Food Access Solutions: Urban Ag, Local Food, Community Development =-.

  25. Congrats to you and Erin! Holden is beautiful! Enjoy him!

  26. Congratulations Matt!

    Very inspiring story Caitlin! I can only hope to one day accomplish any of the things that you have. You’re awesome.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Sunrise Quinoa =-.

  27. Matt — congratulations to you and your wife! Holden is absolutely adorable (and I love the name!!) I’m sure he’ll run before he even walks.;)

    And Caitlin — great post! I think it is so hard to reach that perspective sometimes, and your story was a great reminder!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Sunday Smörgåsbord =-.

  28. Congratulations!!! He’s beautiful and lucky to have such wonderful parents!
    I read Caitlin’s blog frequently, she’s so inspirational!

  29. Matt & Erin — Remembering 10 1/2 years ago when my son arrived… You are off on a great adventure! Don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy. Good luck. Good health. Good times!
    .-= Pete´s last blog ..Tapering =-.

  30. Congrats Matt & Erin – what a sweetie – and you just want to gobble up his cute little cheeks!!

    Caitlin – great post. I’m going to remind myself of what you said when I run my 1st half in June!
    .-= Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers´s last blog ..Ahhhh the weekend… =-.

  31. Congrats Matt + Erin!

  32. Congratulations!

  33. Congrats Matt!! What an exciting time for you and Erin.

  34. Congrats!!

  35. congrats!!!! How exciting 🙂

  36. Congratulations!!! Oh my goodness how exciting! Glad everything went smoothly. I hope that your lovely wife does a post about it because I’m currently halfway through my pregnancy and so far am still running fairly comfortably and having a boy and would love to know how running helped/didn’t help.

    Of course Caitlin, love you and your blog:)

  37. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your son. Enjoy every minute – there is nothing like it!!!

  38. Belated congratulations to you and Erin, Matt! He’s beautiful :]
    .-= Amber Shea @Almost Vegan´s last blog ..Almost vegan in Chicago 2.1 =-.

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