Thursday, September 6, 2012

three things thursday

1. So, I let the taper crazies get the best of me just a little.  It was one of my September goals to actually pay someone to cut and color my hair for the first time possibly since I got married (2010).  I made an appointment for last night and took a couple of just-pulled-out-the-hairtie before shots...
A shot after the first chop but before the color to text around in fear.
But even I was a little startled by the after (please ignore the huge bags under my eyes, it was after 10pm by the time I got home).
It was one of those "oh, a little shorter is okay...sure, a little shorter...as long as it can fit in a ponytail...whoops..." situations.
And I have no idea how to deal with it in triathlon.  This morning I was able to squeeze into two pipsqueak pigtails and with a few bobby pins and a visor, manage a run, but that's a lot of time to waste in T2.  If I do that before the swim, it's definitely not going to stay put until I get off the bike.
Taper crazies ahoy.  At least I didn't bring home another puppy or make a baby or give up carbs for two weeks.

2. Speaking of that run, I did a handful of race pace intervals, and, as usual, they felt terrifyingly hard.  Earlier in the week I picked up an extremely cranky knee, but a day off of it seems to have calmed it down.  Yesterday, for whatever bizarre reason, the toes of my right foot were absolutely aching, but the only thing that I noticed on my run this morning was a slightly crabby IT band, which went away after a few minutes.  But the race pace intervals.  If it feels like work to run at this pace for 3x3 minutes, how am I going to do it for almost 2 hours?  I know the answer but the taper ghouls are ripping the science from my brain.  Reassurance is welcome.  

3. One thing that might help the situation is this:
Yeah.  I don't even know what to do with that.  High of 69º?  Should I bring a parka to wear on the bike?  Change into full-length tights in T2?  I might freeze to death.  I left before 8am to run this morning and it was 84º with a dew point of 74º.  How do I run when I don't have to wipe the sweat off my teeth?  

Happy Thursday, friends.  Tell me, what's the craziest thing you've done during taper?  

34 comments:

  1. Your hair looks great! Super fun & fresh & cute! But yeah, the bob is not so great in triathon. Wish I knew what to tell you. Good luck!

    Fingers crossed that the weather sticks. How awesome would that be!!

    have a GREAT race! And have fun! I am looking at CP for next year as my post-IMLP fun race so can't wait to hear about it.

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  2. Love the hair! That should stay put under a visor, I think!! I'm loving the weather reports for Sunday. I'm packing arm warmers for sure! Can't wait to see you!!

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  3. I like the chop! I'd just go with a headband, or just tuck it behind your ears and under the visor.

    I usually just scream at a few people during taper.

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  4. You look freaking fantastic! Who cares how your hair behaves on race day when you look that good?! But seriously, when I had too-short-to-ponytail hair, these saved the day:

    http://amzn.com/B005IMHDRS

    So, umm, I *did* make a baby during the taper for IMNYC. I think I win all taper-craziness contests from here to forever. Or at least from here to the next time I DNS an Ironman after doing ALL the training!

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  5. Shaved my legs! (after letting my leg hair grow for over 6 months during college swim season) As you can imagine it took at least an hour :)

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    1. Me too!! ha ha ha!
      In fact, i think this practice (for swimmers/triathletes/cyclists) is so crazy fun that I am throwing a photo contest on the best shaving pix (GOTRIbal.com - facebook page) and then giving away 2 months membership to the Dollar Shave Club!
      HA HA HA!! Love it.
      Tanya

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  6. Oh my cries, I LOVE IT!!!! Your hair looks fantastic!!!!
    So that's what going to a professional can do for you. Hmm.

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  7. Love the hair. I wish my hair was that smooth! Can you just use a visor or headband and just let your hair fly? Or would that drive you crazy? Maybe do something with braids?
    I think that weather will definitely help you hit your goal pace.

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  8. Great haircut! Hair barrettes are your friend when it's a bit short and doesn't easily fit into a ponytail. Good luck with the race!

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  9. I think the haircut looks great! My hair is just about the same length (or a little shorter). I just pull the top half up in a pony tail and stuff everything under my swim cap. On the bike I usually have to use a head band (or nothing) since the helmet will push the pony tail holder into your head, and then by the time I get to the run I don't care what my hair looks like anyway and just pull the front into a pony tail again.

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  10. Can you do a really high ponytail? My hair is that short and that usually does the trick for a run.

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  11. lower those pigtails. keep them below the visor band. I agree with Jennifer, those headband things are awesome. i wore one under my swim cap at CdA.

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  12. I think for biking you prob won't have to worry about it since your wearing a helmet but for the run, it's all about the headband and pony tails when it's that short. Good luck!!!

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  13. So cute! The whole "what to do w/ my hair when training" thing is one of the reasons I never go that short, which is a totally unreasonable reason!

