Caitlin is here in my neck of the woods in South Florida. It was a pleasure to learn her story!
Location: I’m currently at school at the University of Miami, Florida and live in Coral Gables. Originally from Severna Park, Maryland. I have competed in 10 triathlons, including two Collegiate National Championships.
I was diagnosed in March 2009. I was in the process of being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and was having unbearable stomach pains, headaches, and was always fatigued. After being told everything from it was stress to IBS, I did some research and found celiac. I insisted on being tested. My results were negative, but because my symptoms persisted, I insisted on being tested again. My results were still negative, but my stomach was bloated and I was still having pain. I decided to go gluten free anyway. Within 24 hours, all of my symptoms disappeared. I do not know my trigger, and in hindsight, I have probably been dealing with this most of my life.
Caitlin’s training schedule:
I swim four times per week, cycle twice per week, teach a Spin class twice per week, and run three times per week.
I believe we are what we eat. If you eat large heavy meals, you will be large and heavy! I don’t believe in eating processed foods. I don’t think humans were meant to consume chemicals. I eat a balance of lean meat, fruits and vegetables, with very few grains. I prefer to eat locally grown organic foods, to help contribute to a sustainable earth.
Her favorite pre and post workout foods:
My favorite pre workout food is a Lemon LaraBar. After a hard workout, I like a guava smoothie.
Her favorite sports supplements are:
Orange GU chomps. They even guarantee gluten free on the box!
Caitlin’s current plans:
I’m currently training for USAT’s Collegiate National Championship in April. To prep, I’m racing Escape to Miami, Suncoast
Sprint, Miami Man, and Miami International Triathlon.
Advice to pass along to other gluten free athletes:
Get out there and compete! You’ve already gone gluten free, which requires the same type of diligence and commitment that athletics does.
Thanks for sharing you story Caitlin and best wishes on your upcoming races!