    Where are you racing that it's going to be that cold??? Not around here, that's for sure!

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  14. Cute hair! I just got my hair did last weekend and I actually bailed on doing anything but a trim and redo of the layers because I was nervous about tri race hair. I may chop it again just in time for winter, which makes no sense in any other context.

    And race pace intervals always suck. I warm up that way the day of, summarily freak out that they seem hard, and then do fine once the race starts.

    I'm going to be running somewhere next week where the high is lower than the low here. And I'm going to love every second of it!

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  15. When my hair was that short, I did half-pigtails with just the front/top of each side. It won't get the back of it off your neck, but it will keep the bulk of it out of your face/eyes, and it held well on my very straight/thick/slippery hair. Never tried it under a swim cap, though.

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  16. 1) I can bring my clippers and just give you a pre-race buzz cut if you want. At least you won't have to worry about it during the race.

    2) My run is fine, but my swim is giving me the crazies. Had to cut my swim short yesterday after a measly 600 yards with shoulder pain.

    3) 69* will be perfect. I will feel cold for the first few miles on the bike, but you'll warm up quickly. Maybe arm warmers, but a parka would probably be overkill ;) Oh, and pray that the wind stays mostly N. A west wind would be a bitch.

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  17. I think the incredibly humid weather in DC this morning effed with your pace. I struggled on my run this morning and that's the reason I'm using!
    Kathy Q
    http://kathyqruns.wordpress.com/ (I could not log in - ?)

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  18. Love the haircut! I'd love to cut mine super, super short but I'm just afraid it will look horrible and then I'll be stuck growing it back out for 6+ months.

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  19. FWIW, I've learned that how I feel pre-race has almost NOTHING to do with how I perform during the race. No correlation. None.

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  20. Awww I love the short hair! Wish I could pull it off. Super cute in the pipsqueak ponytails. Lol!

    69 degrees?!?!? You better run sub 8's. ;)

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  21. It looks great! Well, except for the "why won't my hair be sleek and shiny like that?!" jealousy factor. I chopped my hair from waist-length to barely-ponytail-able a year ago, and I got such a kick out of the startled reactions. Then, six weeks ago I added more layers and shortened it to too-short-to-ponytail length. I'm a visor person, but hats are my friends now -- shove everything under the hat and run.

    Have a great race!!

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  22. Hey girl!
    The weather is going to be PERRFECT!
    At the Vineman/Aquathon 2 years ago, it was 39 degrees pre-swim.
    and a few degrees warmer afterwards. ;-)
    I just wore arm warmers with my tri-kit, and was toasty and hot within the first 10 miles of crankin on the cranks!
    You will ROCK this mothah! Can't wait to hear your stories post-race.
    Tanya

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  23. Think about how much easier that pace would have been if it was 69 degrees....

    You're going to do great, pigtails and everything!

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  24. A parka? It will feel great at that temp! Cute haircut. Just throw on a hat to keep your hair out of your way in the tri.

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  25. Cute 'do! Funny, I just did that 2 wks before Boston this past year. Way too short and suddenly no ponytail to speak of! Wore a lightweight cap and was fine. But I'm finally back in a ponytail. Phew.

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  26. It's adorable! When my hair is that length, I just stick a hat on and go... It usually stays put.

    I don't do crazy things during taper. My body is just so happy to get there...

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  27. That is such a super cute cut and great (not red) color! I think the pigtails/headband combo should work, just play with the placement of the tails.
    Glad to hear the knee issue was just taper niggles!

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  28. Love the hair! Mine was that short earlier this year and I had to keep it in the two ponytails also. I ran the Miami Marathon with just a hat and no ponytails. I should have known better. My hair turned into a giant poof ball thanks to a gazillion percent humidity. Lesson learned!

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  29. I can't tell you how envious I am of that forecast. Have a great race!

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  30. Maybe bring hand & feet warmers? Heat pads? pour water all over yourself to stimulate training elements??? Oh, the mystery of Fall...

    Craziest thing: moved in with D one week before my first marathon. Hah, um...

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  31. Tell the crazies to shut the hell up! (I pretend like that would work but it usually doesn't). You'll be great and the hair will make you fast!

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  32. Damn iPad! I tried to leave a comment this a.m. but I failed... Maybe it's not the iPad's fault - it was a wee bit early! Anyhow - YAY pigtails! Yay new hair color! Yay race! Good luck this weekend, you're gonna do awesome. I know it! I make random crazy ding-dong choices in daily life so it takes serious restraint during taper!

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  33. Hair: Fantastic-looking. And since I'm clearly late to the party here, I know it worked out fine for the race—hooray! I've never created something new during a taper—I'm more of a destructive taper-tantrum type. One example: Before MCM in 2009, I ate an entire six-cookie sleeve of salty-oat cookies from Teaism in a single Metro ride. Those cookies are each the size of your head. Euuww ...

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